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DJ Kay Slay & Troi “Star” Torain: Juxtapositions of Care & Concern for the Safety of Khalil & Hassan.

DJ Kay Slay & Troi “Star” Torain:
Juxtapositions of Care & Concern for the Safety of Khalil & Hassan.

By Khalil Amani


The Afrika Bambaataa story has brought a motley crew of characters to the fore. Amongst them, Khalil Amani, an admitted ex-government informant turnt hip-hop blogger who first wrote about Afrika Bambaataa getting stabbed for date-raping a young man in 2013—and Hassan “Poppy” Campbell, a three-times accused murderer and second victim of Afrika Bambaataa’s molestation to come forward. The backgrounds of these two men could not be further apart! A juxtaposition of opposites! Not even Mark Twain could have envisioned writing about the zany adventures of a once government informant being tasked with exposing the Zulu Nation and its leader, Afrika Bambaataa—and a certified street goon—head bussa—stick-up kid—and a three-times accused murderer who amazingly beat all three murder raps—who once led a secret life wherein he spent his teenage years as one of Bambaataa’s molestation victims turnt lover. Eat your heart out Samuel Clemons! This is the new America!

Through Afrika Bambaataa, these two men, Khalil and Hassan came into each other’s consciousness—and found themselves at polar opposites of the Bambaataa spectum and thus, became enemies of sorts.

It was April 1, 2013 at approximately 11:00pm in Denver, as Khalil sat on his couch and scratched his balls through his boxer drawhs, contemplating on going in the bedroom and laying some “heavy dick” on his wife (now that’s proper sexual usage!)—when his cellphone rang. It was DJ Kay Slay aka the “Drama King”—calling from New York City—as Khalil assumed—to ask him to send the next article for Straight Stuntin Magazine—an Urban Model magazine that Khalil wrote for, known for its very bodacious and bootylicious and phat-ass women with hip-hop articles strewn in betwixt picture of models.

Straightway, Khalil grabbed his celly and said, “What up Slay?” Immediately, Kay Slay shot back, “This is some bullshit!” I said, “What’s wrong?” to which Kay Slay began to tell me about an event that had just transpired. Slay said, “I walked into the stowe and this nigga tallumbout, ‘You heard about ya mans Bam?’ ‘Nah!’ ‘That nigga done got stabbed up for trying to date-rape some Spanish kid! They at the hospital right now’!” I was being told about the stabbing of Afrika Bambaataa in damn near real time! From my couch in Denver, I had been privy to what was going on in New York!

Kay Slay went on—“Yo' Khalil! I’m tired of this shit! I need you to write about this nigga Bambaataa! This shit gonna get somebody seriously hurt or killed if that nigga continues with this bullshit! Write what I’m tellin’ you and send it to me when you’re done!” I said to Kay Slay, “I’m all over it!”

Even though it was the first day of the work week—a Monday night—I immediately fired up my computer and put the thought of sticking “heavy dick” in my wife on the back-burner! That sweet-box was prolly already asleep anyway!

Before I wrote the first sentence, I remember taking a deep breath and thinking about what DJ Kay Slay had told me five years prior to 2013—in 2008 when he first hired me to write for his magazine. I was nowhere near as shocked as I knew that the readers of this blog would be; for Kay Slay had previously told me that Afrika Bambaataa was a pedophile without calling the man a pedophile. He simply said that when he was a Zulu and Black Spades we all knew Bam liked teenage boys, but as the leader of the Zulu Nation with great street-cred—wasn’t nobody gonna confront him about messing with them boys.

In 2008—the MySpace days—Khalil was writing and advocating for gay rappers to be heard in mainstream hip-hop. Khalil had written an article entitled, “Why Gay Hip Hop/Rap?” which Kay Slay spied on MySpace and wanted to have a conversation with me about. This is how DJ Kay Slay’s and Khalil Amani’s paths crossed.

During our respectful but heated conversations/debates on the merits of gay rappers being credible for mainstream mass consumption, Kay Slay had a revelation or epiphany of sorts. He reasoned that if the “Godfather of Hip-Hop”—Afrika Bambaataa—whom he knew was homosexual could be a force in hip-hop/rap and command the respect and admiration of the hip-hop body politic—then why couldn’t an outwardly gay rapper do the same?—And thus—DJ Kay Slay had the foresight and courage to allow me to pen what is arguably the first pro-gay rapper article for a straight hip-hop magazine—Straight Stuntin Magazine! If there’s someone before Khalil Amani advocating to straight hip-hop heads for gay hip-hop heads—bring forth the evidence! Until then, let the record also show that Khalil Amani was the first person to take the straight hip-hop world to task with a scathing critique and deconstruction of hip-hop’s homophobia in his article, “Why Gay Hip-Hop/Rap?”—published in DJ Kay Slay’s 2009 edition of Straight Stuntin Magazine. DJ Kay Slay even put me on the cover of Straight Stuntin Magazine!

There I was—five years later—in 2013—being told that Afrika Bambaataa, whom I already knew was gay—had just gotten stabbed for date-raping a young man—and asked by world-famous, iconic deejay, Kay Slay to write about the incident! The magnitude of the moment did not escape me! I knew that writing and publishing such blasphemy about an iconic hip-hop figure like Afrika Bambaataa and not being able to tell people where my “source” came from would be a hard sell—that not revealing that it was a former Zulu Nation and former Black Spades member—that it was a hip-hop luminary—that it was a DJ with two radio shows—New York’s Hot 97 and Sirius XM radio—that the guy who refereed the Nas/Jay-Z beef was directing me to “out” Afrika Bambaataa! This little old-ass no-named blogger (by hip-hop standards) sitting on his couch in middle America picking his toe-jam was tasked with exposing the “God Father of Hip-Hop”—Afrika Bambaataa!

Straightway! As soon as I hung up with DJ Kay Slay and gathered my thoughts—I wrote the first article “outing” Afrika Bambaataa! I wrote for the next few hours and then went to bed and let that, “Sleeping dog lie.” I needed to think about it. I needed to let that blog marinate. I needed to really think about the repercussions once I clicked that send button—first to DJ Kay Slay and secondly to one of the most respected hip-hop sites—“The Most Dangerous Site”Allhiphop.com—whom I also wrote for.

Khalil Amani and co-owner of Allhiphop.com "Grouchy Greg."

I knew that I was stepping into a minefield—a minefield with no backing or cosigning. DJ Kay Slay never said that I shouldn’t mention that he was my source. That was a given. I understood that based on our conversation, and, as I wrote back then, “…a good reporter never gives up his sources and connects, so don’t ask me!” I kept DJ Kay Slay’s secret for five years—and I’ve only recently revealed my source after Troi “Star” Torain gave up his source on who told him about the Bambaataa stabbing—Eric B.

The next evening—on April 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm I hit that, “Send” button in an email to DJ Kay Slay and promptly posted the Bambaataa stabbing blog on my website—The Khalil Amani Reader. I also sent my blog to Allhiphop.com with a disclaimer that I would understand if they did’t want to publish my blog because of the nature of the subject matter. Allhiphop’s tagline is “The Most Dangerous Site,” but this was next-level dangerous! Allhiphop.com did not publish my blog, but let someone within the website copy and paste it in a group chat—and thus, it was on and poppin’! Allhiphop’s “Illseed” (the rumor section) spoke on it without mentioning me as the source of his gossip.

On April 13, 2013, I emailed YouTuber Troi "Star" Torain aka “The Hater” my blog, even though he claims that he first heard about Bam’s stabbing somewhere around the 17th of April from Eric B while scarfing down a plate of neck-bones and chitterlings (or whatever his palate had a taste for) at world famous Harlem soul food spot, “Sylvia’s.”

Even though Khalil Amani was a little known blogger, his blog on Afrika Bambaataa caught fire! It had grown wings and taken a-flight! By April 20, 2013, the Zulu Nation started responding, calling Khalil Amani out as a liar.

Enter Hassan “Poppy” Campbell—the second victim of Afrika Bambaataa’s sexual molestation to officially come out. To hear Hassan tell it, he was the first victim to expose Afrika Bambaataa. He reasoned that in 2015—one night, in a drunken stupor—he put out a short video on Facebook talking about his molestation. He had had enough of Bambaataa’s hypocrisy—for Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation were in Washington, DC protesting for another cause, while not taking care of the business of child molestation that ran rampant through the hallowed halls of the Zulu Nation. That, “Liquid courage” (alcohol) in his system had him feeling some type of way about how he had been molested by Bambaataa and discarded—possibly from Bambaataa’s life and intimacy (take that however!).

Within hours of Hassan’s Facebook rant to expose Afrika Bambaataa he received a phone call from a high-ranking Zulu official, Muhammad Stanley-Bell Islam, the head of the Zulu security team, which makes money by protecting rappers and other famous people. Islam told Hassan in no uncertain terms, “Yo! Poppy! Take that fucking video down! You’re fucking up our business!” Cowering to pressure from Islam, Hassan straightway and immediately took down his Facebook video accusing Bambaataa of molesting him. That would be the extent of Hassan’s initial “exposure” of Afrika Bambaataa—a cowardly peep from behind the skirt of child molestation advocacy—an attempt to test the waters of exposure and see what the ramifications would be—an alcohol fueled rant that yielded no results in the way of public outcry.

Officially, Hassan would be the second victim of Afrika Bambaataa to come out—on YouTuber Troi “Star” Torain’s show—the first being Ronald “Bee Stinger” Savage—who, even before his coming out on Star’s show had intimated in a book that a “famous rapper” had sexually molested him. Those in the know—knew that he was talking about Afrika Bambaataa.

Ronald “Bee Stinger” Savage coming out against Afrika Bambaataa led to Hassan’s deleted Facebook video rearing its ugly head and now there were two victims of Bambaataa’s molestation on the Internet. Apparently, between Hassan’s Facebook video accusing Bambaataa of pedophilia and Ronald Savage’s interview on Star’s show, Hassan had taken a meeting with top Zulu Officials—Afrika Bambaataa, Muhammad Stanley-Bell Islam, Ahmad Henderson, Big F, Doc, Jerry and others—to come to some resolution regarding Bambaataa molesting Hassan. Hassan wanted and Bambaata agreed to three things—#1. Buying a headstone for fallen Zulu member, B.O.—Hassan’s idol, mentor and hero. #2. Erecting a recreational center for the children in The Bronx and—#3. Afrika Bambaataa stepping down as the head of the Zulu Nation. These three things would be sufficient in order to keep Hassan’s yap-trap shut and allow the Zulu Nation sex cult to continue its 40 year old wretched and deplorable secret—that the leader—Afrika Bambaataa was a pedophile who had molested umpteen numbers of untold young teenage boys—including Ronald Savage and Hassan Campbell.

When Ronald Savage came out against Afrika Bambaataa, what was Hassan Campbell’s initial reaction? Was he genuinely happy that he had a cosign to what had happened to him? Was he elated that he had a comrade-in-arms to take up the fight against Afrika Bambaataa’s molestation and pedophilia? Did Hassan feel like Savage’s coming out was a moral victory for himself, even though his cowardly act to test the waters of “outing” Bambaataa on Facebook—fueled by alcohol would make him want to reenter the battlefield and fight the good fight against Bambaataa?

Nope!

In later interviews Hassan would say that he was “fighting Ron’s fight”—and even more sinister, Hassan would say that he “wanted to split Ronald Savage’s head to the white meat!” for having the audacity to tell his story and make Hassan’s Facebook video resurface.

Was it Ronald Savage’s fault that Hassan’s video resurfaced? Hell no!

Hassan operated with tunnel vision—as though his story was the only story that needed telling. Hassan operated with a great amount of egoism—that because he settled his differences with Afrika Bambaataa—that would be the end of all discussions. Hassan operated with a great amount of uncaring and UN-empathy and UN-sympathy for other victims of Bambaataa in thinking that his meeting with the Zulu Nation and the Zulu Nation’s conciliatory agreement with Hassan would squash and quash any further discussions/legal actions from other victims of Bambaataa. Hassan acted as “unofficial spokesman”—to make an agreement with Afrika Bambaataa that, in his mind, Ronald Savage and other victims should remain quiet and silent and accept Hassan’s selfish compromise with Bambaataa. The fuck does Hassan mean, “I wanted to spilt Ronald Savage’s head to the white meat?” Hassan’s ego was on full tilt!

When Hassan’s old Facebook video bashing Afrika Bambaataa came out after Ronald Savage told his story on YouTuber Troi “Star” Torain’s channel, Hassan went into panic mode! Again, his first thought was wanting to “split Ronald Savage’s head to the white meat” for rekindling a flame in which Hassan thought that he had extinguished. Star put Hassan’s Bambaataa video on his YouTube channel and instead of personally reaching out to Star, in an attempt to have it removed out of either—A.) fear for his life or—B.) the fact that he had deadened his beef with the Zulu Nation and didn’t want any further “smoke” (problems) with them, what did Hassan do? Why didn’t Hassan feel that same energy towards Star? Why didn’t Hassan say, “I wanted to split Star’s head to the white meat?” Hassan wanted no smoke with Star! Instead of gettin’ at Star, who outed Hassan as a victim of Bambaataa’s molestation, what did he do? Hassan enlisted the help of Zulu bosses, Mickey Bentson (Ice T’s manager) and Ahmad Henderson to help Hassan get out of this precarious and sticky situation that he had been thrust into with his video. With Hassan in the background, Ahmad and Mickey pleaded with YouTuber Star to take Hassan’s video down—to no avail. (We’ll talk about Star’s rat-bastard, clout-chasing move in a minute!)

One would think that all Hassan had to do was get on the phone with Bambaataa and relay to him in the strongest terms that he had not reneged on keeping his mouf shut—that Ronald Savage’s outing had zero, zilch, nada, nothing to do with Hassan. Bambaataa was Hassan’s cult father. Why couldn’t Hassan make it known to the Zulu Nation that Ronald Savage’s fight was his own one-man fight and that Hassan had washed his cum-stained hands free of Bambaataa’s sexual savagery? Why didn’t Hassan make a public statement of support for Bambaataa? After all, Hassan had traded in his integrity—Doff! His moral compass for a few material concessions and agreed to turn a blind-eye to years of Zulu Nation molestation. After Hassan’s meeting with the Zulu Nation he became a willing participant—a co-conspirator—a man who was contracted to kill the young Spanish man who stabbed Bambaataa. We’re still asking, “What happened to that boy?”

Why didn’t Hassan just “Let sleeping dogs lie” and go back into his obscure world and let his Phoenix-like video on Bambaataa disappear into the Hades of Internet ashes? Why didn’t Hassan just shut the fuck up and act like the video never resurfaced and reconciled his “shit-uation” behind the scenes?

DJ Kay Slay & Troi “Star” Torain:
Juxtapositions of Care & Concern for the Safety of Khalil & Hassan.

PART 2

By Khalil Amani

Enter DJ Kay Slay and Troi “Star” Torain.

Both of these men, Khalil Amani and Hassan Campbell were put in unsavory, uncomfortable, precarious and dangerous positions—Khalil for being the first to write about Afrika Bambaataa getting stabbed for date-raping a young Spanish man and getting pushback from the Zulu Nation by intimidation, which was relayed through DJ Kay Slay—and Hassan Campbell—for making a video outing Afrika Bambaataa in a drunken moment of bitch-ass-ness and then being pressed by a Zulu boss to take it down, only to have the video later resurface.

How did DJ Kay Slay deal with the pressure being applied to Khalil Amani by the Zulu Nation—one of his writers for his magazine, Straight Stuntin Magazine? How did Star deal with being pressed to remove Hassan’s video? Why didn’t Star take down Hassan’s video?

DJ Kay Slay—having full knowledge of how intimidating the Zulu Nation can be—understanding that the Zulu Nation was “about that life”—meaning that they had street-cred and were known for “putting in work”—beating, killing, extorting and intimidating people—thought it best that Khalil Amani remove his blog for the sake of his own life. Even though it was DJ Kay Slay who had started this firestorm by providing Khalil with the information on Bambaataa getting stabbed for date-raping a man—Kay Slay saw that it was not worth life and limp, realizing that he didn’t want the possible beat-down or bloodshed of Khalil on his hands. Genuinely concerned for Khalil’s safety, Kay Slay contacted Khalil and made it clear that his life was in grave danger if the blog remained on these Internets and implored Khalil to take it down.

By 2013, DJ Kay Slay and Khalil Amani had a five year working relationship as CEO and writer for Straight Stuntin Magazine. By then, these two men had become a little more than boss and worker—not homies, but personable enough to consider one another “good acquaintances.” On several occasions, Khalil had linked up with Kay Slay—twice in New York for Kay Slay’s birthday bash, three times in Miami—for Straight Stuntin Magazine’s, “Best Independent Magazine” award at the Urban Model Awards in which Khalil accepted the award on behalf of DJ Kay Slay, during Memorial Day Weekend in V.I.P. with Mysonne, French Montana and Baby of Cash Money, an appearance at Club Play on South Beach and once in Washington, DC for another Urban Model Award’s show and Khalil was on Kay Slay's Sirius XM show with five gay rappers.

DJ Kay Slay and Khalil Amani have history—therefore the threat of violence against Khalil Amani was a real thing to DJ Kay Slay.

Juxtapose the concern and actions of DJ Kay Slay in regards to Khalil Amani with that of YouTuber and ex-disc jockey, Troi “Star” Torain who, like DJ Kay Slay, had reached the hip-hop mountaintop once upon a time as a shock jock on hip-hop’s preeminent hip-hop radio station—New York City’s Hot 97. Both Khalil Amani and Hassan Campbell were attached to high-powered hip-hop personalities—DJ Kay Slay and Troi “Star” Torain.

If anyone knew for sure, DJ Kay Slay and Star knew about the Zulu Nation—for one had been a Zulu himself (Kay Slay) and the other, Star, left Pennsylvania and moved to New York during the Zulu Nation’s heyday. Star, a coked-out, white powder sniffing addict during the 80’s (and 90’s?) told us that he used to wear all those back-to-Afrika-Zulu-Nation-black-power-fist-medallions, even as he snorted cocaine and was getting snuffed by the locals in a New York Project for being a junkie. Star knew that the Zulu Nation was nothing to play with!

Once Ronald Savage interviewed on Star’s YouTube channel about Afrika Bambaataa, it was on and poppin’! Star was out for blood against the Zulu Nation! Does it really matter how Hassan’s video mysteriously popped up again? Not really! The fact of the matter is that Troi “Star” Torain put Hassan’s video up and when asked to take it down—gave no fucks for the Zulu Nation’s press or the dude who was in the video—Hassan “Poppy” Campbell!

Unlike DJ Kay Slay, who knew Khalil Amani—and had some dealings with him—a working relationship with Khalil, Star knew not this former Zulu cat named “Poppy” who was begging to have his video taken off the Internet. Star wasn’t having it! We can surmise that Star told those Zulu Nation reps something like, “No can do! Not happening homie! This is my show and I put up what I want, without fear or intimidation!”

As much as Hassan likes to blab about shit, that conversation, which he probably overheard since he was in the same room—and that it was Mickey and Ahmad both trying to convince Star to remove the video—we can assume that this conversation was on speakerphone, as both men chimed in to Star and expressed the damage that “said” video of Poppy could damage the Zulu Nation.

The desperation of Hassan must’ve been excruciating! For here was a man who had been part of what he considered his second family, the Zulu Nation—being used by some washed-up shock-jock named Star to gain views and make money off his pain and suffering. Hassan was re-outed by Star. Hassan, by the actions of Star was made to stand up and address Afrika Bambaataa—something that he did not want to do! And since, at that time, Star and Hassan did not know each other, it was middle-finger to Mickey Bentson and Ahmad Henderson—and by extension—Hassan Campbell. Hassan became expendable—cannon fodder---an expendable pawn in Star’s war to bring down Afrika Bambaataa. Star didn’t give a fuck what would happen to Hassan! “Every man for himself and God for us all!” That was Star’s mentality, even though he’s a confessed atheist. Fuck that high-yellow nigga! My channel is more important that this nigga’s safety and welfare! This was Star’s position, not by words, but by his actions.

Instead of allowing a victim of child molestation to come out on his own terms, Hassan was not afforded this opportunity, but came out, kicking and screaming and colluding with his molester to stay hidden and out of the public—but Star said, “Fuck that! Your video stays up!”

The irony of these two Fellas, Khalil Amani and Hassan Campbell is the fact that these two fellows—one—Khalil—a civilian—a square—a college-educated man, who, when confronted with the idea that someone or some organization wanted to harm him—or kill him—took the advice of his hip-hop elder and boss (DJ Kay Slay) and removed his blog from the Internet for a brief period of two weeks and then decided to republish it and let the chips fall where they may; for Khalil had fought with a foe far more vicious than the Zulu Nation—the Yahweh cult in Miami under Yahweh Ben Yahweh. Threats against Khalil’s life from the Yahweh cult—a cult that had killed by shooting, ear removal and beheading at least 14 people! Who the fuck were the Zulu Nation that Khalil should cower down—close shop—take his marbles and go home? The civilian square wanted to fight the Zulu Nation as a matter of principle!

Juxtapose Khalil’s civilian actions against those of Hassan Campbell’s—a hardened self-professed street dude who’d been arrested three times for First Degree murder—a man who claims to have put a razor up to the neck of street gang, Sex, Money, Murder’s boss, Pistol Pete. As tough guys go—Hassan purports to be the hardest of the hard—a hoodman's hoodman—but here he was, in dealing with Afrika Bambaataa, begging to have a video taken off the Internet and cowering down to the Zulu Nation. Hassan wanted no parts of a Zulu Nation fight, war or misunderstanding with the Zulu Nation! Khalil said, “Fuck it!” and reposed his Bambaataa blog and the hardened criminal, Hassan, wanted no “smoke” with Bambaataa! So who’s really the real gangsta here, Khalil or Hassan?

The Juxtaposition of Khalil and Hassan is telling. As it turns out, when dealing with the Zulu Nation, Khalil was the real gangster and Hassan—in these Internet streets wanted to wave the white flag and steal Khalil’s “Civilian Card.”

The other juxtaposition is that of DJ Kay Slay and Troi “Star” Torain—one man (Kay Slay) who understood the seriousness of the Zulu Nation threat against Khalil Amani and wanted him to remove his blog off these Internets and another man (Star) who gave no fucks about a victim of Afrika Bambaataa’s nastiness and the retaliatory measures that the Zulu Nation could exact on Hassan. Hassan was not allowed to come out and tell his story in his own time in his own way, but was forced out by a clout-chasing shock-jock named Troi “Star” Torain—who was looking to add fuel to his assault on Afrika Bambaataa—who gave no fucks about the safety and welfare of Hassan—but—needing to attach himself to someone of note—Hassan joined forces with the very man, Star, who put his life on the YouTube auction block as a sacrifice for YouTube views and AdSense. The only head that should’ve been “split to the white meat” was Star’s—not Ronald Savage’s! Star put Hassan’s life in danger by not taking his video down—and then—to add insult unto injury—Star caught a photo-op flicking to up with Hassan’s newfound Zulu enemy, Mickey Bentson—and yet, still, these two men, Star and Hassan are bosom buddies—even though Star—from the beginning has assaulted the sensibilities of most right-minded people as it related to Hassan. At the most critical time of this Afrika Bambaataa story, DJ Kay Slay had enough care and concern for Khalil to ask him to remove his video. Star, by juxtaposition—the “Friend to none of you!”—ran Hassan’s narrative through these YouTube streets and made Hassan cry “uncle!”

Khalil Amani is"Gay hip-hop's Straight Advocate." A Miami native who writes for Allhiphop.com, DJ Kay Slay’s Straight Stuntin Magazines. He’s been featured in L.A. Times, Miami New Times, Miami Herald, Thump/Vice/Noisey.com, Forward, Spin Magazine, DaveyD.com, DJ Kay Slay's Streetsweeper Sirius XM Radio Show, The Opperman Report, Sa NeterTV, The Biography Channel's, "I Survived a Cult"(2010), The Biography Channel's, "Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult" (2013) and 2018's, ID (Investigation Discovery) Channel in conjunction with People Magazine "Cults." Amani is the author of seven books, including the groundbreaking“Hip-Hop Homophobes...” (iuniverse.com ’07). Amani majored in English and Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College and the University of Nebraska. Follow on IG @khalil_amani, Facebook, Twitter @khalilamani. Email @khalilamani@yahoo.com

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