★ The Book of Lyte Project
Photos Courtesy of: Unity Festival Toronto, Connecticut College, Creative Capital, Robert F. Karimi, The Apollo Theater & QGUniversity Archives.
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ABOUT THE BOOK OF LYTE PROJECT
THE BOOK OF LYTE is a creative dissertation. (The Book), the nucleus of (The Project), is a collection of poetry, prayers, prose & personal narrative exploring Women & Gender Non-Conforming MCs (1978 - Present). Told from my perspective as a fan, practitioner & educator of Hip Hop for over 20yrs, the text evolves as an autobiographical / cosmic, coming-of-age story, set during an exciting and tumultuous Hiphop Era.
-lyte - (suffix) - a noun combining form
Definition (according to Merriam Webster Dictionary):
1. a substance capable of undergoing decomposition
A humble nod to respected rap pioneer, MC LYTE, The Book of Lyte is a Hip Hop de-composition. Delivering a rare and provocative narrative that deconstructs genre with gender, the work challenges boundaries between feminine and masculine, practice and investigation, entertainment and enlightenment.
Exploring the unsung mothers, mavens and martyrs who have not only influenced a generation, but in many cases, been its multifarious Voice, The Book of Lyte Project is intended to be produced in 5 formats including an album and community discussion forums.
"EVƎ. (chapter one.)" is an introduction to this new and exciting work, come to life as a multi-media installation of art and performance.
Voice is the tool with which I celebrate, deconstruct and re-imagine the raucous world. In its purest form, voice is spirit – an amalgamation of seen and unseen forces that call forth life. My work answers this call. As poet, I explore how language can both shape and shape-shift identity. As MC, I summons rhyme as scheme for synergizing concepts and communities that have come undone. As Performance Artist, I fuse poetry, music and media into a symphony of narratives that inspire change and empower other voices. My goal is to engage, educate and entertain. I work to elevate what’s possible on the page and stage, and then collectively go beyond it.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Queen GodIs is an international Poet, MC and Performance Art Therapist born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of a 2013 Creative Capital Award in Performing Arts.
“ Her movements are captivating. She leaves many in the audience wanting to spend a day just walking around in her skin . . . QG truly impacts the audience with her performance,...but the work goes deeper than mere commercialized rhymes . . . In the end, Queen GodIs provides a [Rorschach] inkblot of the urban woman, with everyone — man/woman/child — getting the opportunity to peek inside her soul.”
- Sasha Deveaux, iDanz Critix Corner
“Her performance was not only excellent, but accessible to a variety of visitors ... She is a scholar, poet, director, mentor and a good friend to the Museum ... "
- Alicia L. Boone Jean-Noel, Manager of Adult Programs, Brooklyn Museum
" Many were struck by the amount of historical context in [Queen's] work, most of which they were unfamiliar with. They were particularly fascinated by her use of technology in the space ... Her residency was highly informative and empowering. From language and identity to gender politics and the art of rhyme, she made a huge impact on our community. "
- Prof. Shani Collins-Achille, Connecticut College (Ladies of Hip Hop Residency)
“[Queen's] project, The Book of Lyte, is brilliant and multi-layered... [Her] own gifts as an MC are uncanny, and she utilizes Hiphop as a vehicle for enlightenment and empowerment … I have witnessed firsthand its power to electrify audiences of all stripes.”
- Brian Tate, Executive Director, MAPP International
"Queen is a brilliant artist, host and activist, and really incorporates [each] of these aspects seamlessly..."
- Kecia Elan Cole, Senior Producer, BRIC TV
"Queen’s project and her larger practice combine research-based methods and a range of traditional and cutting-edge strategies that touch the fields of sound art, experimental literature, and performance. One of the most engaging things about [her] practice is how central contact with ‘everyday people’ is in the development of her [work]. In the area of Social Practice Art and poetry, this kind of community-based and publicly engaged process is central. Queen is part of a conversation that is redefining what public art can be."
- R. Lerner, Executive Director, Creative Capital
WATCH video & tune into the discussion about #WomenInHipHop as #QueenGodIs hosts #BSideBK on #BRICTV.