Re/Verb

Reviews of Spoken albums, books, performances, etc.

Re/Verb : VERBicide – Jeff de Verb

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VERBicide by Jeff De Verb is a lyrical offering from the many perspectives of a maturing Spoken Word poet.  The energy throughout the project keeps things fresh, while the slick wordplay brings one back again and again.

Poet Jeff De Verb opens the project like a love letter from one mind to another. He takes his time in speaking to his lady,Jeff de empowering her and showering her with his affections. However, after the heartfelt poem ‘The Valley‘, everything about the project shifts drastically. (more…)

5 Songs That You Never Knew Were Samples

5 Songs That You Never Knew Were Samples        

Have you ever heard a new song on the radio that sounds really good? Got a great beat, deep lyrics and a catchy bridge. You don’t know the title of it, but the more you listen to it, the more something about that beat, those lyrics, and that bridge sounds like a song you’ve heard before.

That “new” song on the radio was more than likely a sample. Artists sample songs more than you’d think. A sample being when a musician takes parts (rhythm, lyrics, beats, etc) of older songs and tweaks/blatantly reuses those parts to form a new song.

As an avid music aficionada, I personally find it fun to search for r&b, hip-hop, and rap artists that have taken parts of older songs and created new tunes of their own. (more…)

(W)Rap-Up : A Word From Our Ancestors — A Night of Poetry at the APEX Museum

Lady Vee’s event, A Word From Our Ancestors, was, in a word, classic.  Nice suits walked confidently through the halls of the APEX museum, a building dedicated to the history behind the black struggle.  With powerhouse poets like Vitamin D, Yo’ Sista, and Crazy Legs performing; the night proved to be a high-energy spectacle.
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Re/Verb : #GradLife – Sans

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Re/Verb is an analysis of poets and the works that they make, however, Sans (aka Sterling Higa) is more than just a poet.  Sans is a Hawaii native (Aloha and CHEE-HOO to all my people in Ewa Beach), public speaker, and scholar with a new project that runs in the vein of Lil Wayne’s ‘No Ceilings’.  The album#GradLife, is a one man slaughter-fest of industry beats.

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Re/Verb Book Review : Love is for SUCKERS – Nate Mask

Re/Verb is expanding into book review territory to give writers and lyricists a chance to promote their work on page.  The challenge it takes to get a book printed and published in any form is worth great merit.  The poets featured not only took great strides in writing these works, they took further strides in the production of a means to distribute this art.

The debut writer featured in our Re/Verb Book Review is Nate Mask, an artist who has been quickly gaining esteem in Atlanta’s Spoken community.  His ability to remain sincere in all crowds has garnered him a following respectful of his ability and tenacity.

Love is for SUCKERS is my second book”, he says. “the first was called ‘Well This Is Awkward…’. My inspiration really just comes from personal experiences. Poetry really started as therapy for me, so most of my poems start out as something that I feel like I need to get out. This book in particular started out kind of as a joke because it’s not really what I thought people would expect from me, but then I realized that I had a lot of material, and it morphed into a look at my growth as a person and in my relationships.

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Re/Verb : The Open Mic Pt. 1 – Idlewild

When you listen to The Open Mic Pt. 1, LISTEN. Turn off your TV, tell your friend to hush, go on a walk, ignore your cellphone.  Idlewild’s ‘The Open Mic Pt. 1′ demands your attention, and if you’re not listening, you’ll miss everything.

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Re/Verb : What You Will Need In Class Today – Matthew Foley

Matthew Foley is a teacher.

By teacher, I don’t mean someone paid to stand in classrooms, repeat text books word for word, and assign classwork.

By teacher, I mean someone committed to the education and well-being of future generations.

Matthew Foley is a teacher.

As an active writer and Spoken Word artist, Foley takes his teachings beyond the classroom.  Entertaining and uplifting, Foley specializes in pastoral, often bohemian imagery that is irresistibly inspirational while smacking of spirituality.  Foley’s debut album, What You will Need In Class Today, combines these stylings with Foley’s passion for the classroom.  The result is a classic spoken word album with great production, that should be celebrated by pop-folk poets nationwide.


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Re/Verb : More Than M.E. – Kimbi the Goddess

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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.

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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.

Ish – Kimbi the Goddess

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Re/Verb : The Heart Of Lindo

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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.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…)