Called out as “Gossip Blogger Akademiks,” Zulu Nation condemns his recent comments on hip hop pioneers and MC Lyte chimes in.
An open letter to DJ Akademiks was made publicly by Zulu Nation. The letter was signed by Universal Zulu Nation Minister Of Information Quadeer “MC Spice” Shakur.
“For 48 years, we’ve educated the world about the importance of our Culture’s four spiritual principles: Peace, Unity, Love, and Having Fun,” the letter read. “Those principles were indoctrinated into American culture through positive reinforcement, utilizing four physical elements: Deejaying, Graffiti, Breakdancing, and Emceeing.
“There is a hidden element, known as ‘the fifth element,’ which is Knowledge.”
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It continued: “Young man, had you been well versed with the fifth element, you would have known that your foul and unreasonably disrespectful rant against pioneers of our Culture was out of line, without merit, and pointless.
“More importantly, the culture vultures and agents for change are enjoying the fracas you created, as they are, have always been, and continue to be steadfast against what we’ve created from nothing. They don’t want us to succeed, and when we do, they always find an agent to do their dirty work in hopes of dismantling our Culture.
The letter also claimed the “culture vultures and agents of change” have “created an atmosphere of disunity, dissension, discontent and hate” and the Zulu Nation believes they’ve influenced Akademiks.
“Subliminally, they have lured you into their trap,” it went on. “Their plan to bring division among us will always work when they include and involve the gullible. It’s disheartening to see the enemy consume our people and use them to destroy their own. Please always remember that the enemy does not view our Culture favorably. They never will.
“And if they can throw money at you, they will continue to pimp you, your thoughts, your ideals, and your rationale. To them, you are clueless, uncultured, uncouth, and simpleminded. To us, you are a king, but they’ve blindsided you to believe you’re no more than a gossiper, which is the trait of a foolish woman. Again, we all know better.”
The letter included an allegation that Akademiks wants to be the “male version of Wendy Williams,” something the Zulu Nation determined he can never be.
“Wendy is an accomplished journalist,” it said. “She is trained to seek both sides of a story and disseminate factual information to the public. Besides, Wendy is a woman, and you could never be a woman, even though you may gossip like one. Choose a side and work that side.”
The letter concluded by addressing the murders of PnB Rock, Pop Smoke and XXXTENTACION and what presumably led to their murders.
“We have been attacked by the national police association (Ice -T for his song ‘Cop Killer,’ N.W.A for their song ‘F### The Police’); we have been attacked by Black radio (refusing to play songs by Public Enemy, X-Clan and KRS-One); and we are constantly under attack by this new media. They don’t want blogs, vlogs, or videos that spread the truth about this Culture. They want the gossip, the beef, and talks about ‘the bag.’
“Let me tell you something about that so-called ‘bag’ many young people brag about. Rapper PnB Rock was shot and killed for ‘the bag.’ Rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed for ‘the bag.’ Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed for “the bag.” Be mindful in your quest to secure “the bag”, young man. Thus far, it has not produced positive result” as printed by AllHipHop.
The latest rap legend to respond to his take is MC Lyte, who deemed his commentary as a “disservice” and a poor example to the current generation of Hip-Hop fans.
“I think it does a disservice to us as a community to think that way,” Lyte said during an appearance on SiriusXM Urban View’s The Clay Cane Show. “But I also understand the generation that’s coming up now, everything is the proof, and they want to see the proof, as opposed to feel the proof, or hear the proof. They want to see it,” the Brooklyn native said.
While paying homage to the likes of Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Melly Mel, Treacherous Three and others who paved the way for artists like herself, Lyte also pointed to the fact that it is possible to honor your predecessors while also elevating the game.
“When you talk about JAY-Z and Kanye [West] being able to take the torch into a whole other stratosphere; but yet they know who inspired them,” she explained. “I don’t think anybody rolled over from birth and took up a microphone. They all had to listen to somebody, somebody inspired them to wanna be bigger, broader.”
The conversation was initiated by Cane, who drew a parallel between the “old school vs. new school” war of words that was sparked by Akademiks, and the premise of Lyte’s sitcom Partners In Rhyme.