Thursday night, at the New World Symphony in South Beach, Hip Hop godfather Kool Moe Dee took the stage to discuss the nexus of rap and poetry as O, Miami kicked off its final weekend. Yale Anthology of Rap editor Adam Bradley, English emcee Monie Love, and poets Adrian Castro and Adrian Matejka also dropped knowledge on the topic, but KMD proved himself Master of the Mic when he answered his own question — “How do we use vocabulary?” — with a 40-second freestyle. Enjoy the audio clip (after the jump), and a video of Kool Moe Dee answering another self-posed question: “What would the emcee be without the music?”
“How do we use vocabulary?”
O, Miami has events at the New World Symphony through Saturday, including readings by James Franco tonight and U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin Saturday night. Broken Social Scene guitarist Andrew Whiteman will also do a reading with DJ Le Spam tonight at Purdy Lounge. See my interview with Whiteman to get a sense of what he has planned, and learn more about all the remaining O, MIami events on omiami.org.