I do not like spoken word. I really do not like it, heard?
I do not like it on CD. I do not like it on TV.
I do not like it at a show. I do not like it. Feel me, bro?
But perhaps I overstate. I’ve already told y’all that Jayne Cortez is a stone frickin’ genius. And I was proud to blog about Umar Bin Hassan a year ago. I even dapped up South Africa’s Lebo Mashile.
But that “Def Poetry Jam” bullshit... for the most part, I can’t even deal widdit. The language doesn’t aspire to beauty, the politics tend to be simplistic, and the performance style is to literature what end-zone celebrations are to dance.
(So get over yourself, Rhymey McAfrika. And tell your sister I’m not interested in her “rape poem.”)
I’ve got here a new FREE MP3 to buttress my point.
I had never heard of the Chicano Messengers of Spoken Word before. But the name says it all, doesn’t it? Los Last Poets.
Click here to hear “This Is Not a Fake Poem” on my Vox blog. To download it, click the title below.
“This Is Not a Fake Poem” (MP3)
Album available at iTunes Music Store