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  • Double-CD Release
  • 1970 Rolling Stone article/interview by Jonothan Cott
  • Classic Advertisements from Billboard & Rolling Stone
  • Contributions from: Public Enemy’s Chuck D & Professor Griff and spoken word master Saul Williams

The Last Poets, dubbed “the village elders of the rap world” by The New York Times, created two of modern music’s most influential albums: The Last Poets (1970) and This Is Madness (1971). Light In The Attic & Vampi Soul are honored to reissue both records as a deluxe edition double CD. Combining politically charged street poetry with inventive yet tribal percussion, these records sparked the rap revolution and, historic achievements aside, thrilled fans with chart-topping music that still resonates more than 30 years later.

This new double-CD set of The Last Poets and This Is Madness features beautiful packaging that befits the music’s landmark status. Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Professor Griff, spoken-word master Saul Williams, and many others contribute to the accompanying 24-page, full-color booklet that documents The Last Poets’ influence with insightful commentary, rare photos, original advertisements, and complete lyrics. Rediscover who Ice Cube calls “the first real hardcore rappers”: The Last Poets.