Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Umar Bin Hassan - Be Bop or Be Dead

From All Music Guide:
"In the early '70s, Umar Bin Hassan was a member of the street-poet godfathers of rap, the Last Poets. He joined the group in 1969 after seeing them perform in his native Ohio. With Hassan, the Poets released The Last Poets, This Is Madness, and Last Poets at Last. In mid-1993, he released his first solo album, Be Bop or Be Dead...Producer Bill Laswell recruited two Parliament/Funkadelic instrumentalists, bassist Bootsy Collins and keyboardist Bernie Worrell, plus many other fine players, and virtually recreated The Last Poets tapestry, except that this time there's an electronic overlay as well as a percussive one. Hassan's voice hasn't been dulled by the years and seems more enraged and angered at the nation's racial and social injustices."
Download:
Umar Bin Hassan - Be Bop or Be Dead