Hip-Hop culture just lost a soldier on October 26, 2018
Baba Oje the elder from the 2x Grammy Award winning group Arrested Development passed this morning at 4am after fighting acute Leukemia, he was 86 years old. Baba was the oldest member of any hip-hop collective and his mere presence in rap spoke volumes for the genre and for a generation looking for symbolic wisdom and answers. He was an activist for the homeless, a military veteran, a world traveler, spiritual advisor to the group, strict vegan, dancer, vocalist and avid roller skater. His family & friends are scheduling service arrangements for him next week Friday. We will deeply miss Baba Oje and ask for prayers for his family.
Personal quote from Speech:
“I met Baba hanging with the young dudes while I was in college, he was always super cool and always willing to talk to the youth! I gathered up the nerve to ask him to be in my hip hop group, he at first said no. But he later reconsidered when he thought about the fact that a young black man was striving to start a positive rap thing. However, we both found out that this partnership was bigger than we even knew. We both learned later that Baba knew my parents and in fact, was the best man in my mother and fathers wedding way before I was even thought of! That’s the spiritual bond we shared, he was literally like family to me, I will miss him terribly.”
Personal quote from Eshe:
“I love you so much Baba❤I will miss our many talks.. my dear friend. So glad I had a chance to chat with you one last time a few days ago. Your energy and fiery spirit will be missed. My dancing partner on stage… the elder of Arrested Development .. I salute you. May your soul REST IN POWER. You will forever be my Baba Oje!!!!😍❤Condolences to all of Baba’s family and friends. To my Arrested Development fam….. sending you love and peace.”