When I, Leroy Moore Jr., started Krip-Hop Nation ten years ago, the first artist I met online and face to face was Rob “Da Noize Temple of Brooklyn, Noize. I remember catching the subway to Park Ave of Brooklyn from Harlem and walking up flights and flights of stairs to interview and record my poemsong, Krip-Hop that started Krip-Hop Nation, this was 2006 or 7. Since that time Noize Studio became a second home of Krip-Hop Nation and a place that professionally produced and mixed most of my mixtape of my spoken word CDs and Krip-Hop Nation’s songs from our six CDs. Now Temple, his studio and family are being evicted in the middle of the continuing fast pace of burning and privatizing of Brooklyn.
Rob Da’ Noize Temple, music producer, keyboardist, DJ for the Sugarhill Gang, member of the Temple Dynasty, also a part of Krip-Hop, cofounder of Krip-Hop along with Leroy F. Moore. Been producing music for over 40 years. He was the first artists on Jive in 1982 with the group Conway & Temple with the hit “You Can Lay Your Head on My Shoulder.” He has been producing, since 1980 from Brooklyn House. Just signed a contract for “Beverly Hill Cop III.” His last project was actually a project on the gentrification of The Village. Rob’s family is actually going through the same thing that he’ve composed the music to.
Rob goes back to what he calls Brooklyn House. He told me that, Brooklyn House was a collective of a bunch of young cats, used to stand outside his window when his band–his wife and him, their band–would rehearse. And his cousin brought one of the young guys out of Bed-Stuy over. And they liked what Rob, his band and wife were doing with the live music. But they were ahead of their time way back in the ’80s, back in like 1986 doing the live music, the Hip Hop. They began calling other young brothers and sisters from all over New York.
The Brooklyn House actually started out as the Human Alliance, which was all in New York. And now they’ve blossomed into California. They blossomed down South in Florida. They even have chapters in Europe. So it started here in Brooklyn, NY..
Now in 2017 Temple family with their studio are facing eviction Rob told me, “the landlord took the building over from HPD, the Housing Preservation and Development, took the building over in, he believe, ’96 and immediately pushed theirr rent up $400. And every year, subsequently $100-200 per year. Rob goes on to say, “It’s total harassment. Obviously, a dislike for Black people. Obviously.”
This treatment is nothing new, Rob and his family been dealing with this kind of treatment for more then 30 years Rob primarily on what he is doing? This landlord don’t care that Rob has been all around the world with his music and pays rent with his gigs. So the landlord has been-harassing his wife at her place of business. And so this has been going on, and this February–the end of February— The landlord handed them a 30-day notice to vacate the premises with no notice, no warning. I’ve been at Rob’s home many times I know the building also has two commercial businesses, an insurance and driving school and a barber shop. All three businesses including Rob’s will be decimated in one shot.
Rob said, “we’ve watched the neighborhood go through gentrification. And so, as I said, he harasses my wife just about every other day: “Get out. Get out. You know I want you out. Gotta get out.” Rent’s not due. He’s selling the building. And what’s happened is a certain group of people came into the neighborhood and started buying up everything, asking people to leave, sell their properties. And this is what’s going on. So we got blindsided by this particular landlord who has about 26 buildings. He doesn’t’ really care about anything. So that’s where we are right now.”
I just saw a documentary on gentrification in Brooklyn entitled My Brooklyn. So I guess it’s still keeps on happening right now. I just got back from Poor Magazine’s East Coast:Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tour going out to rich neighborhoods and just knocking on doors and saying, “they have a disease of capitalism and they need to redistribute their wealth to people that have been there,” you know?. Rob gives his views on gentrification of Brooklyn.
And I think there’s no problem with you coming into the neighborhood. It’s when you push everyone else out. Now we’ve been here almost 34 years, and you just get pushed out and humiliated on the block. We have no place to go. So we have four storage units, trying to find a place. And then when you have a certain group of people, a mandate comes down that says, “Do not rent to Black people. Do not sell your apartment or your house to Black people,” that’s a problem, you know? That’s a problem.
And this is going on throughout the entire neighborhood in Brooklyn, everywhere, Williamsburg. You know, no respect for the community, up-zoning, outside investors, outside developers who’ve never been to Brooklyn. They’re just able to come in and, “Oh, this is a great place.” They know nothing about the neighborhood, they know nothing about the people that live there, they’re forcing everyone into like reverse migration where the elderly who own houses in this particular neighborhood.
Beautiful brownstones, they’re forcing them to down-sell. You know, you can’t afford to live here in this place. I mean, still you can walk down pushing a baby stroller, and everyone is walking or skateboarding down the block, but it’s still the hood. You know? It’s still the hood. At night people are riding down the block on skateboards. That’s all cool. But people that have been here are just pushed out where? They push them further and further away from Central Brooklyn. They want you all the way in Brownsville now, all the way out in East New York, or as far away as you can from Central Brooklyn. There was a hospital called Caledonia Hospital just right down the block from me across from Prospect Park, which was serving the needs of the people. Well, they closed that hospital down and built condos. Now you have a beautiful condo in a place where people have died or who were really sick overlooking Prospect Park. And that’s the beauty of this place. I mean, I knew it was just a matter of time because you know. You’ve been up into our studio.
You looked out the window. You could see Prospect Park. That is attractive. It’s near every train and every bus. So it’s an attractive neighborhood. But the way it’s done. They never came to us. The three businesses that are here, they never came to us last year or something and say, “Hey, look. I wanna sell the building. Why don’t you guys collectively get together, and I’ll sell the building to you.” And everyone is saying, “Well you know, you should get somebody.” Well, he told my wife, explained well, “I’m not giving you nothing! I’m not giving you nothing. I want you out of this, and if you’re not out by May the 5th, I’m gonna start.” And we know we have some type of rights. However this is the new shape of Brooklyn.
I remember that we Poor Magazine visited Picture Of The Homeless and advocacy groups around homeless people during our East Coast:Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tour and what they told us, that a lot of the public housing buildings in New York are being privatized, you know like here in the Bay. Being a long resident of NY, Rob knew right a way what was going on. He states.’
“Oh yeah! Oh yeah. Oh yeah. So all of these projects are solid buildings. I mean, probably the most desirable condo material that you can really imagine. So slowly but surelyI knew that some of the hotels wasn’t going to last or even privatizing. I knew they were privatizing some of the Marcy Projects and those. Certain groups that never really came across Flushing Avenue are now taking all the factories that were just abandoned, warehouses, they’re taking them over, turning them into condos. My old block in Bed-Stuy is all condos now. And you can’t get an apartment for under $750,000. You know, where you gonna get that kinda money? Where are we gonna get that kinda money? ”
Like many apartment complex in Berkeley, CA, Rob’s home in NY is up many many flights of stairs and like many apartment complex landlords refuse to fix things. I’m in a lawsuit with my landlord here in Berkeley bcause ealier this year the elevator went out for three weeks. Rob and his family is packing to move however because Rob’s wife works in Brooklyn and is close to retirement they can’t leave Brooklyn so they are looking for another place in Brooklyn. It’s even harder to just get up in move when you’re disabled like Rob and I on a fixed income!
So where you gonna run? Where can you go to? Rob has the same thoughts:
“Where can you run? You can’t run to the courts because the same people that are controlling the game are sitting there. So everything is gonna be in favor of the land owner, of the landlord. Everything is in favor. “I don’t care what the law says. I don’t care what this one says.” It is what it is. And until we face things for what they are, it is what it is. That’s the way it is. The community planning and community development, all those are still in favor of the land owners, OK? At the end of the day, they gonna look like they standing up for your rights, but things ain’t gonna change ’cause it’s about money. That’s their god. It’s about their money. It’s about money! So when money is your god, you’ll do anything to get that.”
Being an advocate and going through my stituation with my landlord I asked Rob are there’s no tenant lawyers or advocate lawyers? He replied,
“We have that all in place. We have to wait for him now to make his move, ’cause that’s what they say. He’s gotta serve you. Whatever he said, it’s not solid. He’s gotta send you–Then we can go through the process. And I said, “If we find a place, we’ll just bounce.” You know, saying, “We don’t even wanna be around that type of energy.” It’s this type of energy, you know, and you supposed to be representing Tora You’re not representing no Tora law. You know what I’m saying? You’re not representing. You know who we are. You call us on a sabath. You know why practice. You know we practice sbath. You know it! No respect. That’s the problem. If you don’t have any respect right then and there, you lose out. But you cannot– This is what I’m saying, and it’s gonna happen all across the country. People are gonna have enough. They’re gonna really have enough when you realize you ain’t got no place to go. Why in the hell are you– Why is the city paying $3,000 a month for you to stay in a hotel if you’re homeless?”
So Rob & family are packing right now and I hope they will find a place soon however to get deeper into the history of gentrification of Brooklyn I recomment watching the documentary, My Brooklyn http://www.mybrooklynmovie.com/?page_id=12
Pic: Rob ‘Da Noize pack up his home/recording studio in Brooklyn, NY being GENTRIFY out of Brooklyn