During the mid 80's, Hip Hop brought us Public Enemy, a group epitomizing Black Nationalism and politics. A few years later, Public Enemy would be eclipsed by a grassroots group, called Blackwatch, which was created by Lumumba Carson, son of the film maker/Black Nationalist Sonny Carson.
Out of this grassroots organization, the Hip Hop group X-Clan would come into being. Origianlly named "Rated X", Brother J and Sugar Shaft renamed their group "X-Clan" out of repsect and admiration for Lumumba Carson and his Blackwatch organization, which they had joined prior to renaming the group. J and Shaft also agreed to make Lumumba and his associate Paradise members of the group. The members became Lumumba Professor X the Overseer, Grand Verbalizer Funkin Lesson Brother J, DJ Sugar Shaft the Rhythmn Provider, and Grand Architect Paradise.
Professor X's touch on Hip Hop goes back before X-Clan and Blackwatch, though. At the time Public Enemy was picking up steam in the mid 80's, Paradise was working in Rush Management office and Prof. X was interviewing Rush clients for radio, as well as road managing Whodini. This would lead to Lumumba and Paradise starting a management company of their own called Scratch Me Entertainment, while Paradise was also managing the famed Hip Hop night club, Latin Quarter. Among clients X and Paradise managed were Stetsasonic, King Sun, Just-Ice, and Positive K.
Eventually, Blackwatch Movement was formed in answer to thoughts of the Universal Zulu Nation not having enough Black African representation. Blackwatch and X-Clan were prolificly pro-afrocentric. Consequently, all Blackwatch/X-Clan related albums celebrated everything and all things afrocentric. Whereas Public Enemy was "the black CNN", X-Clan's two albums, Isis (Lin-Que), Queen Mother Rage, and Professor X's albums relished in the Black Nationalist flag created by Marcus Garvey, the Ankh, and all other cultural aspects of being a member of the African Diaspora.
Over the the past year there was talk of an X Clan reunion, but it was unclear if Anubis, as Lumumba was most recently known on wax, would be part of the project.
Lumumba "Professor X the Overseer" Carson died March 17, 2006 due to meningitis.