New Science Fiction Fantasy Book From Bronx Rapper “Nocturne” Fuses Poetry and Images in Creative Out-of-this-World Synthesis
July 18, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment NewsNocturne uses musically rich prose and poetry in a nonlinear journey through the 21st and 22nd centuries, accompanied by mesmerizing photos and drawings inspired by hip hop, video games, film, Eastern philosophy, mystical architecture and contemporary street life.
He joins literary rappers Chuck D of Public Enemy, rapper-activist Sister Souljah and the founder of the Wu Tang Clan group, “The RZA,” in turning to the medium of writing to express their creative vision.
Ronn Davis, who produces rap groups No False Lyricists (NFL), God Aku and Golden Child, says, “Nocturne’s book is ‘dope.’ It’s like one continuous rap with many science fiction movies in it. Wow!”
Organized in “tapestries” instead of in chapters, Darkness Bleeds A Million Suns presents syncopated concepts in prose, poetry, photographs and illustrations to convey operatic perspectives on the human condition. Nocturne says, “Every time I write a rhyme I push it to de-limit, cerebral motivator my soul doesn’t limit.” He draws a comparison between today’s rap art and bebop jazz in the late 1950s. “Back then, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Sun Ra broke musical limits with new musical vocabularies and took ‘Giant Steps’ (Coltrane) that expanded the entire jazz arena.”
By day, Nocturne works in Manhattan as a financial editor.
Darkness Bleeds A Million Suns is available at www.lulu.com/tongman13 for $11.13 in a 6 x 9 illustrated paperback or for $5.00 as a downloadable e-book. The artist is available by email at Tongman13@aol.com or through his agent, Ron Haynes, at (646)352-1312.