Peace to the Five Percenters
The Five Percent (Nation of Gods & Earths) is a culture (way of life) and movement/organization that teaches self empowerment through the idea that the Black man is God & the Black woman is Earth. Made up of mostly Blacks & Latinos, the 5% was formed back in 1964 by an ex-member of the Nation of Islam, Clarence 13X (Allah), who left the Temple to teach his self styled interpretation of the Supreme Wisdom (or 120 Lessons, which is the 5% variation) of the NOI to the disenfranchised youth in the ghettos of New York City. Allah attracted many with 120 and his swag, making the movement catch like wild fire. He was like a father figure to these young kids he had made into Gods, hence, some gave him the nickname “the Father”.
Allah was assassinated in 1969 but the 5 Percenters survived and continue to have an impact on the world we live in today.
Many MCs, especially New York ones, including Nas either are or have been highly influenced by the 5 Percenters. Same thing with Hip Hop as a whole culture.
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