Abiodun Oyewole – One of the First Last Poets – Talks About Legacy, and Hip Hop

Abiodun Oyewole, then and now. Courtesy Abiodun Oyewole; Michael Cobb

A founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets, Abiodun Oyewole is also known as a founding father of hip hop. Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Erykah Badu, and countless others cite The Last Poets as a major influence. “When The Revolution Comes,” from the Last Poets’ eponymous 1970 debut album, has been sampled in “Party and Bullshit,” by The Notorious B.I.G.; “Concerto in X Minor,” by Brand Nubian; and “Prolly,” by Sevyn Streeter, featuring Gucci Mane. Samples of “On the Subway,” from

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