This week Peter deGraft-Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) speaks to Hip Hop artist and former Sheffield Poet Laureate, Otis Mensah. They discuss how the concept of introspective documentarianism underpins Otis' work of building a personal identity and creative voice around artistic truth and vulnerability, through rap and poetry. There's also talk of surviving and decrying racial capitalism, and a breakdown of Otis' tenure as laureate.
Otis reads three poems -
17:12 - Contrary To The Intangible Grapevine
35:25 - The Thinks
1:00:00 - No Record Store Day
Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON)
For more from PJ: linktr.ee/repeatbeatpoet
Repeat Beat Broadcast - https://www.mixcloud.com/ThreadsRadio/playlists/the-repeat-beat-broadcast/
For more from us:
Order 'Why Poetry?': The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology here: vervepoetrypress.com/product/why-poetry/
Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: snazzyrat.bandcamp.com
Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. https://mysteryplanet.net/
Also mentioned on the podcast -
Rhyme & Reason (series of filmed conversations as part of Otis' Artist Residency with Sheffield University, ft. Awate, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, and Open Mike Eagle) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKKXT6kV3PhsxOlnBZLxAg4mTWAN4IHy4
Pen-Ting Poetry - www.instagram.com/pentingpoetry
Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon (2009)
Warda Yassin, current Sheffield Poet Laureate.
Vanessa Kisuule's poem Hollow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3DKfaK50AU
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