13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dr. Maya Angelou famously was an author, poet, professor, and American icon before her death in 2014. But she also released a calypso album in 1957 and wrote songs with Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, and others. Here, producers RoccStar and Shawn Rivera (who’ve recently worked with Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown) take readings that Angelou recorded over the years and put new hip-hop beats and sounds behind them. Angelou was always a dynamic speaker; her proto-rap/sing-speak style makes for a natural combination with the modern production. The recurring themes of hope and equality leave no question as to whom you're listening to.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dr. Maya Angelou famously was an author, poet, professor, and American icon before her death in 2014. But she also released a calypso album in 1957 and wrote songs with Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, and others. Here, producers RoccStar and Shawn Rivera (who’ve recently worked with Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown) take readings that Angelou recorded over the years and put new hip-hop beats and sounds behind them. Angelou was always a dynamic speaker; her proto-rap/sing-speak style makes for a natural combination with the modern production. The recurring themes of hope and equality leave no question as to whom you're listening to.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
13 Ratings
13 Ratings
interferencemusic ,

Think Beyond

Before Maya the poet, there was Maya the performer. I'd say this is a very fitting tribute to both of her careers... 'cause AIN'T SHE A WOMAN!

Unemployed Fatty ,

The music ruins it.

I think the music really does ruin the poetry completely. I can't even enjoy Human Family because the background music is just so distracting.

HeavenShardae ,

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!!

I can explain how much I love this album, I listen to it daily! I've let all of my friends and family listen to it! If Dr. Angelou had nothing to do with this project, I think she would be proud!

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