Slam Poetry

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.

(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.

#GradLife (a cappella)

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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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Dopeness : Burundi – Saul Williams

Saul Williams is little else than an innovator in the Spoken Word community.  With movie and broadways credits, meaningful written word, as well as multiple albums worthy of acclaim, Saul Williams has done it all.

With a new album on the horizon, MartyrLoserKing, Saul has officially released his newest track, Burundi.  Burundi is a treasure trove of lyrical flair examining technology, activism, and the current social unrest in Burundi/ Central Africa.

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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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Say Hello To The Bad Guy (Featuring) : Tommy Bottoms

Tommy Bottoms is a fire-starter in the Spoken Word community.  Maybe “fire-starter” is putting it nicely, but with connectionsTommy Bottoms 5 throughout the Spoken community and poetry that is both entertaining and mind-opening,  no one can deny the work that he has put into his craft.

As co-host of The Ugly Truth Radio, perennial performer for BET’s Lyric Cafe and Russell Simmons presents… Def Poetry Jam, and writer/producer of Educated Gangster 101, Bottoms is a veteran of the Spoken Word scene and ongoing innovator.

His skills have taken him throughout the United States to universities such as Morehouse College, Tuskegee University, and Auburn University, as well as abroad to London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East.  His work has brought him in contact with Spoken Word greats like Amir Sulaiman, Queen Sheba, Malik Salaam, and Jon Goode.  Tommy Bottoms has been around the game.

Tommy Bottoms with shiny headHe has a style all his own.  Each one of his performances treads the line of melodic and lyrical, yet aggressively intellectual.  His subject matter – most often sociopolitical, tackles complex problems while remaining accessible to a wide range of audiences.   With clever word play and booming voice, he commands an audience’s attention with words as entertaining as they are prolific.  However, Bottoms lives his poetry.  He is unafraid to piss off his audience if the message needs to be heard, and loves to shine an unflinching light on the ugly side of things.


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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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Dopeness : Dear Young Men of Color

Fong Tran has something special.

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…)