Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry

  • 2001
  • 6 Seasons
  • TV-MA

Contemporary urban poets recite their work and that of others at the Supper Club in New York City. Well-known artists (and some fairly obscure ones) riffed on everything from global problems to personal experiences. The poems contain plenty of humor, some anger and a fair amount of profanity.

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Season 2, Episode 1 Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry

First Aired: June 21, 2001

Performers include Jamie Foxx, Beau Sia, Jason Carney, Thea Monyee, Sekou Sundiata, Marty McConnell, Twin Poets. Mos Def hosts.

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