The Last Poets are often heralded as the “godfathers of Hip Hop.” Their politically charged brand of poetry served as inspiration for a bevy of notable artists such as Marvin Gaye, Parliament-Funkadelic, Kanye West, Nas, Common, Curtis Mayfield and Public Enemy.
On Tuesday (May 19), the Universal Hip Hop Museum and Video Music Box in association with the Seeds of The Last Poets Productions will host a virtual event titled “Bridging The Gap: An Evening of Conversation with the Last Poets,” honoring the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking group’s self-titled debut.
Special guests include Rakim, KRS-One, Chuck D, Black Thought, Chubb Rock, Doug E Fresh. Jadakiss, Rapsody and Smif-N-Wessun, among others.
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One of the most important conversations in Hip Hop history will stream live next Tuesday 5.19 7PM EST. The Universal Hip Hop Museum | Video Music Box in association with Seeds of The Last Poets present THE LAST POETS 50th Anniversary celebration of their self titled album. Featuring guest appearances by Rakim, KRS-1, Sonia Sanchez, Black Thought, Jessica Care Moore, Chubb Rock, Doug E. Fresh, Black Ice and many more. Join us for the live stream on YouTube.com/uhhmuseum or YouTube.com/videomusicbox1 hosted by Ralph McDaniels. #thelastpoets50thanniversary #videomusicbox #defjampoetry #spokenwordpoetry #blackart #REvolutionofhiphop #hiphop #preserve #history #hiphophead #support #newyork #peace #love #unity #rap #graffiti #dj #coronavirus #music #bboy #museum #poetry #share #follow #movement #worldwide #events #donate #universalhiphopmuseum
The event, which is hosted by Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box, features dynamic footage from Rakim, Chuck D, Chubb Rock, filmmaker Michael Holman and spoken word artist Jessica Care Moore in a conversation with the surviving members of the group Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan and Don Babatunde.
Founding member Jalal Mansur Nuriddin — also known as the “Grandfather of Hip Hop” — died in June 2018 at the age of 74.
Established in 1968, The Last Poets have witnessed a resurgence in popularity beginning in the early 1990s, appearing alongside such acts as the Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest and collaborating with Common on the Grammy Award-nominated track “The Corner” produced by Kanye.
The event kicks off at 7 p.m. EST and will be live streamed on Facebook.
Hip Hop has been leading the way with innovating livestream events taking place throughout the pandemic. From DJ D-Nice’s record breaking DJ sets on Instagram live and Tory Lanez’ Quarantine radio, to Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz series, there has been no shortage of content for fans to consume while quarantining.