Master Poets Recording Album of Original Songs and Poems

Urban Arts Partnership’s Master Poets program is a collection of UAP’s most dedicated poets, lyricists and songwriters.  Throughout the year they have committed themselves to using their voices to raise awareness about issues in their community and to advocate for change not only in their own lives, but in the greater world beyond.  Over a 3-week intensive summer session held at Dixon Place Theater  in the L.E.S., the Master Poets have been working to record a full-length album comprised of both original poems and songs.  The program also worked in partnership with The Hip Hop Re:Education Project to give these young artists the opportunity to critically consider the specific crafts of writing, recording and performance.  Recently, students visited The Hook Studio in Brooklyn to work on their recordings, and were joined by UAP Artistic Board member and hip hop artist Pharoahe Monch.  Students had the opportunity to work with Pharoahe in the studio, as well as to discuss his career, inspirations and creative process.

The final showcase exhibition, “The Summer Sessions,” will be held Thursday, August 11 from 4pm – 7pm at the Dixon Place Theater in The Lounge.  This event is open to the public and free!  Please come out and support these future ARTivists!  You will not be dissappointed!

“We’re working on original individual pieces- raps, songs or poems.  We’re now working on recording, either acapella or to a beat.  We write about things like love, family, relationships, being hurt, and things that we try to change or fight against.  It’s great to be able to have the experience in a real studio to record with a well-known MC.  I’m excited to be a student in the Master Poets class.” – Genesis, 12th grade

“We’re making an album and we will also perform later this month.  I chose to do a poem for my piece.  Recording is the hardest part for me, because I have a hard time hearing the sound of my own voice.  Being in the studio has helped me get comfortable and get over being nervous.  I liked when we did the doubling (vocal overdubbing).  It makes the sound stronger so the audience can hear it and respond to the emotion more.  It helps you to pinpoint the most important parts of your piece.  I like to write about what’s going on- how the world has changed, how things have gotten better and not only worse.  I like to write about how struggles and hardships make things better.  This is the first time I’ve really done poetry.  I used to write, but I thought it sucked.  The class really helped me.  Poetry is a good way to get your thoughts and emotions out, and I think it’s beneficial for a lot of teens.” – Petra, 11th grade

“I always wrote rhymes and verses, and I wanted to learn more about how to take it further and add on to what I’ve been doing.  I write about whatever comes to mind.  I get ideas when I’m on the train, or at home or watching TV, and then I write it down.  I want to have a voice, and to have the opportunity to voice emotions through my rhymes.  It’s surreal to be in the studio and see how real artists create.” – Steven, 12th grade