Last Poet Umar Bin Hassan Is Rappin' Again

April 14, 2015 4:28 PM

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Forty-five years after the first Last Poets recording, Umar Bin Hassan is still coughing up truth-telling gravitas. His latest CD, Are We Trapped, tracks his personal journey and extends his word magic over ready beats. Featuring guest emcees, from dead prez; Styles P, from The Lox, and Stetsasonic's Daddy-O, the set also makes room for trumpeter Roy Hargrove, late guitarist Michael Campbell (Change, D'Angelo) and German drummer Brixx. "I'm rappin' again," says Bin Hassan. "I'm just really happy to be here."

Bin Hassan grew up determined to not follow in his family's footsteps, working in the local rubber mill. In January, 1969 he escaped his Akron, Ohio hometown, pawning his sister's record player for $25, and purchasing a $15 bus ticket. He boarded a New York-bound Greyhound and arrived in the Big App...

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