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EXCLUSIVE: Afrika Bambaataa Addresses Zulu Nation's Previous Statements About Kool Herc


(AllHipHop News) Last week the Universal Zulu Nation’s Minister of Information, Quadeer “M.C. Spice” Shakur, issued a statement to the press titled “MISREPRESENTATION OF A CULTURE BY A FOREFATHER”.

The statement addressed what Shakur said was the inaccurate depiction of the true birth date of Hip Hop culture and specifically DJ Kool Herc’s role in Hip Hop’s founding.

“Herc is our brother, but when our family strays from us, we must first forgive them for mistakes, but let them know of their wrongdoings, and of course, welcome them back with open arms,” wrote Shakur. “Kool Herc, aka Clive Campbell DID NOT BIRTH HIP-HOP CULTURE 40 YEARS AGO ON AUGUST 11, 1973… truth is, Kool Herc appears to be working with outside forces to overstep and outshine what is taking place THIS November 12th: The 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation.”

[ALSO READ: Zulu Nation Says DJ Kool Herc Did Not Start Hip Hop And Is Misrepresenting The Culture]

Zulu Nation founder and fellow Hip Hop forefather Afrika Bambaataa says he has spoken to Kool Herc to clear up the situation.

Bambaataa also issued his own statement to AllHipHop.com about the matter.

Read Afrika Bambaataa’s full statement below.

To anybody who thought they were causing friction, it’s not happening. Kool Herc is my brother. To the Hip-Hop communities worldwide, let’s focus on the positive things concerning Hip-Hop. We still need music programs for kids in our schools, after school program incentives, morning programs for our elders, healthcare for Hip-Hoppers and communities of disconnected people worldwide. We still don’t have our Hip-Hop museum. Let’s work to stop the many injustices in our communities. And our churches, masjids and temples need to open their doors back up to the communities and stop being scared of their communities.

More of our rappers, entertainers and stars need to stand against injustice that hurts all people wherever they are on the planet. What’s more important is a Million Man/Woman March against the killings by our own in our own communities, and working to end the racist prison system designed to incarcerate Black and Latino men and women at a higher rate and for longer terms. These are the issues that must be addressed, and that are more important than worrying about causing a “beef” between my brother Kool Herc and I. And I have been calling for a Hip-Hop Union for years. Let’s do that. Remember what Zulu stands for: “Peace, Unity, Love and Havin’ Fun.”

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  • Tom Rufer

    Amen.

  • Now this is WTF I’m talking about!

    Big Upz To Bam, UZN, & AllHipHop.

    Fugg around, this ‘chet just saved Hip Hop.
    While I took issue with Spice’s handling of the situation, in retrospect, it all worked out in the end, so that’s a good look.

    Peace, Unity, Love & Havin’ Fun!
    The Zulu Anni is going to be off the Mudda Chuckin’ hook this year, Herc, Bam & every Mudda Chuckin’ body else.

    • Quadeer Shakur

      ^^^ Yessir, it did. And it always will. It’s bigger than us.

      • Peace!

      • Quadeer Shakur

        Peace, bro

  • J.Erick

    Where You @ “M.C Gus.. I mean Spice”?

  • Montezuma1

    I stopped reading at minister of Information. grown men shouldn’t be so silly and delusional but with a name like quADeer what should I expect?

    • Quadeer Shakur

      Brother, no harm. Just read what was REALLY written. One love. Quadeer means “Powerful”.

    • Celz

      If you stopped reading you shouldn’t be commenting… And it’s better than these silly ninjas runnin around callin themselves C.E.O.’s of they crew and haven’t even took a Business 101 class..

  • King Mac

    Preach brother Preach!

  • DJ7

    That’s the way is should have been handled in the 1st place…respect

  • Guest

    Peace, brothers and sisters. With all due respect, AllHip-Hop was sent a very clear message and letter with a very clear title, which was omitted. The title read: “Zulu Nation Responds to Negative Energy About Kool Herc”, and the quotes were from Bam to the world in response to their negative feedback about the first letter. The letter NEVER said we had “beef” with Herc. Never WILL. The quotes posted above were written by myself first hand from a phone conversation with the Amen-Ra. Pay attention to the media

    • Guest

      HERE is OUR letter to All Hip-Hop BEFORE it was doctored up. READ THE TRUTH!

      ZULU NATION RESPONDS TO NEGATIVE ENERGY ABOUT KOOL HERC

      ATTENTION TO ALL MEDIA OUTLETS! Onbehalf of the Universal Zulu Nation, our members, followers and dedicated members of the worldwide Hip-Hop Nation and its communities, we are asking that ALL media outlets CEASE AND DESIST from any negative reports concerning DJ Kool Herc and Zulu Nation. Afrika Bambaataa has spoken with his brother. DJ KoolHerc, and both brothers wish peace upon all followers of the Culture. Please refrain from adding any negative, violent language and/or attacks against one another as it relates to these two stand-up men in our community.

      We should never confuse open dialogue or open disagreements with “beef” or “war”. This is not the mission of the Universal Zulu Nation, nor is it the intent of any of our members or founders. A lot of comments and posts across the nation lends to an environment of hatred and violence, which we DO NOT CONDONE.

      That said, here are words from the Amen Ra of Hip-Hop, Afrika Bambaataa himself:

      “To anybody who thought they were causing friction, it’s not happening. Kool Herc is my brother. To the Hip-Hop communities worldwide, let’s focus on the positive things concerning Hip-Hop. We still need music programs for kids in our schools, after school program incentives, morning programs for our elders, healthcare for Hip-Hoppers and communities of disconnected people worldwide. We still don’t have our Hip-Hop museum. Let’s work to stop the many injustices in our communities. And our churches, masjids and temples need to open their doors back up to the communities and stop being scared of their communities

      More of our rappers, entertainers and stars need to stand against injustice that hurts all people wherever they are on the planet. What’s
      more important is a Million Man/Woman March against the killings by our own in our own communities, and working to end the racist prison system designed to incarcerate Black and Latino men and women at a higher rate and for longer terms. These are the issues that must be addressed, and that are more important than worrying about causing a “beef” between my brother Kool Herc and I. And I have been calling for a Hip-Hop Union for years. Let’s do that. Remember what Zulu stands for: “Peace, Unity, Love and Havin’ Fun”

      I will also personally end this letter with this: Come celebrate the 39th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Culture, and the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation with us this November. If you want to be one of us… ASK one of us.

      Peace

      Quadeer “MC Spice” Shakur
      QuadeerShakurMedia@gmail.com

  • Guest

    Her is what we submitted to all hip hop

    ZULU NATION RESPONDS TO NEGATIVE ENERGY ABOUT KOOL HERC

    ATTENTION TO ALL MEDIA OUTLETS! On behalf of the Universal Zulu Nation, our members, followers and dedicated members of the worldwide Hip-Hop Nation and its communities, we are asking that ALL media outlets CEASE AND DESIST from any negative reports concerning DJ Kool Herc and Zulu Nation. Afrika Bambaataa has spoken with his brother. DJ Kool Herc, and both brothers wish peace upon all followers of the Culture. Please refrain from adding any negative, violent language and/or attacks against one another as it relates to these two stand-up men in our community.

    We should never confuse open dialogue or open disagreements with “beef” or “war”. This is not the mission of the Universal Zulu Nation, nor is it the intent of any of our members or founders. A lot of comments and posts across the nation lends to an environment of hatred and violence, which we DO NOT CONDONE.

    That said, here are words from the Amen Ra of Hip-Hop, Afrika Bambaataa himself:

    “To anybody who thought they were causing friction, it’s not happening. Kool Herc is my brother. To the Hip-Hop communities worldwide, let’s focus on the positive things concerning Hip-Hop. We still need music programs for kids in our schools, after school program incentives, morning programs for our elders, healthcare for Hip-Hoppers and communities of disconnected people worldwide. We still don’t have our Hip-Hop museum. Let’s work to stop the many injustices in our communities. And our churches, masjids and temples need to open their doors back up to the communities and stop being scared of their communities

    More of our rappers, entertainers and stars need to stand against injustice that hurts all people wherever they are on the planet. What’s more important is a Million Man/Woman March against the killings by our own in our own communities, and working to end the racist prison system designed to incarcerate Black and Latino men and women at a higher rate and for longer terms. These are the issues that must be addressed, and that are more important than worrying about causing a “beef” between my brother Kool Herc and I. And I have been calling for a Hip-Hop Union for years. Let’s do that. Remember what Zulu stands for: “Peace, Unity, Love and Havin’ Fun”

    I will also personally end this letter with this: Come celebrate the 39th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Culture, and the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation with us this November. If you want to be one of us… ASK one of us.

    Peace

    Quadeer “MC Spice” Shakur

    QuadeerShakurMedia@gmail.com

    Quadeer “MC SPICE” Shakur
    Minister Of Information
    Universal Zulu Nation

    “The Revolution is NOT an EVENT… it’s a PROCESS”

  • Mickey Bentson

    Here Is The The Letter We Sent Allhiphop

    ZULU NATION RESPONDS TO NEGATIVE ENERGY ABOUT KOOL HERC

    ATTENTION TO ALL MEDIA OUTLETS! On behalf of the Universal Zulu Nation, our members, followers and dedicated members of the worldwide Hip-Hop Nation and its communities, we are asking that ALL media outlets CEASE AND DESIST from any negative reports concerning DJ Kool Herc and Zulu Nation. Afrika Bambaataa has spoken with his brother. DJ Kool Herc, and both brothers wish peace upon all followers of the Culture. Please refrain from adding any negative, violent language and/or attacks against one another as it relates to these two stand-up men in our community.

    We should never confuse open dialogue or open disagreements with “beef” or “war”. This is not the mission of the Universal Zulu Nation, nor is it the intent of any of our members or founders. A lot of comments and posts across the nation lends to an environment of hatred and violence, which we DO NOT CONDONE.

    That said, here are words from the Amen Ra of Hip-Hop, Afrika Bambaataa himself:

    “To anybody who thought they were causing friction, it’s not happening. Kool Herc is my brother. To the Hip-Hop communities worldwide, let’s focus on the positive things concerning Hip-Hop. We still need music programs for kids in our schools, after school program incentives, morning programs for our elders, healthcare for Hip-Hoppers and communities of disconnected people worldwide. We still don’t have our Hip-Hop museum. Let’s work to stop the many injustices in our communities. And our churches, masjids and temples need to open their doors back up to the communities and stop being scared of their communities

    More of our rappers, entertainers and stars need to stand against injustice that hurts all people wherever they are on the planet. What’s more important is a Million Man/Woman March against the killings by our own in our own communities, and working to end the racist prison system designed to incarcerate Black and Latino men and women at a higher rate and for longer terms. These are the issues that must be addressed, and that are more important than worrying about causing a “beef” between my brother Kool Herc and I. And I have been calling for a Hip-Hop Union for years. Let’s do that. Remember what Zulu stands for: “Peace, Unity, Love and Havin’ Fun”

    I will also personally end this letter with this: Come celebrate the 39th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Culture, and the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation with us this November. If you want to be one of us… ASK one of us.

    Peace

    Quadeer “MC Spice” Shakur

    QuadeerShakurMedia@gmail.com

    Quadeer “MC SPICE” Shakur
    Minister Of Information
    Universal Zulu Nation

    “The Revolution is NOT an EVENT… it’s a PROCESS”

    • Quadeer Shakur

      Good lookin’ out, OG! One love

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  • Mickey Bentson

    Respect

  • I respect the approach in which this was taken. Positive, Proffessional and On Point. This is a great representation of what HIP HOP the CULTURE is about.

    • Quadeer Shakur

      yes!

  • Amad Henderson

    ZULU NATION RESPONDS TO NEGATIVE ENERGY ABOUT KOOL HERC

    ATTENTION TO ALL MEDIA OUTLETS! On behalf of the Universal Zulu Nation, our members, followers and dedicated members of the worldwide Hip-Hop Nation and its communities, we are asking that ALL media outlets CEASE AND DESIST from any negative reports concerning DJ Kool Herc and Zulu Nation. Afrika Bambaataa has spoken with his brother. DJ Kool Herc, and both brothers wish peace upon all followers of the Culture. Please refrain from adding any negative, violent language and/or attacks against one another as it relates to these two stand-up men in our community.

    We should never confuse open dialogue or open disagreements with “beef” or “war”. This is not the mission of the Universal Zulu Nation, nor is it the intent of any of our members or founders. A lot of comments and posts across the nation lends to an environment of hatred and violence, which we DO NOT CONDONE.

    That said, here are words from the Amen Ra of Hip-Hop, Afrika Bambaataa himself:

    “To anybody who thought they were causing friction, it’s not happening. Kool Herc is my brother. To the Hip-Hop communities worldwide, let’s focus on the positive things concerning Hip-Hop. We still need music programs for kids in our schools, after school program incentives, morning programs for our elders, healthcare for Hip-Hoppers and communities of disconnected people worldwide. We still don’t have our Hip-Hop museum. Let’s work to stop the many injustices in our communities. And our churches, masjids and temples need to open their doors back up to the communities and stop being scared of their communities

    More of our rappers, entertainers and stars need to stand against injustice that hurts all people wherever they are on the planet. What’s more important is a Million Man/Woman March against the killings by our own in our own communities, and working to end the racist prison system designed to incarcerate Black and Latino men and women at a higher rate and for longer terms. These are the issues that must be addressed, and that are more important than worrying about causing a “beef” between my brother Kool Herc and I. And I have been calling for a Hip-Hop Union for years. Let’s do that. Remember what Zulu stands for: “Peace, Unity, Love and Havin’ Fun”

    I will also personally end this letter with this: Come celebrate the 39th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Culture, and the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation with us this November. If you want to be one of us… ASK one of us.

    Peace

    Quadeer “MC Spice” Shakur

    QuadeerShakurMedia@gmail.com

    Quadeer “MC SPICE” Shakur
    Minister Of Information
    Universal Zulu Nation

    “The Revolution is NOT an EVENT… it’s a PROCESS”

    • Quadeer Shakur

      Thanks for the post, Amad. Z’s UP!

  • hoeyuno

    “.healthcare for hip hoppers”.I didn’t miss the point but that shit was funny. I just pictured a breakdancer spinning himself into a fucced up neck injury.

    • Nah, more like Herc needing a kidney.

      • hoeyuno

        I didn’t know that ish..sad man. healthcare shouldn’t even be a issue for the U.S. in the year 2013… but Zulu obviously still has love for Herc if there addressing the rumor mill……again.

      • Always love for Herc!

      • hoeyuno

        Hip hop museum!!!! That’s a must. I would go to ny to see that shit

      • Hit the Zulu Anni & We’ll link up!

  • Pirate7X

    Onward and upward as Bam has always been as the visionary. Peace!

  • ZULUBOY

    Im a South African,a proper Zulu and I was born on the 11th of August.

    Afrika Bambaataa is a legend but the truth is that he talking crap.

    ”Zulu nation” lmao….

  • ZULUBOY

    ZULU means ‘The sky’

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  • Blaq_Boi

    You know, if this type of dialogue between grown black men was publicised more often, then us youngins wouldn’t think “beefin” is always the solution. We’re marketed violence and ill thought toward each other as the only means of resolution to any and all sorts of disagreements, we are fed the wrong perception of what a real man is. I wish to see the day two (or more) men can resolve problems they have genuinely. No guns, no violence, no “no homo” hash tags, no fear of being b-rated by community cause talking it out isn’t “manly”; just grown men acknowledging right and/or wrong and building and growing as a nation. Much love to the individuals involved in this situation. How you dealt with this issue goes far beyond you guys, it’s an eye opener for a lot of us. Thank you.

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