Interview with Jalal of The Last Poets aka Lightnin’ Rod

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For the latest of our WhoSampled interview series, we speak with Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin, better known as Jalal of The Last Poets. Born out of the American civil rights movement in the late 1960s, The Last Poets fused rhythmic poetry with sparse percussive soundtracks, delivering revolutionary messages in support of freedom and equality via a series of albums released throughout the 1970s. Engaging in solo work alongside The Last Poets’ output, Jalal adopted the moniker Lightnin’ Rod for the 1973 ‘Hustler’s Convention’ LP, a theatrical story rap set to a funk laden soundtrack provided by Kool & The Gang and others which is widely considered to be one of Hip Hop’s foundation stones, not only influencing the development of Rap itself, but also heavily sampled. Ahead of Jalal’s forthcoming appearance at London’s Jazz Cafe (where he will perform Hustler’s Convention just over 40 years after its original release) we…

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