Henry The Poet Drops New Jazz-Hop Science

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Henry the Poet is an emerging songwriter and emcee with a sound that incorporates the great traditions of Hip-hop, Jazz and Funk. A musician and writer since childhood, Henry began performing as both a percussionist and poet while still a teenager. Now, after years of refining and defining his sound, the multi-talented creator is making his professional solo recording debut in 2022.

“ARS Poetica” is the debut single from Henry the Poet, released worldwide to all major streaming services on January 14, 2022. The first track to be released from his forthcoming debut EP, the song is intended as an introduction to the sounds, styles and subject matter of the new record. With plenty of live energy and Henry’s cerebral rhymes, the song brings to mind the work of early Jazz/Hip-hop pioneer Gil-Scott Heron.

Live drums, bass and guitar ride a quirky Alt/Hip-hop funk as Henry drops smart and esoteric bars with a lyrical freestyle flow. The band eventually expands to include congas, electric piano and horns as the jam delves into a bit of avant-garde Jazz. The horns bring it around with some classic Soul riffs to give the track a healthy dose of old-school Funk authenticity.

Check out “ARS Poetica” below. You can also hear the track on the Deep Indie Beat playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with Henry the Poet. Get on his socials and get in the loop on all of the music to come from this exciting new voice in Hip-hop.

Henry the Poet – “ARS Poetica”

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“One of the concepts that undercurrents all my music is the idea of maroonage, also known as cimarronaje. Originally this term applied to Black & indigenous slaves who escaped into the mountains/monte/bush to find their freedom. However in the transition to new forms of control (such as mass incarceration) after the fall of the slave plantation, new forms of marronage were created as well. And today there are African & indigenous descendant Urban maroons all over the Americas, finding small ways to create underground spaces for ourselves, to find freedom beyond these structures we have been forced into.” – Henry the Poet