In 1973 a fast-talking, hustler by the name of Sport played a huge part in the birth of hip-hop. Brought to life by Lightnin' Rod aka Jalal of the Last Poets and backed by music from Kool & The Gang, Buddy Miles, Billy Preston and more, Hustlers Convention is a concept album documenting the rise and fall of Sport, a street gambler who ends up in jail after a shoot-out with the police. His street tales of card games, throwing dice and chasing women influenced Wu Tang, Ice T, Public Enemy, Jungle Brothers and many more while also playing a key role in establishing rap as an accepted modern musical art form.
"This is a masterpiece of jailhouse blues and cinematic street rap...it deserves its growing reputation as a lost classic." - Uncut
"A cornerstone in the development of what is now a part of global culture." - Fab 5 Freddy
"A verbal bible." - Chuck D of Public Enemy