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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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Such an inspiring piece of art. One of the most unique releases of the year, without a doubt.

Awesome Album!

So amazing to hear Maya Angelou's voice mixed with music, truly beautiful!

Amazing Collaboration!

Hearing Maya Angelou's amazing works in a new way was inspiring. Of course, my favorite is Still I Rise.


Born: April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Maya Angelou was known primarily (and deservedly) as a poet and best-selling author, delivering the poem "In the Pulse of the Morning" as part of President Bill Clinton's inauguration ceremonies. She was far less known for her early career as a singer; she herself seldom referred to this facet of her background. In 1957, at the age of 27, she made a recording as a calypso singer, Miss Calypso, which consisted of quite respectable calypso with mild pop and world music influences. Also featuring light...
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