Spoken word artist Poetikah dropped some serious post-christmas fire for our speakers with her latest single ‘Thah Hurricane’ which is taken from her upcoming album ‘Like Smoke On Water’. The track, which was accompanied by an equally striking music video, has been making noise across the music scene, so it was only right for us to shed some more light on this incredibly talented lyricist.
For those just being introduced to Poetikah, tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a poet/ spoken word artist, music artist, freelance copywriter / content writer and massage therapist from South East London, where I still reside. I work full-time and am either usually creating, hosting, healing or resting when I’m not.
Music is truly my Great Love, my gift is to wield a Pen into words and I love to care-take for people through healing practises. Those are my superpowers, Word, Sound and Healing with it all.
You are a poet, spoken word artist and rapper — what came first?
Exactly in that order. Word first. But I wouldn’t and don’t refer to myself as a “rapper”, I’m a wordsmith and lyricist. Rapping is apart of it, there’s just so much more ..
Your lyricism is accompanied by versatile production, from Jazz to Drill. How would you define your sound?
I define my sound as the lyricism itself. Without the beats and instrumentals, my sound is what I write and how I speak it. My general sound ranges around Hip-Hop, Neo-Classical, Alternative, I just never want for the music to be defined, it’s organic and changing, I wish to change with it.
Tell us a bit about your latest single ‘Thah Hurricane’? Where did the inspiration behind the track come from?
It’s spoken word poetry, it just came to me, but It was around the time of writing with a warfare theme, spiritual warfare, internal .. such as my single before this one, ‘Four Score Wars’, it will make more sense once you hear the album. It ties in with the Yoruba Orisha Goddess OYA, deity of winds lightning, violent storms, death and REBIRTH. Hurricanes are thought to be the feminine spirit from West Africa going after the slave ships of those stolen from It’s shores and Poetikah was coming to Hurricane on the scene, no half stepping with the creativity and her pen.
Tell us about your upcoming album ‘Like Smoke On Water’ — what can we expect to hear on it?
‘Like Smoke on Water’, is almost an experimental album. I’m experimenting with taking Spoken Word Music and Neo-Classical Hip-Hop to cinematic depths, highlighting thah Spirit ( GOD ) in the makings. You can expect to hear wordsmithing in a way, that hopefully you’ve never experienced before.
Where do you get your inspiration from when writing lyrics / poetry? Does most of it draw from your own life experiences?
The inspiration comes from downloads, divine inspiration, as it’s not from me its through me. It could be at random whilst in my day to day or on a train, because I’m listening to Ghetts, James Blake or Black Thought and a lyric becomes a catalyst, sometimes it starts as an idea or stream of consciousness.
We have seen you shell it down in the freestyle circuit at EOW, heard your perform spoken word, and with this track seen you smash it on a studio song. A multi-dimensional artist! What have you enjoyed most about your journey in music so far?
What I enjoy most is the creation process within the studio. Working on something from scratch, on instrumentals and well thought out compositions with producers/composers. It’s the time I can really dive into the musicianship and become one with the sound and assist in guiding the vibration of the project.
What else have you got coming up in 2023?
I have a couple of collaborative albums coming with a fellow spoken word artist and close, personal friend of mine, Miss Yankey with ‘Daughters of the Waters’, and a Hip-Hop artist., another close, personal friend of mine, from RU‑1 Fam, Watusi 87 with, ‘SentiMentality’. Also, I’m sure that there’ll be more showings of interactive theatre show, Apex Zero’s, ‘Drummer Warrior Storyteller’, which Guy Kelton Jones and I wrote poetry for and were cast members in. In the mortal words of Ghetts, “I Don’t Care Bout Nostaliga, my Best Years are Ahead of Me” ..
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