Last Poets

The Last Poets is a group of poets and musicians who arose from the late 1960s African American civil rights movement's black nationalist thread. Their 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 Last Poets have been cited as one of the earliest influences on what would become 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, Gary Byrd, and the Last Poets paved the way for the many socially committed Black [emcees] a decade later."

Releases

CCT30072: Various - The Celluloid Years

CEL180: Last Poets - Get Movin'

CELL6101: Last Poets - Last Poets

CELL6105: Last Poets - This Is Madness

CELL6108: Last Poets - Oh My People

CELL6120: Various - Beat Freaks

CELL6172: The Last Poets - Freedom Express

CELL6208: The Last Poets - Retro Fit

CELL6209: The Last poets - Chastisement

CELL80808: Various - Trilogy

CELL6136: The Last Poets With Bernard Purdie - Delights Of The Garden

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Ad For The Last Poets 'Hustler's Convention'

Reviews

Review Of The Last Poets 'Oh My People' & 'This Is Madness' in Option Magazine