Chance the Rapper continues to impress with his acts as a father, artist, philanthropist, and potential government official. If things go according to Russel Simmons’ plan, Chance may be able to add hosting All Def Poetry to that long list.
All Def Poetry stems from the popular HBO show, Def Poetry Jam, that aired from 2002 to 2007. Although the show won’t keep its original name, the concept of the show remains the same. Back during its original airing, the show aimed to showcase talent, uplift urban youth, and to demonstrate the power of using words to express oneself. There was a total of 5 seasons, 10 episodes per season, and 10 to 11 performances per episode. Hosted by Mos Def, the show always included at least one comedian or musical guest including the likes of Jamie Foxx, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.
If Def Poetry Jam’s reboot wants to enforce turning negatives into positives, then they are approaching the right person to host the show. Chance is known for using his music and his money to give back to his community and further uplift children. Also, his talent as a writer, rapper, and lyricist connects him deeply to spoken word and poetry. Both styles focus on good content, the counting of syllables, the counting of bars, the overall sound or tone, and most importantly the delivery. Chance excels at writing, rapping, and performing so hosting Def Poetry Jam is right up his alley. Also, him appearing on the show will attracts a new, younger audience because of his recent rise in popularity lately.
Ultimately, Russell Simmons knew what he was doing when he approached Chano to host the new Def Poetry Jam. He intends to add someone who has talent, is likable, is relatable, and is able to give a fresh look to the new revamped series. Hopefully Chance hops on this opportunity because he is the right man for the job. The real question is, who else are we gonna see?
– Amalachi Okpalanma