Coming out of the poverty-stricken ghetto of Harlem, New York City, USA in the mid-60s, there are many who claim the Last Poets to be the first hip-hop act proper. Originally comprising David Nelson, Gylan Kain and Abiodun Oyewole, the Last Poets formed on 19 May 1969 (Malcolm Xs birthday), the informal line-up grew to include Felipe Luciano, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin aka Alafia Pudim (Gene Dinwiddie), Omar Bin Hassan (aka Umar Bin Hassan - as with other personnel name alterations occurred frequently) and Sulieman El-Hadi. They took their name from a poem by South African poet Willie Kgositsile.
After splitting into two different factions, the trio of Oyewole, Nuriddin and Hassan recorded an album with percussionist Nilaja and jazz producer Alan Douglas. The Last Poets reached the US Top 30, despite featuring such powerful protest gems as Niggas Are Scared Of Revolution and White Mans Got A God Complex. Oyewole...
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