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Hustlers' Convention

Lightnin' RodAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 8, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Celluloid Records
  • ASIN: B000008HQM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the GREATEST recordings of all time ! ! ! August 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Shame on our culture for at one time letting this album become rare and out of print... and hands up for it going back in print.

Part blaxploitation on vinyl part Jazzoetry, this recording features some incredibly funky and jazzed out backing music by none other than KOOL AND THE GANG as Lighnin' Rod (a former Last Poet's member) tells his Iceberg Slim style tale of getting over.

A CONCEPT ALBUM taken to ridiculous extremes, Hustlers' Convention is the album that influenced not only the evolution of rap, but document the now almost lost art of Street Poetry...

Fans of Gil Scott Heron, Rudy Ray Moore and the Last Poets will wet their pants within moments of the opening track... and so too will fans of funk and '70s soul... Even I know half the lyrics by heart (however, trust me, you won't hear me making a schmuck out of myself trying to recite it in public...)

Tight production, tight rhymes, tight music and a tight tale... never before was a recording like this made and never will it be made again ! ! ! This is performance, art, poetry, story telling, Jazz, funk and a tale with a moral taken to extremes...

A timeless tale of pimpin' that will never be out topped !

(P.S. Anybody remember who did that avant garde big band recording of Honkytonk Bud in the early '80s... ???)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moralistic blaxploitation film on record February 26, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This is a GREAT CD! I enjoy listening to just about every genre of music and this CD would be in my top favorites of any style. Lightnin' Rod, AKA Jalal Nuriddin, AKA Alafia Purdim, was a charter member of the Last Poets. This CD can be seen as proto-rap for its attention to street lingo and engagement with the ghetto underworld. Of course, all slang by nature changes rapidly, so some may find the rhyming corny. The first line of the album DOES start out with the single most notorius rhyme cliche: "moon - June", but the complete package of non-sampled music, toasting and interesting storyline makes for an irrestible listen. The story seems quaint compared to the much more violent 'modern' rap albums. If it's quaint, though, it's infinitately more believable, realistic and therefore more involving than the fantasy-based gangsta rap. I can't wait to see how well a lot of 'modern' rap ages when listened to 20 years from now; betcha nowhere near as well as this album does. Hustler's Convention features boasting raps over the cool beats of Eric Gale and Kool & the Gang. If it's actually in print when you read this, you'd be crazy not to pick up a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superbly Exuberant Album March 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first read about "Hustler's Convention" nearly 20 years ago in Greil Marcus's book "Mystery Train." I finally received a copy through Amazon.com this week: it was worth the wait, but by the same token, why didn't I buy it sooner?! Having read Marcus's synopsis of the album, I knew what to expect in terms of its bleak story line and its connection to the Blaxploitation culture of the early 70s. I was unprepared, however, for the exhuberance of Lightnin' Rod's performance, as well as the tunefulness of Kool & the Gang's musical accompniment.

This is a classic album, and why it has not achieved the fame of contemporaries such as Sly and the Family Stone's "There's a Riot Goin' On," Stevie Wonder's "Innervisions," the O'Jays' "Back Stabbers," or Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack to "Superfly" is a mystery: it is every bit as good as these more celebrated albums, and it is distinct from all of them.

In terms of contemporary Black culture, "Hustler's Convention" is prophetic. It is a crucial link in the historical development of hip-hop culture, and many of the most compelling themes and techniques of rap music are presented here with astonishing force and clarity. The model for Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, Prince Paul, the Roots, Talib Kweli, and even Chris Rock is to be found on this record, which builds a bridge between the music of the past twenty years and the glorious tradition of George Clinton, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and the great concept albums of late 60s rock music.

Anyone interested in African-American music of the last 30 years should seek this album out; I hope as well that a decent record label (Rhino Records: hello?!) will reissue this album and finally give it the distribution and visibility it deserves.

And all this is just my first impression, having heard the album once! I can't wait to play it again!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, sweet song of the hustlas, playas, and pimps December 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Dag. I musta got the last one; I ordered my copy a week ago and already got it. But order and get it when you must because if the game is to be sold, not told, baby-macks have to get steppin'. Got Iceberg Slim? Got 'Superfly' and 'The Mack' on DVD? You shouldn't be without Lightnin' Rod (actually, a non-de-plume for one of the Last Poets). Served up with some tasty Kool and the Gang funk on a few tracks, Rod narrates his rise from pool-shark hustla to playa's ball scene-maker to coppin' a squat in the electric chair. Delicious, brilliant, hard. Will make you lean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Break was so loud, it hushed the Crowd January 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Classic album featuring Kool & The Gang! There was a number of other surprise appearances on here as well. Great imagery through the spoken word story telling delievered as smooth as any playa' could hope for. A must for funk, hip hop, and rap entusiasts!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Pimpin' Detroit Style May 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This CD is the bomb!! In th '70s I owned the LP and people kept stealing it from me. If you want to hear true urban poetry The Hustlers Convention is for you.

The story is both real in it's message and vivid in the descriptions by Mr. Lightin Rod. Additionally, the underlying soundtrack is subtle but very hip.

If you want something different buy this CD NOW!!!!!!
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