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The Last Poets are several groups of poets and musicians who arose from the late 1960s African-American civil rights movement's black nationalism. The name is taken from a poem by the South African revolutionary poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, who believed he was in the last era of poetry before guns would take over. The original users of that name were the trio of Felipe Luciano, Gylan Kain, and David Nelson.

However, it is the versions of the group led by Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin and/or Umar Bin Hassan that have penetrated mass culture. The Last Poets were one of the earliest influences on hip-hop music. Critic Jason Ankeny wrote: "With their politically charged raps, taut rhythms, and dedication to raising African-American consciousness, the Last Poets almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip-hop." The British music magazine NME stated, "Serious spokesmen like Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, and later Gary Byrd, paved the way for the many socially committed Black [emcees] a decade later."

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Discography

Albums

(Poets: Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim (a.k.a. Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin), & Umar Bin Hassan)
(Poets: Alafia Pudim (a.k.a. Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin) & Umar Bin Hassan)
(Poets: Felipe Luciano, David Nelson & Gylan Kain [spelt Cain])
  • Chastisment (1973)
(Poets: Alafia Pudim (a.k.a. Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin) & Sulaiman El-Hadi)
(Poet: Lightnin' Rod (a.k.a. Alafia Pudim & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin)
  • At Last (1974)
(Poets: Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin, Sulaiman El-Hadi, & Umar Bin Hassan)
(Poets: Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin, Abiodun Oyewole & Umar Bin Hassan)
  • Delights of the Garden (1977)
(Poets: Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin & Sulaiman El-Hadi)
  • Oh My People (1984)
(Poets: Sulaiman El-Hadi & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin)
(Poets: Alafia Pudim, Umar Bin Hassen; Percussion: Nilija)
  • Freedom Express (1988)
(Poets: Sulaiman El-Hadi & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin)
  • Retro Fit (1992)
(Poets: Sulaiman & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin)
(Poets: Abiodun Oyewole & Umar Bin Hassan)
  • Scatterap / Home (1994)
(Poets: Sulaiman El-Hadi & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin)
  • Time Has Come (1997)
(Poets: Abiodun Oyewole & Umar Bin Hassan)
  • The Prime Time Rhyme of The Last Poets - Best Of Vol. 1 (1999) On The One Records (Cat No: SPOA-21LP)
(Poets: Sulaiman El-Hadi & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin)
  • The Prime Time Rhyme of The Last Poets - Best Of Vol. 2 (1999) On The One Records
(Poets: Sulaiman El-Hadi & Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin)
  • Understand What Black Is (2018)
(Poets: Abiodun Oyewole & Umar Bin Hassan)

Appearances

  • American Sahara - SmCity, "Dream Cemetery" (2013)
  • Hip-Hop samit sharma Docktrine - The Official Boondocks Mixtape (2006)
  • Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol. 1 & 2 Featuring Gil Scott-Heron & The Last Poets (album)|Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol. 1 & 2 (2015) Mentis Records.
(Poets: Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin, Malik Al Nasir, Ras Tesfa, Gil Scott-Heron)
  • The Corner - Common, "Be" (2005)
  • Project Roach & You Can't Stop Us Now - Nas, "Untitled" (2008)
  • Made in Amerikkka - Reuniting The Last Poets (2008)
  • Poetic Justice (1993)
  • Excursions - A Tribe Called Quest, "The Low End Theory" (1991)
  • Discipline 99 Pt. 0 - Quasimoto, "The Unseen" (2000)

Bibliography

  • Vibes from the Scribes - Pluto Press, 1985
  • On a Mission - Henry Holt Pub., 1996
  • Foreword to Ordinary Guy by Mark T. Watson (a.k.a. Malik Al Nasir) - Fore-Word Press, 2004





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