Afrika Bambaataa

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.

If you want to expand your knowledge on the Zulu Nation and Bambaataa's musical contributions to Hip-Hop then peep the dope videos below! - Legendary Hip-Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa opened up to VladTV about the inception of The Universal Zulu Nation, and reveals that he started the group as a way to turn street gangs into a positive force. The Bronx emcee also explains the meaning of the Zulu Nation name, revealing that it comes from "the great leadership of Zulu under Shaka Zulu."

Afrika Bambaataa appearing at Cornell University to talk about the origins of hip hop. In this clip, he talks about the origins of the phrase "Hip Hop" and the principles of the Universal Zulu Nation, the international hip hop awareness group he founded.

I like how it sounded. You know this is kinda Hip (the music) and when you feel that music then you gotta Hop to it. So that’s why I called it Hip-Hop.
— Direct Quote from Afrika Bambaataa speaking at the Cornell Hip-Hop Collection appearance

Afrika Bambaataa & the Jazzy Five- Jazzy Sensation 

Afrika Bambaataa's & Soul Sonic Force's classic music video for Planet Rock