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Def Poetry Jam

Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry, better known as simply Def Poetry Jam or Def Poetry, was a spoken word poetry television series hosted by Mos Def and airing on HBO between 2002 and 2007. The series features performances by established and up-and-coming spoken word poets. Performances also include special appearances by well-known actors and musicians, as well as occasional performances by Mos Def himself. Co-created by Bruce George, Danny Simmons, Deborah Pointer, Stan Lathan, and Russell Simmons, the show is a spin-off of the popular Def Comedy Jam which began airing on HBO in the 90's. As with Def Comedy, Simmons appears at the end of every episode to thank the audience.

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This video is a Def Jam Poetry performance by Shihan. He has great command of the English language. In this he uses similies, metaphors while communicating complicated ideas. Also, this poet uses a lot of energy, and has an impressive vocabulary. He is a must listen, I suggest listening to his other performances as well.

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