Angelou’s Last Project Is A Hip-Hop Album

Of course it is. In a new album titledCaged Bird Songs,” Shawn Rivera and Roccstar will sample Maya Angelou‘s voice. The producers initiated the project before Angelou knew about it, but she agreed to share recordings of her voice and even opened her home to the producers.The 13-song album is being released by Smooch Records on November 4. The artists were initially inspired by Angelou’s poetry, and came up with the idea to incorporate her words into songs. The new format has the potential to reach a wider audience that has thus far been disinterested or unaware of poetry in their daily lives. Angelou’s grandson Colin Johnson says that she was enthusiastic about the project from the get-go — ”She had a lot of energy around it … She saw (hip hop) as this generation’s way of speaking and conveying a message.”

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