The artist is an activist, especially in the spoken word community.
More than once have the words of a poet changed my outlook on any number of social-political issues. In part, this is the beauty of the form. Those who know more than I do seem so willing to share their ideas all with the aim to better the world around them with their collective voices.
Recently I was in Charleston, SC for a Diversity Conference. The conference was taking place only days after the killing of Walter Scott in North Charleston. Needless to say, the conference was abuzz with the controversy.
Enter Omari Fox.
Fox arrived with a solemn face and reserved energy that afternoon. Having just attended Walter Scott’s funeral, he was a man drained, but unerring in his mission. (more…)
More Than M.E.(Melodious Expressionista) by Kimbi the Goddess is a funky eclectic mix of spoken word infused with a jazz soul and broad sensibilities. With standout tracks like Ish and Moment, this is an album that is both easy on the ears and good for the soul.
Each track of More Than M.E. is representative of Kimbi’s own thoughts and experiences, but her navigation of these tropes often flirt with the profound. She weaves her truth through questions about God, black culture, love, and being. She champions oneness; oneness of man and woman, of god and humans, even the oneness between parent and child. It’s a beautiful message, and one that fittingly ties the project together.
Roger Bonair-Agard is a self-proclaimed “Trinidadian, writer [and] shit-taker.” His poetry weaves together humor, satire and tragedy in order to create a portrait of race relations in the United States.
His performance of the poem “The All Black Penguin” is chilling. He stands with what looks like a glass of dark liqueur in one hand; he sips it as he pauses between lines. His other hand is outstretched in defiance. The poem is a satire about race relations in America through the lens of…
This piece is a classic. Written and performed by Shane Koyczan, this viral hit has racked up over 15 million views and is universally loved by almost all who see it. Koyczan, a master of moving emotion, will have you feeling all over with this amazing piece. (more…)
Yes, he is a great lyricist with a mastered cadence, but what makes him special is his perspective. Too often I find that subject matters regarding race appear relegated to a black/white binary. Race is much larger than white and black, and Tran’s widened perspective of a long established dilemma feels fresh. Tran performance is making several powerful statements that not only make the piece Dope, but timely. (more…)
Ever hear of Lyric Michelle? Chicago born, Houston raised — Poet/MC and feature of the latest Dopeness. Powerful subject matter meets robust wordplay against a dope background track. Lyric Michelle weaves a story that needs to be heard, you need only listen to The Rhetoric.
Original poem , “The Rhetoric” is performed over “Intro”, the introductory track to MissDirectionLP produced by Chris Rockaway.
You may not immediately notice WarmDaddy’s as you drive down Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia. WarmDaddy’s is comfortably tucked away in the corner of a plaza whose main attraction is a movie theater. I was glad to walk in and escape the cold, even as spring is fighting its way to Philly as we speak.
WarmDaddy’s is a bar & restaurant with a jazz lounge interior. It’s dimly lit, but buzzing with a cool, low-key energy. It’s the kind of place you’d see in a movie; that place, known for breaking new artists, where the character with creative talent goes to be found by the world. The first person I found was Lindo.
Now let me backtrack just a bit. I came into this event blind. I heard about it earlier that day and made the choice to go out and see what was what. I had no idea who Lindo was. The odds of meeting him as soon as I walked in; I guess I find it striking in retrospect. We chatted, he passed me his business card, and then I took my seat. Even though WarmDaddy’s has the vibe of a jazz lounge, it’s still a restaurant. Waiters and waitresses were scurrying back and forth, taking orders and serving the customers who would witness the nights event. (more…)
Re/Verb is a new segment we’ll be posting focusing on album/book/feature reviews by spoken word poets. This segment is intended to both build and promote the work of spoken word artists as well as give consumers relevant information on the quality of serious poets.
This segment will be co-written with Rico Orr – lyric aficionado..