Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, the longtime leader of Harlem’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, has died at the age of 73 according to multiple reports such as on CNN. He was 73. Remembering Reverend Calvin Butts VS Snoop Dogg & Ice T is a time capsule of Old School Saturday, and it’s a must-watch for any Hip-Hop or Rap fan!
“The Butts Family and entire Abyssinian Baptist Church membership solicit your prayers for us in our bereavement,” the church said in a statement about the passing of its beloved pastor.
In the world of hip hop, he is remembered for taking a stand at the then growing “gangsta rap” in the early 1990s with the likes of Ice T, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur. He would go on a crusade against the hip hop icons and the messages they were delivering at the time. WorldWide Entertainment TV’s “Old School Saturday” goes back to the time period to look at the controversy that reflects what we see today with Ye formerly known as Kanye West.
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The Abyssinian Baptist Church was established as the first African-American Baptist church in New York state in 1808 by a group of people who “refused to accept segregated seating in the First Baptist Church of New York City,” according to its website. The church broke ground at its current location in Harlem in New York City in 1922, the website states.
In May of 1993, MTV did a documentary about “Gangsta rap” and its impact on the community. The 24 minute special delved into the phenomena as Snoop and Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts exchanged words via television screen.
On Video Music Box, Ice T sat down with the reverend and other elders in the community to talk about his lyrics and influence on the youth.