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The Last Poets

Understand What Black Is

studio rockers


Released: 18th May 2018



Released: 18th May 2018


steeped in dub-y brilliance thanks in no small part to the production of brighton’s own prince fatty, this return from one of the 20th century’s most important bands is every bit as great as you would have dared hope.

The inauguration of Donald Trump as US President in 2016 inspired Hassan and Oyewole to resurrect the group to create a brand new record, modern and edgy, and deeply relevant and reflective of our times. Tracks on 'Understand What Black Is' include 'How Many Bullets', which bridles with defiance as Oyewole works through a litany of injustices suffered by black people in the US: "You've Tried To Blow My Brains Out With Bigotry, Chopped Off My Wings, So I Couldn't Fly Free, And Dared Me To Be Me, Took My Drum, Broke My Hands, Yanked My Roots Right Up Out Of The Land, And Riddled My Soul With Jesus". powerful, provocative and unflinching. 

Understand What Black Is


  1. Understand What Black Is -
  2. North East West South -
  3. How Many Bullets -
  4. She Is -
  5. What I Want To See -
  6. Certain Images -
  7. The Bridge -
  8. We Must Be Sacred -
  9. Rain Of Terror -
  10. The Music -