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Less a reunion than a grimly determined resurrection, Return from Mecca sees the thunder-voiced Brother J attempting to recapture the glory of X-Clan after the passing of both Professor X and Anthony “Sugarshaft” Hardin. Yet despite the absence of two of X-Clan’s most charismatic members Return from Mecca never strains for authenticity, instead Brother J’s determination to soldier on stands as a reminder that the X-Clan family extends far beyond the three eccentrically garbed figures who stomped across stages in the early ‘90s. Deeply rooted in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood from which they sprang, X-Clan’s music has always drawn power from its ties to the community, ties which are still clearly in evidence on the guest-spot heavy Return from Mecca. Brother J’s ability to grab onto a rhythm with his mind numbing cadences remains unabated, and the old-school thump of “Weapon X” and the eerie piano loops of “Self Destruct” more than make up for the occasional lapse in beat selection. Return from Mecca is a stunning return to form from Brooklyn’s politically radical old guard, and a stirring tribute to X-Clan’s fallen members.

Customer Reviews

I am white...

and from Green Bay, WI originally and first found X-Clan when they put out To The East, Blackward and it blew my mind. And yeah I knew that the devil they were talking about was me but I didn't care. The intelligence and the metaphysical aspect to the rhymes and the beats hooked me and that tape didn't leave my walkman for weeks. As that teenage kid I was never qite sure if I could make it to the crossroads with or without a key but I knew i wasn't a sissy. Then they kind of vanished and it bummed me out and I hadn't thought of this group in years. A random conversation about KRS ONE led me to think about X-Clan so I looked them up on iTunes and imagine my surprise to see that they had just dropped a new album this year and KRS ONE is on a track. This album is not quite what I remember sound wise and the only reason it gets a 4 instead of 5 is I miss the old school beats and stripped down simplicity a bit. But lyrically and message wise, it's as sharp as it used to be and has an added depth to it that fits current times and makes them even more relevant in my opinion. They ask good questions in an age when not many are doing that anymore and I can respect that regardless of my skin color.

Return From Mecca

I have to say it’s been a while since I’ve listened to an album from beginning to end. This album is absolutely incredible. Great message, you need to listen to this!


True Hip Hop!!!!!


Formed: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A good number of Afrocentric, politically oriented rap groups put out records during the late '80s and early '90s. Very few of those groups were on the level of the hard-hitting X Clan, a Brooklyn-based collective that released a pair of stellar albums — 1990's To the East, Blackwards and 1992's Xodus — before breaking up. The group's primary members were Grand Verbalizer Funkin Lesson "Brother J" (born Jason Hunter), Lumumba Professor X "The Overseer" (born Lumumba Carson, the son of...
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