Word To The Third… Def Jam Poetry: Frenchie “Fucking Ain’t Conscious”

Every Friday night, I used to turn to HBO to watch an episode of Def Poetry Jam. The Mos Def hosted program would feature up and coming poets and one or two celebrities delivering a prose of their own or reciting a piece by another well known author. Though I enjoyed many of the poets that I saw, there were a select few that kicked the same old style of poetry down to the cadence and subject matter and they bored me. If you’ve been to open mics or watch slam poetry competitions, then you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. It can come across as too preachy, self righteous, and pretentious and all I can think of is the quote from the Dark Knight’s Joker, “Why So Serious?”.

Frenchie’s poem, “Fucking Ain’t Conscious” says it all for me. Yeah, of course, we as black folks have to be mindful of what’s going on and yes, we should always “stay woke” but damn the “revolution” doesn’t apply to every part of our lives. My friend Hezekiah released an album titled Conscious Porn in 2010 (I’m featured in the skits as a perverted doctor named Cocque Johnson) that dealt with that same notion that yes we can be conscious but there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the other parts of life like SEX. Yes SEX. SEX is my shit. And as much as I’m about furthering the culture and promoting the importance of #BlackLivesMatter, I’m very much in tune to love, love making, and being a freak in general. You can’t be one way all of the time, it makes the joys of everyday life feel very mundane.

The Duality of Man…

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