“RYDA” Spoken Word Performance
I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Ghost (Aye) Where I’m going? No one knows I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Ghost (Aye) Where I’m going? No one knows I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Rydin, I’m Ghost (Aye) Where I’m going? No one knows No one knows They label us lost Say we need a moral compass ‘Cause they think of us as Misguided Well I think We have more directions Than instruction manuals Rydin on these cycles Tryna break cycles Ain’t it interesting how One wheel Can defy the laws of gravity And that’s the definition of a wheelie And I was outside Getting it Wit my homies Until my homie Dared me to experience all my Black joy like “Yo, that nigga ain’t gon do it” And then I did One hand on the handlebar One wheel up Middle finger to All the gentrification Cop chasing behind me like “You can’t ride on the sidewalk” I turn back to say “Fuck you” And then I did Experiencing all my black joy Rydin Down these North Philly Streets Until I feel like Eric Garner Cause I can’t breathe I almost collapse on those streets My homie holds me up by his shoulder I’m grabbing for my chest I’m hearing people behind me Yell at the officer ‘Cause he had his gun out I’m wheezing I’m grabbing for my pocket To grab my inhaler (Psst) I can’t breathe Sometimes A black life is lost not to police violence But, Allergies, Asthma And the climate crisis we are in
LindoYes is a Def Jam poet, spoken word artist, actor, and emcee born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. His work takes the beat of the city streets and transforms it from a sunrise to a starry throne. Paying homage to the wordsmiths that surround and inspire him daily, he embodies their character and champions their unique stories to audiences of all varieties. Seeking to create larger conversations with his art, LindoYes addresses the constructs of love, gender identity, and social injustice. LindoYes talents have allowed him to travel across the east coast featuring at various colleges such as Bucknell University, Haverford College, Ursinus College, Drexel University, Lincoln University, Community College of Philadelphia and Cheney University of Pennsylvania to name a few. He has also been a featured performer at venues such as BusBoys and Poets and SpitDat in DC and Virginia, The Drunken Retort in Michigan, and Urban Grind, Apache Cafe and Do You Lyrics Lounge in Atlanta. When LindoYes is not performing he operates on the organizational team for local Philadelphia open mic; Breedlove and the Freedom Party. He also works as a teaching artist helping youth express themselves through the mediums of creative writing, visual art and performing art linked to activism. They have taught at the following organizations ArtWell, EducationWorks, and Congreso. He has also done advocacy work with SoulsShot, Refuse Fascism Philly, Sunrise Movement Philly, and Moms Demand Action PA. LINDOYES! Create images with words, taking audiences beyond their immediate experiences, he makes the world his canvas.