What Will "Da Real One" Bell Sounded Like

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Will "Da Real One" Bell Jr. was a slam-poet of great power, as well as an entrepreneur. He died over the weekend after unknown assailants shot him in a drive-by outside of his small establishment on 125th street, the Literary Cafe and Poetry Lounge. Police have an extremely vague description of the vehicle involved (it was either light or dark, and likely has a rear spoiler) and seemingly no leads.

Bell will be much missed. This writer knows of one homeless teenager to whom the poet was a great help and inspiration, as well as a generous friend. From what I hear, the girl's experience was not circumscribed. Bell sounds like a cool guy.

He doesn't sound cool in his poems, though. He sounds hot. His flow was full of dark fire and wounded, righteous anger, which landed him a gig on HBO's Def Jam Poetry. His words went further than anything else I know toward giving SoFla an authentic lyrical voice.

The newspapers now reporting Bell's death are largely family affairs and so cannot direct readers toward any of Bell's online work. New Times isn't afraid of four-letter words, so you can hear what Bell sounded like after the jump. (Not safe for work, natch.)





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Jaegra Oriades
Jaegra Oriades

Is that actually Will Bell in the video, or is that Armando Christian Pérez, the rapper who calls himself "Pitbull?"  The video was posted on May 29, the day before this story, nor do there seem to be any traces of Bell's name attached to that song prior to that date.  Moreover, the first words in the video are "El Mariel," the name of one of Pérez' albums.

Cat Migliano
Cat Migliano

r u serious?  did u even listen to it?  or r u just promoting 4 pitbull?  this is definitely da real one. this speaks to miami & the evolution of dade co, i believe since the intrusion of the mariel boat lifts.  go peddle ur wares elsewhere.

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