Culture 73 spent a lot of time in London this summer catching a different hip hop vibe. We turned on our cameras and caught up with some groundbreaking artist and talked about their past, present, and future, as well as their impact on the culture. As we gear up for 2019 we want to share our 2018 London experience and footage with our community that appreciates the colorful artistry that contributes to moving the culture forward. Whether this group of artists are doing songs with Snoop Dogg, or throwing the best hip hop club night in the UK, or being godfathers of hip hop, Charlotte Devaney, Emily Rawson, and The Last Poets are definitely artist the world needs to know.
The Last Poets are several groups of poets and musicians who arose from the late 1960s African-American civil rights movement’s black nationalism. The name is taken 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 Critic Jason Ankeny wrote: “With their politically charged raps, taut rhythms, and dedication to raising African-American consciousness, the Last Poets almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip-hop.