Slam poetry is something many of us associate with our neighbors to the north. After all, the first National Poetry Slam competition was held in San Francisco in 1990, and the city has given rise to artists like Tshaka Campbell, Michelle Tea and Sy Stokes.
But since then, the movement has spread, and one of its biggest stars at the moment is L.A.-born and raised IN-Q. The 37-year-old artist grew up in Santa Monica with a single mother, and got his start performing at age 20, when he attended an open mic event near Fairfax.
Since then, IN-Q has performed for Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama; shared a stage with Cirque Du Soleil, John Legend and Eminem; and written songs for Rock Mafia, Selena Gomez and Aloe Blacc. Earlier this year, IN-Q’s poem and accompanying animated video, Love is the Only Reason We’re Alive, went viral, with over 1 million views and counting.
The Mid-City based artist is now setting up shop in L.A., with a performance on April 28th at Wanderlust Hollywood, where he”ll be joined by an as-yet-unannounced musical guest.
In the meantime, check out Love here (hint: Watch with a box of tissues handy):
IN-Q performs at Wanderlust Hollywood on Thursday, April 28th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets available here.