Less than a month before the 51-year-old rapper was gunned down on an Atlanta street this June, he gave a chilling interview to a documentary filmmaker in which he said he feared for his life. Specifically, he alleged he'd been receiving threats from members and affiliates of the Zulu Nation, the hip-hop and African American advocacy organization founded in the 1970s by pioneer Afrika Bambaataa.
At the time, Chicago-based filmmaker Leila Wills was finishing up a forthcoming documentary called Trapped in a Culture, which details sexual abuse allegations against Bambaataa. Izlam, whose real name was Tony Pernell Bell, told Wills he received multiple threats from members of the Zulu Nation after stepping down from the organization in April 2016 and speaking out against its founder.
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