New Music Downloads: Lil Kim,J Cole,Kid Cudi

Lil Kim Feat The Dream and Soulja Boy- Download Remix
I’m lovin’ this remix! The Dream always knows how to “sing” the right melodies and Soulja Boy’s verse actually flowed well with the song. To download this Track click here.

J Cole – Lights Please
As my cousin would say J Cole is the “hood approved” version of Drake LOL! and he is straight killin’ this song right here. to find out for yourself download this track here.

Kid Cudi – Call me Moon Man

alright yall I know, I know there is no download link to this track but its all good though I posted the video below, and if you use google as much as I do you know that you can convert the video to .mp3 format LOL. Not to sure how I feel about this song though, maybe this is one of those that have to grow on me eh IDK but I do know that Kid Cudi has been releasing some fiyah so I’ll give him a pass on this one.

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SpokenRap Exclusive: Interview with Michelle Mosely “The Hood’s Favorite Poet”

Q1)What is your name and where are you from?
A1)Michelle Deborah-Leann Moseley AKA “The Hood’s favorite Female Poet.”
Q2) Why did you start writing how old where you? And how was your first experience performing live?
A2)I started writing when I was 12 after my mother bought me a diary, then Juicy by BIG came out and I really started expressing myself. I’ve been performing since I was 3 but my first time performing as a spoken word artist was a little scary. I wasn’t playing a role I was expressing myself plus I waited all night to get on the mic.

Q3) How is the spoken word scene in NJ? Have you ever preformed elsewhere?
A3)The spoken word scene in Jersey is moving a little slow but we are getting there. I’ve preformed in New York at the Bowery and different venues in Philly.

Q4) Out of everything your have written what is your favorite piece and why?
A4)My favorite piece has to be “I Prayed for You” I love the music that was put behind it. Plus it was written about someone who ended up being killed about three months later.

Q5) Which person in you’re life inspires/inspired you to write? Which artist inspires you?
A5)I remember hearing “Juicy” in the car with my mom driving back through DC and it was like a bell went off, the lights came on over my head I was like that’s what I want to do (write/perform) BIG was the first to inspire me. The lyrics where but he gave them life, my community inspires me a lot now because I’m seeing the future and what my writing can help my community do. I feel like I’m their voice.

Q6) If you could describe your writing style in one word what would it be? Why?
A6)Firecracker. (No Matter what you doing as soon as I start to spit you stop listen and stare).

Q7) Your piece 16-inch weave is quite an interesting concept, for those who haven’t heard it what is it about? And what inspired you to write this piece?
A7)I was basically talking to myself LOL reassuring myself that its ok that I don’t look like all the other poets when I go to an open mic. And it was kind of me being fed up with being mistaken for an R&b singer. (Like why cant I be a poet!!! LOL)

Q8)How do you feel about the state that hip hop is in now? And how do you feel when people say hip-hop is dead, do you agree?
A8)I’m in love with Hip-Hop just like I was in the 90’s when I was introduced to it. I don’t think hip-hop is dead, people are mad at Soulja Boy and I don’t understand why. The youth need something to dance too every song cant be about drugs, guns, hoe’s and pain that’s not everyone’s life. I’m not going to lie that boy makes me mad sometimes with some of his actions and words but his music is what teenagers need (fun rap). When people say hip-hop is dead I don’t think much…. That’s their opinion; I’m from Jersey I listen to underground hip-hop (local artist) all day everyday. So I know its not dead its very much alive right here in Jersey.

Q9) If you had the chance to collab with any spoken word artist or rapper who would it be? And why?
A9) 10) As far as a collab with a rapper the list is so long. I cant pick just one. But hands down I pray one day I can write a song for Mary J. Blige and be the featured poet on the track. It’s because of women like her and the power of prayer that girls like me don’t give up their dreams.
Q10) Through your work what do you strive to accomplish?
A10) I want to better my community, I believe that I was put here to be a poet and help other people believe in themselves and make their dreams come true.

Editors Note: After interviewing Ms. Mosely I realized why she was the hood’s favorite poet, this sistah’s words are truly powerful and she is going places I wish her the best in everything that she chooses to venture in and will continue to support her.

Contacting Michelle Mosely
for her myspace click here
watch her on youtube here

Preformances: Lil Kim and Cyndi Lauper

Now I waited some time to post this only because I was looking for the right words to say. I’ve seen this story on several blogs and all of them said one of two things, some found this to be a great performance while others thought of it as a utter fail. I even took it to twitter and asked my followers what they thought of it and got the same responses! so now I’ll do my best and give you my take on it. Those of you that know me know that I am a HUGE lil Kim stan when I first heard about her singing with Cyndi Lauper at Nelson Mandela’s birthday I was nervous that my girl would embarass herself, but after watching the video I could see that with some good voice lessons Kimmy has potential! not to become a full time singer or anything like that but maybe sing on a chorus or two. Regardless on how you felt about her singing skills you must admit that this preformance was a great moment for Hip-Hop and music in general. Some of you may think I’m crazy for saying that but think about it, two women from completely different genres coming together in unity and collaborating. I just love the way they went from Cyndi Lauper’s hit “Time after Time” to one of Lil Kim’s hits “Lighters Up.” They where able to connect these two very different songs and find a common ground. Also by them singing “Lighters Up” it made me listen to the words and see that the song had a strong meaning “I come from Bed-Stuy,niggas either do or they gon’die Gotta keep the ratchet close by Someone murdered, nobody seen, nobody heard it Just another funeral service Niggas will get at you, come through shinin’ they yap you In broad day light kidnap you Feds get clapped too, police stay on us like tattoos Niggas only grind cause we have to Money is power, sling crack, weed and powder Fiends come through every hour S’all about that dollar and we nuh deal with cowards Weak lambs get devoured by the lion In the concrete jungle, the strong stand and rumble The weak fold and crumble, it’s the land of trouble.” to me this preformance was some what reminiscent of Aerosmith and Run DMC’s barrier breaking collaboration on the 1986 hit “Walk this Way.” Although Kimmy and Cyndi’s performance was a little rough the point was definitely made. Check out the preformance below and give me your take on it, and peep minutes 2:38-2:51 I see you Cyndi gettin your rap on you better get it! lol.

Real AutoTune: “Red The Man without The Machine”

If you ever heard a beat boxer and thought they where dope then you must not have heard of this dude right here, because he blows all of them out of the water. Not only can he beatbox but he can sing like he is using autotune when he isn’t! watch out T-Pain Red is giving you a run for your money. Check out Red’s new single “I should tell your momma on you” below and subscribe to his youtube channel here.

Def Poetry Spotlight: Bassey Ikpi

Basey Ikpi has got to be one of my favorite spokenword artists. Her words are always powerful and so is her delivery, a piece of hers that always comes to mind when hearing her name is “Homeward” which is about the struggle of growing up between two cultures. I myself directly relate to the piece because just like Bassey I was born and raised in the U.S but both of my parents are african. “Homeward” was such an uplifting piece to hear and one everyone should know about especially those who can relate. Check it out below

Also check out this piece by her this one was also very powerful.

RealTalk from PoeticRymes: Speaking to the Sistah’s


Dear Sistah’s,

To those of you who’ve ever been called a ho, trick,smut,bop, loose, etc. or to those of you who’ve ever acted in that matter don’t ever let your past dictate who you are in your future. Often times I see women who want to change their ways but are afraid to because they will be called a hypocrite or afraid that people will quickly remind them of who they once where. Well truth is most likely that will happen and you must prepare yourself for it, don’t let other people’s opinions discourage your growth. People will always try to tear you down and make you feel unworthy but you must channel all of that negativity and use it to make YOU a better person. Also whenever you feel yourself slipping away think of the little girls out there like your daughters,sisters,cousins etc. even if it doesnt seem like it they look up to YOU show them how to carry themselves in a respectful manner by doing so yourself. I know the media doesnt help much either with little to no depictions of positive black women, young girls are put into a box of confusion and insecurity but that is where you come. If you carry yourself with pride, respect, and grace then so will they. It’s not all on you though us men must do a better job of uplifting you and letting you know just how special you truly are. I myself always make it a mission to uplift women through my writing as well as the youth so all my brotha’s out there do same in your own form whether that be through music, writing, speaking etc. I know this post might be all over the place and I might be rambling a bit but its the thought that counts 🙂 and for the most part you should get the point LOL. So once again know your worth and don’t ever let anyone tell you what you are capable of because you are beautiful and the sky is the limit for you. P.S. Fella’s I know I was mostly speaking to the ladies in this piece but yall know I’m reppin’ for yall to I got one for us so be on the lookout for it LOL.

SpokenRap Exclusive: Interview with spokenword artist “Venom”

Lisa “Left eye” Lopez said it best “Whenever you go through struggle it is only a preparation for what is yet to come.” That quote is true in more ways then one and is especially true for Venom, A spoken word artist who is getting a lot of recognition in Atlanta check out this interview where she tells it all.

Q1) What is your name and how did you come up with your pen name?

1A) My birth name is Bernice. It means victorious in Greek. I came up with the name VENOM because of its definition (a hunting arsenal; in the case of self-defense)

Q2) Where are you from and what was your life like as a child?

2A) I’m from Kansas City Missouri. As a child, my life was real. I grew up in a single parent home. I was born into Female Empowerment!

Q3) Do you remember what your first poem was? If so what inspired you to write it? And what inspired you to write period? How old where you?

3A) My first poem was titled “An Addiction”. I wrote it when I was dating a young drug dealer. My true-life experiences are what inspired me to write. Throughout my many transitions, I was always aware of my surroundings and in tune with the universe. Just so happens that this was my calling and my mission for the Most High has to be complete I’ve been writing since I was about 30.

Q4) I see you in your youtube videos you say you are the first poet of hood hard explain what that is and how you became apart of it?

4A) Hood Hard is a movement founded by DJ Aaries; Newest Face of Roca Wear, almost 2 years ago. I was performing poetry at a Hip Hop open mic that he was dj’ing at. I passed him one of my CD’s and the next morning he left me an email, set up a meeting and it was official…VENOM 1st Poet of HOOD HARD

Q5) In your piece “You think” you talk about being a single mother and the struggle that it has been for you and when speaking of your baby father’s you said “Ones in jail, one aint claiming and the other is dying of AIDS” how where these experiences for you and how did you rise through it?

5A) Being that these experiences were real and true to my life, they were life changing. I mean…I overcame those obstacles and was blessed enough to share them with the world. I know there’s a higher calling for me.

Q6) When listening to your work some people may consider it to be vulgar, explain why you chose to write this way?

6A) It’s hard, raw, uncut, uncircumcised NO additives, NO preservatives, No sugar coatings. It’s the real deal. Life can be hard sometimes!

Q7) Are their any artists, poets or people you know that inspire you to write? If so who are they and why do the inspire you?

7A) The first artist to inspire me was Techn9ne. He inspired me to keep it original. To move the masses thru thou works. His style is unorthodox.

The first poet to inspire me was TuPac. He could reach the sinners and the saints. He taught me balance.

People I know that inspire me: Gino L Morrow; President of Black Poet Collectives The first time he saw me spit, he told me to “lose the paper, it takes away from your presentation”. I never used paper again. I thank him for that.

Q8) How has the poetry scene in Atlanta been for you? Out of all the contests or shows you have been apart of which ones stand out to you the most? Why?

8A) The poetry scene in Atlanta has been good for me. It’s given me a foundation to build an empire on. Of all the contest or shows I’ve been a part of, the one’s I didn’t perform on stood out the most. They stand out because; people who have never heard me do poetry have a sudden interest to know what I do.

Q9) Through your writing what do you strive to accomplish? And what is the overall message you want to share with the world?

9A) I strive to accomplish a legacy I can leave to my children and grandson. Testimonies I can share with the entire world. Man, Woman, Boy, Girl, Murderer, Thief, Liar, Stripper, Preacher…everyone from every walk of life. No one in life is perfect. My overall message: “We must all go thru transitions to find what space the world holds for us”.

Q10) Out of all your poems which ones are your favorites? And which ones do you enjoy performing the most? Why?

10A) “Runaway Slave” is my favorite poem; rather written or spitten. I actually felt physical, emotional & mental pain while writing this poem. It’s one that I hold close to my heart. It’s one that has healed many hearts. It’s one that is self-therapeutic for me. I enjoy performing my personal relationship pieces. It shows strength and character.

Editors Note: it truly was a pleasure interviewing Venom, she is very talented and I wish her the best with everything that she is doing.

Contacting Venom
To purchase Venoms CD or book you can do so via her myspace page here
For bio information check out Venom’s site here
For booking : 770-873-2573