We now sit in the aftermath of the explosion of allegations against Afrika Bambaata involving sexual exploitation, molestation, pederasty and rape of minor boys and adolescents. This sickness has led to the dismissal of Bambaataa from the Hip Hop Chess Federation along with HHCF founder Adisa Banjoko severing ties with the Zulu Nation, also founded by Bambaataa; the Universal Zulu Nation, founded by Bambaataa in the Bronx, NY, has had him step down from his post as universal leader.
Rather than come out and directly address the charges that he molested “hundreds”of boys based upon the statements of his former bodyguard, high ranking members, high ranking associates within the Harlem community that have links to the Bronx, Bambaataa has gone underground.
There are a number of things that need to be kept in mind:
- This is after the statute of limitations, which is 7.5 years for bringing charges and conviction that will lead to jail time.
- Those that have leveled the charges are a large number, including former friends, bodyguards, high ranking members of his own Zulu Nation and all of these victims are male without any dispute.
- This “Godfather of Hip-Hop” has not even bothered to come out and address the issue in a systematic and direct manner (denying the existence of one of his most outspoken accusers, Ronald Savage) and those in New York who knew/know him all said that this was something well known of Bambaataa and were more shocked that people are surprised by this than by the actions themselves.
This needs to be kept in mind for everyone. At another point, members in the New York hip-hop movement have been saying for some time that this is a part of music culture in general and hip-hip culture IN PARTICULAR. If one individual or two accused someone of something, this is possible and can often be ignored by the accused as perhaps slander or a lie. I have dealt with internet fiends and e-mail criminals before threatening to “expose me” and leveling all kinds of baseless and false charges that had to do with theology (an organisation even claimed I promote craven and wanton violence (!)) and they ultimately wound up being exposed and left in a lurch. This can certainly be ignored.
But think about the case where accusers reach double digit numbers, people that were in your inner circle and even people in the industry are exasperated at people being surprised at something that they knew to be common knowledge all along.
It is at this point that if you are accused you have to say something. Bambaataa stepped down but other members of the Zulu Nation inner council have not stepped down. This is a sickness.
Lord Jamar has attempted to cover the event but offered less than a convincing reply.
The cover ups have been sickening with protection offered from no less than another rap pioneer, KRS-One.
When Afrika Bambaataa called in to be interviewed by Ed Lover and Monie Love, no substantive and in depth questing was administered on the individual in question. Monie Love at one point interjected and stated that at the time she came to New York when she was 17 years of age, nothing untoward was done to her by Bambaataa. This is specious as all the accusers of Bambaataa, which are male, assert that he is a pederast, which by necessity would exclude her. We need to understand the background to this filth to get a better feel. The Universal Zulu Nation was indeed founded by Afrika Bambaataa in the South Bronx to unify people in the area and try to offer alternatives to the gang culture of the time. Black Spades/Young Spades, gangs at the time, came to form the vanguard of this Zulu Nation.
These gangs were not community organisations in the sense of trying feed people as the Black Panthers had when they began in Oakland or any thing such as that. One of the founders in the video above gives a very detailed explanation about just what the Spades stood for in reality; it was a criminal enterprise that in part fought against whites but also attempted to control the Bronx and founded chapters in other projects.
They marched on other projects.
There are a number of gangs that coalesced.
In the early days of this entire affair, the criminality did not cease but was there in the very beginning. There was no time when it was not a gang with criminal enterprise. Gang fights continued and the name change did nothing to discourage the maladies of the people or things in the organisation.
This is now an international organisation with chapters in the US, UK and other places. Interestingly enough, Lord Jamar in the above video mentions the link between early hip-hop in NYC and the homosexual underground at dance clubs and parties and that there was no hostility between them.
When listening to victims recount their assaults, the events detailed appear to all be ritualised with certain social cues, verbal nods and almost auto-immune suggestion tactics being employed. The fact that this was KNOWN by people in “the culture” as common knowledge and understood makes this whole thing no different to the tragedies with young people and the Catholic diocese neutralising criticism in molestation cases.
Hip-Hop, thus in its’ inception, had this corrupt undercurrent and depraved morality or perhaps moral relativism. This is no different to the damage done by pop, jazz, rock’n’roll, heavy metal, death metal, mummy rock and other such excesses. There is a certain spirit behind these things that can not only be felt but empirically tested.
Young adolescent and pre-pubescent boys were taken advantage of by the founders of this music and often with this music playing in the background. Record studios were transformed into sexual plantations, brothels and bordellos and children were offered up to be sacrificed on the alter of hedonism.
Then there is the violence that comes out of it. Countless people have said to me in the past, “Music doesn’t affect anyone’s mood.” My response has usually been, “So can you give me an example of when drive-by shootings on the West Coast have been carried out using Lawrence Welk, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra or Vince Lombardi?!”
One of the major figureheads in West Coast hip hop genre known as “street knowledge” or “SoCal hip-hop,” MC Eiht, mournfully recollects how he had named an album Music to Drive By precisely because he gave gang bangers on the West Coast musical inspiration for when they carried out their nefarious deeds.
I can see that when I used to carry out some of my wickedness 20+ years ago, I was not listening to the Pointer Sisters’ Neutron Dance, the Muppet Show opening theme song, Pee Wee’s Playhouse anthem or the theme to Les Miserables. I and other criminals at the time had mood music and it was hip- hop.
It is time to accept the fact that this genre has a violent undertone to it that encourages violence, debauchery and criminality and that for every one, two or three artists that do and say positive things on an album, it is either the same artists on the same album or ten other artists that say something that is the opposite of that and worse. This is how it has always been.
This has come as a blow to many people, just as much as I am sure that in the future the people that follow the Nile Valley Civilisation movement will be shocked when they fall into tribulation that is currently hidden from the eyes of people. There is but one fact… this “culture” must be left.
Allah the Exalted has said,
And from Mankind are those who purchase idle speech in order to lead people away from the path of Allah without knowledge and they take it as a sport and jest. These people have a terrible penalty to come.
(Surah Luqman (31), ayah 6)
Our scholars the world over in their commentaries refer to the fact that this ayah was revealed regarding An-Nadr ibn Al-Harith bringing in wind and string instruments and singing girls to distract the believers from the Remembrance of our Lord. Hip-Hop appears to be yet one more example. It is not a universal global culture. It is a yet another piece of cutlery on America’s table that has been exported by New Babylon to the rest of the world.
It is our job, if we want to stop corruption from coming into our own lives, to remove the atmosphere. Before all of these actions committed, there was first the atmosphere. If we take that away, it then becomes easier to combat the problem. I sincerely hope that listeners to this take time out to turn their back on this and every other form of distraction and make a permanent resolution to stay away from it.
Until next time,
Al-Hajj Abu Ja`far Al-Hanbali