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Defining pop culture is no easy task. Defying it is almost impossible. Introducing...Second2last
by: Nia Michelle
Politics, religion and art are an exhaustive mix. And when it comes to Second2Last the three are inextricably conjoined. The four Caribbean émigré's living in Brooklyn boldly and passionately address issues surrounding life, political issues, and urban spitfire through the ancient African art of spoken word.
In present day, Second2Last's art of choice would most commonly be called Hip Hop, but their new album Babble-On, is much more than a musical genre. Realistic portrayals and complex imagery enables the sophomore effort to represent the group's musical growth and maturity while never shying away from original gritty depiction's of urban life. Despite the seriousness of their chosen subject matter, Second2Last gives the impression of those with an abundance of positive energy, imagination and creativity.
Up to this point, Second2Last has made some remarkable strides including spotlight performances with Ruby Dee (actress/activist), Louis Reyes Rivera (historian/poet), Jessica Care Moore (poet/publisher), Danny Glover (actor/activist), Sonia Sanchez (poet/professor/activist), Yusef Komunyakaa (1994 Pulitzer prize winner), The Pharcyde and Mos Def (hip-hop trendsetters). Second2Last's awe inspiring stage show has graced innumerable venues including: MSNBC's Here Arts Center, Nuyorican Poet's Café, The Bowery Poetry Club, CBGB Gallery, Rush Philanthropic Gallery, The Skylight Gallery, SOB's, The Knitting Factory, BAM Café, Joe's Pub, Irving Plaza, Shine Night Club, Tishman Auditorium and Aaron Davis Hall.
During July of 2004, Second2last will be officially releasing their highly anticipated 2nd album, Babble On (pronounced Babylon). Babble On is poised to hit the ground running with distribution in both Japan and the UK. An upcoming album release party slated for July 15, 2004, will mark the arrival of Babble On to the world. Guests will enjoy the beautiful ambiance of NYC's legendary Piano's, while witnessing an exclusive 'Babble On' performance.
For those drawn to the notion of hip hop in the 70's with the last poets and Watts prophets, who were seminal figures in our culture, just as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were in the Be-Bop revolution of the 1940s - Second2Last will be your saving grace.