Metal Monkey on Fire! KP Kev the Poet’s new album!

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Metal Monkey on FYA!

New collection of songs, raps and poems from KP Kev the Poet.

Flows and poetry over Hip-Hop and dub – (and grime, boombap, trap, glitch, Jungle, Dubstep and even acoustic music.)

My most personal and emotional body of work thus far. Some of the best music I’ve made, just in time for Autumn Equinox and the end of this Mercury retrograde 😉

This collection of songs contains epic production from talented, creative music producers from Bristol to London and beyond, featuring Twinkly Tus and production from King Slim, Alex Wolf, Dar “Merk daSys”, Philly the Kidd and more!

Most of these tracks were written and recorded in London while I getting back to a place of self love and self confidence after a brief spell of anxiety and depression.

3 songs were originally recorded many years ago and updated recently (maybe if you ask me I’ll tell you which.)

https://kpkevthepoet.bandcamp.com/album/metal-monkey-on-fya-promo-version

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PAGANS!

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Data. I’d been planning to write something about ‘the pagans’ for a while.

UK Hip-Hop culture has started to use ‘pagans’ as derogatory slang, as an insult. I’m not down with that.

I would summarise paganism as nature worship, although the term has been used to describe everything from wiccans to Druids. The dictionary definition is even broader – a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.

So using ‘pagan’ as an insult is offensive. It’s prejudice. If people used Muslim, Christian or Jew as an insult there would be uproar. I don’t describe myself as a Pagan, but I am friends with people who do.

I suspect, but I don’t know, that the anti-pagan movement stems from Rasta culture which has it’s roots in Christianity (or at least in The Bible.) That’s not a diss to rastafari either. I respect the rasta movement, the ital living and the words of Emperor Haile Sellasie Ras Tafari. I just think that not all pagans should be under the same label as the ‘babylonians’ because the Celtic pagans suffered at the hands of the Romans too. The anti-pagan movement’s probably also got roots in badly researched conspiracy theory documentaries. In short – There is a vast difference between the pagans who worship nature who are generally nice people and the Satan-worshipping politicians who were friends with Jimmy Saville.

In some ways paganism is quite logical and scientific – the Sun gives us life, the Earth gives us life. But I don’t describe myself as pagan because my spirituality is inspired by buddhism, Christianity, Druids and taoism to name a few.

Some of my pagan friends would have a problem with Christianity because historically the Catholic church murdered pagans allover the world, from South American shamans to Celtic Druids. Some of my Christian friends would have a problem with pagans because they have a problem with anything that’s not Christian to put it bluntly.

Now I’m not someone you can put in a box. I walk a narrow path. The pagans will be angry that I claim Christian influence but go to Stonehenge, the Christians will be angry I claim Jesus as an inspiration despite knowledge of a handful of solar deities that were resurected after 3 days like the sun on the solstice (Zeitgeist summarises it well.) Pissing people off is just an inevitable consequence of being open minded and not being a follower.

But the simple fact is most people calling people pagans don’t know what the word means and the rest don’t literally mean ‘nature worshippers’, they’re just calling you a twat.

But hey, a facebook status isn’t gonna change street slang, but it might make me feel a little better.

(This is still a big tune and a sick video and Dizzee still has one of the best flows in the UK, I don’t care whose hot right now or whose sending for who…)

 

post-script –

Had a thought the other day – being a pagan is one of the most patriotic things an Englishman can do. Because that’s what their ancestors were before they had Christianity forced on the ancestors that survived the Roman invasion. When they sing “God save the queen” they’re basically saying “may the Middle-eastern God forced upon my Celtic ancestors by Italian Roman invaders save the German queen who owns half the planet and therefore probably never needs to be saved from anything.” But I’m just sat here sipping this tea. (And God save the Queen cos Mi5 answer to her and have probably killed for less).

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Speaking of people using words they don’t know the meaning of – on the subject of Illuminati – 

https://kpkevthepoet.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/the-illuminati-controversial-conspiracy-facts-vs-trivial-conspiracy-theories/

And how I became the Bard of a Druid Order (true story) – https://kpkevthepoet.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/becoming-a-druid-the-chat-with-susanna-lafond-and-the-knighting-of-a-hip-hop-bard-druid-druidry-bard/comment-page-1/

KP Kev the Poet – Spring Tings! New Music

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Hello people!
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I have a few new links to share and spread the positive vibrations for the new Spring.

SynchroDestiny Remix – a remix of a new song, I recorded the original at the end of last year and King Slim remixed it this week –
https://soundcloud.com/kevthepoet/synchro-destiny-king-slim-remix

Grip on Reality – a new video for an old song (many people have said this is one of my best ever tracks) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZoHPEY7Niw&list=PLs34zEc-x1r4KofomExLLFZ8dOCKlRDcl&index=1

Please share Grip and/or Synchro Destiny on social media if you like them,
the number of soundcloud streams and youtube views does affect whether or not promoters and festival organisers book an artist,
it’s a practical way to help me, it’s not just an irrational ego stroke! lol

…and finally…

Roots Reggae and Positive Afiirmations podcast – on a dub tip, an hour long mix with me singing, rapping and chanting positive affrmations over dub reggae and roots!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qzXmV-SG40&ab_channel=DuBReVoluTioN

Thanks for your time, enjoy the vibes and maybe see you at a festival this summer!
(A list of festival dates is coming to my facebook pages, don’t expect an e-mail cos some of you aren’t in England.)

Gratitude and appreciation
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The SynchroFlow TV Show

An alternative reality TV show, and a musical. Showcasing consciousness evolution via UK Hip-Hop, poetry and beatboxing with vocal harmonies, discussing synchronicity.
Featuring Rodney P and Skitz, Dub FX, Kate Tempest, Buggsy, Chester P of Taskforce, The Boxettes, MC Xander, Terence Mckenna and KP Kev the Poet.

Out Here and Shining

I got a reason to be confident, if not arrogant or cocky,
tryin to stop me climbing’s like tryin to stop the sun from shining,
you couldn’t stop me if you were a dark cloud on a cold morn,
my reign is destined like sunlight on a cold dawn
destined like the drop after the break in a junglist mix.
you couldn’t stop my shine if you were the moon on an eclipse,
My prince is unborn, my unborn daughter’s a princess.
My queen’s a spiritual sister – no incest.
It’s like I’m trying to make God say “I’m so impressed.”
you reap what you sew… I’m reaping love…
HMRCs been sewing stress. I’ve been sewing satin scarves
so I’m so well dressed while I’m flowing best.
They think they’re wild dogs but they’re no DMX,
they’ll just get neutered toe to toe with these vets.
Now I know we’re all one so there’s really no ‘best’,
but the illusion of this individual does seem so blessed.

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Gig Review – Lyrically Challenged 5th Birthday

{I also have an interview with one of the hosts and promoters of Lyrically Challenged coming on The Metropolist website, http://www.themetropolist.com/ however this is the gig review for the 5th Birthday Bash without the interview.}
Since moving back to London I had made it to catch the end of one of the monthly Lyrically Challenged Hip-Hop events. The vibe was nice and for that, and for a handful of other reasons I will explain in detail later I knew I had to reach the 5th Birthday special when they were to take over two floors of the venue Passing Clouds. So I went to “Lyrically Challenged, the 5th Birthday Bash”. It is not an exaggeration to say that personally it was like witnessing first-hand evidence of consciousness evolution. And a sick party. All rolled into one all encompassing experience. Allow me to give you some of my personal history with regards to rap clubs before I start the review in detail.
I used to go to Hip-Hop clubs in London in the late 90s and early 2000s, this was when Canibus and Eminem were Hip-Hop’s biggest influences, everyone wanted to be a battle rapper or a gangsta rapper. But I would rap about crystals and ayahuasca and just feel like the odd one out. My how times have changed.
Don’t get me wrong, even back then MCs like Chester P, Jehst and Roots Manuva had poetic lyrics and influenced the scene. But most of the rappers coming up were largely inspired by what was coming from the states and in the early 2000s the biggest album was Chronic 2001 and the biggest success was 50 Cent. With 50 Cent and Jay Z vying for ‘King of New York’ status it seemed like you had to be an ex-crack dealer to be considered a ‘real MC’. My how times have changed.
Then I discovered a poet called Paradox and the poetry scene in the London squat scene, here was a well-spoken black man talking about consciousness evolution, politics and spirituality to an audience that wanted to hear it. I just left the London rap scene behind for a while and focussed on performing poetry in squats like Unity Workds, Project 142 and St Georges Theatre. Then I moved to Bristol and focussed even more on poetry.
I was in Bristol for 10 years. Since I went away Lyrically Challenged started 5 years ago. I don’t know what it was like when it started but that 5th Birthday was like a dream come true for me. Hip-Hop culture expressing the evolution of consciousness; from Marv TheRadio doing a verse about Ayahuasca to hearing poetry at the start to seeing sacred Geometry like The Flower of Life and the Merkaba / Metatrons Cube spray painted on the decor – some of these things may seem superficial in isolation but together it created the atmosphere that something authentic and special was happening. Even the fact that it was hosted by two female MCs, MC Angel and Shay D, defied a stereotype about the culture. It was literally as if all my dreams for a consciousness evolution in the Hip-Hop community had come true while I wasn’t looking. So big up.
One of the reasons I went was because Passing Clouds has quickly become one of my favourite venues since I moved back to London, from Dub nights to art workshops, the atmosphere is always pleasant. Another one of the reasons I reached was because Mista Penfold of Itch Fm was playing and I hadn’t seen him or hung out with him since the early 2000s. He smashed it with the rare grooves and classics (the Michael Jackson medley was a highlight!) Another one of the reasons I reached was I knew my mate Felix Luke would be be there but I had no idea he was DJing (and MCing cos he’s multi-talented and multi-dimensional like dat!).
But headliners 47 Soul took everything to another level. After their own set of funk soul Hip-Hop with middle eastern sounds (that’s the best way I can only begin to describe them) they invited the MCs in the building to join them including Marv the Radio, Sonny Green, MC Angel, Shay D, and loads more including myself (I also got involved in the poetry open mic at the start and the Hip-Hop open cipher in the middle, plus joining Felix and the Truesounds Tribe upstairs for a jam – I must have been in a good mood.)
Also worth mentioning another highlight for me was Marv the Radio’s beatbox set, especially the Jungle tribute. He made us all rave with his mouth.
In short – that was the best Hip-Hop night I have been to in a very long time.

That was the 5th Birthday bash, so they took over two floors of Passing Clouds on a Saturday. Usually Lyrically Challenged is once a month on a Tuesday, upstairs in Passing Clouds, the space is smaller but that just means the performances are more intimate and the vibes are high. My advice? Reach.

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History of a Real MC (raps about poetry and poems about rapping part 2)

History of a Real MC

(raps about poetry and poems about rapping part 2)

Before Kate Tempest was big… We used to jam with Planetman at the end of his gig That was festival season 2007, full Of good memories, I couldn’t be resentful The first open mic I did… With Yungun aka Essa, at a night hosted by Taskforce, why would I fib. With Ricochet of universal soldiers, My Edmonton rhyme mentor with bare shotters on his shoulders, The mic was scaleded, the mans dem applauded, Highbury estate Bury crew and mudfam. Not recorded. I was only 16, a little bit lean, Before canibus and eminem had battle Mcs spitting mean. Early days but some of my so called biggest gigs Were early days at a time in-between. My bredrin Sparxillva I met at university The cue ball and 8 ball, he would trade a verse with me, Jungle or DnB but we loved hip-hop, our Holy Communion We supported some of the biggest names in our students union We opened for Adam F. Altern8, LTJ Bukem. I skinned up for Ian Brown, we kept the dancefloor cookin. Years later I’m jamming with Dub FX and Mr Woodnote, did they meet in the magpie? Yeah, I should know. Who helped convince Dub to move to Bristol? Yeah, KP n Craig did. Dub FX has a great affirmation. “I’ve already made it.” Years later im in Stokescroft basements in Bristol cafes, Knowing I’ll look back and say they weren’t bad days. Chatting to Sonny Green, glad I had patience, Glad to have faith in… The next generation, Indigo children, crystal children, those are just new boxes to get out of but I feel them, They walk in their own shoes when they fill them, And have wisdom beyond age, time and space, and reveal them. remind me best days are not behind me cos you’ll find me At best raves in conversation with the next generation. I could have more fame n I used to feel so resentful The universe says “lack of mainstream success is heaven-sent, fool! Communities you respect the values of respect you, Musicians, and activists, rappers, poets too. The free-party people, healers, the festival crew, But most important is that you respect, love and accept YOU.” I started performing when I was 16, and kept my sword sharp, But started writing aged 11. Depressed in the dark. I’m still not where my HEAD WANTS to be, so I’m sensitive bout my art. But im always where I’m meant to be, and this I know in my heart.

If you’ve helped me on my path and I never thanked you, I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me… And thank you.

If we left a broken planet cos we rolled with gas tanks full. I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me and thank you.

Thanks for the big ups, more love, MORE FIRE! more wealth, Because I’m fully loving and accepting myself.

To everyone I know, all love and respect due. Remember to respect, to love and accept you.

“Intentions are limitations. You decide you want a front-row parking place. You intend it. But Divinity gives you a parking place a mile away. Why? Because you need to walk more. Let go.” from ‘Zero Limits’ by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len

Kevin ‘Kev the Poet’ Panton

August 2012