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
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.thelastpoets.net/, http://www.grandfatherofrap.com, http://www.umarbinhassan.com, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_last_poets

Discography of Last Poets, The:

# Release title Dwnld Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
51 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 2002 Sunspots
52 The Prime Time Rhyme Of The Last Poets - Best Of Volume 1 ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 15 Audio
53 At Last ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 1973 Yegrin
54 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 1971 Douglas
55 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 1996 Charly Records
56 The Last Poets / This Is Madness ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 30 Audio 2002
57 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 1984 Celluloid
58 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 1992 Restless Records
59 The Last Poets This Is Madness ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 34 Audio 2012 Charly Records
60 Right On! (Original Soundtrack) ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 18 Audio Juggernaut Records
61 This Is Madness ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 15 Audio 1984 Celluloid
62 When The Revolution Comes ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 30 Audio 2005 Rev-Ola
63 Right On! The Roots Of Rap! ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio Essenay Entertainment
64 Panthers ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 2004
65 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 1970 Douglas
66 Holy Terror ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 1993 P-Vine Records
67 This Is Madness ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 15 Audio 2002 Sunspots
68 Right On! ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 18 Audio 1990 Collectables
69 Right On! (Original Soundtrack) ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 18 Audio 1971
70 The Real Rap ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 34 Audio 1999 Snapper Music
71 Delights Of The Garden ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 1977 Douglas
72 O.D. / Black Thighs ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1970 Douglas
73 Freedom Express ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 5 Audio 1988 Acid Jazz
74 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio Not On Label
75 True Blues ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio Douglas
76 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 1984 Douglas Records
77 Jazzoetry / Hands Off ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio Paramount Records
78 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 1971
79 Oh My People ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 6 Audio 1985 Celluloid
80 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 1970 Douglas
81 Bird's Word / Tribute To Obabi (Ogun) ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1972 Blue Thumb Records
82 The Legend - The Best Of ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 39 Audio 1996 M.I.L. Multimedia
83 Retro-Fit ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 12 Audio 1992 Celluloid
84 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 1970 Douglas
85 The Prime Time Rhyme Of The Last Poets - Best Of Volume 1 ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 15 Audio On The One
86 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio Douglas
87 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 2014
88 The Last Poets ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 2014 Charly Records
89 Retro-Fit ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 12 Audio 1992 Celluloid
90 Oh My People ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 6 Audio 1985 Philips
91 Last Poets Made In Amerikkka ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 11 Audio 2009 La Huit


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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