Before Hip-Hop became a multi-billion dollar corporation, poetry was the thing from which rap derived. It’s only right to say that a historical figure like Maya Angelou – from which countless MCs drew inspiration – is an original lyricist.
The video below is quite a visual treat that we came across, aptly, on #ThrowbackThursday. Bittersweet as it may be, we get to see a younger and livelier version of the poet laureate, only hours after learning she had quietly passed away at her home in Winston-Salem, NC.
Some years back, Arsenio Hall sat down Dr. Maya Angelou on his big couch before she surprised both the host and audience members with a rap song. With all her poise and sassiness, Angelou spat a famous poem called “A Negro Love Song” by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
See the marvel in the video clip below. Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.