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The Last Poets - Understand What Black Is
The Last Poets - Understand What Black Is
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The Last Poets - Understand What Black Is

On the 50th anniversary of the band's inception at an event in Harlem, NY to commemorate Malcolm X's birthday on 19 May 1968, influential spoken word artists, poets and commentators The Last Poets are set to make a glorious and relevant return with their first album in over 20 years, 'Understand What Black Is'.

Produced by Ben Lamdin (Nostaglia 77) and Brighton legend Prince Fatty, whose speciality is traditional reggae and dub production's, 'Understand What Black Is' is a ten-track album which speaks of a revolutionary struggle defined by both race and identity, that has never sounded more relevant.

Released on Studio Rockers, there will also be an accompanying single featuring remixes of the title track "Understand What Black Is" by Mala (South London collective Digital Mystikz) and UK Dance music innovators Dego and Kaidi. Throughout the last 20 years, the band have remained largely on hiatus. But their influence could still be felt with their tracks being sampled by The Notorious B.I.G, NWA, A Tribe Called Quest, Dr.Dre and Snoop Dogg.

Umar has recorded various solo albums and featured on Common and Kanye West's Grammy Nominated 'The Corner'. Abiodun appeared on the Red Hot Organization's album, Stolen Moments which was named "Album of the Year" by Time. He also conducts weekly open house poetry readings, where he constructively critiques upcoming poets, helping to nurture them. He has also conducted classes at Columbia University, where he teaches creative writing.

The album acts as a body of work between individual members each speaking of their own personal journeys but feeding into the much larger narrative of struggle and oppression, alongside a fervent hunger for social change.

These are struggles and tests of personal resolve that have directly shaped and moulded the bands' unique sound over the course of an impressive 50 years, and their powerful and influential commentary remains as relevant as ever.

TRACK LISTING

1. Understand What Black Is
2. North East West South
3. How Many Bullets
4. She Is
5. What I Want To See
6. Certain Images
7. The Bridge
8. We Must Be Sacred
9. Rain Of Terror
10. The Music 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Artist:  The Last Poets
Label:  Studio Rockers
Condition:  New 
Genre:  Funk, Soul & Disco
Format:  Vinyl LP
Cat Number:  STUDRCDLP009
Released:  18 May 2018

Regular price £27.00