Back In The Day – Author Jody Austin



Kurtis Blow

Sugar Hill Gang

The summer I fell in love with hip hop


The Last Poets set the stage adding beats

Bamboo earrings

White shell tops

Stacked hair




To be

An emcee

Like Emcee Lyte

Salt and Peppa push it good on tape decks


Run DMC laid tracks and set the trends

Emcee battles

House parties






Hooking class

Rapping hip hop

We were the dope lyrical geniuses




Tru stories

Boom box booming

Hip hop’s daddy gave birth to our childhoods….


© Jody Austin


Excerpt from the book This Is My Pen – Volume 1

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Jody About the Author

Jody’s mother was and is still a poet and artist who introduced her to poetry and expressive writing as a child in elementary school. Her bed time stories were of Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Marcus Garvey, Phylis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Chavez, Gil Scott Heron, Khalil Gibran, The Last Poets, and many others. She  was a classically trained musician in the earlier part of her life, and performed with different bands and ensembles. Coming from a family background of music it was in her blood.  Her aunt was a jazz singer who performed with many of the greats that include Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie ‘Yard Bird’ Parker. There was always a jam session going on. All of these influences started Jody’s creative writing experiences as a child and throughout her adulthood.

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  1. I loved this piece of work! Your poetic style flows so well. It’s time to bring back the boom boxes!

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