Blaq Poet

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Blaq Poet
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Screenshot of Blaq Poet from music video "Catch My Drift" by Ruc featuring Blaq Poet.
Background information
Birth nameWilbur Bass
Also known asThe Poet
Born (1969-05-31) 31 May 1969 (age 51)
Origin Queensbridge, New York City, United States
Genres Hip Hop
Years active1987–present
LabelsYear Round Records
Associated acts Screwball, DJ Hot Day, DJ Premier, M.O.P., Nick Javas

Wilbur Bass (born 31 May 1969), [1] better known as Blaq Poet is an American rapper from Queensbridge, New York, United States. [2]


Blaq Poet was first heard in the track "Beat You Down" from the Bridge Wars during 1987, a diss song towards KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions. [3] At that time Poet was at least 17 years old, as stated in a 2009 radio interview. During 1991, Poet and DJ Hot Day made a duo called PHD (Poet & Hot Day) and released their debut album, Without Warning on Tuff City Records. They released after that album several 12 inch singles and an EP until 1996 when they parted ways due to being unable to find another record label. Poet went on to team up with KL, Hostyle and Solo, creating the group Screwball. They released two albums and a compilation together before Poet went solo with the street album Rewind: Deja Screw, released 2006. The album featured production from DJ Premier amongst others. Poet later on signed to DJ Premier's Year Round Record label and released his second album, Tha Blaqprint in 2009 with the majority production coming from DJ Premier and guest appearances from the likes of Lil' Fame and N.O.R.E. as well as labelmates NYGz and Nick Javas. On the remix version of Ain't Nuttin' Changed, a single from Tha Blaqprint, he collaborated with west coast rappers MC Eiht and Young Maylay. In 2010 he featured on parisian producer & rapper VENOM "vigilantes" 12 inch single, title remixed by DJ Premier. Blaq Poet is currently working on an album with producers Stu Bangas from Guns-N-Butter, and Vanderslice to be released on Stu's label Brutal Music. In 2007, Poet appeared on the track "Victory", on KRS-One and Marley Marl's 2007 album Hip Hop Lives, which was released as proof that The Bridge Wars had ended. On November 3rd, 2020 Blaq Poet released an LP with Serious Truth titled "Cultural Revolution" [4] reflecting on current events.


Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Crime Library"2012 Vinnie Paz God of the Serengeti

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  2. "Blaq Poet - Tha Blaqprint", HipHopDX , 9 July 2009. Accessed 29 November 2017. "When commercial artists weren’t busy riding the South’s finger snapping, Auto-Tune crooning coat tails, tight pants-wearing hipsters began to slowly take over sections of Brooklyn with their Diplo beats and overly ironic sensibilities. While the rest of the city seemingly sinks further and further into a musically mire, Queensbridge emcee Blaq Poet stands strong with his debut LP Tha Blaqprint, after over two screw-faced decades with Screwball, fighting hard in the trenches for Queens recognition and a king’s respect."
  3. Cordor, Cyril. "Biography: Blaq Poet". Allmusic . Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  4. 1 2 "Blaq Poet & Serious Truth drop 'Cultural Revolution'". Raw Side Hip Hop. 5 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.