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      Last Poets were rappers of the civil rights era. Along with the changing domestic landscape came the New York City-hip group called The Last Poets, who used obstreperous verse to chide a nation whose inclination was to maintain the colonial yoke around the neck of the disenfranchised.
      Shortly after the death of Martin Luther King, The Last Poets were born. David Nelson, Gylan Kain, and Abiodun Oyewole, were born on the anniversary of Malcolm X's birthday May 19, 1968 in Marcus Garvey Park. They grew from three poets and a drummer to seven young black and Hispanic artists: David Nelson, Gylan Kain, Abiodun Oyewole, Felipe Luciano, Umar Bin Hassan, Jalal Nurridin, and Suliamn El Hadi (Gil Scott Heron was never a member of the group). They took their name from a poem by South African poet Willie Kgositsile, who posited the necessity of putting aside poetry in the face of looming revolution.

      "When the moment hatches in time's womb there will be no art talk," he wrote. "The only poem you will hear will be the spearpoint pivoted in the punctured marrow of the villain....Therefore we are the last poets of the world."

      The Last Poets has brought together music and the word. Like Haki Madhubuti (Don L. Lee), they are/were modern day griots expressing the nation- building fervor of the Black Panthers in poems written for black people. As the great poet Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) says, "The Last Poets are the prototype Rappers... the kina nigger you don never wanna meet!" They teach what America does to its Black men, what Black men do to themselves, and WHY!

      Novelist/essayist Darius James, in his book "That's Blaxploitation!" (St. Martin's Griffin, 1995) recalled the impact of the Poets at their birth.
      In 1970 the Last Poets released their first album and dropped a bomb on black Amerikkka's turntables. Muthafuckas ran f'cover.
      Nobody was ready.

      Had em scared o' revolution. Scared o' the whyte man's god complex. Scared o' subways. Scared o' each other. Scared o' themselves. And scared o' that totem of onanistic worship -- the eagle-clawed Amerikkkan greenback! The rhetoric made you mad. The drums made you pop your fingers. And the poetry made you sail on the cushions of a fine hashish high.
      Most importantly, they made you think and kept you "correct" on a revolutionary level.

      We all connected. 'Cause it was a Black communal thing. Like the good vibes and paper plate of red-peppered potato salad at a neighborhood barbecue. The words and the rhythms were relevant. We joined together around the peace pipe and the drum. And when it came to the rhythms of the drums, the drums said, "Check your tired-ass ideology at the door."
      With withering attacks on everything from racists to government to the bourgeoisie, their spoken word albums preceded politically laced R&B projects such as Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and foreshadowed the work of hard-hitting rap groups such as Public Enemy. Their classic poems Niggers are scared of Revolution, This is Madness, When the Revolution Comes, and Gashman were released on their two record albums Last Poets (1970) and This Is Madnesss (1971).

      During their late 60s and early 70s they connected with the violent factions of the SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee), the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), and the Black Panther party. They went through confrontations with the FBI and police, and went arrests for robbing the Ku Klux Klan and various other ventures with Revolution in mind. Abiodun Oyewole received a 12-to-20-year jail sentence, but served less than four years.

      Like Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan was able to overcome the urban social maladies of a broken home, child abuse, a musician-father doing jail time, the dog-eat-dog world of public housing in Akron Ohio, and his own crack addiction. Hassan dispenses with the eloquence of classic English verse, for the gritty, in-your-face cadence of the 'hood.

      They also fought each other and split into two groups. One, including Jalal Nuriddin, who wrote Wake Up Niggers, and Suleiman el-Hadi, was known as "The Last Poets" and the other, including Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan, while also original members, was billed as "Formerly of the Last Poets." It was a legal dispute, fundamentally, and for years there was talk of reconcilation. Nuriddin and el-Hadi also were active, though mostly in the UK (Nuriddin has been based in London for some years). In an early 90's Paris where Umar Bin Hassan was preparing for a Last Poet concert, Jalal mysteriously appeared and stabbed Hassan in the throat. Attempting to learn their own lessons, at present only Oyewole and Hassan (shown at the top of this page) remain of the original Last Poets in the group, and have the right to call themselves that title.

      The Last Poets made four albums. Oyewole, at times with Hassan, at time without, made a number of others. On the albums, there are many special guests. David Laswell has appeared with the gourp during much of the 90s. They participated in the 1994 Lollapalooza tour; performed in John Singleton's "Poetic Justice" film and Holy Terror has Senegalese drummer Aiyb Dieng and his longtime collaborator, former Coltrane protege Pharoah Sanders to add some fireworks on sax. Hassan has the CD Be Bop or Be Dead. Anyway, a mid 90s performance of Oyewole and Hassan can be heard on the Stolen Moments: Red Hot and Blue compilation, which also ran on PBS as a video. On the fourth album since 1993,Time Has Come, Chuck D, co-founder of Public Enemy appears.

      The full Last Poets story, as well as poetry, can be found in the book On a Mission: Selected Poems and a History of The Last Poets by Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan written with music journalist Kim Green Buy this book it's sold all over the web.

      Abiodun Oyewole has had a number of projects not under the Last Poets name, such as the CD 25 Years. Oyewole, spent 15 years in the New York school system, also taught at Columbia University. David Nelson is a Christian Minister, Felipe Luciano is a newscaster New York. But the Last Poets, with Oyewole and Hassan, performed in Buffalo in 1997. According to Oyewole:

      "We're no more 'godfathers of spoken word' than the man in the moon; it comes in a package from the motherland. But we accept there is work out there that we can do. People need to see a focal point, a beacon, and we don't have no problem with shining."
      "God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement."
      -The Right And Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

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      Download full album:
      [ame=http://www.zshare.net/download/526448147b0ce9f3/]zSHARE - The Last Poets - Delights Of The Garden.7z[/ame]

      Preview Track 03 - Blessed Are Those In The Struggle
      "God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement."
      -The Right And Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

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      [ame="http://www.RBGTube.com/play.php?vid=1045"]The Last Poets - Niggaz Are Scared Of Revolution Music RBG Tube | PanAfrican.TV v2.0 - Free Revolutionary Audio Video Speech Library of Leaders, Activist, and Educators@@AMEPARAM@@http://www.RBGTube.com/uploads/LCpOUgv1sdyz2eMKlmnI.flv@@AMEPARAM@@LCpOUgv1sdyz2e MKlmnI[/ame]

      The Last Poets is a 1970 spoken word album by The Last Poets.
      [ame=http://www.zshare.net/download/5299390440a9c1ef/]zSHARE - The Last Poets.zip[/ame]
      Track listing:
      "Run, Nigger" (Abiodun Oyewole) – 1:14
      "On the Subway" (Alafía Pudím) – 1:33
      "Niggers Are Scared of Revolution" (Omar Ben Hassen) – 5:16
      "Black Thighs" (Hassen) – 1:31
      "Gashman" (Oyewole) – 2:45
      "Wake Up, Niggers" (Pudim) – 2:49
      "New York, New York" (Oyewole) – 3:36
      "Jones Comin' Down" (Pudim) – 2:51
      "Just Because" (Oyewole) – 2:31
      "Black Wish" (Hassen) – 1:34
      "When the Revolution Comes" (Hassen) – 1:47
      "Two Little Boys" (Oyewole) – 1:51
      "Surprises" (Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin, Pudim) – 2:09
      Personnel:
      Abiodun Oyewole — poet
      Omar Ben Hassen — poet
      Alafía Pudím — poet
      Nilaja — percussion
      "God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement."
      -The Right And Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

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      The Last Poets - Right On!
      SOUNDTRACK | APE | CUE | COVERS | 258MBS
      Juggernaut 1971


      Right On! is the soundtrack to the film of the same name which was shot in 1968 and released two years later. The film Right On! had been lost for many years except for a rough cut released in the mid 90's. However, the soundtrack is intact and it's as clear as if it were being performed today. African beats and jazz instrumentals filter throughout the cd with the voices of anger, intellectualism, passion, and love. Strong as a fist and smart as an Encyclopedia, this cd smarts. Indeed, it is beautiful poetry. The content is powerful and is as true now as it was back then. Right On! is for those who seek true consciousnes in spoken word poetry and a must for those other 95 percent who snooze.


      ~ TRACKLISTING ~

      01. Jibaro / My Pretty Ni**er
      02. Been Done Already
      03. Hey Now
      04. Die Ni**a!!!
      05. Un Rifle / Oracion Rifle Prayer
      06. Tell Me Brother
      07. Black Woman
      08. James Brown
      09. Soul
      10. Today Is A Killer
      11. Willie Armstrong Jones
      12. Puerto Rican Rhythms
      13. Poetry Is Black
      14. Jazz
      15. The Shalimar
      16. Into The Streets
      17. Alley
      18. The Library

      Part 1 | Part 2


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      Props for the Dead Poets link. Uhuru for now.





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      Quote Originally Posted by Runawayslave View Post


      The Last Poets - Right On!
      SOUNDTRACK | APE | CUE | COVERS | 258MBS
      Juggernaut 1971


      Right On! is the soundtrack to the film of the same name which was shot in 1968 and released two years later. The film Right On! had been lost for many years except for a rough cut released in the mid 90's. However, the soundtrack is intact and it's as clear as if it were being performed today. African beats and jazz instrumentals filter throughout the cd with the voices of anger, intellectualism, passion, and love. Strong as a fist and smart as an Encyclopedia, this cd smarts. Indeed, it is beautiful poetry. The content is powerful and is as true now as it was back then. Right On! is for those who seek true consciousnes in spoken word poetry and a must for those other 95 percent who snooze.


      ~ TRACKLISTING ~

      01. Jibaro / My Pretty Ni**er
      02. Been Done Already
      03. Hey Now
      04. Die Ni**a!!!
      05. Un Rifle / Oracion Rifle Prayer
      06. Tell Me Brother
      07. Black Woman
      08. James Brown
      09. Soul
      10. Today Is A Killer
      11. Willie Armstrong Jones
      12. Puerto Rican Rhythms
      13. Poetry Is Black
      14. Jazz
      15. The Shalimar
      16. Into The Streets
      17. Alley
      18. The Library

      Part 1 | Part 2


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      ripped in MONKEYS AUDIO format


      Thank you for this, that Jibaro/My Pretty Nigger is one of my favorite by The Last Poets as well as Black Woman!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Runawayslave View Post

      The Last Poets - Right On!
      SOUNDTRACK | APE | CUE | COVERS | 258MBS
      Juggernaut 1971

      Right On! is the soundtrack...
      ...
      "God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement."
      -The Right And Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

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      This Is Madness is an album released by The Last Poets in 1971
      [ame=http://www.zshare.net/download/5322696679b3f447/]zSHARE - The_Last_Poets_This_Is_Madness.zip[/ame]
      Track listing:
      1. "True Blues" (Pudim) – 2:00
      2. "Related to What Chant" (Nalija, Pudim, Ben Hassen) – 1:08
      3. "Related to What" (Ben Hassen) – 3:09
      4. "Black Is Chant" (Nalija, Pudim, Ben Hassen) – :56
      5. "Black Is" (Ben Hassen) – 2:29
      6. "Time" (Ben Hassen) – 1:39
      7. "Mean Machine Chant" (Nalija, Pudim, Ben Hassen) – 1:22
      8. "Mean Machine" (Pudim) – 4:03
      9. "White Man's Got a God Complex" (Pudim) – 3:35
      10. "Opposites" (Pudim) – 1:43
      11. "Black People What Y'all Gon' Do Chant" (Nalija, Pudim, Ben Hassen) – :46
      12. "Black People What Y'all Gon' Do" (Ben Hassen) – 3:20
      13. "O.D." (Pudim) – 3:06
      14. "This Is Madness Chant" (Nalija, Pudim, Ben Hassen) – 1:04
      15. "This Is Madness" (Ben Hassen) – 4:50

      Personnel:
      Alafia Pudim — poet
      Omar Ben Hassen — poet
      Nilija — percussion
      "God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement."
      -The Right And Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

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