Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, the “Grandfather of Rap” and founding member of the hip-hop group The Last Poets, has died on Monday, May 4 - at the age of 74.
According to Rolling Stone, the late rapper's cause of death is yet to be revealed but his transition to the other side was peaceful and still.
The family said in a statement,
It is with extreme sadness and a heavy heart that the family of Jalal Nuriddin announce the passing of this great pioneer of the recording industry. Jalal slipped quietly away this evening into the arms of Allah.
The family further states that “details regarding his jananza (funeral) will be forthcoming shortly.”
— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) June 5, 2018
Jalal founded The Last Poets' 1970 debut album and it's follow-up, This Is Madness. These albums, which paired minimal, driving, percussive accompaniment with emphatic, relentlessly political spoken-word vocals, are widely considered as crucial early examples of hip-hop.
The group's debut album peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard album charts and sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
Rest in Peace Jalal!