Malik Yusef

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      Southside Chicago poet turned rapper Malik Yusef (aka the Wordsmyth) started honing his craft in the mid-'90s with appearances at open-mike nights. While he was performing a spoken word set, director Ted Witcher was in the audience looking for inspiration for his next movie about urban poetry. Impressed by Yusef's loose but powerful free-form style, he hired him as a coach for Lorenz Tate in 1997's Love Jones. This opened some doors in Hollywood, leading to appearances on BET's ... Read more

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