Kool DJ Red Alert speaks with Lord Jamar’s Yanadameen Godcast to speak on the controversy surrounding hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa with rumors of child molestation.
The Big Daddy Kane and KRS ONE version of Verzuz brought memories to long time hip hop fans when the two provided music of yesteryear. Not only did the icons do their classic hit songs, but they brought out legendary performers in the history of the genre. Kool DJ Red Alert made an appearance to the delight of fans in New York.
KRS ONE is known for showing his appreciation for the founding fathers of the art-form and this was no more apparent during his defense of Afrika Bambaataa’s rumors that were circulating of being a child molester. In 2016, the rap legend would find himself in controversy for his statement that seemed to be dismissive of the likes of Hassan Campbell‘s claim of abuse from the “Planet Rock” rapper.
The man behind Boogie Down Production was quoted as saying, “When you’re talking about Afrika Bambaataa, first of all, you’re talking about the person who invented hip-hop,” and continued with “Not participated in it. There was no hip-hop before Afrika Bambaataa. Let’s start there, so anyone who has a problem with Afrika Bambaataa should quit hip-hop.”
As reported by Vibe Magazine, KRS ONE went further with his defending of Bambaataa saying, “Let me tell you what I could care less about: accusations and gossip.” KRS-One wanted more proof where he could speak on the situation against Afrika Bambaata by explaining, “KRS does not get involved in that. Show me the evidence and I will definitely have justice done.
Long time rap rival, MC Shan, spoke on the statement around the time with disbelief on the Murder Master Music Show, referring to KRS’ statement as “insensitive” and asserting that Bambataa’s legacy is, indeed, “tarnished.”
“Even that response was kind of insensitive. It is what it is and you said it and now you answering for it and now you got people looking at you suspect because you too much on Bam’s side. Was you one of them? Remember he was homeless back in the days! Did he give you a place for a little touchy feel back in the days? Come on if it’s real it’s real tell on the motherfucker like everybody else did.”
Continuing, Shan noted his own personal history as a victim of childhood abuse.
“I don’t pay attention to what he says! Bambaataa’s legacy is tarnished. If he used [to do] that like pedophiles do, and this is not allegedly because he admitted that he touched that man, and he manipulated these children. I ain’t ashamed to say it, I had a motherf*cker touch me when I was young, so I hate motherf*ckers like Bambaataa. A motherf*cker just touched me there wasn’t no penetration. I could put his name out there but the motherf*cker is dead now.”
Now the legendary Kool DJ Red Alert chimes in on the topic. When asked by Lord Jamar about hearing about Bambaata doing inappropriate things to young boys, Kool DJ Red Alert plainly stated “To tell you the God’s honest truth, I never saw nothing, never heard of anything,”.
He did admit he heard of things surrounding the gangs at the time concerning initiation which may have been associated with child abuse however. Watch more of what the iconic DJ had to say in the video below.