In 1989, hip-hop royalty including Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy, MC Lyte, Kool Moe Dee, and the late Heavy D came together to record “Self Destruction,” a hip-hop posse cut for the ages. Most of the crew is coming together tonight at the Centric Celebrates Selma concert in Selma, Al to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s march, and co-founding member of Boogie Down Productions Derrick “D-Nice” Jones talked to BET about the creation of the song.
“To me ‘Self Destruction’ was never about one particular person,” he recalls. “”It was about a group of people that had the same vision of wanting to speak out against the violence that was going on in the African-American community…This wasn’t about police brutality. This was about how we were killing each other and why we needed to put a stop to it. And hip hop –– the music of the youth –– was the perfect [outlet] to get that message across.”