I want to begin by thanking Mother Earth/Source for this album. It has been a great honor to create this album and could not be possible without the coalition of artists who make up Rhythm and Poetry (R&P) and the community of Sacramento. I was inspired by the incredibly talented artists that came through this sacred space. R&P is more than just an open mic spot, but a place for healing, growth, and exchange for all who take a seat and join us on Thursday nights. Rhythm and Poetry feeds the mind, body, and soul with thought-provoking critical discussions of current political events and spirituality, belly popping fulfilling food for your soul from local Sac vendors, to artistic diversity that leaves you energized, reflective, and inspired. No two nights at this venue are ever the same. Each night is a unique experience dependent on the participants; audience members and artists alike. Rhythm and Poetry opened its doors on April 20th, 2017 and I was blessed to have crossed paths with this sanctuary on May 5th, 2017. It has been an honor to see and be part of the tremendous growth of the venue over its first year of opening and to be part of the lives of these artists who have become family. This album began with a vision I had of being able to collaborate with all of the artists; mentors, friends, and fellow community members, who inspire me greatly and through the process be able to learn with one another. This album is the product of the words, energy, knowledge, the medicine exchanged by these individuals throughout the collaboration process. For many of us, this was our first time recording and collaborating on anything like this. This album highlights many aspects of the community; our struggles, our triumphs, our lives and work toward unifying all working class people regardless of our race, gender, sexuality, and abilities. A special thank you to the hosts of Rhythm and Poetry, Graffiti Bleu and Dyvacat, for your leadership, mentorship, and love. Thank you Graffiti for inviting me in, teaching me how to record and produce tracks. R&P was a birthing grounds for me as an artist in many ways and I have extreme gratitude for both of you and the space you two created. A special thank you to Ma (Shirley Phillips), Leann Robinson, Ebony London, and Jacquelyn Smithson Howard, for your dedication to the space week after week, your beautiful souls and warm hugs. A special thank you to Michael for his mentorship, leadership, and work being done with the community of Sacramento and abroad through Keynote Poets. A special thank you to Razzle and the Milwok tribe for your work, teachings, and medicine in the community of Sacramento. A special thank you to the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and my comrades for your activism, leadership in the community, keeping me grounded, and participating in this process. Thank you to all of the artists on this project. I am deeply grateful and honored to work with each one of you. I dedicate this album to the hosts and family of Rhythm and Poetry, the PSL, the Milwok tribe, and the community of Sacramento. Thank you for your continued love, support, and inspiration. I am humbled for the teachings and lessons that have been passed on through this work. I hope that this is the first of many volumes and may the voices of these tracks become more diverse and widespread. May some of the magic exchanged between the artists on this album be extended to you, the listener, and I hope to see you at the next Rhythm and Poetry and/or out in the community! 

– Moon  Magic

 

Bio of artists:

Graffiti – See “About Me” page on this website.

DyvacatPoet, Actress, Promoter, & Playwright Tina Cates, (Poet name Dyvacat), started writing in her teenage years which consisted of poetry and songs. She later began an online poetry group that pushed her into expanding her poetry onto the stage. She has performed her pieces for venues such as Sappho’s Return, Out Fest Film Festival, The Found Theatre in Long Beach, Ca. and has featured in venues in Sacramento California where she currently resides such as Mahogany Urban Poetry, The Brickhouse, The Blue Lamp and in several other venues across Southern California and New York.  She is now The Co-Host along with Poet and Author Graffiti Bleu for a weekly show called Rhythm and Poetry (RAP) every Thursday night which hosts a variety of Poets, Musicians, Comedians and Actors. She has been published in several books and online magazines. She has also completed 2 Plays and created her own Short Film entitled, Hip Hop Dee 1985 which was picked up and shown in several countries around the World. She is the Author of Spoken Wordz and Kitty Kat Letters which is available on Amazon and Kindle. You can hear her every week at Rhythm and Poetry inside Stellar Studios in Sacramento California. Be on the look out for more projects coming your way by Ms. Tina Cates, AKA Dyvacat!!

FiFiorella is a self identified queer latinx womxn activist/artivist and bruja in the Sacramento area. Her art, films, and healing methods have revolve around the experiences of people of color, queer identity, and femmes of color. She believes in using the power of visual art and media to uplift these marginalized communities and reclaim space and presence. She organizes with the Party For Socialism and Liberation in dismantling colonialism, white supremacy, imperialism, and patriarchy.

Moon Magic – AKA Mash, is an independent artist and teacher. From a young age, Mash created music groups with friends, songs, dance routines, wrote poetry and rhymes. Teaching, education, and activism has led her work to Sacramento. She organizes with the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and considers herself a student of the spoken word and hip hop. Moon Magic is a live projection of the inner magic and free flowing synapses of her metrodome. A queer self-proclaimed warrior of childhood sexual abuse and trauma many of her writings are inspired from this state of recovery and discovery. Guided by the moon and reflection, she listens to the Earth’s tune on a journey of self-love and liberation. Her mission is to work towards the dismantling of our capitalist patriarchal white supremacist system and in the process spread knowledge, love, light, and healing through her work.

IsoThePoet – IsoThePoet is a 23 year old artist from the city of Sacramento. He has been mentored by world renowned and award winning poet Michael Ellis. He is set to release his first book this year titled, “Spilled Paint”.

Bru Lei

Jacquelyn Smithson Howard – Jacquelyn Smithson Howard is a freelance writer and poet

originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She writes about our shared experiences of life, love, and triumph, and has used her stories to uplift and empower others. Her first poetry book was honored by the Sacramento Public Library Foundation as a 2016 Author On The Move. She has performed in every Celebration Arts Theater Storytelling Festival to date. She continues to share her poetry and short stories at various local events. Jacquelyn currently resides in Elk Grove, California. She can be reached at itsmytimetosoar@gmail.com.

Poet M.E.Poet M.e. also known as Michael Ellis rhymes in ten different genres and does shows regularly. His poetry has reached people in many continents. He is quiet in his political activism but when he performs the entire room is moved to attention. For two years he taught Poetry in a Maximum security prison and then he spread his gift to the public school system. He is a founder of Keynote Poets which is a Worldwide collective of Poets. He is the author of three books and Performs in a film documentary called Voices. Which appears on Amazon Prime.

Yeimi –

 

 

 

A Hundred Bars of Tough Love by Graffiti Bleu

 

 

Description: Graffiti goes back to NY to record with “MOET” his original bandmates.

 

Lyrics: https://gbleu.com/a-hundred-bars-of-tough-love/

 

 

Inspiration by Dyvacat, Fi, and Moon Magic

 

 

 

 

Description: “Receiving, Believing, Becoming is what Inspiration means to me. A continuous gift and flow of energy exchanged between you and the Universe. The key is finding and receiving it in All situations. Keeping just a pen and paper next to your pillow can catch some of your dreams.” – Dyvacat

 

Lyrics:

Inspiration by Dyvacat, Fi, and Moon Magic

Beat – Happiness by The Foreign Exchange

 

Fi:

Me querida

I feel the universe of emotion and I can’t speak

The feeling of love leaves me breathless

I want to dance and cry and laugh and shout and be quiet all at once

I want to become an enigma

A contradiction

I want to be impossible

I feel like I can be impossible

My feelings don’t exist in one plane, but many

I am sky, Earth, water, and fire

I am moon, stars, and sun all at once

I am divine, large, and a goddess

You inspire me

Besitos mi amor


Dyvacat:

Chorus: Inspiration is inside of me

Making me feel things that I want to see

Can’t believe the magics filling me

Like new birth I’m ready to be free

Inspiration is inside of me

Believing things are meant to be

How it connects the Earth and souls you see

Inspiration is a gift for you and me

Inspiration is inside of me

Making me feel things that I want to see

Can’t believe the magics filling me

Like new birth i’m ready to be free

Inspiration is inside of me

Believing things are meant to be

How it connects the Earth and souls you see

Inspiration is a gift for you and me

 

Moon Magic:

I freestyle, try to make you smile

Laugh away the trials with the little while left on this earth

escape the contradictions of our birth

till we step into a new turf

of unknown dimensions

Yeah, I’m thankful for the blessings

Hell yeah I’m learning from my lessons

my life feels like a roller coaster ride

and your inspire me to hold tight

keep my head high

crown fixed tight, yeah know I’ll be alright

queens help each other fly not fight for guys

between you and I competitions in our mind

the real prize is what we have inside

a place limitless of time

only you can find goddess fly high

no one takes our power cause this hour is ours

were made of the same thing as the stars

believe that you are yes inspiration will take you far

 

Dyvacat:

Chorus: Inspiration is inside of me

Making me feel things I want to see

Can’t believe the magics filling me

Like new birth I’m ready to be free

Inspiration is inside of me

Believing things are meant to be

How it connects the Earth and souls you see

Inspiration is a gift for you and me

Inspiration is inside of me

Making me feel things I want to see

Can’t believe the magics filling me

Like new birth i’m ready to be free

Inspiration is inside of me

Believing things are meant to be

How it connects the Earth and souls you see

Inspiration is a gift for you and me

Hey… Yo, Here We Go

Dyvacat is coming with this flow

Let’s talk inspiration and the love that it gives

Free from all negativity, just wanna live

Flowing as a gift …Angels gave it breath

Feeling its flow, its love, its wealth

Teaching you the desire to truly see

That the answers are inside flowing freely

Flowing like the moon it can come to you

Inspired by just a tree or whatever you do

Just let its presence take a hold of you

Let inspiration flow inside of you!

Chorus: Yes, Inspiration is inside of me

Making me feel things that I want to see

Can’t believe how this magic is filling me

Like New Birth I’m ready to be Free

Inspiration is inside of me

Making me feel things that I want to see

Can’t believe the magics filling me

Like new birth I’m ready to be free

 

 

 

 


  • Fam Freestyles pt. 1 by Graffiti Bleu, Dyvacat, IsoThePoet, and Moon Magic

 

Description: Family away from family supporting one another in the arts and culture. The fam of rhythm and poetry came together on Easter for a dinner. The following recording is one of three recordings. The recordings are completely unedited freestyles recorded on a phone at the dinner table.

 

 

 

 

Love and Lust by IsoThePoet and Moon Magic

 

 

Description: What is love to you? Each artist explores the topic of love and lust.

 

 

 

Lyrics:

Love and Lust by IsoThePoet and Moon Magic

 

IsoThePoet:

Pardon my language, but baby girl you bad as hell

And they say give a nigga an inch and he’ll take a mile well

Lend me a second and I’ll try to steal your heart

Perhaps i’ll walk away with ya number before we part

She was 5’5 used to fly bys with fly guys

The type to give her more problems and less time

Girl, let me calm them high tides

The weather’s different by my side

Honest abe type of nigga not the type to tell a lie

So I took to the sky with a prayer to the divine

For words that I could find to describe you valentine

But prescribe you is what I’d rather do

How bout a dinner made for two

Fast forward now we stuck to each other gorilla glue

And before I dived up into you I had to learn the end of you

Nothing but love and lust, I guess that means I’m feeling you

What words can a man say to help ‘em understand

How a king found his queen in no man’s land

I swear fairytales were fiction until the day

Lala nala found a simba in a hopeless place

Love and lust

Lust is love

It’s just us, and that’s enough

 

Moon Magic:

L-O-V-E

Forever you and me

I reach affinity

With the ecstacy you be givin me

And not just how you feel me

Inbetween the sheets

But in the soul where the eyes and mind meet

It’s more than just physical

More like metaphysical

Not your typical cryptical love

More like the pinnacle of a mythical drug

Keeping ya snug

Medicinal hugs

Reciprocal plugs

Irresistible tugs

Like harp strings

Pull our heart strings

Till our heart sings

On the same rhythmic beat

Give us the wings to out swing anyone ya meet

Like springs roses

Grew out of concrete

Not quite complete

Taught survive

Must compete

In a world that’s obsolete

I found divinity within me

I enjoy serenity within thee

What a blessing to be in love

Till we take our last bow

This is my vow

Till we take our last bow

This is my vow


 

 

Fam Freestyles pt. 2 (Be Gentle, My Love) by Graffiti Bleu, Dyvacat, IsoThePoet, and Moon Magic

 

 

Description: Family away from family supporting one another in the arts and culture. The fam of rhythm and poetry came together on Easter for a dinner. The following recording is one of three recordings. The recordings are completely unedited freestyles recorded on a phone at the dinner table.

 

 

 

Purposely Program by Bru Lei and Moon Magic

 

Description: Just Listen..

 

 

 

 

Lyrics:

Purposely Program

 

Moon Magic (M): We purposely program

Bru Lei (B): On slow jams, go ham

M: Keep floating, hoping

B: Healing of the land

M: Feeling the sand  on my feet

B: Walking on the beach

M: We purposely program

B: to give you what you need

M: Medicines in the trees

B: Exhale the melody

M: We purposely program

B: That heavens what you see

M: Stay woke forever

B: Never ever gonna sleep

M: Life ain’t complete

B: Till you take that final leap
M: Love is a drug

B: Hug the people that’s around you

M: and if you ain’t down to, don’t let them surround you

B: don’t let them clown you, don’t let them drown you

M: don’t let them decrown you, there’s no value without you

 

Chorus: Moving like the leaves

buzzing like the bees

moving like the leaves

buzzing like the bees

moving like the free

moving like the free

moving like the leaves

buzzing like the bees

 

M: We purposely program

B: We’re socially programmed

M: We’re vocally dope and

B: The ocean and the breeze

M: The motion of the free

B: We purposely program

B: Getting open on the beat

M: We purposely program

B: to get you out your seat

M: We purposely program

B: to get you on ya feet

 

Chorus: Moving like the leaves

buzzing like the bees

moving like the leaves

buzzing like the bees

moving like the free

moving like the free

moving like the leaves

buzzing like the bees

Chorus: Moving like the leaves

buzzing like the bees

moving like the leaves

buzzing like the bees

moving like the free

moving like the free

moving like the leaves

buzzing like the bees

Amen by Jacquelyn Smithson Howard

 

 

Image:

 

Description: “Amen (Homeless version)” was inspired during a New Moon ceremony by the river in Sacramento. The original Amen song, an old spiritual hymn and prayer. In the City of Sacramento, affordable housing and homelessness has become an increasing problem which the city has refused to take proper action. The homelessness population has become overlooked and invisible in our city which inspired this track.

 

Lyrics:

Traditional – Amen

Amen: written by Jester Hariston

Rewritten by Jacquelyn Smithson Howard


Chorus:
Amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen.

Do you see the other
Amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen.

Verse 1:
you walked past the brotha amen,
living in the streets amen,
can you say ‘morning’ amen, amen, amen.

Verse 2
see him on the park bench amen,
holding all he owns amen,
wonder if he’s hungry amen, amen, amen.

Amen, amen, amen, amen.
Verse 3:
get a cup of coffee amen,
to warm his hands amen,
it’ll also warm his heart amen, amen, amen.

Verse 4:
see how much he’s smiling amen,
talkin’ to whoever listens amen,
be mindful of his message amen, amen, amen.

Amen, amen, amen, amen.
Verse 5:
will this be his home tonight amen,
in cold winds and rain amen,
sleeping in a box amen, amen, amen.

Verse 6:
can you spare a hat amen,
will you say a prayer amen,
let him know you care amen, amen, amen.

Amen, amen, amen, amen.
Verse 7:
it ain’t your place to judge amen,
they don’t hold a grudge amen,
look inside the cover amen, amen, amen.

Verse 8:
help one another amen,
let him know you SEE him amen,
may help the brotha amen, amen, amen. 

 

 

 

I See You by Jacquelyn Smithson Howard and Moon Magic

 

 

 

Description: “I See You” was written by Jacquelyn Smithson Howard inspired by the mentorship and friendship between these two artists.

 

 

 

 

Lyrics:

I See You

Written by Jacki Howard

 

Jacki Howard and Moon Magic:

I know why we may not share

the same experiences

We’re not supposed to

I know why we don’t look alike

inside or out

We’re not supposed to

I know why we don’t think

or walk, or talk the same

We’re just not supposed to

Because if the miracle of you

Showed up looking like me

I wouldn’t recognize it

Or react to your beauty, you see

If your gifts to the universe

Looked and felt just like mine

I would not feel your rhythm

Or notice how ‘you’ step-in-time

If I hadn’t come into my own peace

I may see you in a different light

I may miss the real you

Your spark that generates pure delight

Thank goodness we are different

Our diversity makes everything better

Be strong enough to be ‘you’

I see you, and you matter!

 

 

Pimps, Panders, Politicians, and Thieves by Poet M.E. and Moon Magic

 

 

Description:

 

 

 

Lyrics:

Pimps, Panders, Politicians, and Thieves

Written by Poet M.E. and Moon Magic

Beats – I Wish I Could Sleep by Nymano

 

Poet M.E.:

They say black lives matter

We ain’t crows when we hear the sirens cars why do we scatter?

Another black youth on the sidewalk

An 8 year old kid holding a squirt gun real talk

You integrate prisons but not banks

White teens get a slap on the wrist we get tanks

They want me to stand up and salute the flag no thanks

 

Moon Magic:

Our silence is violence stand in solidarity

We’re all in this fight to stay alive

M.e and me we fight to feed young minds

in a game we’re all blind

So we spread the truth give it to the youth

Wrote to the politicians but they blind and mute

 

Poet M.E.:

Just let me wild out like Colin Kaepernick

When the police stop shooting I’ll start saluting

 

Moon Magic:

A 15 year old kid killed by police

 

Poet M.E.:

Hands up don’t shoot

Hands up don’t shoot

Pimps, Panders, Preachers, Politicians, and thieves

Superintendents of schools kill more kids than police chiefs

Teaching is supposed to be an act of liberation

But the methods of execution are mental incarceration and genetic annihilation

Let me explain the situation

From ripe minds to pipelines utilizing white lines that criminalize one kind

community is on the decline

 

Moon Magic:

We mobilize organize and weaponize our minds

hopeful minds seek signs for a better time

M.E. and Mash on the front lines

We’re pushing for change one rhyme at a time

Fighting fears healing tears from our lost years

We send our love to our poetic peers

We done change the world now we out of here

 

 

Pluma y Papel by Yeimi Lopez

 

 

Description: Una pieca de reflexión escrita en honor de album, Word Wizards with the Gift of Medicine, y la dedicación de camarada Mash. En traer la gente de diferentes caminos de vida para produce una producción de arte. Que dice unidad amor respeto revolución.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story of the Medicine (The Bigfoot Song from the Tule Nation)

 

 

 

 

Description:

 

 

 

 

Fam  Freestyle Pt. 3 by Graffiti Bleu, Dyvacat, IsoThePoet, and Moon Magic

 

 

Description: Family away from family supporting one another in the arts and culture. The fam of rhythm and poetry came together on Easter for a dinner. The following recording is one of three recordings. The recordings are completely unedited freestyles recorded on a phone at the dinner table.

 

 

 

 

 

Everywhere with You is Home by Graffiti Bleu and Moon Magic

 

Description: This song is special to me because it was the first song that I ever recorded. This song reminds me of how far I have come and how far I have left to go. Coming from a broken home, we can be our own worst enemies and abuse ourselves even when our abusers are no longer present. Anytime I feel down, alone in this world, lost without direction, this song reminds me that no matter where I am in life, we carry our homes with us and the answers. Shout out to Graffiti for showing me the ropes and adding his words to the track.

 

Lyrics:

 

Everywhere with You is Home by Graffiti Bleu and Moon Magic

Beat – Hugh Rhodes by Ol’ Burger Beats

 

Moon Magic:

Vibrate on such a high frequency

that people see not just flesh of me but feel the soul of thee

Every single day I’m blessed I breathe life

Mother Earth so fine could be my wife

make love to you all through the night

till morning rise holding you tight

Till you give birth to the sun

beauty captivating don’t need to run

 

Chorus: Everywhere with you is home

Everywhere with you is home

Everywhere with you is home

And I know i’m not alone

 

all children of the same earth

Born to the struggle got girth

Elites in disguise telling us lies

Protectors of the land

Get up take a stand

For your fellow human

Black or white we all fam

so listen up here’s the plan

Brothers, sisters, unite across borders

Rise up! say fuck the world order

deconstructing and healing

constructing with good feeling

This is our duty to join in unity

With our community and see the beauty

 

Chorus: Everywhere with you is home

Everywhere with you is home

Everywhere with you is home

And I know i’m not alone

 

If you feel me sing with me

Till freedom ring

and we bring the whole system down

rebuild from the ground up

with the working class

It’s all about that grass

Roots organization

and fostering cultivation

Cancer capitalism

Is keeping us in prison

Red or blue same team

Aint really make a true difference to me

And in whatever way you fight

I want to thank you for all your might

Shout out to the PSL

comrades keep me well

 

Chorus: Everywhere with you is home

Everywhere with you is home

Everywhere with you is home

And I know i’m not alone

Chorus: Everywhere with you is home

Everywhere with you is home

Everywhere with you is home

And I know i’m not alone

 

Graffiti Bleu:

Vibrate, stand up, and elevate

Stimulated and activated and rotated

360 degrees to find that I made it

In the eyes of source because I created

Everywhere with you is home, updated

Standing up is way better than frustrated

An F on your paper your enemy graded

Government of cancers – slave traded

Cultivated is better than assimilated

Cultivated is better than assimilated

Government of cancers – slave traded

An F on your paper your enemy graded

Standing up is way better than frustrated

Everywhere with you is home, updated

Whaaaat

In the eyes of source because I created

Stimulated and activated and rotated

Vibrate, stand up, elevate

Elevate

Vibrate