Peace To The Gods & The Earths: A Look Into the Five Percent Nation

I remember the first time I got introduce to the Nation of the Gods and Earths better known as the Five Percenters. I always into to studying ancient African culture, black sciences and so on. I was quite different from most of my peers. One of friend’s step-father noticed my thirst for knowledge and gave me a big binder full with “lessons”. From there my mind was open I learn to be the “God” of my own universe. These lessons help me to know knowledge of self as well that day math (those who know, know). Any way’s, I appreciate my NGE teachings it one of the foundations I stand on.

The fam over at wrote and in-depth article about the The Nation of Gods and Earths (NGE), also referred to as the Five Percent Nation and its connection with Hip Hop culture. Its a very good read here are some excerpts :


Considered an offshoot group of the Nation Of Islam (NOI), the Nation of Gods and Earths fashions itself as a separate group forging its own identity. Using “degrees” or lessons fashioned after the NOI’s Supreme Wisdom, the “120” degrees are a slightly varied version of scientific facts.  The lessons teach that Blacks are the original people of the planet Earth and responsible for every facet of civilization.


The Five Percent angle is built on the premise within the lessons that 85% of the population lack “knowledge of self” while 10 percent of the population have this said knowledge and hide it from the larger group. Five percent of that population are the “poor, righteous teachers” who will liberate the minds of the 85%.


The Father:

Previous  known as Clarence 13X, the Virginia native saw a need for the Supreme Wisdom to be taught to the youth in the street. The Father, or Allah as he was also known, was the founder of the Five Percent Nation and his approach to Islam was not much different than the NOI’s (Nation of Islam) but far more inclusive. The Five Percent’s rise to prominence happened by way of the defiant nature of The Father, a one-time lieutenant in the NOI. The Father was gunned down in an assassination on June 12, 1969 – the details remain murky even in present day. The murder shook the core of the Nation as tensions grew between the group and the Black Muslims who some suspected carried out the shooting. The Nation would grow and without a leadership core, many members splintered off, struggling hard to maintain the concepts put forth by the Father.

The Lessons:

The systems Supreme Mathematics and Supreme Alphabet, built on the Arabic numeral and the Latin alphabet systems. 10 principles were applied for the numbers 1 through 9, adding zero as well. The same was done for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Through complex interpretations that some have compared to Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Supreme Mathematics and Alphabet serve as the basis for the common “language” spoken among NGE members. Those who study lessons are typically asked on occasion to be able to explain the concepts in their own words and “build” (discuss) amongst other members. One of the more controversial stances in the Nation’s teachings is the idea that the White race was created by the Black scientist Yacub many thousands of years ago. This portion of the doctrine was started with NOI teachings and embraced by the Five Percent.

Hip Hop & the Five Percent:

Both Hip-Hop and the Five Percent culture developed out of the streets of New York so the two grew up together. Hip-Hop artists that have  claimed ties to NGE culture: Rakim Allah, Poor Righteous Teachers, King Sun, Lakim Shabazz, Busta Rhymes, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Electronica and others  have all delivered NGE ideology within their verses. Nas, AZ and rap duo CNN also dropped occasional hints of the culture in their songs. Other acts such as Digable Planets, Big Daddy Kane,Gang Starr and X-Clan also followed suit by consciously putting some of the culture’s ideas forth via their recordings.

I encourage you to read the full article at because these are just a few excerpts and it doesn’t do the full story justice. 

I loved the days when you could hear countless 5 Percent teachings in the Hip Hop music. I hope the culture can get there again.  


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