Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird Song.”
And like woah.
I heard about this album on npr (where else?), while I was driving to work one day last week. I went ahead and downloaded the album, which has Dr. Angelou reading her poems to hip hop beats.
Dr. Angelou said this about who she wanted to reach with this project:
“Some young woman, who had decided that life owed her nothing and she owed nothing – she had decided that life had no promise for her. But she’ll turn on the radio or pass a car with the radio booming and it will be playing something that came out of our meeting. And the young woman’s eyes will open, and her heart will be lifted up.”
So in addition to listening to it myself, I had it playing in the car today when I was with my “little.” While I hope that she doesn’t feel that low, I’m all for all young women’s eyes being opened and hearts being lifted up. So often they are broken down instead.
My favorite song on the album is “Ain’t That Bad.” I dare you not to do a little dance in your car when it plays.
Listen to “Still I Rise,” which is less hip hop and more a blend of gospel and Motown: