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Artists You Definitely Need To Be Listening To In 2015 – George The Poet

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George The Poet

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George the Poet is the hottest name in spoken word. A third-year student at King’s College, Cambridge, and a rapper who has spent the last few years trying to “give up” rap.

During his studies, Mpanga won a social enterprise competition organized by Barclays and Channel 4 called The Stake, which asked entrants how they would spend $100,000. He used his prize to fund The Jubilee Line, a series of secondary school poetry workshops for underprivileged children in London.In May 2012, he premiered the piece “My City”, about his hometown London.Subsequently, BBC Radio 1 selected him as the face of their Hackney Weekend (in June 2012)and Sky Sports F1 commissioned him to write poems for their coverage of the 2012 Formula One season and the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix.He signed to the record label Island Records in August 2013.

Read more via Wikipedia.

He was born and raised on the Stonebridge Park estate in Harlesden, north-west London. His parents arrived from Uganda in the late 80s: after his elder brother had trouble at a local school, his mother studied the league tables and “made me apply for the one at the top” (Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet, a boys’ grammar recently credited with the highest A-level results in the country). The school’s disciplinary code, Mpanga suggests, offered him an alternative to the estate’s internal laws, raising questions about independent thinking that still form the foundations of his work. He started performing rap and grime at 15 but when he got to Cambridge (where he’s studying politics, psychology and sociology) he decided to “pass it off as poetry. I knew it would get lost in translation otherwise.”

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“Rap puts too much weight on entertainment, he argues, where poetry provokes thought. At eight he loved Eminem (“he was showing me his twisted heart”) and Nas (“he taught me new ideas about community”), then moved on to Wiley, Ghetts, Skepta, Griminal and Dot Rotten. Other mainstream rappers left him cold. “Someone like 50 Cent, it took me years to appreciate,” he says. “It was all about drugs and money and it didn’t stimulate me, but then when I thought about his upbringing I realised that no matter how rich or successful he gets that upbringing will always inform what he says. By the time we were 14, my friends were starting to behave like the rappers they were listening to, carrying drugs for older kids and getting paid for it, and it wasn’t through lack of choice. Your mind flicks back to rap and it’s all familiar, in a good way. I couldn’t ignore that – I knew it was partially down to rap”.

Read more via The Guardian.

Genre: Spoken word, hip hop
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