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Da Boogieman

Child of the living word, Da Boogie Man was conceived as the alter ego of Anthony C. Rucker. Boogie started as an M.C.--Microphone Controller--rapping was something that came easy to him. He wrote his first pm in 5th grade, and had a genius sense of rhythm and rhyming. Rapping was the next logical step. He excelled at it, winning contests, MC battles, and gained a reputation as an unstoppable freestyle artist. The stage called and he responded, only this call was answered by "Simply Hard": this was the crew of sho-tyme, fresh water fresh TGO (The Great One), and himself. Everyone felt the fury and ears perked up. In the early nineties they opened for X-Clan, D-Nice and Public Enemy. Later they added Coolzie, a dynamic talent, and changed their name to "Groove Unit". After many unsuccessful attempts at entering the recording business, the group slowly dissolved and the members went their separate ways. As for Boogie, he retreated into what was familiar to him, his Poetry. He lived and breathed to give words on page life. Although he can't draw, he made pictures with words. Then, one chilly Cleveland night, he went to see Maya Angelou at the state theatre. She came out in a long flowing white gown, switching languages like moods--French, then Spanish, then English--and never once used the podium set out for her. She performed Poetry like a play and moved like dance. Boogie was never the same afterwards. Boogie, like many others, thought Poetry was to be "read" not "performed", but now had a new vision. Every skill he used to rhyme, every technique he used to act, was now accessible to his Poetry. It was the beginning of a legend.

Starting his career in Cleveland, Ohio with the Oppressed Poets he performed in his first Poetry play in May of 1995. The Oppressed Poets were an offspring of the Black Poetic Society (BPS), founded in 1994 at Cleveland State University. In 1996 Oppressed Poets melded into BPS, and proceeded to set the standard for Performance Poetry. Combining Funk, Rap, Jazz, Blues, singing, Afrikan Drumming, and theatre with Poetry they packed in an astounding 300 people per show. In their 6 year history they performed over 25 Poetry Plays and performed at colleges all over the country. What people are just discovering as possibilities in Poetry BPS has already done. Occasionally trekking out on his own, Boogie made his mark immediately. In 1995 after having only performed Poetry a mere 1 time, he won a spot on the Cleveland National Poetry Slam Team. After the national competition, he hadn't performed Poetry more than 10 times and still held the #3 spot in individual competition and a share of the 2nd place team title. In March of 1997 he won the Apollo Amateur night 4 consecutive weeks, and though he never lost, was not allowed to come back for a fifth show. In August of 1997 he held a share of the 3rd place Team National Slam title and sole possession of the National Individual Slam Championship. Here comes 1998 and it brings Boogie a duet with Lionel Richie on the album "time", and a featured spot on a hip-hop classic featuring Krs-One, De La Soul, and Rakim called "Buffalo Gals: Back To Skool". If that wasn't enough he was voted that year's number one poet in Cleveland, Ohio. 1999 he signs a record deal with Lionel Richie, on the newly formed label "Lion Tracks", and releases his first full length collection of Poetry "The Poet: Written And Experienced"--which has already been used in a college curriculum. 2000, Boogie literally travels from one end of the country to the next performing. He even rips at the conference for the National Association of Black Cultural Centers, where he shared the stage with such notables as Amiri Baraka, Askia Toure', Chuck D, Sistah Souljah and Reggie Gibson (National Slam winner, also wrote the Poetry for Love Jones). 2001 and beyond, is what fairytales are made of. Boogie has an album due out, will be touring with Lionel Richie, will be releasing one of the most dynamic and ground breaking collections of Poetry ever, will be performing his one man show, and will debut his playwriting and co-directing skills in "Exodus: Knowing When To Leave" a theatrical commentary on contemporary relationships. If you miss any of these, you will miss apart of yourself. Let the story begin...

daboogieman626@hotmail.com
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one sip

i
sipped love like wine
cautiously
afraid of becoming inebriated
repeatedly
secretly desiring to be drunk
lost somewhere between
paranoia and utopia
falling into finely fermented fits of
passion
feverishly finding forms of folly to fulfill longings of
fantasia
all the while apprehensive about following the footsteps of
my feelings
finding it to late to free myself from this futileness
i must admit
i'm now an alcoholic
dependent on delusions derived from the vine of
intimacy
though a skeptic still, still i must feed the needs of
dependency
disillusioned now am i, afraid to try
new things
for fear
they will be
habit forming
and ignorantly
i will become
addicted from
one sip



© Da Boogieman



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