I met Abet during the MAFA (Midwest Association of Filipino Americans) 2009 conference earlier this year, backstage at the pre-show performance. I honestly thought that I would be the only spoken word performance of the night, but during sound check, I was crushed to hear this lovely young woman spit some poetry. Crushed, because she was nice with it, and it made me realize I can’t half ass my sh*t!
I had the opportunity to chop it up with her for a little bit, and she was gracious enough to bless me with a little sample of her Midwest-flavor. I’m more accustomed to hearing faster-paced, rapid-fire delivery styles from Los Angelino heads (‘cause you gotta fit that 3 minute limit!), so it was nice to hear some of that stretch-pull steez from the Chicago lady herself, Abet.