The Fruits Of Rap (CD, Album).
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin grew up in Fort Greene, a neighborhood of project buildings near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Running with a local gang, the Fort Greene Chaplains, they fought a street rivalry with the Bed-Stuy Bishops, from further up on Myrtle Ave which ran thru both neighborhoods. He was incarcerated during this period. The event was produced by Fore-Word Press for Riverhorse Communications who filmed it as part of a documentary on the forgotten roots of rap called Hustlers Convention. On The One. The Fruits of Rap. Science Friction. Mean Machine (1984) 12".
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin – sometimes known as the grandfather of rap – who has died aged 73 of cancer, was born on 24 July 1944 in New York, growing up in the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn. He never told me his birth name, but he was professionally known as Alafia Pudim when he co-founded the legendary proto-rap outfit the Last Poets in May 1968, with fellow poets Omar Ben Hassan and Abiodun Oyewole, and percussionist Nilijah. Rarely do you encounter an artist who Miles Davies respected. Douglas released their self-titled first album to critical acclaim in 1970, with the hit record Niggers Are Scared of Revolution – it established the Last Poets as the artistic vanguard of the civil rights movement, in the wake of the deaths and incarceration of so many of the black activist leaders in America, such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the Black.
His 1973 album, Hustlers Convention, sold badly, but has since been heralded as the genesis of rap music. It's untold story is the subject of a new documentary. Back in 1973, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin - a black activist, devout Muslim, acupuncturist, martial art exponent, and thriving poet from Harlem’s Writers Workshop - released Hustlers Convention under his artist name Lightnin’ Rod. It was a concept album, delivered through rhythmic spoken word, which told the doomed tale of two fictional hustlers named Sport and Spoon, with instrumental backing provided by Kool & The Gang.
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, a foundational member of the spoken-word crew the Last Poets, was a black revolutionary whose words helped spawn rap as we know it. Though not often mentioned among hip-hop’s founding fathers, Nuriddin had a great influence on groundbreaking rap acts like . Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, and A Tribe Called Quest. He died in his sleep Tuesday evening, at the age of 74. The Last Poets were, in many ways, the first rappers.
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin (far right in the above photo), whose work in the spoken-word group The Last Poets helped earn him the title of the Grandfather of Rap, died on Monday, 4 June. He was 74. It is with extreme sadness and a heavy heart that the family of Jalal Nuriddin announce the passing of this great pioneer of the recording industry, his family said in a statement. Jalal slipped quietly away this evening into the arms of Allah. Nuriddin contributed to the Last Poets’ 1970 eponymously-titled debut album as well as the follow-up, This Is Madness. These albums, which paired minimal, driving, percussive accompaniment with emphatic, relentlessly political spoken-word vocals, are widely regarded as crucial early examples of hip-hop. In 1973, Nuriddin also demonstrated his lyrical dexterity as Lightnin’ Rod on the storytelling solo album Hustlers Convention.
Jalal slipped quietly away this evening into the arms of Allah. No cause of death has been revealed. Over the years, the Last Poets released several albums, such as 1993’s Holy Terror and Understand What Black Is, which came out earlier this year. In 1973, Nuriddin emerged under a new alias, Lightnin’ Rod, for his solo album, Hustler’s Convention
|1||Word To The Wise||4:45|
|3||The Conference Of Time In Space And Rhyme||5:00|
|4||The Fruits Of Rap||5:00|
|6||The Master's Counsel||4:53|
|8||Discourse On Discord||5:11|
- Recorded At – The Doghouse Studio
- Composed By – Jalal*
- Drums – Camille
- Engineer – Mike*
- Engineer [Remix] – Jean-Pierre Spirli
- Percussion – Abu Mustafa
- Producer – Davy "D" M.X.*
- Remix – Jalal*
- Saxophone – Steve Williamson
NotesRecorded at The Dog House, Henley-on-Thames, England
Remixed at Studio Acusti, Paris, France
|FOR 21 LP||Jalal*||The Fruits Of Rap (LP)||On The One||FOR 21 LP||France||1997|