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Holy Terror (1994)

Artist: Last Poets
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Format: CD
Sku: 63908843
UPC: 804699101723
UPC 14: 00804699101723
Release Date: 11/2/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Invocation ~ The Last Poets
2. Homesick ~ The Last Poets
3. Black Rage ~ The Last Poets
4. Men-tality ~ The Last Poets
5. Pelourinho ~ The Last Poets
6. Funk ~ The Last Poets
7. If We Only Knew ~ The Last Poets
8. Illusion Of Self ~ The Last Poets
9. Talk Show ~ The Last Poets
10. Black and Strong (Homesick) ~ The Last Poets
11. Last Rites ~ The Last Poets

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The Last Poets: Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan (vocals).
Muze PNote Personnel: Grandmaster Melle Mel (vocals); Bernie Worrell (organ); Bill Laswell , Bootsy Collins (bass instrument); A?yb Dieng (bells).
Muze PNote With Holy Terror, the Last Poets lay their claim to be the originators of hip-hop. Containing some of the Poets' most trenchant political and social lyrics, Holy Terror shows the Last Poets, Umar Bin Hassan and Abiodun Oyewole, still as fiery and sharp as ever. "Homesick" and "Pelourinho" are descriptions of slavery that are as vivid and riveting as any movie. "Black Rage" paints a portrait of urban hell that will chill any listener to the bone. The album is also superbly produced, with a funk sound that supports the lyrics while never overshadowing them. Credit is due to seminal producer Bill Laswell, who, armed with a first-class band made up of P-Funk alumni George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Bernie Worrell, along with Grandmaster Melle Mel, constructs dense, intricate grooves that are simultaneously modern and traditional. For both fans of the classic Last Poets albums and newcomers interested in one of the missing links between classic funk and modern hip-hop, Holy Terror is worth a listen. ~ Victor W. Valdivia

Engineer: Robert Musso; Oz Fritz

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Grandmaster Melle Mel
Muze Guest Artist Bootsy Collins
Muze Guest Artist George Clinton
Muze Guest Artist Bernie Worrell
Muze Guest Artist Bill Laswell
Muze Guest Artist Aiyb Dieng

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Black Power: music Of A Revolution
Muze Music Compilations Be (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Nas (Explicit)
Muze Music Compilations Listen Whitey Sound/black Power 67-74

Associated Artists and Works

Original Soundtrack
Time Zone (The)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/01/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1994
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : INR 017
Music Label Name Label : Innerhythmic
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00804699101723

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (4/24/95, p.56)
- "...Original members Umar Bin Hassan and Abiodun Oyewole are back with an album that brings together the power sources of raw black music....The didactic, funky verse offers wry commentary over minimal percussion and free-associative riffing from Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell..." - Rating: B

Q (8/95, p.124)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "...the emphasis here is on a group adding their distinctive rapping style to the modern beats they perhaps inspired. Twisting their rhymes into lazy, less meter-driven rambles than in modern rap, they tackle black issues and the street problems of drugs and poverty with an undeniable authority..."

Down Beat (11/95, p.60)
- 3.5 Stars - Good/Very Good - "...the Last Poets...forefathers of politically conscious rap--pick up where they left off a generation ago....their poetry is great with Umar Bin Hassan's shining exuberance and preacher-like exclamations and Abiodun Oyewole's muscular delivery..."

Vibe (8/95, p.131)
- "...a junkyard of sounds...all bagged and knotted by producer Bill Laswell's magnetic ear for gritty black music....HOLY TERROR works because it's painfully honest and its creators aren't trying to live on the fame plantation..."

The Source (6/95, p.76)
- "...each brother rocks the mic for half of the album....just having new material from the dynamic group from the late '60s is relieving..."

Option (9-10/95, p.117)
- "Most credit the Last Poets with helping to invent hip-hop....the Poets did set the tone for hard-headed, politically engaged music and rhymes..."

Melody Maker (8/26/95, p.39)
- "...[producer Bill] Laswell allows the essentially dated, yet still delicious, characteristics of each player to break f***ing ROCKS, old-skool thumps, little flecks of Sugarhill funk guitar stretching over the undertow, all elastic boombip and bodypoppin'..."

NME (Magazine)
(6/24/95, p.57)
- 8 (out of 10)
- "...almost wholly terrific. If their anger has mellowed, their grip on reality hasn't, and at the very least they deserve the maximum credit for not looking out to the streets and saying `I warned you'..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Last Poets
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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