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Rappers: Jalal Nuriddin

David Toop, Face, The, October 1984

EARLIER THIS year, just when it seemed safe to assume that the message rap genre had run out of self-righteous steam, two 12-inch records popped out of New York with a bit of history to their name. Both protest raps, they shared links with a defunct Harlem-based poetry group whose name had become something of a legend — The Last Poets.

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