Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Legend - The Best of the Last Poets
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock
The first jam-packed disc in this low-budget double set is full of so much crazy rhythm, jive poetry, brilliant lines, revolutionary rhetoric, hate, love, venom, vigor, incantatory genius, and over-the-edge performances th... more »
The first jam-packed disc in this low-budget double set is full of so much crazy rhythm, jive poetry, brilliant lines, revolutionary rhetoric, hate, love, venom, vigor, incantatory genius, and over-the-edge performances that you'll hardly be able to listen to it in one sitting. While perhaps a bit too in love with the words "fuck" and "nigger" for many listeners, this four-piece infused the dead horse of beat poetry with a staggeringly vibrant, militant, inner-city, often funny, totally African American flavor. It captures them in the early 1970s as they threw down heavy, musical words atop flowing, complex rhythms. The second disc features later "comeback" selections, interesting attempts at mixing their inflammatory style with rap beats that rarely work; the Last Poets don't need drum machines to reign supreme and have already been sampled plenty in hip-hop and electronic music. Ultimately, this is fierce, hefty-duty, musical spoken word that's among the most important of rap progenitors. --Mike McGonigal
On point then&now
email@example.com | usa | 01/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is the way Rap was suppose to be like.direct and up front.real music and real ideas.if you are looking for something that sticks to your brain then you have found it.no faking the funk here."
True Rappers here!
Edward D. Turner | United States | 01/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Rappers of today should take a lesson from these brothers. The Last Poets tell it like it is and they don't SAMPLE music. They told the truth then and it's still the truth now! Wake up _ _ _ _ _ _ _..."
Stop putting down rap music
Mr. Hatch | South Bay LA | 03/11/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Why do you "reviewers" have to put down rap music in order to show your affection for The Last Poets? What is wrong with paying homage to your influences by using small "samples" of their music. If you like The Last Poets, AND you don't like the music their energy, imagination and genius spawned, then you're listening to the WRONG rap groups. I'm not talkin' Will Smith here.This is music that was ten to twenty years ahead of it's time. When I first heard the LP, The Last Poets, which I think is significantly better than this compilation (too much filler here) AND is still available, my friends and I laughed it up for a couple of months and forgot about it. At that time in about 1972 or 73, I wouldn't have given it even a one star rating! With the benefit of hindsight, it is obvious that it begat a generation, just as it had been begat by one, the beat generation. Both of these previous reader reviews appear to be written by egocentric poseurs trying to show that they knew about The Poets before you. Stick with the original, debut album, titled The Last Poets, and love rap for the voice it gives a large segment of the younger generation, around the world. It makes an impact that The Last Poets were never able to realize until long after their demise."