Def Poetry Jam would like to introduce you to The Last Poets and their performance of Take Your Time.
I can't stop watching this one - I'm completely mesmerized. By the rhythm of the drums, the hypnotizing background chant, the gripping oration. Each lull in the performance is just so perfectly placed and timed.
"She cannot hold us with arms burdened by exploitation" is such a powerful line. It just stands out from the rest of the piece every time I listen to it. The other one that catches my ear each time I hear it is: "Hoping and praying we can remember when we learned to become human."
With such fine godfathers, you can't help but wonder whatever went wrong with rap.
Here are The Last Poets performing on Common's single The Corner. Common is one godson who turned out just fine.