Hustlers Convention
  • Year2015
  • Duration91 min

In a time when anger against racial discrimination came to a head, the Last Poets — fronted by Jalal Mansur Nurridin, aka Lightnin’ Rod — emerged as a powerful voice for 1960s black America. “Bullets for words, and my mouth was my gun”: Nuriddin and his comrades drew upon the African-American oral tradition and turned it into a agitating tool for consciousness raising. There was a magnetic force in his stories and contagion in his defiance; despite being removed from the general market, his solo album “Hustlers Convention” became an underground hit. And though it embodied the very soul and tropes of rap as well as the culture of hip-hop to come, the album remains largely unknown outside of black America. In this eponymous feature by documentarian Mike Todd, the poets and their followers (including KRS One, MC Lyte, Ice T, Chuck D) reclaim the historical and musical impact of the album.

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Co-presented with Off the Shelf festival

  • Director(s): Mike Todd
  • Producer(s): Quenell Jones, Lathan Hodge, Mike Todd, Geseth Garcia
  • Country: United Kingdom, United States
  • Language: English
  • Format: dcp
  • Premiere status: World Premiere
Director Filmography
Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears
Under the Bridge
Keeping it Real
Catch: the hold not taken
Executive Producer(s):
Carl Hall, Chuck D
Sales Contact
Caroline Stern
Job Title
Director of Sales