Today in Hip-Hop: R.I.P. Professor X (August 4, 1956 – March 17, 2006)

Today, Mach 17, marks the anniversary of the death of rapper, activist and X Clan founder Professor X the Overseer. Twenty five years ago, X Clan dropped their seminal debut, To the East, Blackwards. Comprised primarily of Brother J, Professor X the Overseer and Grand Architect Paradise, the group made a name for themselves as lyrical activists that actually backed up their rhymes with real action. In fact, Professor X, born Lumumba Carson, was the son of Civil Rights activist Sonny Carson. Although P.E. covered similar pro-Black terrain, X Clan’s Afrocentric garb and image wasn’t as digestible to mainstream audiences. Still, that ...

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