Malik & the O.G's

[1]Malik & the O.G's is a spoken-word performance band based in Liverpool. Its founder Malik Al Nasir put the band together in 2006 when he first recorded his poetry to music for his debut album Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol 1 & 2, which was released in on Mentis Records featuring [2]Gil Scott-Heron and The Last PoetsJalal Mansur Nuriddin. Malik produced the album in 2006 and Malik & the O.G's produced a video with Emmy Award-winning Director Mitchell Stuart for the song from the album Africa, an adaptation of one of the poems of the same name in Malik's book Ordinary Guy.

Malik & The O.G's
Malik & The O.G's Live at LIMF 2013
Malik & The O.G's Live at LIMF 2013
Background information
BornLiverpool, England
GenresSpoken Word
Occupation(s)Poet, Producer, Film Maker, Author
Years active2004–present
LabelsMentiS Records, MCPR Music, Fore-Word Press
Associated actsLast Poets, Gil Scott-Heron, Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, Larry McDonald (percussionist), Sly Dunbar, Stranger Cole, Stanley Clarke, LL Cool J


Malik & the O.G's was born out of the political poetry movement that was rooted in the civil rights era in America. In 1984 Gil Scott-Heron toured the UK and met Malik Al Nasir backstage at a concert.[3]

[4] Scott-Heron then trained Malik Al Nasir over a period spanning more than 20 years as a poet and also in the politics of the civil rights era. Jalal Mansur Nuriddin (of The Last Poets) wrote the foreword to the book Ordinary Guy,[5] which was a [6] tribute to Scott-Heron. In 2006 Malik recorded Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol 1 & 2, his debut album, with Gil Scott-Heron and Jalal of The Last Poets under his band name Malik & the O.G's. The double album was released in August 2015 on MentiS RecordS, followed by the Africa EP, on the same label in 2017.


Malik & the O.G's also featured in a documentary,[7] Word up – From Ghetto to Mecca, with political black poets Gil Scott-Heron, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin of The Last Poets and UK Dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, as well as Rod Youngs (drummer from The Amnesia Express). The film premiered at the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester, UK, in 2011 as part of the "Black History Season" dedicated to the late Gil Scott-Heron. It is shown as part of a double bill with the XL Recordings film 'Who is Gil Scott-Heron?' at FACT Cinema Liverpool 22 August 2015.

In 2011 Malik & the O.G's were invited to perform at Judith E. Wilson's Drama Studio at [8]Cambridge University. The band at that time included Malik Al Nasir lead vocal, Rod Youngs (Gil Scott-Heron's Amnesia Express), Cambridge-based bass player Tiago Coimbra, Senegalese percussionist Makhou and engineer Tom Parker.

In 2013 Malik & the O.G's were invited by Liverpool City Council to perform their poetry at the inauguration of Liverpool International Music Festival, where the band was placed on the "It's Liverpool – Legends" stage. After the festival Malik was asked to perform some anti-war poetry for online TV station Bay TV where he delivered the politically charged poem "Shock & Awe", performed at the Liverpool International Music Festival, which is based on Gil Scott-Heron's anti-war protest song "Re-Ron".

In [9] Feb' 2014 Malik & the O.G's supported Jalal of The Last Poets at the [10] live performance of "Hustlers Convention" at the Jazz Café in London.[11] with Jazz WarriorsCleveland Watkiss, Hawi Gondwe (Amy Winehouse Band) and Orphy Robinson (Don Cherry Band) The sold out performance was filmed for a documentary on Hustlers Convention commissioned by Chuck D of Public Enemy .

Malik & The O.G's produced a series of tribute events [12] to Gil Scott-Heron in 2015 including "Poets Against Apartheid -The Legacy of Gil Scott-Heron" as part of UNESCO International Slavery Remembrance Day commemorations in partnership with Liverpool International Slavery Museum. The event featured spoken word performances from Malik Al Nasir, Tayo Aluko and Jean Binta Breeze (MBE), also "The Revolution Will Be Live!" with business partner Richard McGinnis, this event was commissioned as part of Liverpool International Music Festival 2015 and featured Talib Kweli, The Christians, Craig Charles, Malik & the O.G's, Cleveland Watkiss and others. The show was filmed at St Georges Hall on 27 Aug 2015.


Radio appearancesEdit



Year Album Artist Label Format CD Cat No.
2017 Africa EP Malik & the O.G's MentiS Records 6 Track EP Mentis002
Year Album Artist Label Format CD Cat No.
2015 Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol 1. Malik & the O.G's Ft. Gil Scott-Heron MentiS Records 2 Disc CD Mentis001
Year Album Artist Label Format CD Cat No.
2015 Rhythms of the Diaspora Vol 2. Malik & the O.G's Ft. The Last Poets MentiS Records 2 Disc CD Mentis001

Collaboration albumsEdit

Year Album Artist Label Format CD Cat No.
2009 Drumquestra Larry McDonald (percussionist) MCPR Music CD CPLM301
Year Album Artist Label Format
2008 Urban Griot Raw UnLtd MCPR Music Unreleased

Collaboration album creditsEdit


  1. ^ Seth Pereira, " Interview With Malik & The O.G’s!"I Am Hip Hop Magazine, July 2015. On-line edition
  2. ^ Graeme Thomson, "The Gil Scott Heron I knew".Uncut Magazine, August 2011. Issue. 171, pg. 32
  3. ^ Marc Waddington, "Flashback: How meeting Gil Scott-Heron in riot-hit Toxteth changed my life". 9 July 2011
  4. ^ Gareth Arnold, "Under the influence: the kindest, most generous man you could ever meet". The Independent on Sunday, 29 May 2011, Iss. Late, pg. 12
  5. ^ Ordinary Guy by Mark T. Watson, Fore-Word Press (2004), Liverpool, UK. ISBN 9780954886707
  6. ^ Jonah Weiner, "Tribute - Gil Scott Heron 1949-2011". Rolling Stone (USA) 23 June 2011, Iss. 1133, pg. 30
  7. ^ Aaron Frank, "Great way to learn about black history".The Leicester Mercury, 1 October 2011.
  8. ^ University of Cambridge, "Events 2011/12-Ordinary Guy performance poetry by Malik Al Nasir (Drama Studio)".9 West Road-A Newsletter of the Faculty of English, 20 October 2011
  9. ^ Mike Edwards, "Malik & The O.G’s 2014". Archived 13 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine UK Vibe Magazine Feb 2014.
  10. ^ Sunny Sharma D, "Interview With Malik And The O.G’s", I Am Hip Hop Magazine Feb 2014.
  11. ^ Graeme Thomson, "Hustlers Convention: rap's great lost album", The Guardian, 30 January 2014.
  12. ^ Tom Short, "No Re-Run, Brother: Gil Scott-Heron celebrated at Liverpool International Music Festival" The Skinny, 6 August 2015.
  13. ^ Album Credits - "Malik Al Nasir Executive Producer"