Sunday 28 July 2013

MTV IGGY: Oh My Worrrd: 5 British Spoken Word Artists Blowing Up The Spot

By Joseph 'JP' Patterson

Let's face it: spoken word artists are the underpaid and less-celebrated lyricists of our time. It's a downright shame, I know, but that hasn't stopped them from inspiring, encouraging, and uplifting people for the last four decades (see: Gil Scott-Heron). While they may not be as blinged-out or referenced in pop culture as their rap brethren, these modern-day poets have always preferred to let their words do all the shining.

In the UK, especially, more and more young people are yearning for lyricism that tackle their day-to-day hardships. I mean, there's only so many times you can listen to rappers brag about how many £300 True Religion jeans they owns when you're struggling to pay rent and uni fees, but I digress. Fusing their introspective rhymes with hip-hop, grime, dubstep, soul, jazz, and indie backdrops, British spoken word artists are building up quite the alternative scene—taking their craft from the poetry cafĂ©'s to the blogosphere and the airwaves. Today, we meet five wordsmiths who are blowing up the spot.

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