This month’s “Utterance Project” features two accomplished poets: Ill Poetic and Huntor Prey.
Dayton native Ill Poetic is a poet and an underground hip hop artist and producer, blending rock, soul and jazz with an introspective lyrical style. His musical influences are diverse – ranging from rhythm and blues singer Curtis Mayfield to multi-platinum rapper Jay-Z.
“I never really thought of my music as thoughtful,” he says on his myspace page. “I think what I produce or write is usually an extension of me. I usually just try and let my personality bleed into a song, because that’s what instantly separates it from anyone else’s music.”
Along with his own solo releases, Ill Poetic boasts an impressive array of collaborative efforts, producing and/or providing remixes for artists including Slum Village, Lyricist Lounge emcee Wordsworth and a host of others.
Having toured nationally and internationally, with acts like Pharoah Monche, Talib Kweli, Chuck D and GZA, Ill Poetic is poised to be a major player in the music scene in 2010.
Joining Poetic is Toledo native Huntor Prey. This internationally-known poet infuses his lyrics with a funky spiritualism intended to motivate and stimulate his audiences.
“The Utterance Project” is a monthly series of showcases featuring local and regional poets, spoken word artists and musicians. The event is held every fourth Friday from 5 to 8 pm.
Admission for this all ages event is free. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
Replace those winter blues with a hot night of rhythm and blues. And as always, tell ’em Dayton Most Metro sent ya!