#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Released in 1973 by founding member of The Last Poets, Jalal Nuriddin, under the name Lightnin’ Rod, Hustlers Convention tells the story of Sport and Spoon – two young hustlers who attend the eponymous convention, only to get tangled up in a financial disagreement that leads to a shootout, police chase and finishes with Sport on Death Row, weighing up what it all means. Taking its title from the album, Hustlers Convention the film will blend archive and photos with interviews and use unique animated sequences set to the album. We will see the Hustlers Convention in its wider social context and Jalal’s personal story as one of rap’s undisputed pioneers.
Plot: The story of Sport and Spoon – two young hustlers who attend the eponymous convention, only to get tangled up in a financial disagreement that leads to a shootout, police chase and finishes with Sport on death row, weighing up what it all means. Taking its title from the album, the film blends archive photos with interviews and uses unique animated sequences set to the album. It portrays Hustlers Convention in its wider social context and Jalal’s personal story as one of rap’s undisputed pioneers.
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‘Oooh, baby I like it raw.’ -Sushi bar customer
With a lot of things, I usually find the original is my preferred choice. Despite more polished and better produced follow ups often appearing in the music and comedy industries, I tend to favour the rougher, more erratic and raw feel of their predecessors, where ideas are more fresh and awakening.
So, you ask, what is the original rap album? Many would point to the likes of Gil Scott Heron and the Last Poets as possible contenders, quite rightly so. But with Heron switching between poetry to drums and soul tracks, his maybe can’t be considered as ‘rap’ albums. And The Last Poets clearly laid foundations with their spoken word raps over drums.
But, under the sort of pseudonym you would expect of a modern rapper, with raps that flowed in rhythm to the music of Kool and the Gang, it was Last Poet member, Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin as Lightnin’ Rod, with the concept album ‘Hustlers Convention’, that can perhaps truly be called the raw original. And this is the answer that filmmaker Mike Todd has come to with his documentary of the same name.
Telling the story of prison story toasting and its influence on popular culture styles of the Sixties and early Seventies, ‘Hustlers Convention’ (the documentary) uses interviews with various poets of the era to show its development into early forms of rap music. Throughout these interviews, animated sequences visualise the story of ‘Hustlers Convention’ (the album) , throwing in interviews with rappers KRS- One, Chuck D, Melle Mel Ice-T and MC Lyte discussing their memories of the album and the influence it had on them and an entire culture. There is then talk of the album’s making and interviews with Nuriddin, rapping about life, the universe and everything, before British poets that have worked with him telling their tales.
‘Hustlers Convention’ (the documentary) shuns a linear narrative, mixing different periods in time throughout, with different parts of the story flowing likes rivers in parallel towards the film’s conclusion. This means it never gets too tiresome, labouring a single point, keeping the rhythm flowing, in what is a reasonably timed ninety-plus minutes. The different generations and backgrounds of those involved also shed different lights and perspectives, making it far from one dimensional.
While the animated accompaniment to the songs could draw comparisons with ‘Searching for Sugar Man’, the similarities can be stopped there, with Nuriddin involved throughout and happy to talk about his life, rather than being made into a mythical, mystery man. Though maybe this is what ‘Hustlers Convention’ (the documentary) lacks: a hook.
‘Hustlers Convention’ (the album) is made out to be the sort of album that everybody knows, yet nobody knows; the most copied album in history, that nobody’s ever heard of. But not enough is perhaps made of this irony. With Kool and the Gang signed to a different label than that of the release of ‘Hustlers Convention’ (the album), the album was quickly pulled, with few copies officially sold, leaving little fortune or fame for the man where it all began. In the words of the album’s final track ‘Sentenced to the Chair’: ‘The real hustlers who were ripping off billions from the unsuspecting millions who are programmed to think they could win.’
But maybe the fact that this isn’t dwelt on too much is again a strength. Nurridin himself, now in his seventies, doesn’t sound too bitter about this fact, performing the album at London’s Jazz Cafe at the film’s climax, knowing that his words will have influence for generations to come, and maybe ‘Hustlers Convention’ (the documentary) can claim its part in furthering this.
‘Raw I’ma give it to ya, with no trivia…’
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Genre Documentary, Animation, History
Director Mike Todd
Writer Mike Todd
Actors Chuck D, Ice-T, Jalal Nuriddin
Country United Kingdom, France, United States
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