Last Poets, The

Also known as Last Poets, Original Last Poets, The, Poets, The
Members of Last Poets, The: Abiodun Oyewole, Abu Mustafa, David Nelson (8), Felipe Luciano, Gylan Kain, Jalaludin M. Nuriddin, Jamal Abdus Sabur, Nilaja, Suliaman El-Hadi, Umar Bin Hassan
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Discography of Last Poets, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Freedom Express 5 Audio 1988 Acid Jazz
2 Freedom Express 5 Audio 1988 Acid Jazz
3 It's A Trip 2 Audio 2000 Original Sound Track Recordings
4 Get Movin' 3 Audio 1985 Celluloid
5 Oh My People 6 Audio 1985-00-00 Celluloid
6 Holy Terror 11 Audio 1995-00-00 Rykodisc
7 Time Has Come 11 Audio 1997-00-00
8 Black And Strong (Homesick) 13 Audio 1995 Rykodisc
9 Panthers 8 Audio 2004
10 The Last Poets 13 Audio 1971 Douglas
11 This Is Madness 15 Audio 1971 Douglas
12 This Is Madness / The Wild Style 3 Audio 2004 Black Beats
13 At Last 10 Audio 1973-00-00 Blue Thumb Records
14 Beats Rhyme + Revolution 16 Audio 1997 Music Club
15 This Is Madness 11 Audio 1984 Celluloid
16 Holy Terror 11 Audio 2003 Innerhythmic
17 Black And Strong (Homesick) 12 Audio 1995 Rykodisc
18 This Is Madness 15 Audio 1984 Celluloid
19 The Last Poets 13 Audio 1984 Celluloid
20 Tuxedo Rap (Soul Sister Re-Edit) / Garden Of Delights (Re-Edit) 2 Audio 2006 Pokerdice
21 Time Has Come - Sampler 9 Audio 1997-00-00 Mercury
22 Chastisment 8 Audio 1972 Blue Thumb Records
23 The Last Poets 13 Audio 2002-08-13 Fuel 2000
24 Right On! (Original Soundtrack) 18 Audio 2004 Dagored
25 Oh My People 6 Audio 1985
26 The Prime Time Rhyme Of The Last Poets - Best Of Volume 1 14 Audio On The One
27 Holy Terror 9 Audio 1993 P-Vine Records
28 Delights Of The Garden 9 Audio 1985 Celluloid
29 Long Enough 2 Audio 1984
30 Jazzoetry 11 Audio 1976 Douglas
31 Retro-Fit 12 Audio 1992 Celluloid
32 The Last Poets 13 Audio 2001 Get Back
33 Scatterap/Home 12 Audio 1994 Bond Age
34 Oh My People & Delight Of The Garden 18 Audio 1992 Mau Mau Records
35 This Is Madness 15 Audio 2002
36 Delights Of The Garden 8 Audio 1977 Douglas
37 This Is Madness 15 Audio 2002 Get Back
38 Holy Terror 9 Audio 1993 P-Vine Records
39 Chastisment 8 Audio 1992 Charly Schallplatten GmbH
40 Jazzoetry 11 Audio 2003 Get Back
41 The Last Poets 13 Audio 1992
42 Delights Of The Garden 9 Audio 1987 Celluloid
43 Scatterap/Home 12 Audio 1994 Bond Age
44 Holy Terror 11 Audio 2004 Par Media Music
45 On The Subway 2 Audio 1970 Douglas
46 The Last Poets 13 Audio 1970 Douglas
47 The Last Poets 13 Audio
48 Panthers 9 Audio 2004
49 On The Subway 33 Audio 2006 Atom (3)
50 Oh My People 6 Audio 1996 Charly Records

The Last Poets are a group of poets and musicians, rising from the late 1960s African American civil rights movement. [a=Jalaludin M. Nuriddin], an Army paratrooper who chose to go to jail instead of fight in the Vietnam War, founded the group in prison after converting to Islam and learning to spiel, an earlier form of hip-hop emceeing.

With [a=Umar Bin Hassan] and [a=Abiodun Oyewole], Nuriddin was released from prison, joined the East Wind workshop in Harlem, and began performing their spiels, along with music, on the street. The group adopted the name the Last Poets in 1969 from a South African writer named Little Willie Copaseely, who believed he was in the last era of poetry before guns would take over. They released an LP in 1970, [i]The Last Poets[/I], which reached the Top Ten album charts. Oyewole was arrested for robbery before a tour could begin, and he was replaced by Nilajah and featured "Whitey on The Moon," a classic protest anthem depicting social and racial divisions.

The follow-up, [i]This is Madness[/I], featured more radical and politically charged poems, which resulted in the group being listed as part of the counter-intelligence program founded by then-President Richard Nixon. Following that album, Hassan joined a southern-based religious sect and was replaced by [a=Suliaman El-Hadi] in time for [i]Chastisement[/I] (1972). The album introduced a sound the group called jazzoetry, a mix of jazz and funk with poetry. [i]At Last[/I] (1974), was a free-jazz album. The popularity of the group declined during the remainder of the 1970s, and Nilajah left.

In the 1980s, however, the group became popular with the rise of hip-hop, collaboarting with Bristol-based British post punk band the Pop Group and others. It returned to recording in its own right in 1984 with [i]Oh, My People[/I] and its follow-up, [i]Freedom Express[/I] (1988). Hassan and Jalal worked on several solo projects until 1995, when two groups using the name formed. Jalal and El Hadi released [i]Scatterrap[/I] while Oyewole and Hassan released [i]Holy Terror[/I]. The group's founding members reunited for 1997's [i]Time Has Come[/I], its only release to date on a major label. Recently, the Last Poets collaborated with [a=Common] on the song "The Corner."

The Last Poets stands as the true originator of hip-hop emceeing. With withering attacks on everything from racists to the American government to the bourgeoisie, their spoken-word albums preceded politically laced R&B projects such as [a=Marvin Gaye]'s [i]What's Going On[/I] and foreshadowed the work of hard-hitting hip-hop groups such as [a=Public Enemy].

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