This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
August 4th, 2012
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 Crack House Down” on Polydor Records which featured Yours Truly 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.