No matter how many times I’ve said it, many of you still don’t get it.
#BAM is not exclusive to Blacks.
Not only have I written it dozens of times, but I’ve said it on air and on video repeatedly. Obviously at this point, it’s mostly non-Black folks who have a problem with a Black man saying it’s Black music. If you have a problem with the truth, so be it. Clearly a White, racist moniker (the j-word) for a serious Black art form is more comforting to you. The j-word didn’t all of a sudden become racist, it was racist at its inception.
If you don’t believe me listen to Gary Bartz say it:
If that’s not enough, check out Miles’ disdain for the word @ 1:47:
And if you’re still not convinced, here’s Max Roach @ 7:47:
And if you need further proof check Mingus @ 12:56:
If you don’t except my word for it, please listen to my elders.
There have been many White #BAM musicians:
to name a few….
#BAM doesn’t seek to exclude or separate itself from other races and/or cultures. #BAM’s primary mission is to strip itself away from the derogatory j-word and to acknowledge that though anyone can play it, it is indeed a Black creation.
Some may ask why does the fact that it’s Black music bear acknowledgement. To that I say, what is known and accepted by some is not known and accepted by all and it’s an important factor to the music’s heritage.
This music can be enjoyable, but it is NOT a hobby.
This music is Black people’s path to freedom and we invite everyone to join the ride.
I you haven’t gotten it by now, I hope this helps.
- Nicholas Payton aka The Creator of #BAM aka The Savior of Archaic Pop