those unfamiliar with who Afrika Bambaataa is, he is credited with Grandmaster Flash and Kool Herc of being one of the founding
fathers of Hip Hop music and culture. His group, the Soul Sonic Force had a string of hits in the early 1980s, most notably
"Planet Rock", "Looking For The Perfect Beat" and "Renegades Of Funk" which would many years
later be covered by Rage Against The Machine. He has also collaborated with the likes of artists such as Curtis Blow, James
Brown and John Lydon (Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols). In addition to the music, he is a founding member of the Universal
Zulu Nation, an organization out of Bronx River Projects that is credited for helping inner city youth and organizing parties
and doing other positive community work.
I recall going to see Afrika Bambaataa in 2008 in Manhattan at
one of his rare DJ gigs and shaking his hand. Considering all the contributions Afrika Bambaataa is credited for in Hip Hop
and in music in general, at that time, I felt like a kid in the 1930s who just shook hands with Babe Ruth.
past spring, allegations arose that Afrika Bambaataa (Kevin Donovan/Lance Taylor) molested male adolescents in his apartment.
The alleged victims could quite possibly run into the hundreds and it is said that cofounders and top brass in the Zulu Nation
knew about it and kept it a secret for decades. However, most of those who came forward with their testimonies, Brother T
and Brother Poppy in particular, are credible sources of information regarding this matter. I have to say, while I didn't
originally believe the allegations, I do now because of the testimonies of Brother T and Brother Poppy. I have serious serious
doubts that they are lying. They have nothing to gain but to bring out the truth behind the Zulu Nation and Afrika Bambaataa
who has been looked upon as the face of it all these decades.
I'm both disappointed and disgusted by the whole
thing. I feel the man needs to turn himself in and get help. I also feel they should fold the Zulu Nation and whoever joined
the Nation with good intentions and stayed clean and clear of these inappropriate sex acts with minors should start something
new or perhaps join the next biggest Hip Hop related organization, whatever that may be. Then let Afrika Bambaataa and all
he was credited for spiral off into the realm of obscurity. He fucked up and I'll say it again, I'm disappointed.
is the word of M.C. Too Tall, people like my music and I'm hardcore, fierce and sexy.