Last week I had the privilege of going to see a great spoken word show…. I’ve been to this type of event before and I’ve always enjoyed them… But this time it was different.. It was different because though I’d been to these type of shows before they were always put on by a couple I knew and loved so I knew what I was getting myself into… I knew what to expect. This time the show was being put on by someone in which I’d never been to one of their events and I wasn’t sure if the investment would be worth it… My date and I arrived late due some technical difficulties and we sat in the back.. The show had already started and as I tuned in I fell in love with spoken word again… Forgetting that the show was put on by a different person I relaxed and just enjoyed the words of the artist… The show was put on by Mack the poet… I’d seen him do his thing before and I knew he was dope… After this you will too….
*When did you know that poetry was your outlet?Is it your only outlet if not what else do you do?
“My senior year of high school I was introduced to spoken word but before I knew anything about the art I was in a youth group called the Gamma Delta kudos where we did motivational speeches and group spoken word and steps ..so that was my outlet until I met poetry. the rush I get from being on stage is my outlet. Everything goes away for those 3 odd minutes and what not .so the rush for performing has always been my outlet. That’s about my only outlet as of now. I want to get in the gym more as an outlet but ……
Who doesn’t lol”
*Nobody Big Yet, it is such a humbling yet confident name. How did you come up with it?
“Honestly my girl friend now my ex kinda helped me. ( I don’t think she knows this ) I’m a VERY sarcastic person, so when people she to ask me advice that I thought had obvious answer I would say ” well I ain’t nobody important but you should” …she made me stop saying it because she felt I was important. So I had to come up with something else.” Nobody Big” came up and I liked it. I started writing it on scrap pieces of paper and wrote it at the end of my poems and it took off. I feel like one day ill make a BIG difference so It described me to the T.”
*Whose your favorite spoken word artist?
“My favorite hands down is Avery “Prose” Brand. I admire everything about that mans performance and writing. He was the feature at my first ever show and he even mentored an taught me a lot of what I know today.”
*What was the first show you did?Were you nervous?
“The first show I ever did a poem at was a ( Future’sLyricist Lounge). nervous wasn’t the word, me and a bunch “poets” from my high school decided to go together and we said if one got on stage then the others would.Des (Agent K) was the first person to go up out of us and he choked badly. So I was scared, shaking, nervous, voice crackling, palms was sweaty I couldn’t remember the first lines so I pulled out my blackberry and just read.”
*Food4thought, how did that come about?Who got you into show planning?
“Food4Thought started because me and friends that I were in the drum line with knew we all had talent. They still played their instruments while I picked up poetry. We had no where to display it so we came together and thought of a name and called places to see where we could have a show. They turned out to be successful. In a sense we got ourselves into show planning. I looked at is it couldn’t be to hard and the worst that could happen would be no one would come. We didnt have anything to lose.”
*Who has been your inspiration?
“I pull from multiple places but I give a few
Prose- was my first inspiration, I saw what he could do to a room with his words, I related to so much of his work. So I wanted to be my very own version of him.
Future- Without his lyricist lounge I probably would have never got into the art form. I sat back and watched his hustle and his grind and high lever of expectation for himself and applied my own.
Benn Broox- when I attended TSU I met this extra cool laid back poet from California. He had a style like no other and his work amazed me. he had a group called Phresh Pham, that did everything , rap,comedy, sung, danced poetry, party promoted everything and they a were good and working to be better. I saw there hands on hustle to get people to listen the random cyphers everywhere.
Myself- through high school I wasn’t a nobody but I wasn’t a somebody either. Alot of times I felt invisible even in my extended family. They’d ask me what I was up to Id start talking about band/quiz bowl/kudos and they wouldn’t really care. this poetry thing came along and people still didnt care. Using that as fuel I started spitting and wrecking everything in my path at every opportunity. I worked with a chip on my shoulder now because if I played basketball or football or something my peers and extended family would care and support a little more. So now I ain to make them care.”
*What advice do you have for up and coming spoken word artist?
“Advice would be to be original and stay original. A lot of times people see who is “hot” and try to mimic that thinking they’ll get the same results. learn poetic devices it makes writing easier.”
Here’s a few samples of his work!