This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

August 4th – Professor X was born Robert Lumumba Carson in Brooklyn, New York, on this day in 1956.

X was the son of Brooklyn based social activist Sonny Carson, who worked closely with Malcolm X in the Organization Of Afro-American Unity, an organization founded by the former Nation Of Islam National Representative after he left his post in 1964.

Malcolm would bounce the young Professor X as a child on his lap, planting the early seeds of Professor X’s revolutionary spirit.

Professor X was a founding member of the legendary hip-hop group X-Clan along with Grand Verbalizer Funkin’ Lesson Brother J, Paradise The Architect and DJ Sugar Shaft who died from complications of the AIDS virus in 1995.

Professor X recorded two albums with X-Clan; 1990’s “To The East Blackwards” and 1992’s “Xodus”.

In 1993, Professor X organized and produced the anti-drug anthem “Close The Crackhouse”, on Polydor Records, which featured Chuck D of Public Enemy, Brother J of X-Clan, Wise Intelligent, Big Daddy Kane, Money B, the dual personalities Shock G and Humpty Hump of Digital Underground, Ex-Girlfriend, Mickey Jarrett, Freedom Williams of C&C Music Factory fame, YZ, Amen Ra and D-Dot of 2 Kings In A Cypher, as well as X himself.

Professor X was also a founding member of The Blackwatch Movement, a collective of hip-hop artists whose mandate was the study of self and Black History.

The Blackwatch Movement included Isis, Queen Mother Rage, YZ as well as X-Clan.

Professor X, also known as “The Overseer”, passed away from complications associated with spinal meningitis in 2006.

Professor X was one of the most beloved and influential figures in socially-conscious and afro-centric hip-hop.