With the tragic passing of Hip Hop
cultural leader Professor X in March 2006, the message of X-Clan and
the Blackwatch Movement is being carried forward by his protégé, Brother
J, X-Clan’s
co-founder and spokesman.

Making its debut in 1990 with, To The East Blackwards,
and with there 1992 sophomore effort, Xodus, (both of which are
considered classics and peaked at #11 on the Hip Hop charts) X-Clan was
at the forefront of Hip Hop’s cultural movement.  With hits like Funkin’ Lesson, Heed The Word of the Brother and Raise The Flag, X-Clan secured hip-hop as their vehicle to
deliver and advance the science and math of upliftment, popularizing the ideas
of Malcolm X, Sonny Carson, Huey Newton
and Clarence 13X
, while keeping dance floors packed.  

 

After nearly a decade long hiatus, Brother J, Ultraman
Ra Hanna, ACL, DJ FatJack, Kumu M. Haynes
and Master China will
carry forward the message into the next generation of X-Clan with the
release of Return From Mecca,
which will be released on 10-31-06 and finds the group reforming their
groundbreaking tradition of displaying ancestral wisdom, culture and a
signature lyrical style that appeals to all generations of hip-hop.
 Joining X-Clan on their celebrated return are a bevy of
high-profile collaborators; among them Jurassic 5’s Chali 2NA, KRS-One,
Jacoby Shaddix of pap Roach, RBX, Abstract Rude
and YZ (as of press
time, X-Clan is also in the studio putting the finishing touches on a
still unnamed track with Damian Marley which will make the LP).  In
addition, there are also a bevy of buzz worthy West Coast producers chipping in
production, including the legendary DJ Quik, DJ Khalil, Jake One and Bean
One
. X-Clan’s new LP also marks the group’s debut for hip-hop and
underground tastemakers Suburban Noize Records.

 

In addition the group will be on tour with Jurassic 5
promoting the new release.  The tour dates, which follow appearances by X-Clan
at the Def Poetry Jam, the Legends of Hip Hop Concert and a 17-date tour with
Grammy-winning reggae star Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
–will be surrounded by an intense buzz by X-Clan fans eagerly awaiting the
band’s new studio effort Return From
Mecca
, which will drop October 31.

Members of the X-Clan are
calling for a boycott of the new ‘World
Trade Center’
movie.  You can read the rest of the story here: http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/articlelive/articles/35730/1/World-Trade-Center-omits-Black-soldier/WTC-movies-unsung-hero.html.