Afrika Bambaataa is undoubtedly the third of the legendary DJ trio that came out of the Bronx with Kool Herc and Grandmaster being the other two fathers of Hip-Hop. Herc was the first DJ who figured out out to mix break beats together from records, while Grandmaster Flash took the mere art of DJing to another level with complex and unique techniques. Bambaataa would be the last part of this trio to make his mark as the third founding father of Hip-Hop by expanding and evolving Hip-Hop to an Electro-Funk sound. This is easily discerned on the classic song,"Planet Rock". Although stretching the musical boundaries of Hip-Hop would help him leave his mark on the music, the sociological impact he would leave would undoubtedly make him one of the Hip-Hop Godfather.
Bambaataa was a member of a very powerful street gang in the Bronx called the Black Spades. He felt as though the gang activity in where he lived was often more negative than positive. Thus after his trip to Africa, that he won via the school he attended, he founded the Zulu Nation. The history of the nation is very detailed but the short of it is that Bambaataa wanted to give a positive alternative to the Black & Brown community around him that would offer them a more unified and positive outing that gang life could not offer. This illustrious nation is still intact to this very day.
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