This is the second edition of the Spoken Funk Fridays series. In today's edition we focus on spoken word within Hip-Hop and how it is featured in music through collaborations, samples, and as well as its place in film.
Schoolboy Q "Live Again" f/ Kendrick Lamar & Curt@in$
Spoken Word: Black Ice "Truth Is"
Live Again comes off Schoolboy Q's SetBacks mixtape. The track talks about the cycles or violence and poverty which is embellished by Black Ice's famous spoken word piece in talking about oppression and how it may lead to the negative actions by others in order to survive.
Kanye West "Never Let Me Down" f/ Jay-Z & J-Ivy
Never Let Me Down is off Kanye's classic College Dropout. J-Ivy, Chicago native and poet was recruited by Kanye to add a final touch to the track. Kanye called J-Ivy and within a matter of a half hour or so recited the new piece over the phone. Kanye liked the piece so much he flew J-Ivy out to Los Angeles to record the missing piece to "Never Let Me Down". Spoken word is is crucial as it is the final culmination and pieces together both Ye' and Jay's verse in his uplifting and graceful poetry piece.
Future "The Future Is Now" f/ Big Rube
Future uses Big Rube in the intro to his debut album, Pluto. Rube in the piece talks about Future's debut album as sort of a coming out show in terms of it being Future's time to make a big impact within the Hip-Hop industry.
Rube's pieces have also been very important to another Atlanta native, rapper T.I. Rube recites 'Love's Deceit" over one of the most climatic scene in the film ATL.
Kendrick Lamar "Opposites Attract" f/ Javonte
Samples: Lamont Carey "She Says She Loves Me"
Opposites attract is off of Kendrick's critically acclaimed Overly Dedicated mixtape. Opposites Attract in the words of Kendrick is about hurting the ones we love ad loving the ones that hurt us. Lamont Carey's spoken word piece adds on to the narrative in illustrating how we reject love from others that are most loyal to us, maybe just because we are either not ready to make a commitment to someone or out of not feeling that we are good enough to love someone else.
If you have any suggestions on what spoken word artists we should highlight in future editions of Spoken Funk Fridays feel free to contact me via twitter @5ABIOmatic.
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