Hustlers Convention

Mike Todd

IFFR 2017

Black Rebels

  • 91'
  • USA
  • 2015

It was a full moon in the middle of June/In the summer of '59. This text opens the most forgotten album from the pre-history of hip-hop: Hustler’s Convention appeared in 1973 as a solo project by Jalal Nuriddin of The Last Poets. His epic rhyme in the black American tradition of jail toast, combined with a jazzy/funky soundtrack, showed the way for later hip-hop pioneers such as Fab Five Freddy and Melle Mel. 
A rights issue surrounding a musical contribution by Kool & the Gang meant that the record, which Nuriddin regards as his masterpiece, was taken off the market soon after its release. On the street, the work led a life of its own, but there was no recognition for its maker. Forty years later, he and such artists as Chuck D, Ice T and KRS One look back on the musical heritage of this influential album, while The Jazz Café in London brings Jalal Nuriddin back into the spotlight to perform the album in full.

Director
Mike Todd
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
91'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Mike Todd
Production Company
Riverhorse
Sales
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution
Screenplay
Mike Todd
Cinematography
Quenell Jones
Editor
Mike Todd
Website
http://hustlersconventionfilm.com/