This That is The Repeat Beat Poet’s first official rap release, and sees him linking up with fellow Chelmsford-born emcee SafeNath (also drummer for indie-rap outfit RatBoy) for a blistering 3 minutes of controlled fury. Built on a driving double bass sample This That balances hardline personal and political raps from RBP with SafeNath’s adrenaline-fuelled rhythm-driven rhymes, held together by a bouncing hook from the two young emcees.
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The Repeat Beat Poet is the alias of the Hip Hop artist, poet, and broadcaster, Peter (PJ) deGraft-Johnson. PJ produces and hosts the London spoken word events Pen-Ting and Boomerang which have enjoyed sold out residencies at The Poetry Café and Bush Theatre, is a resident emcee with Hip Hop label and jam night Imaginary Millions, and is the creator of the leading Hip Hop/Spoken Word radio show #TheRepeatBeatBroadcast and host of the the multi-award nominated Lunar Poetry Podcast, which is archived in the British Library.
He has toured across the UK and internationally, in musical, theatrical, and poetic performances at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, the Southbank Centre, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, at multiple festivals, on picket lines. He has also appeared on the BBC 6 Music breakfast show with Lauren Laverne, and on multiple BBC Introducing shows.
PJ has been commissioned by Amnesty International, commended for his work by BBC 1Xtra and the Roundhouse, and was nominated for a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2019. He is published by Bad Betty Press, Magma Poetry, and #PoetryOnThePicketLine.
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