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Dopeness: Shady CXVPHER

Though Dopeness has focused on Spoken Word, it is much more a celebration of lyricism.  As such, Dopeness will be expanding into Cypher territory.  What better cypher to start with than the Shady CXVPHER.

If you haven’t seen this yet, you’ve missed out on some of the best rappers spitting bar after bar after bar.  This is not for the faint of lyrical heart.  Some of these lines are just crazy.

Starting with King Crooked, you immediate know that this cypher is not just quality, but raw and honest.  When Joe Budden spits, you feel it.  When YelaWolf spits, you believe it.  Joell Ortiz brings bars for days.  Finally, closing with Royce da 5’9″ and Eminem, himself, this cypher is a masterpiece of wit and wordplay.

Dopeness: Separate From Separation -Will & Jordan Miller

Group pieces are always fun.  Your typical group piece takes ample time and practice to create a single profound and succinct message.  The message touched on by Separate From Separation is one of love and unity.

The video, itself, builds a tone with soft background music, and is powerful in its minimalist nature. Despite, how little there is going on in the video, the separation of the speakers is striking and obvious.  This a dope piece, but even doper video.

Dopeness: Negro – Christian Richardson

“I’m here to strike fear into a utopia”.

Christian Richardson has tapped into the root of the Spoken Word movement with this piece, ‘Negro‘.  Loud, passionate, and revolutionary, Richardson holds nothing back in his authentic diatribe and look into his culture.  Short and sweet, this piece is a spark waiting to light a greater fire to come.

Dopeness: Ghetto – Paulie Lipman

This piece is a ‘knowledge-dropper’.  I made up that word, but the idea remains.

Paulie Lipman is more than just entertaining in this piece.  The piece is made to teach.  This piece is an analysis of the words we use, and our collective amnesia of the meaning that lies behind them.  The focus of this piece is on the word, “Ghetto”, but the lesson to be gained is so much more expansive.

Dopeness : The Top Secret Recipe For Aunt Phyliss’ Fried Chicken – Michael Harriot

The recipe for a great Spoken Word poem:

A tablespoon of witty word play.

Two cups of Hard-hitting imagery.

Three teaspoons of thought-provoking.

A pinch of dramatic performance.

First, mix your wordplay, performance, and imagery until a compelling flow is created.

Then, when the crowd is connected to the piece, sneak in your teaspoons of thought-provoking.

Mix well, bake beneath a lime-light for 3 minutes.

Voila.



“The Top Secret Recipe For Aunt Phyliss’ Fried Chicken.”  Poignant in it’s deception of the audience’s expectations, this poem is great for many reasons.  This classic will grab hold of your attention, and may not let go.

What did you like about this piece? Do you want to see more like it?  Let us know in a comment below.

Art & Renaissance (Featuring) Camil. Williams

Camil Williams is a recent transplant from Chicago just trying to settle into the Atlanta vibe.  As a world traveler and troubadour, she is more than experienced in her art.  I’m putting emphasis on the word ‘art’, because Williams is more than just a poet, she is an artistic powerhouse and renaissance woman.

She has performed and presented art workshops at a host of conferences, high schools, and universities; locally and abroad, as part of the women centered activist-performance duo, AquaMoon. Using Hip Hop Feminism as a tool for creating awareness and dialogue on issues that marginalize and affect women of color, the duo co-authored several choreopoems, including Love Does Not Hurt and Aqua Beats and Moon Verses Vol. I.

Williams has also authored and released her debut, Butta to Fly: a collection of poetry, art and music (2007). Her artworks have been featured in the Ascend: Live Art and Jazz Showcase and the Humboldt Park Art Exhibit in Chicago. She’s appeared in several short and full-length films, including The Lies We Tell and Secrets We Keep and the hit web series, Between Women. She also writes and produces music for commercials, films and stage productions.

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Dopeness : Capoeira – Noah St. John

This is a spoken word performance by Noah St. John. One of my friends put me on to this a few weeks ago, and it just woke me up creatively.

Noah speaks about practicing the Brazilian art of Capoeira, which was born during a time of African slavery. Capoeira incorporates songs, flexible acrobatics, and is played almost like a game. Noah displays all of those elements in his performance.  He sets aside the mic stand from the beginning and makes use of the entire floor space. He admits that this art form is not from his culture, but that he is borrowing it in order to understand and share in the experience.

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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.

#GradLife (a cappella)

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The Lyric Review : Black Rage – Lauryn Hill

Gemini season is upon us, and for some strange reason this season has birthed many of today’s beloved hip-hop favorites including Andre 3000, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur to name a few.  Regardless of how much you may like or dislike these artists, there’s one undeniable trait that these artists have in common – the ability to be unapologetically true to themselves. This trait can occasionally have negative side effects, but little is greater than knowing who you are, your gifts and flaws, and still having the courage to share those intimate components of self with the world.  “Black Rage”, a song by a hip-hop artist, actress, songstress, and Gemini, Lauryn Hill, gives us a glimpse of the importance of self-knowledge and courage on the societal level.

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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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