The Rockstar Poetry Project
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The Rockstar Poetry Project

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
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I'MMA BAD MUTHA: The Rockstar Poetry Project!!!



It hits like 12 rounds of heavyweight boxing.

It’s ferocious, silly, and so incredibly wild at times U 4get it’s also unobtrusively uplifting, enlightening, and positively educational.

It’s “The Rockstar Poetry Project” a Spoken Word fusion of live instrumentation, high energy and empowering performances the likes of which have become a sheer rarity in 2day's music scene!

Through the primary vision of founder, Discopoet Khari B., “The Rockstar Poetry Project” debuted live, June 2005 as a small experimental project designed to complement a more aggressive body of poetic work. The undeniable energy that was created took precedent over other planned projects and grew to include 12 musicians, additional material, and the launch of this release.

“I’MMA BAD MUTHA: The Rockstar Poetry Project” delivers an exciting, uplifting outrageousness which is the first element that causes audiences to fall in love with them. Personnel-wise TRPP is a 12 piece organic ensemble laden with funky horns, spiritual voices and rock guitars; picture Gil Scott Heron joining Rage Against the Machine jamming with the Doors and Jimi Hendrix. It’s just that fun! It’s just that serious! Every performance boils over with intense passion and ecstatic energy taking listeners on a journey they feel destined 2 embark upon; each show, an empowering experience.

In the tradition of the African griot through the American experience, Khari B. rings truth in every word; a combination of personal observation and academic research. Lyrically the album skillfully covers subjects from politics 2 the erotic, sometime in the same poem. With producer/lead guitarist Frankie Blaze and hot names like Corey Wilkes and Mwata Bowden in the horn section the sound is unstoppable. Capturing the pulse of the people “I’MMA BAD MUTHA: The Rockstar Poetry Project!!!” is attracting lovers of the work from all walks of life. Some are quoted as saying…

“This is the album I’ve been looking for.”
Ytasha Womak
Film Writer, “Love Shorts”

“I haven’t heard anything this funky, horny, & rocky since early 90’s Fishbone! Sick solos & stanzas all around…”
Robert Walker

“As a presenter of live work I listened to this project with interest in its immediacy and lasting power as a live experience. I was very pleased to realize at the end that this would be a project I’d also listen to as a recording for it’s complexity and how it pushes words onto a dimension in recordings that is underdeveloped. It will be great for this project to spawn more of this kind.”
Yolanda Cursach
Performing Arts Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago