Umar Bin Hassan

July 29, 2006

Be Bop or Be Dead

Last Poets member Hassan’s 1993 debut solo release on Laswell’s Axiom imprint. Here he incorporates Jazz, Hip-Hop and even a little metal to back his spiels on racism, Black identity and family. Some old Poets numbers get updated here (This Is Madness, Niggers Are Scared Of Revolution) and some Axiom usual suspects show up (Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins, Anton Fier and Laswell) as well as former bandmate Abiodun Oyewole.




  1. Thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoy the Joyman cover stuff. But this ain’t all bad either. Laswell and the Axiom Crew, Crim, Devo: now that’s what I call music. I’ll be putting up a link to this. Please feel free to reciprocate. 😉

  2. The Bill Laswell Axiom releases are awesome – please post the Hakim Bey “TAZ”, if you can – I’ve never seen it anywhere!

    I will post The Last Poets’ “Holy Terror” – it just fits in this times. It isn’t on Axiom, it was on Laswell’s “Black Arc” series – alongside Bootsy Collins’ “Zillatron”, or Last Poet Abiodun Oywole’s “25 years” (of Last Poets)!

    Thanks for the Groove, Chardman!!!

  3. Cool, glad you’re diggin’ it!
    I look forward to listening to more Last Poets.

  4. I have this one on vinyl & was reasonable good; a few downs, but some fine ups too.


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