MC/POET – When I was actively performing, I frequently moved in arts & culture spaces (spoken-word, theatre, academic, religious) that weren’t necessarily standard for (or even at the time) open to underground hip-hop. That was intentional; the “mc/poet” tag came about from the subtle modifications in presentation and delivery developed in those various settings. And how audiences perceived and responded to them.
Since 2008, I’ve participated in the annual MLK Day Celebration at St. Paul AME Glencoe. I usually write and deliver a new poem for the specific theme of the given year’s presentation (as conveyed to me by event coordinator, Susan Richmond). This activity coincided with Barack Obama’s historical presidency (44=8 Forty-Four Equals Eight) and I’ve often invoked him in some way for his obvious representation of Dr. King’s vision. Here are direct links to my poems for the years I’ve participated: 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008.
2015 BEAT TRAINING SERIES:
Say Whatever – produced by Grant Parks, featuring Add-2, Phil G and myself.
Across Hemispheres – produced by Danny G Felix and P Major (Sydney AUS), featuring Nai 1 (NYC) and myself.