Hip Hop This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

June 30, 2009
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What is it about you that is so different?
Is it that booming bass,
Or is it those wavy synthesizers?
Maybe it’s the way you flow,
Or how you say what you mean and mean what you say?
Or it could be your wide range of influences.
From rock and soul to jazz and reggae,
Across the globe you are inspired.
What is it?
It’s the change you’ve made.
From beat-boxing, DJ-ing and breakdancing,
You went on to become an activist,
Standing up for what you believed in.
You became a genius, lyrically telling your
knowledge through all the struggles.
You never gave up; you stood tall and strong
You have grown so much
But never forget where it all began
Stay real

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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AyeshaakaMinni said...
Jun. 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm
i know exactly what you mean hip hop rap poetry is my life
KiNABABE said...
Feb. 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Love it how you recognize hip hop.
boyda said...
Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm
I really like how you took and turned the hip hop music and personified it to make it sound like a smart person. I thought that when you said "You became a genius, lyrically telling your knowledge through all the struggles." Really made me realize the true meaning of music.
gabrielle J. said...
Sept. 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm
this is nice... u r actually twkin bout hw hip hop formed
LAdEy M. replied...
Sept. 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Sarah J. said...
Aug. 27, 2009 at 3:40 pm
This is really nice love your word choice!!
ayeBNFx3 said...
Aug. 15, 2009 at 5:40 am
This is exceptiona; =D Werd, NYC^^.
Jacquelyn S. said...
Aug. 13, 2009 at 6:07 am
What a true description! Bravo :)
kamarin H. said...
Aug. 13, 2009 at 12:38 am
great poem i love hip hop
Dreamer123 said...
Aug. 5, 2009 at 12:10 am
This is amazing really. I love hip hop the beat is so contagious. i love it. this rocks keep up the great work. :) God Bless.
musiclover said...
Aug. 1, 2009 at 8:33 pm
wow.this is amazing poem.love to hear more poetry from you...
david M. said...
Jul. 28, 2009 at 5:22 am
i really like the poem.. if you keep your head in it you just mite be the best
sunshine said...
Jul. 27, 2009 at 10:01 pm
wow wnderfull i never heard a
song like this u should hear it cuz i love it keep it uppp ganstahhh love thug life
Sirenna G. said...
Jul. 21, 2009 at 12:04 am
GREAT!!!GREAT!!!!.. I love the message behind this poem..very nice!!
Melinda L. said...
Jul. 16, 2009 at 11:30 pm
Wow. I am completely speechless. (: Keep Writing :)
>>SupaDupa<< said...
Jun. 30, 2009 at 6:56 pm
This is great! Really grasps what hip hop is about. Keep representing Brooklyn girl!
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