Sunday, July 19th, 6:30pm
Summer of Music: Hustlers Convention
Presented by Maysles Cinema, the National Black Programming Consortium, the People’s Film Festival and Reel Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
@ St. Nicholas Park
135th St. Plaza & St. Nicholas Ave
Lawn Chairs Permitted
Diggin in the Crates: Godfathers of Rap
with DJ Chuck Chillout
Hustlers Convention will be introduced by Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, AKA Lightnin’ Rod, the creator of the album “Hustlers Convention” and the subject of the documentary, and Quenell Jones, producer and cinematographer of Hustlers Convention.
Mike Todd, 2015, 91 min
While largely unknown, the 1973 album “Hustlers Convention” is regarded as a cornerstone in the evolution of Hip Hop. It’s creator, Lightnin’ Rod, aka Jalal Nuriddin of The Last Poets, is affectionately known in some circles as ‘The Grandfather of Rap’ for his contribution to the genre. The film includes interviews with some of the key figures connected to the story, including the late Amiri Baraka, Ice T, Melle Mel, KRS One, MC Lyte, executive producer Chuck D and many more – intercut with archive footage and stills as well as specially commissioned animation to help bring the album to life.