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Spoken Word and Dope Raps: The Keisha Plum Entrapment

It’s funny how spoken word and hip hop are identical with one another. To be honest, it makes sense when you think about it. Poets and rappers use words to captivate audiences across the globe. Wordsmiths alike paint auditory masterpieces daily for our consumption.The first time I ever paid attention to it was, of course, College Dropout. I remember hearing J. Ivy’s piece on Never Let Me Down and thought it was cool to hear someone reciting on a rap song. Often times, the level of genius shown throughout hip hop culture gets overshadowed by negativity.

Hip Hop always has and always will be at the forefront of our culture, and spoken word pieces are often used as means to highlight subject matter. Whether it’s Ayesha Jaco’s Ayesha Says (Intro) or Big Rube’s Liberation the two always find a way to blend effortlessly.These days, Griselda Records have an little gem of nostalgia scattered throughout their catalog in the form of poet, Keisha Plum.

I remember my first time hearing Tana Talk 3. At the time, I hadn’t heard of Benny The Butcher, only that it was highly recommended album. I remember how refreshing it was to hear a rapper that sounded like Benny. I thought it was dope that this guy out of Buffalo was rapping over these beats. Then comes a poet pulling further into what I imagine Buffalo to be like. She’s vivid and caters a calm darkness in her delivery. She reminds me of that one character in every horror movie that tells every one to stay away.

“We’re from a city of good neighbors where you could lose your life for doing your neighbor a favor. If you didn’t know, my heart belong to Buffalo” - (Intro: Babs)

In an interview with The Face in March 2020, Keisha opened up about how she got into poetry citing Nikki Giovanni as leaving a lasting impression.“She was writing from this point of view that was genuinely badass… she had this swag about her. She was talking sh*t, basically. I’ve kind of mirrored that,” Plum said.

Since that introduction, Plum has continued to solidify her spot within the Grieselda Camp appearing on multiple Westside Gunn projects, Boldy James's Versace Tape, Griselda's WWCD and hopefully more to come. She paints a horror like picture all while working on a book of her own. We can't wait to see a full project from Keisha but until then we love the dark truth this villainess brings to the table. Protect THIS black woman!