Buckshot Disputes Lord Jamar's Comments That Hip Hop Is An Originally Black Art
The rapper references Beastie Boys' member Ad-Rock's role in the 1985 movie "Krush Groove."
Interrupting a question about Lord Jamar’s comments that Hip Hop is an originally Black art form, Buckshot rejected the notion. “How?” he said. “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 Russell Simmons? How? How was it an originally a Black thing? Stop it.” Buckshot’s comments reference the 1985 film whose plot is derived from the story of Def Jam’s beginnings and features actor Blair Underwood as label co-founder Russell Simmons.
“I love you Black people,” Buckshot said into the camera. “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 before seemingly repeating himself in the language. “No question...very good. If you wanna challenge me, I’m the worst motherfucker in your life, period. Ever.”
Buckshot continued his answer with criticism for those that focus on the differences among races. “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,” the Black Moon emcee said. “Your heart is the truth. The day you could bust a nigga chest open and pull out his heart and I could see a Black heart and a White heart, and know how those shits operate, you good. ‘Cause until then all I see is two fucking organs that pump blood. Aiight? For you niggas 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. 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 with—we could do all that.
“All you gonna get back down to is human,” he said before breaking down the meaning of the word. “‘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 shit sounds nice and sounds so great for people who failed in life, fucked up in life, mad at the world, can’t get a fucking spot, don’t know why they fucked up, gone by the what their parents said, loved the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and the handclaps, give anything for attention. All that shit is them dudes.”
In 2013, Lord Jamar told VladTV that White artists are guests in Hip Hop while criticizing Macklemore's "Same Love." “Okay, White rappers, you’re coming to this almost as a guest,” Lord Jamar said. “Okay, matter of fact you are guests in the house of Hip Hop. Just because you have a hit record doesn’t give you the right as I feel to voice your opinion. White rappers, those of y’all who really studied the culture, that truly love Hip Hop and all that, keep it real with yourself, you know this is a Black man’s thing. We started this. This is our shit. We’ve allowed you, those of you who’ve proved your skill and all that, we’ve allowed you to come in and kick your shit, make yourself known. You know what I mean? And if you have enough respect for the culture we fuck with you. But don’t push it too far.”