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  • The Last Poets includes: Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, Omar Ben Hassan, Abiodun Oyewole.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Often cited (along with Gil Scott-Heron) as the artists most directly responsible for the genesis of hip-hop music, the slam poetry trio known as the Last Poets emerged in late-1960s New York from the black nationalist wing of the civil rights movement. On their self-titled debut LP, the group's three vocalists--Omar Ben Hassen, Alafa Pudm, and Abiodun Oyewole--took turns declaiming their vivid and often politically charged compositions depicting ghetto life over sparse percussions by Nilaja. While a glaring lack of musical composition and loose adherence to rhyme and meter make the Last Poets' recordings much more in line with their Beat Poet predecessors, the unflinching observations of the inner city experience would come to be an enduring staple of hip-hop, while their consistently confrontational approach would later be echoed by groups like Public Enemy, X-Clan, the Coup, and dead prez. Arguably the group's best and most cohesive work, 1970's THE LAST POETS stands as a monumental piece of musical and cultural history.
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Uncut (3/03, p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This is outrageously uncompromising stuff, far exceeding most of today's rap in attitude, quite apart form its ideological content..."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.105) - "...Its verbal lambasting and righteous diatribes provide a much needed history lesson in racial politics and a first stop for aspiring hip hoppers..."
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