(AllHipHop News) The Last Poets rap pioneer Jalal Mansur Nuriddin has died at the age of 74.
The Muslim wordsmith passed away on Monday. His cause of death has not been revealed.
"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," read a statement issued by his family. "Jalal slipped quietly away this evening into the arms of Allah."
Nuriddin was a founding member of the spoken word collective The Last Poets, which was born in the 1960s in New York City.
He appeared on the group's self-titled debut album in 1970 and its follow-up, 1971's This Is Madness, and also branched out with other works released under his alternative stage names Lightnin' Rod and Alafia Pudim.
He became known as the Grandfather of Rap, and went on to make an appearance in a few films, including John Singleton's Poetic Justice in 1993, alongside Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur.