Soundtrack to the 1971 film about the Last Poets.
Formed on Malcolm X’s birthday in 1968 in East Harlem, The Original Last Poets consisted of Gylan Kain, David Nelson, and Felipe Luciano.
Taking their name from a poem by South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile – who believed he was in the last era of poetry before guns would take over – the group’s combination of poetry and music played a pivotal role in the development of hip-hop.
“Right On! is a street cry, is a clenched fist. Right On! rises out of Black and 3rd World America. Right On! is now a film, the first ever made of poetry. Not the dead stuff of libraries. Guerrilla poetry: a revolutionary art of / by young poets / actors / warriors.”