RS-One (Lawrence Parker) was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York during the summer of 1965. Parker left home at 14 to become an MC, coming to live at a homeless shelter in the South Bronx where he was dubbed Krishna by residents because of his interest in the Hare Krishna spirituality of some of the antipoverty workers. By the time he met youth counselor Scott Sterling, he was also writing graffiti as KRS-One (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone). Together he and Sterling, a.k.a. DJ Scott La Rock eventually created Boogie Down Productions, releasing their debut album, Criminal Minded, in 1987. KRS-One has been a vegetarian since his youth.
He has recently released Royalty Check LP, a collaboration with Bumpy Knuckles (a.k.a. Freddie Foxxx) in May 2011 and The BDP Album in January 2012, featuring DJ Kenny Parker.