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