Poetic license.Be inspirational. It is so hard to write when the emotion is already dictated. But when I thought about all the times I've dreamt of turning on HOT 97 and hearing any poet's voice soaring out the airwaves, I suddenly felt the overwhelming need to write this. With the resurgence of blackpoetry (let's just call it what it is), live music, the growing popularity of independent film and solo theater, it's not so strange that the beautiful mix of poetry and music would finally make a little noise in the industry. I would argue the best is yet to come.
I first started experimenting with live music in Detroit. I was hanging out in the hip-hop scene and getting to know the musicians in the city. The first musician I ever worked with was an electric guitar player named Dumani and this drummer cat, Gabe, who was down with P-funk. I realized then that poetry could be taken out of the cafe, trendy bookstore, academic life scene and straight to the hood (which is where I wanted my poetry to hit) with a little word sound power. The first real poetry/music CD I ever heard were from the legendary Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron. They blew my mind and clearly influenced an entire generation of new school rappers and poets.
Thanks to technology it's real easy to make a book or a CD these days, but it's not easy to write good work or make good music. My poems recently vowed to never do another interlude for anybody's album. Nas is the obvious exception and my recent collaboration with incredible hip hop hip-hop or hip hop
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2. Rap music.
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Professor David studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, subsequently training in neurology, then psychiatry. , Ursula Rucker Ursula Rucker is a spoken word recording artist. Rucker is known for a diverse repertoire, and for utilizing techniques that catch her listeners' attention, both of which have brought her critical acclaim and widespread praise from fans. (Supa Sista), Sharrif Simmons, JJason Blackwell, Latasha Natasha Diggs, Mums, Ras Baraka (Shorty short·y also short·ie Informal
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adj. for Mayor), Imani Uzuri, Modusa Oblangata, Tracie Morris, Tree, Black Ice, Carl Hancock Rux (Sony 550), Liza Jesse Peterson, Wadud, Saturns Return, Aqiyl (Thin Line Between Poetry and Hip Hop), Sekou Sundiata Sekou Sundiata was an African-American poet and performer, as well as a teacher at New York City's New School. Famous students include musicians Ani DiFranco and Mike Doughty. and several other great poets deserve their own albums, their own songs, their own Grammys (forget Hillary raising our village), their own top billing, and their own spot in the music store.
I remember when there were no hip hop stations. When you only heard a new rap song at the basement parties or if the DJ was spinnin' them at the club. Most of us got cuts being played all over Europe, and supportive DJ's from Giles Peterson to Marcel of Atlanta's 88.5 are helping to push poetry on the radio.
Poetry is dangling off that edge of possibility right now. I've witnessed poets working with live music, drums, electric guitars, violas, flutes etc., long before many of the new white kid rock/rapper wanabees ever got down. The problem with poets is that we've been influenced by so many genres, and we connect ourselves to the Black Arts Movement The Black Arts Movement or BAM is the artistic branch of the Black Power movement. It was started in Harlem by writer and activist Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoy Jones). , and Harlem Renaissance Harlem Renaissance, term used to describe a flowering of African-American literature and art in the 1920s, mainly in the Harlem district of New York City. During the mass migration of African Americans from the rural agricultural South to the urban industrial North writers as well as hip hop, rock and blues, so we don't fit easily into a cookie cutter industry of three girl group clones.
Poet Mike Ladd, who has put out five albums, including Welcome to the Afterfuture, a new EP Vernacular Homicide, told me from his crib in the Bronx, I gotta make what's me. I can't concentrate on a market. I can concentrate on people. People like me. Yes, there are eclectic black, brown, red and white folks around the world who are looking for Looking for
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With the help of Def Poetry Def Poetry, also known as Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry or Def Poetry Jam, is an HBO television series produced by hip-hop music entrepreneur Russell Simmons. and other mainstream outlets opening up their minds and ears to the idea of poetry as a viable form of entertainment, some of the greatest artists of our generation we'll finally get a chance to be heard. I've spoken, performed and traveled to literary, hip hop, academic poetry, writing conferences, seminars and festivals around the country for several years now and the one component that is always missing is the new music being created through poetry.
I've participated and watched incredible poets/recording artists like Ladd have full-blown concerts in London. In Amsterdam I've listened to thousands sing along to a chorus of one of my poems they've never heard on the radio with the help of indie powerhouse N'Dambi. I've seen Saul Williams transform Shakespearean inspired lyrics into a drum and bass Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, d'n'b, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. dance party. For years in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of City's underground scene, poets have nudged their way into the musical spotlight with some of the best musicians in town: Swiss Chris, Kirk Douglas, Maryam Blackshear, Maximina Juson, Vernon Reid, Greg Tate, Trevor Holder Trevor Arthur Holder, B.A. (born May 8 1973 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada) is a New Brunswick politician. He is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick representing the electoral district of Saint John Portland and an opposition MLA. , Chris Eddleton, Survival Sounds, Black Monsoon, Detroit Read, Modusa Oblangata (the P-funk of poetry collectives), Speaking Seeds, producer Native Sun, Manic Records and others decided that poetry could hold it's weight on stages like Joe's Pub Joe's Pub is a cabaret located in The Public Theater complex at 425 Lafayette Street in lower Manhattan. It debuted in October 1998 and quickly became one of New York City's most celebrated and in-demand showcase venues for live music and performance. , SOB's, CB's Gallery, and Central Park Summerstage long before any A&R executive realized a poet could get a record deal.
I must admit, I haven't been impressed by many of the poetry CD's I've heard in the past, record deal or not. While I think this new movement of poetry and music stands to pimp slap a bunch of folks that were sleeping on us, just dropping a poem over someone's pretentious beat isn't the answer either. Ultimately there is nothing like seeing a poet perform live, and live music captures the essence of a poet's emotion better than any electronic beat I've ever heard. From the drum and bass heavy feel of Williams's Amethyst amethyst (ăm`əthĭst) [Gr.,=non-drunkenness], variety of quartz, violet to purple in color, used as a gem. It is the most highly valued of the semiprecious quartzes. Rock Star to the Gil Scott meets funk-rock-soul feel of Sharrif Simmons, along with the melodic, yet powerful rhythm of Philly Supa Sista, Ursula Rucker, I think poetry stands a chance of finally getting what every artist wants and needs--some radio play! I also think we have a long way to go before it finds a place in the commercial market.
Poetry groups like Saturns Return and even the more supa popular artists with poetic songs like Jill Scott or India Arie are dominated by vocals, while the poetry is more of an afterthought. I'm still waiting to hear that poetry CD that marries the two art forms in a way that'll force poetry lovers to respect the word, while little hard rocks nod their head to the music. I know the idea of poets being "rock stars" curdles the stomachs of those purists, those writers who wanna wan·na
1. Contraction of want to: You wanna go now?
2. Contraction of want a: You wanna slice of pie? stick only to the books, but why should we be limited? I can't keep my poetry, my black girl gangsta Noun 1. gangsta - (Black English) a member of a youth gang
AAVE, African American English, African American Vernacular English, Black English, Black English Vernacular, Black Vernacular, Black Vernacular English, Ebonics - a nonstandard form of American English Detroit stories confined to the converted, the coffee drinkin' the bookstore junky. I'm already cool with them. We're friends. (lol)
The reason why I've been blessed with a career writing and performing poetry is because went to an unconventional stage and television show called It's Showtime at the Apollo Showtime at the Apollo (formerly It's Showtime at the Apollo) is a syndicated music television show, first broadcast in September 12, 1987, and is produced by the Apollo Theater. and read a poem. Folks who worked late on the subways, women at the passport office passport office passport n → bureau m de délivrance des passeports
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passport office , hair stylists, waiters--that's who started knowing my work. Later for the cliques, the boxes, the divisions, the boundaries, the page, the stage, whatever the debate, black folks been surviving on music for a long time, and poetry is rooted in every art form that exists.
I'm gonna continue writing and publishing lots of books to keep folks reading, trust me. Still, some of the greatest emcees I know are some of my favorite poets i.e., Nas, Kweli, Method, Lauryn, Common, Mos, Jay Z etc., and I can't wait to publish their poems in book form. But, don't get it twisted. The front-runners of this poetry music genre are those writers who've done their homework. We've traveled the ocean on Amiri Baraka's Blue Ark and sang to Jayne Cortez's Blues while listening to what Nikki Giovanni was gonna do to her lover with a full orchestra in the background. Ain't nothing new ya'll.
With a resurgence of poetry into the mainstream markets, there is a propensity for something great to happen in the music industry. I agree with poet Zac De La Rocha of Rage Against Machine. In order to hear good music these days you might need to turn off your radio. I'm waiting for the day we decide to turn it back on and the new soundtrack will sound something like "Easy Listening for Armageddon." The silent army is coming. Now, suddenly, I'm inspired.
--Jessica Care Moore is a poet. She is the CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Moore Black Press and the author of The Words Don't Fit in my Mouth, and the forthcoming The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto.