The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip hop and the Gods of New York by Michael Muhammad KnightSensationalized and reviled as the Hell’s Angels of Black America, the Five Percenters (also known as the Nation of Gods and Earths) began as a cluster of outcasts from the Nation of Islam’s Harlem mosque in the 1960s. Led by a man named Allah, the Five Percenters taught the city’s black youth that they were gods. From their marginalized beginnings, the movement’s history has been charged with drama, spanning the war between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad, the Attica prison revolt, Brooklyn turf gangs and 1980s crack empires. Now counting several hip hop stars amongst their ranks, including RZA, GZA, Rakin, and Lord Jamar, the Five Percenter’s profile is arguably greater than their parent organization, the Nation of Islam. With a cast of characters ranging from Malcolm X to rap stars 50 Cent and the Wu-Tang Clan, Knight’s exciting work is the first detailed account of the organization inextricably linked with black rights, Islam, New York and hip hop. The first serious treatment of the Five Percenters as a legitimate value system and culture with its own traditions, Knight investigates the community’s icons and history, examining its appeal in youth culture. Also covering the status of women and non-blacks within the movement, he explores why the organization has often been greeted with negative publicity. With unrivalled insider access to the movement’s elders, oral tradition and community literature, Knight reveals the hidden reality behind the myths, rumours and hearsay, and explores the origins and development of this misunderstood community. Fast-paced and compelling, The Five Percenters will captivate anyone with an interest in hip-hop, intrigue or Urban American sub-culture. Michael Muhammad Knight converted to Islam at 16 after reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X, and at 17 traveled to Islamabad, Pakistan to study at Faisal Mosque. His debut novel, The Taqwacores, is credited with influencing the American Muslim woman-led prayer movement and has also inspired a nascent Islamic punk rock scene.
MALCOLM X, ALLAH THE FATHER & THE FIVE PERCENTERS--ALLAH SUPREME GOD
The Five Percent Nation: A Brief History Lesson
Noted for his grand cuts and natty turns, Eric B. With a Dapper Dan inspired ensemble that was actually curated by Harlem fashion designer Mel Maxi , the legendary disc jockey showed off his dominant identity triggering real hysteria. Now, it was time for the God MC to take the stage and he did it with nothing less of style and grace. Rakim Allah in full form. However, leading up to the class act of performance were a couple of new age artists who honor the vibe of real rap. Right at the top of the gracious night, was the one unmistakable surge of spring that moved the crowd into such a groove, confirming the longevity of pure rap artistry.
Top definition. Asia-Body, atic or attic, which makes this, like most definitions in this belief system, a metaphor -mind, Black-dominant force, man-higher intelligence another metaphor. These figures, according to most Five Percenters, are not meant to be exact but are instead meant to represent the public, the religious and political rulers, and the few truly enlightened people on earth, respectively. The numbers used point out common traits to identify the members of these three groups and can be fully understood using the language of Supreme Mathematics. The teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths are passed on through oral tradition, much like the griots of west Africa. The advancement of a Five Percenter is based on his or her memorization , recitation , comprehension, and practical application of the Supreme Mathematics and the Supreme Alphabet —lessons written by Clarence 13X—and also the Lessons a revised version of the Supreme Wisdom lessons of the NOI, originally written by Wallace Fard Muhammad and Elijah Muhammad. If you want to live a long life, you should give up booze and drugs and become one of the five percenters.
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He also became a member of the Fruit of Islam. Members of the group call themselves Allah's Five Percenters, which reflects the concept that ten percent of the people in the world know the truth of existence, and those elites and their agents opt to keep eighty-five percent of the world in ignorance and under their controlling thumb; the remaining five percent are those who know the truth and are determined to enlighten the eighty-five percent. The Nation of Gods and Earths teaches that Black people are the original people of the planet Earth, and therefore they are the fathers "Gods" and mothers "Earths" of civilization.
The movement rejected being called a religion, preferring instead to be known as a culture and way of life. He was especially troubled by what he considered the paradoxical teaching of the divinity of Wallace D. Fard , the founder of the Nation of Islam. Its central doctrine taught that God was black, yet Fard, who had light skin and did not appear black, was considered to be God. Initially, Clarence attempted to reconcile the differences between his own beliefs and those of the Nation of Islam, but he found other leaders unreceptive to his ideas. Clarence 13X based the ideology of the Five Percenters on the idea that all black men are Allah and that the black community should be imbued with self-sustainability through education, dignity, and self-understanding.