VisionThought's Blog
Perspective for A New Vision

Numerology & Hip-Hop: “4” Builders


 The number 4 appears in the beginning of Hip-Hop culture as well as with some of the most of Hip-Hop’s successful producers and pioneers. There are 4 pillars of the Hip-Hop culture: “MCing, DJing, B-Boying/B-Girling and Graffiti”.

The first Hip-Hop single to achieve Gold status was “Rapper’s Delight” which went as high as #4 on the United States R&B chart and #36 on the US pop chart. The number 36 is “4×9=36”.

Two of Hip-Hop’s  recognized founders, Afrika Bambaataa and Kool DJ Herc were born in the 4th month of the year, which is April:

  • Afrika Bambaataa born on April 17, 1957.
  • DJ Herc birthdate is April 16, 1955.

The following people have birthdays on the 4th day of the month:

  • Russell Simmons born on October 4, 1957.
  • P.Diddy born on November 4, 1969.
  • Jay-Z born on  December 4, 1969.

Others have the number 4 appear when we get the sum of their birthdates:

  • DJ Kool Herc born on April 16, 1955: 4+16+1+9+5+5= 40=4+0=4.
  • P.Diddy birthdate is November 4, 1969: 11+4+1+9+6+9=40=4+0=4. Or we can add in the following manner: 1+1+4+1+9+6+9=31=3+1=4.
  • Timbaland was born on March 10, 1971. This gives us: 3+1+0+1+9+7+1=22=2+2=4.  When we add in the following manner we get: 3+10+1+9+7+1=31=3+1=4.

It is interesting to note that Jay Z and Beyonce were married on April 4, 2008. The day of April 4th is of important significance in the history of Hip-Hop and America.

 Jay-Z’s marriage to Beyonce took place 40 years after King’s assassination.

DJ Kool Herc was born 13 years before King’s assassination, “13” equals “1+3=4”.


Jay-Z born on December 4, 1969= 12+4+1+9+6+9=41=4+1=5.

Dr. Dre birthdate is February 18, 1965= 2+18+1+9+6+5=41=4+1=5.


Andre Harrell born on September 26, 1960 and when we add in the following manner we get the number 6: 9+26+1+9+6+0=51=5+1=6.

Birdman a.k.a. Baby was born on February 15, 1969, which also gives us 6: 2+15+1+9+6+9=42=4+2=6.


Suge Knight’s birthdate is on April 19, 1965= 4+19+1+9+6+5=44=4+4=8.

Missy Elliot born on July 1, 1971= 7+1+1+9+7+1=26=


Numbers and Their Meaning


Number 4 is the most practical of all numbers: Practical, detail-oriented, organized, orderly, systematic, methodical, precise, reliable, punctual, dependable, honest, trustworthy, without artifice. The rock and cornerstone of an enterprise, don’t give up easily,  perseverance and a hard worker.

Negative Traits: Can be rigid, judgmental, stubborn, too detail-oriented, bossy, overly cautious and too serious.  Might lack flexibility and adaptability. It is difficult to deal with changes and are often too conventional in approach.

Number 5 is the most flexible of all numbers: Make friends easily, versatile and multi-talented, upbeat and inspirational and a good communicator and motivator. Great verbal skills and very dynamic, persuasive, adaptable, versatile and curious, courageous, bright and quick-witted.  An explorer and adventurer who wants to experience all of life, also like to perform in front of audiences and  like to do several things at the same time.

Negative Traits:It is difficult for to commit to one relationship and  have difficulties to finish projects. Lack discipline and order,  impatient, restless, easily distracted and can be very impulsive.Might also be susceptible to overindulgence in sensual pleasures. Discipline and focus are the keys to success. 

Number 6 is the most loving of all numbers:  Compassionate, responsible, sacrificing and unselfish, harmonious and balanced, generous, kind, humble, charismatic and charming. Committed, protective, nurturing, domestic, community conscious and family oriented. Like to offer a shoulder for others and  a good parent.

Negative Traits:  Can be too emotional and overly sentimental. Susceptible to flattery. Might sacrifice too much for the sake of others and suppresses own talents. Have to find a balance truly between helping and interfering. Sometimes self-righteousness, stubborn and egotistical and tend to dominate family and friends.

Number 8 is the most powerful of all numbers:Inspiring, result-oriented, powerful, ambitious, visionary, generous, perseverance, forgiving, broad-minded, money-conscious and self-disciplined. The potential for enormous success and the possibility to accumulate great wealth. A good judge of character a natural leader and a survivor.

Negative Traits: Stubborn, intolerant, impatient, stressed, materialistic, impatient with people, arrogant and reckless. Have the power to accumulate great wealth, but you also susceptible to losing everything. A gambler,  a strong desire for luxuries and  can fall for corruption. Have to find a balance between the spiritual and the material world. Learn to use your power for benefit of mankind.


The title of this article “Numerology & Hip-Hop: “4” Builders” is about the hidden dimensions to Hip-Hop’s history. When we look at the foundations of Hip-Hop, we find the number 4. The qualities that have been ascribed to the number “4” deal with “foundation” and “organization”. Thus to see the “4” with pioneers, head of labels and record producers it is somewhat “cosmic”:

  • The two of the founders of Hip-Hop are born in the 4th month of the year, which is April.
  • There are 4 original pillars of Hip-Hop:”MCing, DJing, B-Boying/B-Girling and Graffiti”.
  • Some the biggest names in Hip-Hop have the “4” energy in one aspect or another this is seen with  Afrika Bambaataa,  Kool DJ Herc, Russell Simmons, P.Diddy, Jay-Z and Timbaland.
  • The first Hip-Hop song to achieve Gold status(500,000 units sold) peaked at #4 on the USA R&B chart and peaked at #36 on the USA pop chart.  36 is 4X9=36.

The other “builders” briefly looked at could be considered an addition to the base or foundation of the number 4. Those whose birthdates equal 5, could be considered “4+1=5”, those whose birthdates give us 6, should be viewed as “4+2=6” and so on. In other words, everyone who came after the foundation that was laid added to the “4”.

The qualities and traits of each number are not to be expected to be found in each person. This also includes the negative aspect of each number. There are other influences to what makes a person who they are but the reader is free to connect the dots.

A separate article will be written on Afrika Bambaataa.


©VisionThought 2010. All Rights Reserved.









2 Responses to “Numerology & Hip-Hop: “4” Builders”

  1. Nice work! great website

  2. Have you ever considered publishing an ebook or guest authoring on
    other sites? I have a blog based upon on the same ideas you discuss and
    would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would enjoy your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: