Eight years in, Black on Black Rhyme is still slammin'
Must be poetry week here on Soundcheck. First we name Irritable Tribe of Poets an Artist of the Day, now we're celebrating the eighth anniversary of Tampa's longest-running poetry group, Black on Black Rhyme.
"Poetry remains relevant because the talent is pure. The art is pure." said BOBR Tampa’s current president, rapper-turned-full-time-poet L.I.F.E. (Living It for Everyone), above. "For poets, though, if they ever achieve any significant kind of recognition, it’s directly related to their talent. There is no machine. It’s talent and hard work, both of which are respected by most people."
The group has declared Sept. 13 to 19 Black On Black Rhyme Tampa Week, with nightly events that culminate with two live poetry events at Good Luck Cafe, 1910 E Seventh Ave., in Ybor City. At 8 p.m. Friday, catch Conscious Party, a show highlighting poets from BOBR Tampa’s eight-year history; $5. Then at 8 p.m. Saturday it’s Soul Clap, an event featuring BOBR Tallahassee; $10.
Also check out BOBR Tampa’s open-mic night every Tuesday from 10 p.m. to around 12:30 a.m. at Jerk Hut, 926 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Admission is $5-$6 before 10 p.m. or $7 after. For more info, call L.I.F.E. at (813) 810-3582 or go to lifeizpoetry.com.
For more on Black on Black Rhyme, check out Dalia Colon's story here.