THE LAST POETS / “The Last Poets Mixtape”

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4 Responses to “THE LAST POETS / “The Last Poets Mixtape””

Q Says:
May 7th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

All I can say is THANK YOU!!! You captured quite a few tracks from THIS IS MADNESS and CHASTISEMENT. No criticism, but you missed two of the signature tracks from each — ‘White Man’s Got a God Complex’ and ‘N*ggers are Scared of Revolution’ respectively.


          kalamu sez:            

guilty as charged, actually had planned to include "God Complex" and overlooked it when i put the mix together, as for "Scared of Revolution" that was one I choose not to include mainly because I don’t like it, never did, and probably never will.


Q Says:
May 7th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Kalamu, one more thing…I know you didn’t want to add to the “talk” about the group, but how you gonna call this Classic in sense of spoke word, but not mention Rap and Hip-Hop influences? Talib Qweli, Nas, and other “modern” rappers pay homage to them in their songs.

Q Says:
May 13th, 2010 at 11:52 am

Kalamu, I’m just getting caught up on this. In terms if the "N*ggers A Scared of Revolution" song, I’m curious what your dislikes are. Is it the N-word, the lyrics, background drums, or what? I feel it is a timeless piece. Albeit, it uses the n-word more than I would like, the sentiments that we play, love, shoot, for all causes but revolution is a good message.

          kalamu sez:            

my issue is simple: this song came out during a period when black militancy was at its highest. this was after the long hot summers—the government had to send the paratroppers into detroit to take back control of the streets. the republic of new africa was "winning" shoot-outs with the fbi. panthers were prowling nationwide. i understand the song’s point but it was flat out wrong. self-hatred is a muthafucka—make you see what’s not there, and declare what is there ain’t in sight. ask police departments nationwide whether black folk were scared of revolution… in fact, if you really want to know the truth, the song itself is counter-revolutionary!

Q Says:
May 26th, 2010 at 11:26 am

That’s deep. I didn’t quite look at it that way. I’m not saying that The Last Poets would not have capitalized from the climate with a song, or two, but Gil Scott-Heron had similar sentiments. I’m not old enough to remember when the album was released, but as for a 70’s baby, the songs…including Black Thighs spoke of almost a mythical time with Black People were serious about their cultural roots and identity. Now, musically, Blackness is either passe or mixed up in Hip-Hop in a BAD way.

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