Tags: jalal mansur nuriddin | dies | grandfather | rap

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin Dies: 'Grandfather of Rap' Was 74

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin Dies: 'Grandfather of Rap' Was 74
(Icaffeine/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:35 PM

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, who earned the title the "Grandfather of Rap," through his work with the influential urban group the Last Poets, died Monday at 74, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

The Brooklyn native, who was professionally known as Alafia Pudim, died of cancer, The Guardian said.

He cofounded the Last Poets in May 1968, with fellow poets Omar Ben Hassan and Abiodun Oyewole, and percussionist Nilijah.

The Last Poets, the critically-acclaimed spoken-word group, won early hip-hop fans over with their political rap vocals behind percussion accompaniments in the early 1970s, Rolling Stone said.

Nuriddin also appeared on a 1973 solo album "Hustlers Convention," which rapper Fab 5 Freddie called, "a cornerstone in the development of what is now a part of global culture [hip-hop]," Rolling Stone reported.

Producer Ron Saint Germain called "Hustlers Convention" "one of the most stolen and sampled albums ever made," with groups like the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, and Red Hot Chili Peppers lifting ideas from it, according to Rolling Stone.

Music icons like Miles Davis and Quincy Jones hailed the Last Poets and groundbreakers in the genre that became rap and hip-hop music, The Guardian wrote.

"If you were 14 years old and trying to understand the streets, it was sort of like a verbal Bible," Chuck D, of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rap group Public Enemy, said of "Hustlers Convention," Rolling Stone wrote.

The Guardian wrote that after converting to Islam, the artist changed his name from Alafia Pudim to Jalal Mansur Nuriddin. When Hassan and Oyewole left the Last Poets in 1973, poet Sulaiman El Hadi joined and the group and started using poetry over tribal percussive beats, to an all-out band with spoken word at its core.

Many remembered Nuriddin on social media with some decrying that enough is not being made of his contribution the music industry.

© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, who earned the title the "Grandfather of Rap," through his work with the influential urban group the Last Poets, died Monday at 74.
jalal mansur nuriddin, dies, grandfather, rap
499
2018-35-06
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:35 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved