Throwback Thursday #22: X Clan (@xclanmusic + @ParadiseGray + @BroJXClan)

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” 

Marcus Garvey

 Every Thursday here on Quitetrillworldwide we are doing a throwback Thursday. We will pick a jam, album or movie from the past in any genre and give you some info that you may not have known before about that artist.


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X Clan is one of the most important groups in hip hop history, they hailed from Brooklyn, New York. The group consisted of Grand Verbalizer Funkin’ Lesson Brother J (Brother J), Professor X the Overseer, Paradise the Architect, and Sugar Shaft the Rhythm Provider. The current line-up consists  of Brother, Master China, Kumu, “Ultraman” Ra Hanna, ACL, Lord Cza, DJ Fat Jack and Zulu.

X Clan was Known for its Afrocentric and militant activism as member of the Blackwatch movement. They were one of the first and maybe the only artist to represent as heavily for afro-centricity in hip hop. African symbolism was at the forefront of what X Clan represented; just the appearance alone made a huge statement and had brothers all over the world rocking Africa medallions and ankhs. They also had a charismatic spokesman in Professor X who would drop cool little antidotes at the top of most songs, shit like “Vanglorious This is protected by the red, the black, and the green With a key, sissy!” these antidotes and symbols like the medallions and the famed “Pink Cadillac” that took them to the east left a lasting impression on those that heard them. They represented an important part of the black struggle, the Pan-African ideology which is an ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to “unify and uplift” people of African descent. The ideology is based on the idea that the fate of all African peoples and countries are intertwined. This is also one of the reasons that the major record companies shunned them after a while, they had gotten too powerful. This ideology is something that X Clan pushed in their music to the fullest; they made music that made the ancestors proud.

 

 

 

 

 

Discography

To the East, Blackwards

  • Released: May 15, 1990
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #97
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #11

 

Xodus

  • Released: May 19, 1992
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #31
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #11

 

Return from Mecca

  • Released: January 30, 2007
  • Billboard 200 chart position:
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position:
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