Wednesday, May 25, 2011

the last poets

A new track is on GvB but listen to this if you think the closing chant's genealogy is to be traced baclk no further than reachin:

and this which you'll find familiar if you've heard barksdale corners or been to the shows:

From a recent interview:

THEE: Describe your first experience with the Last Poets?

PL: Jalil is my favorite rapper of all time. I was with my pops in Philly driving in the Duster when WPFW played "E Pluribus Unum" and my little mind was blown. Jalil remains the pinnacle of wordsmanship. The last poet.

this here blog gives more away about the link:

but there are many more. remember in "3 slims dynamite" when butter rapped "i peel with omar, jalil, and sulaiman"

also check the excellent writing of kalamu ya salaam on the breath of life blog (which did that excellent cherrywine piece years ago) introducing them here.

the moral of the blog entry is listen to the last poets if it's the last thing you do.

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