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On May 19, 1968, the anniversary of Malcolm X’s birthday, Abiodun Oyewole and two others, David Nelson and Gylan Kain, read poetry in tribute to Malcolm X at a memorial for him, and the group was born.

The group’s message, deeply rooted in Black Nationalism, quickly became recognized within the African American community. The Last Poets along with the artist Gil Scott-Heron are credited as having had a profound effect on the development of hip-hop music. In 1970, The Last Poets were signed by jazz producer Alan Douglas and released their first album that includes their classic lyrical poem Niggers are Scared of Revolution.

The Last Poets' spoken word albums preceded political Rhythm and Blues projects, such as Marvin Gaye’s What's Going On, and foreshadowed the work of hard-hitting rap groups like Public Enemy and Dead Prez.”

"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." 

"Serious spokesmen like The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron paved the way for the many socially committed Black emcees and rappers a decade later." 

The Last Poets became wordsmiths and hammered the feeling of their people, and eventually all oppressed people in the world, of the struggle between despair and hope, defeats and victories. After many personnel changes, the longest performing and active members of the group, honed the art form into a vehicle of total expression, which is today call Rap and Hip-Hop. The Last Poets were the first Rap group to be acclaimed by the people. They sold one million records by word of mouth, although they were the last to be acknowledged by the recording industry.”

Abiodun Oyewole (born Charles Davis, February 1948), is a poet, teacher and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets, which developed into what is considered to be the first hip hop group.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."  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9OL0LtIbfc

 

 

 

 

 

 

Umar Bin Hassan (born Jerome Huling in 1948, Akron, OH) is an African-American poet and a leader of The Last Poets. He sold his younger sister's record player to purchase a bus ticket to New York City, where he joined The Last Poets in 1969. He continues to troubadour the world performing spoken word. Umar appeared on the 2013 Dead Prez album, "Information Age” (Deluxe Edition) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnGXMp0QKN8. 

 

 

 

 

A BIBLIO-FILM-DISCOGRAPHY OF

THE LAST POETS

(Group, Solos and Cameos with other artists)

 

Compiled by

Dr. Melvin T. Peters,

Department of African American Studies,

Eastern Michigan University, 2015

 

BOOKS:

1. Abiodun Oyewole BRANCHES OF THE TREE OF LIFE: THE UNCOLLECTED POEMS OF ABIODUN OYEWOLE 1969-2013, 2014.

2. ________________ ROOTED IN SOIL, 1983

3.  Jalal Nuriddin & Sulieman El Hadi, The Last Poets VIBES FROM THE SCRIBES: SELECTED POETS, 1985

4.  Rev. David J. Nelson, Jr. CRACKING THE PAVEMENT, 1989

5.  Umar Bin Hassan & Abiodun Oyewole THE LAST POETS: SELECTED POEMS, 1993

6.  Abiodun Oyewole & Umar Bin Hassan/ TLPs ON A MISSION: SELECTED POEMS & A HISTORY, 1996

7.  Umar Bin Hassan in Alan Kaufman (ed.) THE OUTLAW BIBLE OF AMERICAN POETRY, 1999.

8.  Umar Bin Hassan & Abiodun Oyewole in Tony Median & Louis Reyes Rivera (ed.) BUM RUSH THE PAGE: A DEF POETRY JAM, 2001.

9.  Umar Bin Hassan “3 Poems” in Dippanita Basu & Sidney J. Lemelle (eds.) THE VINYL AIN’T FINAL: HIP HOP & THE GLOBALIZATION OF BLACK POPULAR CULTURE, 2006

 

FILM & SOUNDTRACK APPEARANCES:

1. Herbert Danska & Woodie King, Jr.  THE ORIGINAL LAST POETS: RIGHT ON! 1971

2. Marvin Worth MALCOLM X: MUSIC & DIALOGUE FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK OF THE MOTION PICTURE, 1972.  “Niggers Are Scared of Revolution” Mixed with Dialogue from Malcolm X

3.  John Carlin & Earl Sebastian STOLEN MOMENTS: RED HOT & COOL, 1994, “This Is Madness”

4. Umar, Abiodun & Felipe w/ Various, PANTHER: SOUNDTRACK, 1995

5. John Singleton POETIC JUSTICE, 1999, “Niggers Are Scared of Revolution”

6. Marko Nine & The Last Poets THE LAST POETS: A DOCUMENTARY. Bravo TV, 2002

7. REDEFINITIONS: HIP HOP ROOTS & FUTURE, 2002.

8. Kevin Fitzgerald/DJ Organic FREESTYLE: THE ART OF RHYME, 2004

9. Rod Holliman THE LEGENDARY AMIRI BARAKA & THE LAST POETS: WORD, VOL. III, THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD, 2005

10. Claude Santiago THE LAST POETS: MADE IN AMERIKKA. Paris, France, 2009

11. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: THE STORY OF THE GREATEST BASKETBALL TEAM YOU NEVER HEARD OF, 2011, Umar Bin Hassan “Harlem” & “Championship Season”

 

 GROUP ALBUMS  (Assorted formations of the 7 Last Poets):

1.  THE LAST POETS, 1970 (Abiodun, Umar, Jalal)

2.  THIS IS MADNESS, 1971 (Umar & Jalal)

3.  RIGHT ON, 1971 (Kain, Felipe & David)

4.  POETRY IS BLACK, 2002 (Kain, David, Felipe)

5.  CHASTISMENT, 1972 (Jalal & Sulieman)

6.  AT LAST, 1974 (Jalal, Sulieman & Umar)

7.  JAZZOETRY, 1975 (Jalal & Sulieman)

8.  DELIGHTS OF THE GARDEN, 1977

9.  OH MY PEOPLE, 1985

10.  FREEDOM EXPRESS, 1988

11.  SCATTER RAP/HOME, 1994

12.  HOLY TERROR, 1993 [1995 USA] (Umar, Abiodun & Babatunde w/:  George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Melle Mel, Bernie Worrell & Ayib Dieng)

13.  TIME HAS COME (w/ Pharoah Sanders & Chuck D), 1997

14.  LIVE AT LITTLE BROTHERS IN COLUMBUS, OH (Umar & Abiodun), 2002  

15.  WHEN WE COME TOGETHER: THE TRIBUTE ALBUM (w/: Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, Common, Chuck D, Jill Scott, Amanda Diva, Doug E. Fresh, Bilal, Kanye West, Keith Murray, James “Blood” Ulmer Jessica Care Moore, …), 2003-2004 (Unreleased)

16. “Panther” (w/ Dead Prez & Common), [Single] 2004

17. TRANSCEND, 2013 (w/ Jamaaladeen Tacuma [forthcoming]

 

SOLO ALBUMS:

Gylan Kain:

1.  THE BLUE GUERILLA, 1973

2.  FEEL THIS, 1997

Jalal Nurridin:

3.  as Lightnin Rod, HUSTLER’S CONVENTION, 1974 

4.  “Doriella Du Fontaine”, 1969 (w/ Jimi Hendrix: guitar/bass & Buddy Miles: drums/organ), [single]

5.  MANKIND/ON THE ONE, 1996

6.  THE FRUITS OF RAP, 1997

7.  SCIENCE FRICTION, 2004

 

Umar Bin Hassan:

 8.  BEBOP OR BE DEAD, 1993

 9.  TO THE LAST, 2001

 10.  LIFE IS GOOD, 2002

11.  KEEPING IT REAL (w/ Leon Mobley), 2005

12.  JEROME HULING: PLAYER OR HATER? (Unreleased), 2008/2010

13. “American Dreamer” (w/ Cappadonna), [Single] 2010

14. “Free” (w/ Styles P), [Single], 2010

15. ARE WE TRAPPED, 2015

 

Abiodun Oyewole:

16. 25 YEARS, 1996

17. OMI TUTU, 2002

18.  w/ Children, WE ARE THE SUN (Young readers collection), 2002

19. GRATITUDE, 2015

 

SELECTED GROUP CAMEOS:

1.  Jalal & Sulieman w/ Silent Poets, WORDS & SILENCE, 1994

2.  w/ Axiom Funk (various Funkadelics), FUNKCRONOMICON, 1995

 

SELECTED SOLO CAMEOS

Umar Bin Hassan:

1. w/ Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects SHABEESATION, 1992

2.  w/Bernie Worrell & Pieces of Woo, THE OTHER SIDE, 1993

3.  w/ Public Enemy, MUSE SICK-N-OUR MESS AGE, 1994

4.  w/ Ed O.G. & De Bulldogs, LIFE COMES & GOES, 1994

5.  w/ Liu Sola, BLUES IN THE EAST, 1994

6.  w/ Qaballah, DUB IN FUSION, 1995

7.  w/ Aiyb Dieng RYHTHMAGICK, 1997

8.  w/ Elixir, HEGALIEN ZONE, 1997

9.  w/ Baraka Orchestra, 5 WORLDS, 2001

10.  w/ Professor Griff AND THE WORDS BECAME FLESH, 2001

11.  w/ Various, PASS THE MIC: NIGHTS AT SANKOFA, 2003

12.  w/ Common, BE, 2005

13.  w/ Slagerij Van Kampen THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED, 2005

14. w/ Quiet Rage YOU CAN’T BREAK ME, 2006

15.  w/ Watusi Tribe THE KNUCKLE UP LP, 2007

16.  w/ THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT: SOUNDTRACK, 2007

17.  w/ Toubab Krewe, LIVE, 2008

18.  w/ K.D. Morris VOICES INSIDE YOUR HEAD, 2009

19.  w/ Youssou N’Dour, Nenah Cherry, Toubab Krewe & DJ Equal OPEN REMIX: TO BENEFIT I. H.O., 2009

20. w/ Dead Prez INFORMATION AGE, 2012

 

Abiodun Oyewole:

21.  w/Various, NO MORE PRISONS, VOL. 1, 1999

22.  w/ Various, EARGASMS: CRUCIAL POETICS, VOL. 1, 1999

23.  w/Pharoah Sanders, SAVE OUR CHILDREN, 1999 

24.  w/ Various, OUR SOULS HAVE GROWN DEEP LIKE THE RIVERS: BLACK POETS READ THEIR…, 2000

25.  w/ Dead Prez, LET’S GET FREE, 2000

26.  w/ Black Market Militia, BLACK MARKET MILITIA, 2005

27.  w/Common “Last Poet Reprise” [German single], 2005

28.  w/ Akir, LEGACY, 2006

29. w/ Various, CRUEL &  UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT, 2007

30.  w/ Nas , UNTITLED, 2008

31.w/ M1, Brian Jackson & The New Midnight Band, EVOLUTIONARY MINDED: FURTHERING THE LEGACY OF GIL SCOTT-HERON, 2013

 

Don Babatunde:

32.  w/ Donald Brown, CAUSE & EFFECT, 1999

 

Suggested Links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9OL0LtIbfc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG1ltIc7c04

http://jambettastudios.jambettarealty.com/thelastpoets/audio/panther.mp3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnGXMp0QKN8

http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/abiodun-oyewole-41

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umar_Bin_Hassan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M5W_3T2Ye4

http://www.math.buffalo.edu/~sww/LAST-POETS/last_poets0.html

http://allhiphop.com/2013/07/15/dahveed-nelson-of-the-last-poets-says-hip-hop-is-now-the-devil-calls-jay-z-a-coon/

http://www.jambetta.com/

https://soundcloud.com/corey-d-seaton 

Made in Amerikka - The Last Poets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdFXaDj0dYk 

The Last Poets in Detroit - https://youtu.be/EyQKPkWw9hQ

The Last Poets/Cultural Continuity & Hip Hop

 


3rd Eye Open Poetry Collective

3rd Eye Open Poetry Collective is a team of five artists and activists who fuse word and rhythm into a thought provoking form of expression. The 3rd Eye Open Poetry Collective was born on May 19, 2002, in the spirit of Malcolm X and The Last Poets. Their poetry is an expression of Black power, Black love, Black unity and Black liberation. (Pictured to the right: Omari King Wise, Reyonna, DJ SloPoke, Righteous, HardCore, Khalid, Ms.Tiffani

YOUTH PERFORMANCES FOR MALCOLM

Xavier Jackis a 10th grade student at Benjamin Carson High School in Detroit. When Xavier is not completing schoolwork, he's writing lyrics. He has a deep love for the art of Rap and Spoken Word. He has performed at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s Concert of Colors and African World Festival. Xavier enhances his musical gift through playing violin in the Creative Jazz Ensemble at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). In addition, Xavier is a soccer player, skilled in every position.

Nandi B. Jack is a 7th grade student at University Prep Science and Math Middle School in Detroit. She also attends Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy where she excels in all dance modalities: hip-hop, jazz, ballet, and high-level modern. Importantly, Nandi is a high scholastic achiever and accomplished in track and soccer.

 

 

Abedaego Changa is a 12th grader at Detroit School of Arts, majoring in Band with a minor in Dance. He is also a student of Hip Hop and Tap Dance at the Motor City Dance Factory and receives private guitar lessons. His performances are too numerous to list, here but includes performances at Bakers Keyboard Lounge Jazz Club (2012), The Nutcracker DSO Holiday Nights (2013), the Detroit International Jazz Festival with Marcus Belgrave (2014), the DSO Jazz Band (2104), and the African World Festival. His sister,

 

 

Shakyla Anderson, age 14, attends Detroit School of Arts, majoring in Vocals. She participated in the Virgil Carr Center Jazz Boot Camp, 2012-2014 and performed in the African World Festival, 2014 and Detroit School of Arts, 2014-2015.

 

 

 

Khalid el-Hakim is the founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of over 5,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the African enslavement era in America to Hip Hop culture. Seen by some as the "Schomburg of the Hip Hop generation", el-Hakim has received national and international attention for his innovative work of exhibiting Black history outside of traditional museum spaces.  This highly sought after mobile museum has been on display in 23 states, over 50 college campuses, numerous K-12 schools, religious institutions, libraries, conferences, cultural events and even in living rooms.  In 2013, he published The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip Hop Memorabilia, a groundbreaking book on the material artifacts of hip hop culture.  El-Hakim has also worked for over twenty years in the hip hop industry as a manager and/or booking agent for artists such as The Last Poets,  Proof of D12, Jessica Care Moore, 5 ELA, 3rd Eye Open Poetry Collective, Professor Griff of Public Enemy, Quadir Lateef and Jamaal "Versiz" May.  Khalid el-Hakim was a tenured public school teacher in Detroit for many years and is currently a doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).