Over the past several months, Brand Nubian member Lord Jamar has been vocal in his criticism of white rappers whom he feels disrespect the culture. The controversy began with Jamar blasting Seattle rapper Macklemore for the latter’s criticism of homophobia in hip-hop. Jamar told VladTV last fall that white rappers are “guests” in hip-hop and should recognize that “this is a black man’s thing.” Now, another veteran of 90s East Coast hip-hop is voicing his opinion. Buckshot of Black Moon and the Boot Camp Clik responded to Jamar’s comments and made it clear that he does not agree at all.
“How?” he said in regards to Jamar’s stance that hip-hop was started by and belongs to black people. “How? How when we had Ad-Rock, a part of the Beastie Boys, in the movie Krush Groove, a part of the beginning of hip-hop, who introduced LL Cool J to [Def Jam Records co-founder] Russell Simmons? How? How was it originally a black thing? Stop it.”
“I love you, black people,” Buckshot stated. “I love you, but let me tell you something. My name is Hanif Alwin al-Sadiq, that’s my Muslim name, right? Yes, I speak Arabic,” he said, then added some phrases in Arabic. “No question … very good. If you wanna challenge me, I’m the worst motherf—- in your life, period. Ever.”
Buckshot indicated that he feels the preoccupation with race is short-sighted, as we are all human beings. “My point is, once you get past the level of the quotations and the rotations and hearing it, you guide each thing with your heart,” Buckshot said. “Your heart is the truth. The day you could bust a n—a chest open and pull out his heart and I could see a black heart and a white heart, and know how those s—- operate, you good. ‘Cause until then, all I see is two f——- organs that pump blood. Aight?”
“For you n—as to sit there and keep bringing out the difference between each race because of what they do and what they leave behind, all you being is just a go-getter baby,” he continued. “You could sit there and tell me, ‘Yeah, but the white man was the one who did this, and the white man did that.’ The white man is gonna say, ‘The black man did this and the black man did that.’ You know what I’m saying? We can keep going on and on and on. We could talk about the Arabs who sold us out to slavery in the Mediterranean — we could do all that.”
“All you gonna get back down to is human,” he said. “‘Hu,’ light, ‘man,’ animal, physical being. We are light within physical being. That’s why we are human. All of us, no matter who you are. And that’s the reason why we have the abilities to do the same thing with similar aspects from different directions. Just from a different cultural aspect because, yes, our skin color may have an effect on our anatomy which has an effect on our rhythm. As a black man, my rhythm and my timing might be in tune to this, and as a white man your skin color and your anatomy might have you rhythmically [attuned] to that. Together we unify that unification, that’s why the earth spins around 360 degrees. So all that other s— sounds nice and sounds so great for people who failed in life, f—– up in life, mad at the world, can’t get a f——- spot, don’t know why they f—— up, going by what their parents said, loved the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and the handclaps, give anything for attention. All that s— is them dudes.”