Conversations & Quotables: Q&A with Santos Taino

I caught up with the incredible New York poet, Santos Taíno aka "The Sensual Angel" and had a brief Q&A session with him. He shared his experiences & insight into the world of artistry. Peep it.

Achickwitbeatz: Who is Santos Taíno?

Santos Taíno: Taino is the pride of my culture, so it has special meaning for me because it is the cultural name of my forefathers. I'm originally from the South Bronx, a product of those streets. That experience never leaves us, but I believe we can become more than what the gutter teaches us. Fight for every inch and never let your dream die.

Achickwitbeatz: When did you discover that you needed poetry to be a part of your life?

Santos Taíno: At a very early age I discovered that putting your feelings on paper and vocalizing your emotions, you find peace.

Achickwitbeatz: What is the most valuable thing you've learned since you began performing?

Santos Taíno: Poetry is never about you. Poetry is the reality of your perception.
Painting pictures in the mind of your audiences where they are in touch with you.

Achickwitbeatz: What are 5 attributes/skills that would place an artist on your top 10 list?

Santos Taíno: Honesty
                        Extensive vocabulary

Achickwitbeatz: Conversely, what are 5 attributes that would place an artist at the very bottom of your list?

Santos Taíno: Jealousy

Achickwitbeatz: What can people expect from Santos Taíno?

Santos Taíno: People can expect the type of poetry that moves them. Something that has some type of meaning for them.

Achickwitbeatz: How can people connect with you and stay current with what you have in the works?