#HHIBH /// 001: The Last Poets & Lady B

In 1969 The Last Poets selected their name from South African writer, Little Willie Copaseely. The Last Poets were the originators of modern Rap music. They expressed their political and social views on live instrumentation. Keeping with the poetic stance words with rhythm and rhyme laid the foundation for a musical genre that was to come. In 1970 they were signed by Alan Douglas where they release their self-titled debut album that reached the Top 10. Songs like ‘White Man’s Got a God Complex’ and ‘Niggas Are Scared of Revolution’ lead to a second album titled ‘This is Madness’ in 1971. The album got The Poets placed on several of President Nixons’ counterintelligence lists. With heavy drums and relentless creativity The Last Poets will always be remembered in Black History and Hip Hop History.


In 1979 Wendy ‘Lady B’ Clark recorded ‘To The Beat Y’all’ on TEC Records. Coming out of Philadelphia Lady B is one of the first female solo artists to release a Rap single. Lady B started out as a DJ when she was seventeen years old at WHAT 1340AM. For years Lady B was the only Philly DJ playing Rap music. Later she would work at the now famous WBLS FM in NY. She would return to Philly in 1997 to host her radio show ‘Street Beat’. After receiving numerous awards and recognitions Lady B would become Editor-in-Chief of ‘Word Up’ magazine. Lady B scratched her way into Black History and Hip Hop History.

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