For years BDP legend and hip hop scholar, KRS One has been hailed as a paragon of truth and knowledge for everything related to hip hop culture. But could the “teacha” actually be preaching a false doctrine? According to some original Black Spades members and Bronxdale residents he is.
A series of video interviews has emerged debunking the history taught by KRS at the numerous lectures he gives around the world. The clips feature many prominent original Black Spades members who address many of the misconceptions that have been widely accepted as historical fact, such as Grandmaster Flash inventing the cross fader and Afrika Bambaataa founding the Black Spades, as well as being the primary reason behind a city wide gang truce around 1974.
“I’ve heard KRS’s thing, it’s bullshit. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Here’s the thing, what I have seen. People want to romanticize and glamorize the origins of what came to be hip hop….Number one, and I need to say this very clearly. Bambaataa, whom I’ve known for over 40 years, has never, ever, ever, ever…..ever, made the claim that he stopped the gangs in New York city. He has never, you know, made the claim that he told the gangs to put they guns down. He has never made that claim”
Cholly Rock – Baby Spades, Zulu Kings 1974-1977
When asked about KRS One’s claim that Grandmaster Flash invented the cross fader, original Spades DJ Kool Dee looked bemused, commenting that it was simply not possible. Cholly Rock was also asked the same question and his response was that KRS didn’t know what he was talking about and that cross faders were already in use before Flash came along.
“Nah, he didn’t make that. I don’t think he ever made a mixer. No that’s not possible. Matter of fact, Flash played on this (GLI Disco 3800) in Nell Gwen’s before he became big time. He didn’t invent this, no way”
Kool DJ Dee – Bronxdale 1st Division
When Soundview resident and original Spades member, Mike Watts was asked if it was true that Afrika Bambaataa was the founding father and leader of the Black Spades, he snapped at the suggestion.
“He (Bambaataa) was never the leader of the Spades. He wasn’t even a Spade when he started…….. he was a Savage Nomad, then became a Spade. Bambaataa never started shit. Bambaataa may have started the Zulu Nation, but he didn’t start no f****n Spades”
Mike Watts – Black Spades 1st Division
The same sentiments were echoed by another Bronx OG, only this time in a more blunt and direct way.
“Yo let me set the record straight. He was the founder of a ……….f***k that fat bastard! He’s a lying ass. Yo I’m gonna cut off now please, because I’m upset, I’m truly upset man. Because everything I read is falsly documented and it’s wrong”
Michael “Fat Mike” Wayne – Founding member Savage 7/Original Black Spades
There’s no denying the fabricated version of hip hop history currently being presented as fact. But is KRS deliberately trying to mislead people or is he simply romanticizing the facts? Drop a comment