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Performance Lab » The Last Poets
“The Last Poets are the birthplace of rap.”—Chuck D
The Last Poets perform a greatest hits show from their spoken-word albums that inspired politically charged rap groups such as Public Enemy. “The Last Poets” (1970) is considered the first hip-hop album, and “This Is Madness” (1971) landed them on President Nixon’s Counter-Intelligence Programming list. Fusing politically outspoken lyrics with inventive percussion, The Last Poets grew out of the civil rights movement in the late ‘60s, and their spoken-word albums preceded politically laced R&B projects such as Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. The night will feature a vinyl signing.
Free with online registration.
Sponsored by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and Demara Titzer
Image courtesy of Hollis King.