I remember when I first started hearing about The Five Percenters. It was the late ‘70s in Queens. A girl in my class at a Catholic grammar school was trying to school the nun on her new Five Percenter name. I also recall boys getting on the local public bus greeting each other with “What’s the mathematics for today, God?” And neighborhood boys on the block started talking about how many Earths they had. Still, I didn’t know much about the Five Percent Nation, even as rappers started to rhyme about their own beliefs as members of the group.
So here are 10 things you should know about the Five Percenters.