The Last Poets arose from the civil rights and black nationalist struggles of the late '60's. Taking their name from a poem by the South African revolutionary poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, who believed he was in the last era of poetry before guns would take over, The Last Poets are generally considered the progenitors of Hip Hop. Formed on Malcolm X's birthday in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem in 1968, Their self titled first album went top ten and their second album, "This is Madness" earned them a spot on Nixon's COINTELPRO list. Surviving members have recently collaborated with Common and Kanye West. Here is an updated version of the song "This is Madness" Enjoy.