Interview with Jalal of The Last Poets

1508612_717553101599070_206575378_nEarlier this week I was lucky enough to spend an hour sitting in a cafe in Soho talking to one of my heroes, Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin, better known as Jalal of The Last Poets and sometimes as Lightnin’ Rod, the artist responsible for the timeless proto-rap LP ‘Hustler’s Convention’. At 70 years of age, he was a cool cat, greyed afro, sunglasses and between puffs on an electric cigarette he answered at least half of my questions in rhyme. A little more than 40 years ago he recorded the greatest story rap of all time. He was happy to sign my copy, which is now, more than before, a treasured possession.

You can read my complete interview on the WhoSampled blog here.

Jalal performs Hustler’s Convention on Monday 10th February at London’s Jazz Cafe. Tickets here.

About musicofsubstance

A collector of hip hop, funk, soul, boogie and related beats and jazz based music since the late eighties. Came to prominence as a club DJ through involvement in Substance (one of the UK's largest and longest running hip hop and funk nights) and a 2 year spell as mix DJ on BBC Radio 1Xtra. In recent years a steady output of high profile mix albums has allowed me to DJ worldwide. Currently compiling a series of mix albums for the BBE label and producing an album for BBC New Urban Music Bursary award winning 7 piece jazz / soul outfit 'Maylight'.
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