The Last Poets When the Revolution Comes
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- Released: March 1, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
Uncut - 3/03, p.1184 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..."
- 1.Run, Nigger
- 2.On The Subway
- 3.Niggers Are Scared of Revolution
- 4.Black Thighs
- 6.Wake Up, Niggers
- 7.New York, New York
- 8.Jones Comin' Down
- 9.Just Because
- 10.Black Wish
- 11.When The Revolution Comes
- 12.Two Little Boys
- 14.True Blues
- 15.Related To What Chant
- 16.Related To What
- 17.Black Is Chant
- 18.Black Is
- 20.Mean Machine Chant
- 21.Mean Machine
- 22.White Man's Got A God Complex
- 24.Black People What Y'All Gon' Do Chant
- 25.Black People What Y'All Gon' Do
- 26.O. D.
- 27.This Is Madness Chant
- 28.This Is Madness
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, Alaf¡a Pud¡m, 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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