Monday, December 27, 2010

Mahogany featuring Xplicit from Saint Louis!!

Join us on Wednesday, jan 5th at Queen Sheba Restaurant as we welcome Xplicit from St.Louis...This man is highly recommended by the who's who of the poetry scene..I took this write up from

The STL scene has its share of spoken word venues and poets to grace the mic for those venues.

In the words of STL spoken word artist Corey Black said on Facebook about the recent spoken word outbreak:

" Its way too many open mic nights in St. Louis. The poetry scene is gonna be so lame by the end of spring. Too oversaturated. Im gonna start my own open mic night, everyone else has one.".....

As with any trend, you have your originators and your copiers which can cause the oversaturartion. In the spoken word game, it’s no different. But it’s best to be a creator than a follower. One of those creators is local poet, college grad, math and stats wiz and businessman Xplicit. Since 2007, he has been blazing the poetry scene with his dynamic, rhythmic flow and creative wordplay becoming one of the “Young Princes of Spoken Word Poetry” in St. Louis.

Forward three years to 2010 and one will see that this brash and handsome, Bloomington, Illinois native, and former college professor is moving full speed with his poetry career becoming a mover and shaker in the promotions game as well by co-creating the spoken word promotions company Soul U, and three spoken word events: the weekly Soul Stages and the “on hiatus” monthly Soulace and Soul Live. 

CD art for his upcoming CD,Spoken Acid

He is also gearing up for the upcoming release of his second spoken word CD, Spoken Acid (his first wasRealize and Relax released in 2008) first with a listening party April 7 at Twisted Olive on Delmar and a release party at Soul Stage April 11 at STL Finest Bar and Grill.

Xplicit—who shortened his name from Xplicitly Intelligent in 2007—started recording his newest CD last September while juggling his day job teaching math and statistics at a city college in St. Louis. But in December, he made the hard decision to quit teaching and walked on faith to do poetry for a living.

“When I stopped teaching, I had to come up with a product,” Xplicit said. “ It was time for a new CD.”

He also talked about his process recording Spoken Acid.

“As a poet, you gotta have inspiration to write,” Xplicit said. “My inspiration is living life and people talking about their experiences. I wanted this CD to have a different vibe than other CDs. It has a down to earth feel to it, more like a mixtape CD using industry beats. It’s also a studio CD where I had to go into the studio and record.”

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