Hip-Hop royalty KRS-One is using his voice to defend, of all people, Afrika Bambaata. Bambaataa, who was kicked out of the Zulu Nation earlier this year, has been battling allegations that he sexually molested several little boys back in the eighties. His denial alone is enough fuel for KRS-One to champion the “Planet Rock” producer’s place among hip-hop deities.
“When you’re talking about Afrika Bambaataa, first of all, you’re talking about the person who invented hip-hop,” KRS-One said in a recent sit-down interview in Birmingham, England. “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.”
“Some of us are infallible,” KRS-One continued. “Some of us are going to have to be untouchable or our entire culture is going to fall. Our culture cannot fall on the accusations of four people — that’s weak.”
What appears to be weak, though, is KRS-One’s argument — at least to folks on Twitter:
Afrika Bambaata out here molesting kids. We can’t just over look that bc the dude made “Planet Rock.” @IAmKRSOne
— Show-Me State ZayR (@ZayHovasWitness) July 20, 2016
— Bishop Briganté (@BishopBrigante) July 20, 2016
KRS One is under the impression that acknowledging Afrika Bambaataa as a child molester retroactively makes Hip Hop culture a lie. WRONG.
— Dart_Adams (@Dart_Adams) July 20, 2016
Four men, including 50-year-old Bronx politician Ronald Savage, have accused Bambaataa of sexually abusing them. “I want him to know how much he damaged me growing up,” Savage revealed in an interview with the Daily News. “I was just a child. Why did he take my innocence away? Why did he do this to me?”
During an April 25 interview on The Ed Lover Show, Bambaataa forcefully denied the claims, calling them lies. “It could be me today and you tomorrow. I completely deny all accusations that’s being put against your brother, Afrika Bambaataa,” he remarked.