Monday, April 29, 2013
New Video: A PRAYER FOR INDIE RAPPERS
You know, it's a shame that one of my most universal poems has one of the most specific titles. I hope that if you're a poet, visual artist, novelist, singer, dancer, or even someone who doesn't identify as an artist, you'll still check this out. Hip hop here is the lens, but it's not the heart of what this poem is trying to get at.
Anyway, this is a newer draft of this poem, with a much better video courtesy of Patrick Pegg (with an assist from the MN State Arts Board). Kind of the non-rhyming companion piece to this song. This is my reminder to myself that both reach and impact are important, but that they're not the same thing. A few related links:
1. There are a lot of fantastic indie-rappers in the Twin Cities. Here's a "primer" I wrote for people who don't know about our scene. It doesn't cover EVERYTHING, but it's a good place to start.
2. For something more concrete, here's a piece I wrote called "Six Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Getting Started as an Artist."
3. If you like this, be sure to check out all my other spoken-word videos at this link.