In 2003 @taalamacey Co-Signed My name to be on your stage but You felt that still wasn't good enough. So you asked me to drive from Oakland to LA (on a week day) to win a slam & if I won I'd earn my spot on your show. This was before streaming & sending Youtube links John wanted to see you live & since the Bay Area never had a poet on his stage he really was skeptical.
Now, many poets with egos would've said "f**k that, don't you know who I am?" but that's the point, he didn't know so I tucked my bruised ego in & drove to So Cal to accept the challenge.
That slam was called "Green" & consisted the following names:
Sekou the Misfit
Now, remember this is 2003, those names above me were (and still are) powerhouses while my name was just misspelled. This was a set up. "Sink or swim" for real. Not only am I going up against poets that have been on Def Poetry but also on National Final Stages but in my mind it couldn't be anymore dangerous than going to a house party in "The Crest" or near Hunters Point & yelling "Oakland!" with my homie Tone so fuck it.
Long story short, after 2 rounds & 2 sudden death tie breakers (We both got 50s twice) I tied for first with Sekou which gave me access to the Flypoet stage.
So when poets ask me "What do I have to do to get on that Flypoet stage" I answer "Be great".
See you on the 18th