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The Poetry of MF Doom – Part 2

By the early 2000’s MF Doom had accrued much acclaim from the community, with flow being one of the main things that separate him from competitors. The way he delivers his lines if far more like talking than many other rappers in the scene. As people began to elaborate on the style and speed their… Read More

The Poetry of MF Doom – Part 1

Taking on the masked appearance and namesake of Fantastic Four villain Dr Doom, this exceptional lyricist who has been providing content for the hip hop scene for decades is one who consistently stands out from the crowd. MF Doom (the MF widely known as standing for metal face) was born in London, which may surprise… Read More

The Poet Who Formed Hip-Hop – Part 1

In the city of Chicago in 1949, footballer Gil Heron and Bobbie-Scott Heron had a baby boy – Gilbert Scott Heron. An unsuspecting black boy in the centre of an overcrowded city, born at a time when race relations were tentative at best, obviously there were no expectations of anything grand. For African Americans in… Read More

Benjamin Zephaniah – The Poet Polymath

Born in Birmingham England as his unlikely cameo in TV series Peaky Blinders may indicate, Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah remains deeply attached to his Jamaican roots. Known to different people for his many abilities that involve poetry, performance, music and activism, this British born Rastafarian continues to be a vehicle for the issues facing people… Read More