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Raphael Anderson, performing under the pseudonym RLA The Poet, is a spoken word artist. He introduces his poems over melodic hip-hop beats. Having pulled his inspiration from the likes of Big Rube and Wale, RLA delivers poetry in a blunt, raw, and deep array of stanzas and rhymes. RLA has the masterful ability to capture his audience and deliver sultry and tantalizing speeches. He hopes that his words, his charisma, and unfiltered work, encourages other to speak their truth, for everyone has a story to tell.


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The Black Dress

RLA The Poet returns to give us an intimate, sexy vibe in The Black Dress. Paying homage to the movie Hidden Figures, he references her intelligence, while cleverly slipping in compliments about her physique and how it also was a hidden figure. Can I undress you with your clothes on? is the refrain RLA starts his poem off with and repeats throughout, informing listeners that the connection he has with the woman in this song includes something more than just physical admiration.

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Poetry Must Be A Lady

Written and performed by Raphael Anderson, stage name, RLA The Poet, Poetry Must Be a Lady is an extended metaphor. Similar to what Common and Erykah Badu performed in reference to Hip-Hop, RLA gives personality and life to a concept - poetry. Spoken over a soft melodic beat, RLA equates poetry and the feeling that it ignites in him to the fondness of another being. He captures the intimacy and sensuality of the art form, by relating it to a relationship with a woman.

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