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Jalal Mansur Nuriddin
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin is one of the founding members of The Last Poets and has evolved the rap artform to the bard level. After having recorded his first rap record with Jimi Hendrix in 1969, he continued to develop his own style of spoetry, which he calls "Spoagraphics" as a separate development in his evolution. His objective as an artist, has always been to ‘master his axe’ - a piece of advice given to him by Max Roach in the early days of his career.
Since Jalal first recorded the jail toast ‘Dodiella Du-Fontain’ with Jimi Hendrix back in 1969, his follow up epic toast ‘Hustlers Convention’ has been described as ‘a cornerstone in the evolution of Hip Hop’ (Fab Five Freddie). Ice-T said, ‘I wasn’t the first rapper, but I’m sure the first rappers heard Hustlers Convention.’ The film of Hustlers Convention premiered in the UK in 2014 and in the USA at Tribecca Film Festival in 2015. Executive producer Chuck-D (Public Enemy) said, ‘It’s a veritable Bible to understand the streets.’ Poet Malik Al Nasir (Malik & The O.G’s) who is Associate Producer of the film and a protégé of both Gil Scott-Heron & Jalal said, ‘Schools out – it’s time people knew where Hip Hop and rap came from and both Jalal The Last Poets finally get their long overdue credit.'
Malik Al Nasir
Malik Al Nasir, (formerly Mark T. Watson), was born in Liverpool to a Guyanese father and a Welsh mother but domestic turmoil led to his being taken into care as a child. He emerged from a tough upbringing with scant education. Nasir was taken under the wing of rebel legends, poets Gil Scott-Heron and Jalal Mansur Nuriddin of the Last Poets. Now known as Malik Al Nasir, this serious and committed, powerhouse individual became a sailor, a marketer and a graduate who later dropped out of law school to become an author, artist, producer and publisher whose touching, revelatory work, collected in the poetry volume 'Ordinary Guy' (By Mark T. Watson) chronicles his own awakening, with a direct yet universal sensibility.