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if you haven't heard of them...from youtube: Harlem 1968, a group of young poets get together and found THE LAST POETS. With jazz or funk as a backdrop, percussions rolling and words shooting out like bursts of machine gun fire, the group denounces the oppression of African Americans, while painting a devastating yet humorous picture of life in the ghetto. Nearly forty years after their separation, the members of this legendary group - the founding fathers of today's hip hop, rap and slam - come together in Paris for a one-time concert at the 2008 Banlieues Bleues Festival.
From the intimacy of their Parisian rehearsal room, they evoke the past: the birth of the collective, the years of political unrest, their high-risk creative madness. THE LAST POETS: Made in Amerikkka is a film that erases the boundaries between different genres. It's a live recording, a musical documentary and an art film, all combined into one, and yet it goes beyond any of these. It is a film event, faithful to the spirit and the image of The Last Poets.
Not sure how many people will appreciate this, but i thought it was pretty cool. Also not sure if i will get in trouble for the following multiple use of the N word (its not derogatory, im just quoting), but whatevs. Favourite lines:
Nigg*s would fuck fuck if it could be fucked
But when it comes to fucking for revolutionary causes,
nigg*s say "fuck revolution".
Nigg*s are scared of revolution.
Nigg*s will tell you they're ready to be liberated,
but when you say let's go take our liberation,
nigg*s reply "I was just playing".
Nigg*s are playing with evolution and losing,
nigg*s are scared of revolution.
Love the messages these guys are spreading. Check out their other vids if you're interested, and/or cop this film. Found it pretty insightful.