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Webster's Dictionary defines "wordsmith" in the form of a noun as a person who works with words, especially a skillful writer. Defined by those who write professionally as journalists, authors, newscasters or spin doctors - it is very much a verb. They wordsmith documents, speeches, quotes and letters. Many times this action involves finding more powerful, meaningful words that paint a picture and more clearly deliver a message.
Dubbed "One of Texas' brightest new stars" by legendary rapper The D.O.C., Bavu Blakes is the ultimate wordsmith by both definitions. The baritone-voiced emcee has been reading and writing since he was three years old, writing poetry since he was five and rocking crowds since his seventh grade talent show.
Equally adept at writing, performing and freestyling, Bavu offers both clarity and hype. While words and rhymes are clearly where his talents shine, he places equal importance on beats. By defining tracks in terms of mood, rhythm and melody, he makes the music sound better. Creating a sense of cohesion between the lyrics and beats, Bavu's music reveals this approach through clever, thought-provoking lyrics over diverse beats guaranteed to entice any listener's ear.
Bavu lives in Austin, Texas, where his single "Play the Role (Bzzz mix)" received 15-20 spins a week on KHDT "Hot" 93.3/99.7, peaking at No. 2 on the Hot 8 at 8 as the city's first local record added to regular rotation on commercial radio. His local buzz single, "Stay Strong" featuring Austin O.G. MC Fatal was receiving 20 spins a week on KAZI 88.7 in mid-March, 2006.
Bavu is focused on success and married to his keep-em-guessing originality. More concerned with longevity and substance, he possesses the creativity and the hustle to make his talent pay dividends.
A sure and steady opener for national headliners and touring acts since the late 1990s, Bavu has actively showcased hip-hop and soul music around Texas since the mid-1990s. He has performed with everyone and their mama, including Snoop Dogg six times, the Roots five times, Luda, Busta, E. Badu, Bun B, Devin the Dude, Z-Ro, Slim Thug, De La Soul, Chamillionaire, Common, Lil' Flip, Jurassic 5, Blackeyed Peas, Tha Liks, Swishahouse, The Coup, Chalie Boy & Da Ryno, Big Mike, Big Tuck, DJ Krush, DJ A-Trak, Z-Ro and on and on and many more ...
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