The Caged Bird Raps

September 9, 2014 | 1

Maya Angelou is a rapper now. The late writer’s poems have been layered with hip-hop beats for a new album, Caged Bird Songs. The album uses previous recordings of Angelou and a few made last year. “She saw (hip-hop) as this generation’s way of speaking and conveying a message,” her grandson Colin A. Johnson said. Pair with: Our tribute to Angelou.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

One comment:

  1. I love the idea of bringing classic texts into arenas that entice young minds. Mixing words with music and poetry and visually stimulating images of art are all great ways to encourage people to participate in new experiences. Fantastic idea! I hope it is wildly successful.

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