Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Afrika Baby Bam

It's likely we'll never hear the full story, but it is disappointing to hear that Baby Bam has not only become the black sheep (no pun intended) of the Native Tongue family, but also a laughing-stock to some members of the Hip Hop community.

I recall a video on the internet a few years ago in which Pharrell shared a story with DJ Premier about a chance encounter between Busta Rhymes and Afrika. At this time he (Afrika) was doing his Pagan movement thing and there were a lot of "I don't knoooooooow's" and raised eyebrows, with the implication that perhaps he was gay.

Try to start a conversation about the Jungle Brothers today, and you may find the conversation heading in that direction. I hope this doesn't become the lasting legacy of the Jungle Brothers. I mean, they did put out two good albums, and helped start one of the more creative movements in Hip Hop.

Afrika appears on the latest episode of Percee P's Preserving The Culture podcast. To be honest, it's not the most exciting or focused conversation, but he does touch on the origins of the group, his problems with Q-Tip, and the Pagan thing that had everyone riled up. Check it out if you're interested.

Preserving The Culture: Link

Jungle Brothers - Promo No.2 (Mind Review '89)

Jungle Brothers - Ultrablack


The Great Gats, B said...

That Pharrell + Primo video :

To be fair, it was pretty funny.

The Great Gats, B said...

Boothe you ol' trendsetter : you make a post about Baby Bam the other day, looking at Hypebeast this morning I see that Stussy Japan are doing a Baby Bam tee :

Boothe said...

Baby Bam revival.

That video (Pharrell in particular) is funny. That Busta impression seems spot on. Still though...why they gotta hate on Bam like that? Methinks the hate between he and Q-Tip runs deep.

Anonymous said...

If all the hate is due to the speculation that Baby Bam might be gay, then that's some pretty juvenile shit right there. Not a surprise, this coming from Pharrell fucking Williams.