Hip-hop/Spirituality/Freethinking. Speaking for all underdogs!
By Khalil Amani
Some of you know who I am and some of you don’t. I was one of Yahweh ben Yahweh’s (heretofore “YBY”) first converts into the Nation of Yahweh in Miami (1980)—before many of you wannabe Hebrews came on the scene. My name was Yehudah Israel. I was one of the “spiritual sons” of YBY. I lived in the same building as YBY and ate the same food as YBY. I rode in his car and sat on his lap. We had many intimate conversations and we cried together. I knew YBY like many of you will never know him! My daughter was the first child born in the Nation of Yahweh and YBY was the first human hands to touch her. I loved YBY like a son loves his father and he—I.
But after five years of L.O.E. (loyalty over everything), I peeped game on YBY and got to steppin’. I need not go into all of the B/S he had going on—the beatings, the starvation diet, the malnourished children, the Room of Understanding, and the murders at his command. I’m not here to convince you that YBY was a charlatan masquerading as a “son of God/God” phenom. Believe what the fuck you want, because, one thing that YBY used to always say was, “A fool, convinced against his will, remains of the same opinion still!”
This is the first pro-Yahweh ben Yahweh article I’ve ever written. I just feel sorry that people are bastardizing his message! Don’t think that I’m shitting on YBY! Nay! I’ve done enough of that! You can read my books “Ghetto Religiosity III: If You Don’t Know, Now You Know!” (The chapter: “Deconstructing Yahweh ben Yahweh”) and my other book “My Id: Ignant & Dissfunkshunal! Life in the Yahweh Cult and the Witness Protection Program” and KNOW that I’ve thoroughly shitted on Yahweh ben Yahweh!
You might’ve also seen me on TV speaking on the bullshit I encountered as a member of the Yahweh cult. I’ve long ago lifted up YBY’s robe and exposed his teeny weenie phallus. This ain’t about that!
I write this essay out of sympathy for Yahweh ben Yahweh’s legacy. Why? Because you niggas are tampering with his message—and a few are trying to be Yahweh ben Yahweh! And the sadder truth is that some of you that knew YBY are allowing interlopers to hijack his teachings and erase YBY from Hebrew Israelite consciousness.
As with any movement where the leader is the sole heir and supposed emissary/messiah—when that person dies the organization falls apart. Why? Because it was built on the man and not necessarily his ideas. Such was the case with YBY’s organization. And when it fell apart there was a great apostasy and schism. Many fell away and reverted back to the world, while others decided to try and become YBY. Crabs Members scrambled to the top of the bucket to assume leadership, while others branched off and claimed to be the true followers of the man.
Men like Yahweh ben Yahweh, a self-admitted “supreme narcissist” can never fathom their mortality, so they never put in place a hierarchy after their demise. He is “God” and “God” doesn’t die! They never have that talk where they say, “Alright! When I die I want Brother So-and-So to lead the flock.” But when he dies one of the flock will most assuredly come forward and say, “Yahweh ben Yahweh chose me to lead the flock!”
People who never actually met Yahweh ben Yahweh have taken over the reigns of leadership, summarily pulling a “Paul” on the group.
Enter “Yahweh ben Yahweh ben Yahweh” (YBYBY). No typo! That’s right! “YBYBY”—“God, the son of God the son of God!” And so, this Bullet-Head Negro has stepped up to replace Yahweh ben Yahweh—calling himself, “Yahweh ben Yahweh ben Yahweh!” (YBYBY) The fuck? Not only has he usurped—stolen—hijacked—plagiarized and assumed YBY’s name, but claims he’s the son of YBY on some nepotism shit! Who the fuck are you and what rock did you crawl out from under? You ain’t even YBY’s blood relative! To you brother—I knew Yahweh ben Yahweh and YOU are no Yahweh ben Yahweh—not even his shadow!
(This is Yahweh ben Yahweh ben Yahweh)
Oh my Gawd! I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall and watch this nigga walk these people through the scriptures and show us how he fits in! LOL! Somehow, some way, a few niggas bought what he was selling!
I don’t care how fancy your robes are! You’re still just a wannabe bald-headed, emaciated-looking black man who appears to be two-weeks off the crack pipe! Yahweh ben Yahweh was a beautiful man! (Pause) His skin was like fine brass! His fingernails were immaculately groomed. His eyes were like a “flame of fire” (blue/green/gray)! His hair on his head was long and like pure wool!
The real Yahweh ben Yahweh had that messiah look! This guy below? Nah!
The nigga do beez casket-sharp though...
Juxtapose YBY and YBYBY. You’re bald-headed! You don’t fit the messiah profile on any level! Even your oration is bland and boring! Yahweh ben Yahweh was a raging lion with the eloquence of Martin and the rage of Malcolm! How did you niggas let this coon rise to the top of the barrel? Is it because he might've been fucking piping Nardea, YBY’s biological daughter? Was/is he married to someone in the Mitchell clan (YBY’s slave name). I mean, as someone who knew the real Yahweh ben Yahweh I would be ashamed to say that this anorexic-looking dude is “thee” heir-apparent to Yahweh ben Yahweh—a man who knew the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, James Shabbazz and Martin Luther King Jr.! This is who y’all chose? Fuck outta here! I ain’t never seen him in Miami during the heyday of YBY! He’s an interloper who has convinced a bunch of ignorant people that he’s the Holy Ghost! And you niggas that rode for Yahweh ben Yahweh back in the day—ya just oughta be ashamed to believe that YBY appointed this hallelujah-huckster! Having sat under YBY—how could you possibly sit under a man of this ilk?
The new & improved Yahweh ben Yahweh? Fuck no!
I watched all of YBYBY’s Youtube videos. (Even those long-ass videos where you let a woman [Nardea] air you out in your own house! Now that was some funny shit! Yahweh ben Yahweh used to have niggas beat up or killed who came in his house trying to challenge him! Your bitch-ass took it!)
Check out this video where YBYBY talks that slick shit and then gets "sonned" by the daughter of the real Yahweh ben Yahweh! Gangster move!
I didn’t hear any deepness! I didn’t hear him drop science! Yahweh ben Yahweh is NEVER mentioned! This dude just bit YBY’s whole steelo! But let YBYBY tell it—Yahweh ben Yahweh jumped into his body! He is the reincarnation of YBY! Such bullshit that borders on blasphemy! And, of all the bodies YBY could’ve jumped in—why did he downgrade his looks by entering the body of a frail, fragile, skinny, boney, girlie-man with hydrocephaly (a jug head)? Dude is straight skint (that means ugly) compared to Yahweh ben Yahweh.
Look at the cranium on this dude! Skint!
YBYBY? LOL. This guy is the Puff Daddy of Hebrew Israelites! Nigga is a sampler of another man’s work!
I was there personally when Moses Israel changed his name to Yahshua the Messiah. I was there when he took it a step further and said his name was Yahweh ben Yahweh! I was there when he looked into the congregation and boldly asserted, “You’re looking at Yahweh! I’m the only god you’re ever gonna see!” I was there when he said in 1984 we’d be standing on Mt. Zion—that we’d be hidden at Petra during the War of Armageddon. I was there when he taught that all white people were devils—that the white Jew was an imposter and all “dumb-dog” preachers are going to hell! He NEVER spoke of his physical death and being reincarnated in someone else’s body! YBY’s little yellow book “Yahweh: God of Gods You Are Not A Nigger: Our True History the World’s Best Kept Secret!” was never revised to change these basic tenets! And now you have white guys claiming to be followers of YBY? Smh.
Even white guys have hijacked Yahweh ben Yahweh's teachings. Check this video out where a "white devil" (Yahweh ben Yahweh's words in all of his writings from 1979-1986.) It was only AFTER the media caught on to YBY's teachings that he began to distance himself from the white devil rhetoric. White people were not allowed to be part of our group! How did this happen? LOL!
So now, as I understand it you have several groups who are claiming divine rights to the legacy of Yahweh ben Yahweh—a group called The PEESS organization (a group of broke Hebrews wishing for the glory days)—YBYBY group (with ties to YBY’s family)—a dude in Miami calling himself Michael the Black Man (one of YBY’s original followers who was introduced to the cult by me)—some other folk in Canada and parts unknown—and lastly, those Hebrews who sit around the dinner table and study YBY’s original teachings.
A quagmire indeed, yea, a pile of religious fuckery! Yahweh ben Yahweh’s splinter groups are the laughing-stock of Hebrew Israelite Thought—even more so than Ben Ammi ben Israel’s group in Dimona, Israel.
What YBYBY has done is raided the cemetery and picked through the bones of Yahweh ben Yahweh and stolen his identity.
In the eyes of Yahweh ben Yahweh I was his “Judas goat.” I went before a jury and told the truth and for that I was despised by him and many others. I accept that. But I think if there’s a God in heaven—if Yahweh ben Yahweh sits at the right hand of the Father he has just pardoned me. Not even his most loyal followers have stood up to take a dump on this guy YBYBY! And as much as I give less than two-shits about any of this, it was fun to write about.
There was a time when I would have applauded Yahweh ben Yahweh's demise. I wanted to kill him and I wanted him dead! But now, in reality, I pity the life of a brilliant man who could've actually changed the world for the betterment of humanity. Hulon Mitchell was indeed a bright light among his people. History will judge Yahweh ben Yahweh as a tragic figure on the American landscape who strayed from the path of liberating African-Americans—a prodigal son of the African Diaspora who lost his way in the fight for justice, equality, and the total liberation of an African people. I have sat at the feet of Yahweh ben Yahweh—having lived in the same house and ate the same food as Yahweh ben Yahweh--I am best qualified to deconstruct the mind-set of Hulon Mitchell. He was my spiritual father and I loved him like a son loves a father. We shared many father/son moments.
The real Yahweh ben Yahweh, the man I once called "father."
At the end of the day, there's no frontin' on the importance and significance that Yahweh ben Yahweh had on my life. In many respects, I was blessed to have been in the presence of a man who was so keenly aware of the plight of Black America—a man who could articulate the struggles of black folk without fear, however twisted he saw the answer to our "shit-uation." Indeed, Yahweh ben Yahweh was a roaring lion when it came to exposing the atrocities committed by America. He was Malcolm revisited! 'Nuff respect!
This chitlin’-head dude YBYBY—he’s lower than the dirt on Jesus’s sandals! Straight-up interloper!
Khalil Amani is a blogger for AllHipHop. He also writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. Amani also writes for Hoodgrown, Maybach and Sext Magazines. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” iuniverse.com 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at http://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12