From gangs and ghettoes to statesman with pop culture cult-hero status. A leading DJ in the 70s, a founder of the Zulu Nation (a forerunner of such things as Native Tongue) and a co-founder and evangelist of hip-hop. "Planet Rock" and "Looking for the Perfect Beat" (see: Arthur Baker) may have brought him his first big outside-NYC notoriety. It led to collaborations with John Lydon (as Time Zone) and James Brown, fellow Godfathers. He is quietly everywhere.