If Gil Scott-Heron is the godfather of hip-hop, on the mostly forgotten Iron Pot Cooker, poet Camille Yarbrough proves she is the godmother. Released on Vanguard in 1975, the album is based on Yarbrough's one woman show. The highlight is the funky "Take Yo' Praise".
If it sounds familiar, credit Fatboy Slim who sampled the a capella opening in "Praise You", his UK #1 hit and a Top 40 hit in 1999. I think you'll agree the original is better.