X Clan: Weapon X

Brooklyn-based Afrocentric group X Clan released Return from Mecca in 2007. The music video for the single Weapon X features two flags: the green, gold, and red flag Ethiopian flag, and the red, black, and green Pan-African flag.

X Clan: Weapon X. Directed by Dale “Rage” Resteghini. Uploaded to YouTube August 24, 2006, has 320,000 plays.

Leader Brother J with the imperial Ethiopian flag in the background.  The flag, adopted by the Rastafarians, depicts the Lion of Judah.
Leader Brother J with the imperial Ethiopian flag in the background. The flag, associated with Emperor Haile Selassie and made famous by the Rastafarians, depicts the Lion of Judah.
The Lion of Judah flag.  It was the Ethiopian flag during the reign of Emporer Haile Selassie, who called himself the Lion of Judah, asserting a divine connection to the biblical tribe of Judah.
The Lion of Judah flag. It was the Ethiopian flag during the reign of Emporer Haile Selassie, who called himself the Lion of Judah, asserting a divine connection to the biblical tribe of Judah.
Waved in the background: the red, black, and green Pan-African flag.
Waved in the background: the red, black, and green Pan-African flag.
The red, black, and green flag goes by many names:  Pan-African, Afro-American, Black Liberation, Marcus Garvey, and others.  It was designed in 1920 by the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) .
The red, black, and green flag goes by many names: Pan-African, Afro-American, Black Liberation, Marcus Garvey, and others. It was designed in 1920 by the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) .
X Clan adopted the ankh or "Key of the Nile" as part of their symbology, using a version of the green, red, and black flag charged with this ancient symbol of universal life.  The video shows Brother J wearing a large gold ankh around his neck.
X Clan adopted the ankh or “Key of the Nile” as part of their symbology, using a version of the green, red, and black flag charged with this ancient symbol of universal life. In addition to the shoulder patch, the video shows Brother J wearing a large gold ankh around his neck.

From an earlier song Funkin’ Lesson, X Clan’s late founding member Professor X explains:

Freedom or death, we shall all be moved
Vanglorious
This is protected by the red, the black, and the green
With a key, sissy!

ankh-afam-flag

Thanks, Gontzal Royo, for pointing us to this video.

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Author: SDM

Ethnography * Technology * Design

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