Earlier 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.