Afrika Bambaataa AKA the “Grandfather” aka the Amen Ra of Universal Hip Hop Culture, and let’s not forget the Father of the Electro Funk Sound was born in 1972. He grew up in the South Bronx which was a very rough neighborhood, gangs were the law because the law was lacking. They would clear their turf of drug dealers; assist with community health programs, fight & party to hold down turf & members. Bam founded The Savage Seven street gang, which later became the Black Spades, with Bam as their warlord.
Bambaataa entered an essay contest & won a trip to Africa, this was when his point of view changed. He was impressed by the ZULU and their strong sense of community & solidarity. His trip inspired him to create more positivity in his own hood. He returned to the Bronx and started the “Bronx River Organization” as a substitute for The Black Spades. He began throwing hip hop parties like DJ Kool Herc & DJ Dee. His mission was to use hip hop to encourage the inner city youth to get out of gangs & stop the violence, his project turned into the Zulu Nation. It was the 1st hip hop organization, with an official birthdate of November 12, 1973.
In 1982 Bam & his crew of dancers, artists, & DJs went outside the US on the very first hip hop tour. He wanted to expose the culture and values to other countries. Showing hip hop was established on peace, unity,
and love & having fun.
Bam had the gift of bringing people together. Known as “The Master of Records”, he formed two rap crews Jazzy 5 & Soul sonic Force. His leadership and creative mastery resulted in his first pop hit “Planet Rock”. It went gold and spawned an entire genre of “electro –boogie” he also created “turntablism” and the approval of “electronica” as an industry-certified trend in the late 90s. His 2nd release in 1983 included “Looking For the Perfect Beat” & “Renegades of Funk” both were arranged with Soulsonic Force. In 1984 he was featured in the hip hop cult classic Beat Street.
In 1990 Afrika Bambaataa made Life magazine’s “Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” issue. He was one of the most prolific artists in the hip hop movement, paving the way for future generations. His accomplishments and influence will be remembered forever.
As always here's the hook up on a free download a mash up of Daft Punk & PLanet Rock, ENJOY! :)