|1. ON THE SUBWAY|
|2. NIGGERS ARE SCARED OF REVOLUTION|
|3. BLACK THIGHS|
|5. WAKE UP, NIGGERS|
|6. NEW YORK, NEW YORK|
|7. JONES COMIN’ DOWN|
|8. JUST BECAUSE|
|9. BLACK WISH|
|10. WHEN THE REVOLUTION COMES|
|11. TWO LITTLE BOYS|
|13. TRUE BLUES|
|14. RELATED TO WHAT CHANT|
|15. RELATED TO WHAT|
|16. BLACK IS CHANT|
|17. BLACK IS|
|19. MEAN MACHINE CHANT|
|20. MEAN MACHINE|
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Yep time was tight in a frantic time when revolution, brothers and sisters, seemed just around the next corner...things were escalating, politics seemed passé and direct action was the way. But to take action, one had to be AWARE...and have self respect and knowledge; into this came a unique group, who taking Willie Kgositsile's cue, became in the MOMENT The Last Poets.
Men who'd lived all the stuff the braggers brag about, yes, and had the jail time and what not to show for it... and were not impressed with themselves and others... no, it was time to stand up!
Their apocalyptic tones tore through the movie "Performance", and certainly dispelled any lingering ideas Gil Scott Heron may have had about letting go of poetry and following his father as a star of Celtic! Mentors of Public Enemy and NWA and seen nowadays as "Fathers of Rap"; they can also be seen as the antithesis of what rap became as they deconstruct with relentless, pitiless poetry every self serving dream you or I or themselves ever had! Absolutely classic stuff, whose relevance never fades no matter who you are...
The Last Poets classic first two albums together as a blistering package, for the first time on CD in Europe. Remastered, packaged and annotated in classic Rev-Ola style.
Any group that calls the Grateful Dead "sanctimonious" (on their next album, "This Is Madness") gets my vote.
The big drawback to this album is that it capitalizes on and perpetuates the modern urban black stereotype of inner city sleaze and horror. But at the time it seemed like this record might be a document of the end of an era of black degradation. Anyway, this record isn't all sensationalism, it really does give glimpses into another world. Unless of course you're a poor, inner city black, in which case this album might seem pointless and redundant.
A lot is made of this ablum being a precursor of Rap. That may well be, but the tracks on this album have all the careful craft of poetry and use common english. I hate Rap. Rap strikes me, by and large, as just so much undisciplined, rambling rant that employs neologisms coined for 15 minute life spans of use. So it's a pity Rap wasn't more inspired by this album than it seems to have been. Otherwise, there would be more quality and less quantity of Rap churned out.
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