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Special Edition: X-Clan

Isamu Jordan / The Spokesman-Review

X-Clan dropped two classic albums back in the early ‘90s (both peaked at No. 11 on Billboard charts) and then dissolved from the radar by splitting off into several offshoots. In the interim, two X-Clan members died, Sugar Shaft and this year the charismatic Professor X. Now, 11 years later, X-Clan has reunited, has a new album on the way, and continues to carry the torch of politically minded hip-hop, even in an era when the listening majority would rather embrace ignorance over wisdom. X-Clan also is still bringing the funk, which was a rare thing coming from a Brooklyn hip-hop group in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s, when funk was mainly known as a West Coast G thang. In this opening set for Public Enemy, X-Clan flexed power like the X-Men, but it was 100 percent soul power.

 
Tags: 7, Brooklyn, funk, hip-hop, music, politics

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