Category Archives: Spoken Word Poetry

Barber Shop Tales–Old Man ButterMilk–Drop Bars in Rap Battle

Old Man ButterMilk challenged some young cat d other day in d Barbershop. He & his partners was in there rapping they behinds off, beating on wood benches, spitting bars & everything.

Old Man ButterMilk walked right up among em, & said:

“Look here young fellas, I want d hardest rapper among y’all young gits. Imma break u off a lil sumptin sumptin. I wanna do one of dem dare, what y’all young people call it…..uh, uh, uh Rap Battles against you.”

Smooth G stepped forward. And said well, “Mr. ButterMilk, I’m d hardest Rapper in here. These jokers my lyrical sons, trying to grow up & b like dey daddy, U feel me?”

Old Man ButterMilk said “Alwright den, young fella, lets do it, I’m going 1st.”

“These jewels lift d brain 2 d stars/I got a whole factory full of candy bars/don’t know if Chocolate yo flavor/just wondering if u went to d otherside/many of our people trying 2 hide/getting a leg up in d American Dream/while illusions fade/bustin them jokers down d seam/Imma M-60 machine gun/when I spit/mindless jokers run/I jewel drop in my sleep, just 4 fun/transformed 2 d eye of d tiger/stealth mode/battle champ/these lyrics here/make yo mouth clamp/what can u do wt somebody like me/float like a butterfly, stang like a bee/tap you in d mind & eyes so many times/u see 3/dumbfounded 4 days/tornado watch/–no good/d way I hit d dome/–make soldiers of light dat rebuild d hood/—/–get at me Git/–remix–same thang next time/–spank u cross my knee lyrically…I’m d original OG (Original Gangsta).


Artists–The Real Game Changers

It ain’t easy for the Game Changers (Artists). On the real, the Game Changers go through much struggle & sacrifice for the upliftment they bring the people, the inspiration they bring the people, & the knowledge they bring to the people. Big money ain’t thrown behind that. For clearer terms, the Game Changers must be called Mental & Inspirational Freedom Fighters. The Peoples Artists. That is what True Artists Role is suppose to be, an institution for the people.

Songs are created & sung by Artists, even before children go to school. Artists paint, shape and mold art for generations. They make songs that do the same. From the blues singers, to Jazz with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and others, on up to the 60’s & 70’s with Curtis Mayfield, Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets to Today with Rap MC’s like KRS One, Rakim’ Nas, Lauryn Hill, Dead Prez, Killah Priest, Immortal Technique, and others.

There is struggle, sacrifice, commitment, dedication. You don’t see them with Big Houses, Big Contracts, Big Money. Their Art is not trivial. So there is much struggle. We have to support our Real Artists better. They work hard for our upliftment in many ways. 


Watch “Gil Scott-Heron TV Performance (Rare) on “Ossie and Ruby”


* Watch “Gil Scott-Heron TV Performance (Rare) on “Ossie and Ruby” (Pt.2)”

* Watch “Gil Scott-Heron TV Performance (Rare) on “Ossie and Ruby” (Pt. 3)”

Watch “Their Eyes Were Watching God” [Full Movie]–Zora Neale Hurston


* Other Zora Neale Hurston Links on Jewels4dmind Blog

(((– Listen to Zora Neale Hurston –)))

Zora Neale Hurston’s–Autobiography “Dust Tracks On A Road”

Zora Neale Hurston–Autobiography excerpt from: “Dust Tracks On A Road”

Watch “Movin On Up:The Music & Message Of Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions”

I Still Got Hope for Our Music. Timeless Lyrics.


With all the Hook Filled Songs & Trivial Singers & Rappers Out there on The Radio…We Still got Some Artists Laying down Profound Lyrics & Music.

As long as these Djelis/Griots/Oral Historians/Timeless Lyricists Remain/We won’t go Insane/–d Slavemaster thought we was 100% cut off/–dude done lost his brain/–Mother Africa’s children, breaking ball & chain.

Listen to John Legend & The Roots version of “Little Ghetto Boy.”
*(Original Version–Donny Hathaway–1970’s)

Listen to Black Thought of The Roots drop them bars/–putting healing balm on scars, kicking down mental bars, we getting ours/–QuestLove, on d Drums, hitting wt Power, Rhythm, Freedom/–pulling minds 4rm slums/–John Legend, coming in wt harmony in his voice/–Break Free Little Ghetto Boy, No Choice/–Mother Africa Ain’t Forgot You/–Lyrical Freedom Fighters Coming after You.

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“Michael Ramsey” (A Poem) from– “A Gallery of Harlem Portraits” by Melvin B. Tolson

* HEAR “Michael Ramsey” (A Poem) from– “A Gallery of Harlem Portraits” by Melvin B. Tolson

* Watch “Melvin Tolson Documentary”–character Denzel Washington played in “The Great Debaters”

* Watch “The Great Debaters” (Movie) –Based on Melvin B. Tolson’s Life & Wiley College Debate Team


* BUY NOW ON AMAZON “A Gallery of Harlem Portraits” by Melvin B. Tolson


* BUY NOW ON AMAZON: Caviar and Cabbage: Selected Columns by Melvin B. Tolson from the Washington Tribune, 1937-1944

Watch “Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces Of A Man”

Watch “Jewel Dropping by KT (Jewels4dmind)–3 Poems”