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Emile Jansen

Featured Poem:

Babblers from Babylon - Talk is Cheap

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These babblers from Babylon, I hear them babbling on and on / The battle it be over even before its begun
Now you can’t chant down Babylon/ If all you have is an empty song/ Now you cant chant down Babylon,
when you don’t know what’s going on

Ohmmmm !!!!!
In the beginning was the word and the word was made man
See even God took actions on the words in her plan
Can you understand when our words were our bond
Now rappers spit words like their mouths are magic wands
Conned from words worth, tell me what’s your words worth
When your words never ever into action even give birth
Words be like Oh No, now I’m meaningless
Before these empty MCs, you see I had meaning yes
The meaninglessness of words has now escalated
Self-hatred paraded on poster poles are under-rated
Sacred was the word when we thought before we spoke
It’s a joke when freestyle MCs freely on their words choke
Poke it with a stick, words meanings sticking to the page
At this stage we’ve forgotten how to use our words to rage
Uncage the words meaning, let your words manifest
Lest saying isn’t doing, so on your words do your best

Babblers babble ’bout blowing up as an MC
But cant see the industries still run by mental Slavery
Artists are an apostrophe, owned they’re their property
Promptly, promoting commodities a priority
See these slaves endorse products aplenty
Where MCs get 10% while industry gets 90
Empty MCs on Empty TV’s
Words are empty thanks to the corporate squeeze
Please – I never thought that I’d see the day
Where your flow is more important than acting on what you say
Hey! big word spitters, who do you actually rhyme for
So hardcore that the masses of listeners you ignore
I’m sure MCs an acronym for mental captivity
No sustainability cause everyone gets in for free
Put them on your guest list, you guest yes pockets empty
Empty like the beers they consume after entry

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Biography

Hailing from the Cape Flats, Emile Jansen aka Emile YX, B-boy War-lock or A-free-Can I, has been involved with Hip Hop Culture since 1982. He is widely recognised as one of the pioneers of South African Hip-Hop, making his name as a founding member of legendary Hip Hop ensemble, Black Noise. Emile has released several CD compilations, appeared on stages world-wide and has associations with celebrated performers in his genre.

Emile Jansen

Biography

Hailing from the Cape Flats, Emile Jansen aka Emile YX, B-boy War-lock or A-free-Can I, has been involved with Hip Hop Culture since 1982. He is widely recognised as one of the pioneers of South African Hip-Hop, making his name as a founding member of legendary Hip Hop ensemble, Black Noise. Emile has released several CD compilations, appeared on stages world-wide and has associations with celebrated performers in his genre.

Featured Poem:

Babblers from Babylon - Talk is Cheap

Enlarge poem

These babblers from Babylon, I hear them babbling on and on / The battle it be over even before its begun
Now you can’t chant down Babylon/ If all you have is an empty song/ Now you cant chant down Babylon,
when you don’t know what’s going on

Ohmmmm !!!!!
In the beginning was the word and the word was made man
See even God took actions on the words in her plan
Can you understand when our words were our bond
Now rappers spit words like their mouths are magic wands
Conned from words worth, tell me what’s your words worth
When your words never ever into action even give birth
Words be like Oh No, now I’m meaningless
Before these empty MCs, you see I had meaning yes
The meaninglessness of words has now escalated
Self-hatred paraded on poster poles are under-rated
Sacred was the word when we thought before we spoke
It’s a joke when freestyle MCs freely on their words choke
Poke it with a stick, words meanings sticking to the page
At this stage we’ve forgotten how to use our words to rage
Uncage the words meaning, let your words manifest
Lest saying isn’t doing, so on your words do your best

Babblers babble ’bout blowing up as an MC
But cant see the industries still run by mental Slavery
Artists are an apostrophe, owned they’re their property
Promptly, promoting commodities a priority
See these slaves endorse products aplenty
Where MCs get 10% while industry gets 90
Empty MCs on Empty TV’s
Words are empty thanks to the corporate squeeze
Please – I never thought that I’d see the day
Where your flow is more important than acting on what you say
Hey! big word spitters, who do you actually rhyme for
So hardcore that the masses of listeners you ignore
I’m sure MCs an acronym for mental captivity
No sustainability cause everyone gets in for free
Put them on your guest list, you guest yes pockets empty
Empty like the beers they consume after entry

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How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (0)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (0)
  • Reflection (0)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (0)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

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