The Last Poets

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The Last Poets is the name for several groups of poets and musicians who arose from the late 1960s African-American civil rights movement's black nationalist movement. 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 Masur Nuriddin and/or Umar Bin Hassan that have penetrated mass culture to a legendary degree. The Last Poets have been cited as 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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Year Title RatingReleases
1970 The Last Poets 2
1971 This Is Madness 3
1972 Chastisment 3
1973 At Last 1
1976 Jazzoetry 1
1985 Delights of the Garden 1
1985 Oh My People 1
1990 Freedom Express 1
1994 Scatterap / Home 2
1995 Holy Terror 2
1997 Time Has Come 1
1997 Chastisement / Freedom Express 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Beats, Rhyme + Revolution: The Best of the Last Poets 1970 - 1985 1
2003 The Best of the Last Poets 1
2005 The Very Best of the Last Poets 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1971 Right On 2

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