Monday, May 09, 2016

KRS-One Clarifies Afrika Bambaata Statements


Last week old school Hip Hop heads were left dumbfounded after conscious rapper KRS-One appeared to downplay the growing wave of child moslestation claims lodged against Afrika Bamabaataa and the Zulu Nation [click here if you missed that].

KRS-One attempts to clear things up...


His lengthy statement appears on KRS-One.com
In response to the responses and comments made after my interview with Nore, I am taking this time to clarify some of my statements to those that seem to be confused about my remarks regarding the controversy surrounding Afrika Bambaataa. One headline that I had read stated “KRS-One Doesn’t Care If Afrika Bambaataa Molested Kids”.
Wow! Really?
Fortunately, anyone can go to the audio and/or video recording of my entire interview with Nore and see for themselves just how irresponsible such headlines are. It seems that people will say anything these days to draw attention to their site.
I am indeed concerned about the accusations made against Afrika Bambaataa, but I will not become entangled in a controversy that seems to be less about justice and more about self-promotion and revenge. Of course, I care if a young person is being abused or even neglected, my entire life is based upon the protection and further development of young people; I teach and inspire young people every day! But, as you can see, irresponsible headlines like “KRS-One Doesn’t Care If Afrika Bambaataa Molested Kids”, and trying to turn a funny song I did years ago into some kind of question regarding my character is precisely the type of sensationalist gossip which I really don’t give a fuck about! Let us have Focus And Ignore These Haters.
I said then as I am saying right now, it is not that I don’t care at all about the accusations made against Afrika Bambaataa; I am saddened at the whole controversy and how it is being handled. It is not that I don’t care, it is more the fact that I don’t gossip, I don’t take sides in real disputes that don’t concern me, I don’t slander people’s names and I don’t believe in abandoning your friends when they may be accused of crimes or make mistakes in life. What is so confusing about that? My position is clear! At this moment, all I am seeing and hearing regarding Afrika Bambaataa is gossip and sensationalism, and like I have already said, “I really don’t give a fuck about all that!”
I don’t apply my mind to gossip and slander. Slandering the accused for the sake of slander is not justice, nor is it the seeking of justice. I would like to see justice and healing for both the accusers as well as for the accused. But continuous slander and disrespect are not healing anyone or even correcting the situation. Disrespect and slander is NEVER an indicator that true justice is being sought. Disrespect and outright slander proves personal vendettas and revenge against the slandered, and I don’t participate in such immaturity, nor am I na├»ve to political set-ups and character assassinations.
Instead of using one’s mind and time to gossip about Afrika Bambaataa, I think we should look closely at what it means to hate. There is no forgiveness, justice or healing on any level when hate is involved. Hate is also a federal crime, as well as a spiritual disease. There is no victory with hate, and hate is what is leading the charge against Afrika Bambaataa; not justice or even healing or reconciliation. Only love conquers all! And within the character of love is forgiveness, and healing, and loyalty; this is what is needed at this time. Hate reveals itself for what it really is—evil! It cannot see clearly so it exposes itself at every turn, and those that truly love can see it. Hate is indeed self-destructive, and this is what real Hip Hop must avoid at all cost. Only love sees clearly. Only love is consistent because only love is UNCONDITIONAL. Love shows us the full life of the accused; not just the accusations brought against the accused.
So, in closing, I would ask that you not expect KRS-One to seriously lend his mind to such sensational issues when there are larger, and frankly more serious, issues concerning the future and global existence of Hip Hop. Issues pertaining to the correct documentation and updating of Hip Hop’s global history, the colonization of Hip Hop by the university system, Hip Hop and Healthcare, Hip Hop and Education, Hip Hop and urban policing, Hip Hop’s relationship to the White House, Hip Hop recognized as an American-born culture with federal protection and its own tax benefits, more touring and recording opportunities for our youth, our Hip Hop City, and so on. These are the things that serious Hip Hop scholars, artists and journalists are discussing.
And by the way, Nore and I did discuss other issues pertaining to song-writing and my present battle with M.C. Shan, to police misconduct and creating a Hip Hop currency, but for some reason the controversies surrounding Afrika Bambaataa is what our entire conversation has been reduced to with deliberately disrespectful statements like “KRS-One Doesn’t Care If Afrika Bambaataa Molested Kids” as the main focus of our interview. This whole thing is childish and immature, and this is precisely why our community remains in the powerless state we find ourselves within today.
Am I the only one that sees this? I think it’s time we grew-up!
Serious students and apprentice of our culture can review paragraphs 20 through 29 of the Eleventh Overstanding of the Gospel of Hip Hop pages 470 and 471 for further insight on this matter. During Hip Hop Appreciation Week (May 16th—22nd 2016), I will also be releasing a special instructional video entitled “An Introduction To Hip Hop” for those interested in upgrading their teaching of Hip Hop; go to KRS-One.com for viewing.
And of course, check-out my new music project “Now Hear This” with two new bonus tracks also available at KRS-One.com. This is what’s important, not gossip and slander with no attempt at real justice. Instead of seriously tearing each other down, let us consider seriously building each other up!
Guard your soul; seek peace always.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

First of all,Ain't nobody reading all that. #BYE !!

Anonymous said...

Okay Kris. I'm looking at you and the so-called Zulu Nation with the side eye. NOBODY had an inkling this was going on including Bam-Dusky's so-called "roommate?" Those project apartments are NOT THAT BIG so he had to have heard SOMETHING!

The ex-roommate was stuttering, mumbling, and deflecting in the Star interview. I don't always like Star, but kudos to him for calling these people out and trying to hold someone accountable.

This is the interview; It’s beyond surreal:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlOrV-_NtQk

Anonymous said...

Agree with @1:07pm, no time to read all of that, he should have sum that up in a few sentences. He wants everyone to lose focus at what the fact really is and it is that he said he didn't care, its already said and done bruh just leave it alone

Anonymous said...

looks like this hit-dog is HOLLERIN' to me.. why you so defensive KRS? oh maybe b/c you knew..

Anonymous said...

All that to say he's riding with his boy Afrika. That's what I got out of it.

Anonymous said...

I refused to read this BS too..from the looks of his long statement he's guilty of something either catching or receiving!! Although I didn't read his statement... KRS defending or trying to explain a reason for such sickness makes u molester as well. Krs go back in your hole boo and stay the hell out of it!

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone above. This is an attempt to distract us from the real story. There's still not a solid headcount on how many boys were allegedly molested, and old school hip-hop seems to be deflecting.

Yeah, Zulu Nation bought kids sneakers, sponsored free lunches, etc. and that's great. But at what cost? How many lives ruined if they allegedly knew and did nothing.

Anonymous said...

@1:21

Agreed. People knew, didn't care. Sad.

Anonymous said...

I read it on my lunch hour because I've been following the story: He's basically deflecting (as someone said) and using doublespeak and talking a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. Whatever, Kris.

Anonymous said...

I love you KRS-One, but this right here! You are soo smart that you're dumb. Tsk tsk.

Miiss Pee said...

Coming from a man that hasn't been linked to a woman, since Ms. Melody. He probably a booty bandit as well.

T said...

Since he is soooo behind him, he probably literally WAS and still is in on it.

remain silent bell pepper nose.

I read his intial interview and he did say he did not care, he was still supporting him.

so good luck jabba jaws.

T said...

Since he is soooo behind him, he probably literally WAS and still is in on it.

remain silent bell pepper nose.

I read his intial interview and he did say he did not care, he was still supporting him.

so good luck jabba jaws.

Anonymous said...

Google a song that Krs 1 made about him messing with a 13 year girl
At the end of the song, the girl's father found out, and said he would sex krs 1 down
If he kept messing with 13 year old girl
In the song , krs 1 refused to stop messing with the girl
Does this sound confusing? Well google the song cus it didnt make sense to me either
I saw this in the comment section of lipstick alley
And I couldnt believe it either
Some of the posters said that is y Krs 1
was defending Bambata
Cus allegedly, he is shady as hell too

Anonymous said...

*I saw the video link on a lipstick alley
thread*
I agree @2:14pm

Anonymous said...

I understand what he's trying to say. These are always difficult situations. When horrible accusations of this nature are made people are quick to persecute on the strength of the allegations alone. That's why it can prove so devastating to someone's character and career even if said allegations never prove true. As a true friend or fam, you don't wanna abandon someone you love when they're in the midst of a storm, especially if you don't believe in your heart it's true. But I think KRS-1 was saying that the way this shit is being handled isn't so much about bringing justice for the victims but instead bringing down Zulu Nation (and to some extend all of hip hop; AB is one of its forefathers), which for whatever it's worth did a lot of great work and music in the hip hop community. I think he wants real justice; not just on-going rumors acting as real news in the media.

I dunno. It's tough. I didn't watch the interview but I really wanna believe KRS-1 is a stand-up dude at the end of the day. I can't speak on AB and I haven't been following the case enough to know all the details. But I'll be glad when some of these sick ass sexual deviant white men start getting called out along with these black men. Their shit always conveniently goes away.

Anonymous said...

@4:18 - I understand what you're saying but the interviews are pretty damning. Please listen for yourself.

Also, someone on another thread mad a great point: Rather than this being a Black vs. White issue re: how these issues are handled by the press and media, it's more about a the power to silence victims and cover things up.

Couple that with the alleged occult leanings of people who are into the Egypt/Moon Cycle/Isis-Osiris dynamic like some of the Zulu Nation are and their "beliefs" about how they derive their "power" make the accusations believable. The key is to not let hip-hop in general get co-opted by a few alleged molesters and their enablers.

Anonymous said...

4:24 - I feel you and I'll take a listen to the interview.

In terms of black vs white? Well, I'm not sure how we can discard the reality we exists within at these moments when the ultimate power structure is maintained by and still very much benefits white men. Ignoring the racial element in any given circumstance is choosing to ignore both the political and socioeconomic forces constantly at play. I'm not cynical nor do I subscribe to any extreme ideas suggesting ALL white folks in power are evil. I also don't believe ALL successful black men are rendered victims to any specific agenda, though I do think it happens. That's why I said I'll be glad when white men are equally called out along with the black perpetrators. For instance, Bryan Singer, the director of X-Men has been accused of sexual abuse & rape of young men for years. But guess what? There's a new X-Men film hitting theaters. Not a single word has been uttered loud enough to harm this man's reputation or pockets, and damn sure not the X-Men movie enterprise as a whole.

In terms of the so-called occult teachings of Isis and Osiris? Anyone using this ancient spiritual and metaphysical system for acts of perversion & violence doesn't know shit about anything.

Ron said...

Black people will listen to gossip and rumors cause some of us are to lazy to research the truth!!!! You are always hateful and negative toward your own race. SMDH

prissa o said...

Sorry "brotha" but that entire diatribe was unnecessary. This simple statement would have sufficed: "Afrika Bambaataa is my friend. And while I would hope that he did not do what he accused of, if it is proven that he did, I can not and will not stand by, nor lend my support to him". Period. Point Blank.

All that other bs is just bs. Worrying about if hip hop will be recognized in the White House and if it will receive Federal Protection sounds like a fucking money grab. And that is supposed to be more important than the dignity and manhood being ripped from the young men who happened to cross paths with Afrika???

No sir!!! You are wrong my friend and you may have several seats right along side that pedophile friend that you are so willing to protect.

Good day, and good riddance "sir"!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounding like a true pedophile protector @5:02pm
U sound just like the men who turned their faces away while these young men were being violated
I just can't anymore with that played out excuse, smh

ThatBKChick said...

As smart and articulate KRS ONE, he could've said all of this in one paragraph! Love me some KRSONE, but the right thing would've been to decline to comment and wish Afrika luck!!

Anonymous said...

KRS you have failed miserably.

Sunni Daze said...

He said all that to say absolutely nothing at all. Now the teacher must become the student.

Cj Perdomo said...

If any of you actually read it you'd know he's saying he doesn't know so he's not going to gossip

Cj Perdomo said...

If any of you actually read it you'd know he's saying he doesn't know so he's not going to gossip

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