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LAST POETS-This Is Madness-70s FATHERS OF RAP!-NEW 220 gr LP

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This Is Madness 

new LP


* Limited Edition 220gram LP w/ original artwork & gatefold jacket
* Rare Photos
* Full Lyrics
* Classic Adverts from Billboard & Rolling Stone
* Contributions from:
    - Public Enemy's Chuck D & Professor Griff
    - Spoken word master Saul Williams

"Before rap knew its name, there were a group of angry young men who reflected the harsh spirit of their times and whose work remains prophetic and inspriational today. The Last Poets started out in the late sixties, speaking out as few other musical groups had (or have since) about racism, poverty and other concerns of American-Americans. Their charge has been taken up by many rappers who they've influenced"

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."


when the revolution comes...this album will go double platinum again. niggas will no longer spend their earnings feeding the machine that robbed them of their culture. when the revolution comes....niggas will stop running to pose in pictures with donald trump in gucci suits with louis handbags. they will gather the pioneers of our cultural economy like the last poets, sonya sanchez, nikki giovanni, and amiri baraka and pose in dashikis with blank journals in their hands where they will record memoirs of those other niggas who died chasing the wrong dream. they will gather at the graveside of gwendolyn brooks and apologize for being too caught up to listen. when the revolution comes we will write long thank you letters to the last poets for helping birth the idea of hip hop. we will thank them for being public enemies and for raging against the machine at the risk of anonymous gun shots and flying police batons. when the revolution comes...niggas will see clearly how once biggie released "party and bullshit", sampling the last poets, he ushered in the apparent demise of conscious hip hop, yet gave niggas the true power to live up to their words (ready to die?). and the last poets where there at the end of the party, ready to bury the corpses and resurrect the spirits of their people, but with the sunken eyes of parents who have outlived their children. when the revolution comes niggas will honor the legends of their time before their time is up and funerals will become orgies where people will rush to bathrooms and the backs of limos in an attempt to be the vessels of god's latest incarnation of a revolutionary. but until then, we must act as if that time is now.

- Saul Williams
* (included in the liner notes of Light In The Attic & Vampi Soul's Last Poets reissues)


"A word hasn't been coined to fit what we're talking about," The Last Poets told Rolling Stone in 1970. Today, The Last Poets are hailed as the fathers of rap.

Hip-hop history officially started in Harlem on May 16th, 1969 (Malcolm X's birthday). Imprisoned after refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin began to blend spoken-word verse with street-corner beats, and befriended fellow inmates Omar Ben Hassen and Abiodun Oyewole. Upon their release, Hassen, Oyewole, and Nurridin (a.k.a. Alafia Pudim, a.k.a. Lightnin' Rod), named their trio The Last Poets, after the work of a South African writer who predicted violence would destroy the current, last generation of poets. The group was soon electrifying audiences at both the Apollo Theater and on local television.

The Last Poets caught the attention of producer Alan Douglas, known for his landmark sessions for Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus, and Eric Dolphy. The group debuted in 1970 with the album The Last Poets, considered the first hip-hop album of all time, and followed with 1971's This Is Madness, which landed them on President Nixon's Counter-Intelligence Programming list. Both discs scored high on the album and R&B charts, thanks to their arresting fusion of politically outspoken lyrics and inventive percussion. Listen to these records today, as reissued by Light in the Attic & Vampi Soul, and hear why Chuck D says, "The Last Poets are the birthplace of rap."

1.) True Blues
2.) Related To What Chant
3.) Related To What
4.) Black Is Chant
5.) Black Is
6.) Time
7.) Mean Machine Chant
8.) Mean Machine
9.) White Man's Got A God Complex
10.) Opposites
11.) Black People What Y'All Gon' Do Chant
12.) Black People What Y'All Gon' Do
13.) O.D.
14.) This Is Madness Chant
15.) This Is Madness

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