KRS-One Doesn’t Care If Afrika Bambaataa Molested Kids
KRS-One is not concerned with the child molestation allegations against hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. The Boogie Down Productions rapper appeared on N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's Drink Champs podcast and discussed the situation. N.O.R.E. asked KRS-One about how hip-hop should respond to the accusations.
"First of all, controversy is not truth," KRS-One responded. "What you want is truth right now. But truth is also not information. It's not gossip. It's not even conversation."
KRS-One explained that none of what Afrika Bambaataa did for hip-hop can be taken away. He also stated that he does not care about the allegations made against Bambaataa.
"For me if you keep it hip-hop, nothing can be taken away from Afrika Bambaataa," KRS-One said. "Nothing. Just keep it hip-hop. But if you want to dig into dude's personal life and accusations that's being made and so on... Personally — me personally - I don’t give a fuck. Personally. Look, if somebody was harmed or whatever, y’all gotta deal with that shit. Deal with it. That don’t stop hip-hop. That don’t stop what you did for hip-hop. It don’t take away none of it. History is history. But deal with that. That’s personal."
KRS-One stated that he's dealt with questionable people throughout his life. The "Sound of Da Police" rapper said it's not right to pick and choose what alleged crime to be offended over.
"Even if you knew the facts... A person like me, I deal with dudes that are questionable all the time," KRS-One said. "Not just if the accusation is rape. I know dudes that are doing... You know what I’m saying? If you know anybody from prison, if you know anybody from the shelter, if you know anybody - If you live really in the hood, you know shooters. You know dudes running from the cops. You know your man might have an open warrant on him right now! I’m not judging these motherfuckers, man! That’s my n---a right here, yo. That’s it. Now what you do and your crime, and your shit and your bullshit, whatever you’re doing, that’s on you. That’s you, my G. That's how I always dealt with it. I can't pick and choose."
The segment on Afrika Bambaataa can be heard in its entirety in the above video. To hear the full episode, head over to the Drink Champs podcast's official page.
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