Jalal Mansur Nuriddin
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Jalal Mansur Nuriddin
Jalal Mansur Nuriddin
Alafia Pudim, Lightnin' Rod
Born (1944-07-24)July 24, 1944
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died June 4, 2018(2018-06-04) (aged 73)
Genres Spoken word, hip hop
Labels Douglas Records, Casablanca Records, Celluloid Records, On the One, On U Sound, Charly Records, Acid Jazz
The Last Poets, Malik & the O.G's, Lightnin' Rod, Working Week, Bondage Records (France)
Website grandfatherofrap.com

Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin (July 24, 1944 - June 4, 2018) was an American poet and musician. He was one of the founding members of The Last Poets, a group of poets and musicians that evolved in the 1960s out of the Harlem Writers Workshop in New York City.

He was born in Fort Greene in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Earlier in his career he used the names Lightnin' Rod and Alafia Pudim. He is sometimes called "The Grandfather of Rap".[1]


in 2004 Nuriddin wrote the foreword to Malik Al Nasir's poetry collection Ordinary Guy, published under Malik's pre-Islamic name Mark T. Watson in the UK by Fore-Word Press.[2] Nuriddin was also featured in the documentary Word Up - From Ghetto to Mecca, along with poets Gil Scott Heron, Mark T. Watson a.k.a. Malik Al Nasir, Rod Youngs (Gil Scott-Heron's Amnesia Express) and dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, where he discussed the significance of the spoken word as an extension of the African oral tradition, as well as the origins of rap and the work of his student and friend Malik Al Nasir. In the film Nuriddin recites from Al Nasir's book "Ordinary Guy" the poem he wrote as a foreword to the book called "Malik's Mode". Nuriddin also later recorded Malik's Mode with Al Nasir's band "Malik & the O.G's" for the album Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol's 1 & 2 at Mercredi 9 Studios in Paris while filming the Word Up documentary. The album Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol's 1 & 2 was released on 1 August 2015 on Mentis records in the UK.[3]

Nuriddin returned to the UK in 2014 to perform live the seminal solo album Hustlers Convention, credited as being the first ever rap album[4] live at the Jazz Café in Camden Town, London. The event was produced by Fore-Word Press for Riverhorse Communications who filmed it as part of a documentary on the forgotten roots of rap called Hustlers Convention. The executive producer is Public Enemy's front man Chuck D. The film Hustlers Convention,[5] directed by Mike Todd, premiered at Docfest in Sheffield UK in 2015, with its London premiere at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, on June 14, 2015. The Hustlers Convention Live featured The Jazz Warriors International Collective, Malik & the O.G's and poet Lemn Sissay. The UK DVD release of the historical Hustlers Convention was in 2015. After the film premiered in the UK at Docfest 2015 it went on general release through [6]Kaleidoscope and premiered in New York at TriBeca[permanent dead link] Film Festival 2015 for its USA cinema release. Nuriddin screened the film also in Canada in 2016 as part of a tour with UK poet Malik Al Nasir called "The Revolution Will Be Live" comprising seminars, poetry performances, school visits, workshops and joint screenings of Al Nasir's film also featuring Nuriddin, called Word-Up.

Jalal died after a long battle with cancer on June 4, 2018.[7]

Selected discography

  • On The One
  • The Fruits of Rap
  • Science Friction
  • Mean Machine (1984) 12"

The Last Poets

  • Long Enough 12" (The Last Poets)

Lightnin' Rod

Guest appearances

  • Material: The Third Power; E Pluribus Unum and Power Of Soul (Black Chant).
  • Working Week: Working Nights / 12"; Stella Marina.
  • Apollo 440: Dude Descending A Staircase; Hustler Groove and The Children of the Future.
  • Cosmo Vitelli: Video; Science Affliction.
  • Silent Poets: Words and Silence; Inquizative, Derivative, and The Children of the Future.
  • Faya Dub: Sings and Plays; Reggae Monk.
  • Seven Dub: Rock It Tonight; Land of the Lost and Naturally.
  • Michel Benita: Drastic; Sky Screen.
  • Aktivist: Stereotape; Nouvelle Experience.
  • Various Artists: Acid Jazz And Other Illicit Grooves (spoken word -- Introduction only)
  • Various Artists: 12" / 30 Ans Apres Martin Luther King.
  • Various Artists: Tempo Jazz Edition Volume 1 - Talking Loud; Mean Machine '90.
  • Malik & the O.G's: "Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol's 1 & 2 Featuring Gil Scott-Heron & The Last Poets" (spoken word - Jazzoetry); Malik's Mode Mentis Records 2015.
  • Stephen McCraven: Killing Us Hardly; We Can't Stand It 2018



  1. ^ "Jalal of The Last Poets", DMC World Magazine, January 31, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Fore-Word Press
  3. ^ Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol's 1 & 2 Mentis Records (2015)
  4. ^ Graeme Thomson, "Hustlers Convention: rap's great lost album", The Guardian, January 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Hustlers Convention
  6. ^ Hustlers Convention Feature Documentary UK Release 2014
  7. ^ "Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, The Last Poets Member and Rap Pioneer, Dead at 74". www.msn.com. Retrieved . 

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