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X CLAN is a hip-hop group from Brooklyn, New York, originally composed of Grand Verbalizer Funkin’ Lesson Brother J, Professor X the Overseer, Paradise the Architect, and Sugar Shaft the Rhythm Provider.

Known for its Afrocentrism and militant activism (they were members of Blackwatch), X-Clan soon gained legendary fame among young African-American hip-hop listeners for the political and cultural messages its music espoused, though commercial success was sporadic. Its debut was To The East, Blackwards (1990), followed by Xodus (1992), and a temporary break-up. Both albums peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Charts in the United States. X-Clan is still considered the premier “conscious rap” group of the 80s/90s.

Other artists who were affiliated with X-Clan and Blackwatch include Queen Mother Rage, LinQue (known as Isis at the time) and YZ. X-Clan’s affiliates saw a string of releases throughout the early 1990s: Professor X released a solo album titled Years of the 9, On the Blackhand Side in 1991 and a second solo album titled Puss N’ Boots: The Struggle Continues in 1993; Queen Mother Rage released Vanglorious Law in 1991; Isis released Rebel Soul in 1990; and YZ released his debut, Sons of the Father (noted for the song “Thinking of a Master Plan”) in 1989, followed by The Ghetto’s Been Good To Me (which included his modest hit “Return of The Holy One”) in 1993. It should be noted that YZ became affiliated with the group after releasing his first album, and Isis is also the MC known as Linque Ayoung and, at one point, was a member of the Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated group Deadly Venoms.


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