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MP3 Future - The Darker Side of Black

The perfect marriage of Spoken Word poetry and Music. The Darker Side of Black is a raw and gritty blend of passion and performance, a trip back to creative lyricism.

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Edwin Wilson a.k.a. “Future,” is a powerful force in the Spoken Word movement.

In just his fourth year of writing and performing, Future is the 2004 Redemption Poetry Slam Champion - Detroit Region, a nationwide poetry slam contest sponsored by FX Movies, and is a recent showcased artist for the BET Pantene Total You Tour in Detroit and Washington, D.C. He shared the stage during the BET Pantene tour with the talents of poet Nikki Giovanni, hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte, Black Entertainment Television anchor Jacque Reid, Grammy-winner gospel recording artist Yolanda Adams and comedienne Myra J. Future has toured with The Manhattans, and alongside Ray, Goodman & Brown. In June of 2006 Future was invited to open for soul singing sensation Dwele at the famed Southern Theater in Columbus Ohio where he shared the stage with fellow artist Eric Roberson, Rashad and Middlechild. In September 2006 he performed at the New Hazlet Theater in Pittsburgh PA with the likes of Donnie and Amel Larrieux. Future performed with Saul Williams at Wright State University and has been a performer on the nationwide television show called Spoken, which has been airing since November of 2004 on the Black Family Channel. In December of 2005 Future made his TV acting debut playing the role of Q in a made for B.E.T. film called “Multitude of Mercies,” where he performed alongside Malcolm Jamal Warner. Future has also shared the stage with performers such as Mighty Sparrow, Lady Calypso, Taalam Acey, Jessica Care Moore-Poole, Sonia Sanchez, Omar Tyree, Sonya Renee, Will “Da Real One” Bell and has recorded with Abiodune of the legendary Last Poets!

Amassing an impressive collection of accolades, awards and championships including winning the Erotic Poetry Slam at The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor as well as being a member on two collegiate slam teams that won the Michigan Intrastate College Team Slam competition, Future is the 2005 Grand Slam Champion of Flint Michigan and placed 9th overall in the 2005 IWPS (Individual World Poetry Slam). He is the 2005 Big Bang Poetry Slam competition winner, the 2005 Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Slam winner and the 2006 Grand Slam Champion of Flint Michigan. His second album, Future Presents: The 6th Day Phantom Menace, has been played on Flint’s local radio station 94.3 as well as Detroit’s internet radio station https://www.tradebit.com!

Born April 3, 1979 in Flint, Michigan, Ed attended Flint public schools where he was an industrious student and gifted athlete, most notably in football. Ed graduated from Northern High School and went on to play semi-professional football in the metro Detroit area.

Always very creative with words, Ed never tried to develop those skills due to athletic pursuits. However, with dreams of the NFL behind him, Ed he picked up a pen and began a new “Future.” In his very first Slam competition he placed second and missed a tie for first by a mere half point. Noted for his unparalleled depth, adeptness and agility in imparting knowledge, commentary and humor, he moves and inspires audiences with his unique delivery, vocal projection, prolific writing skills and social consciousness, speaking with the conviction of a general, the intensity of a middle linebacker and the wisdom of a sage.

Continuously developing his craft and the genre by pushing the boundaries artistically and aesthetically, Ed is laying his own path stage after stage. He is a well-traveled artist, having performed in major cities such as Detroit, Miami, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Nashville, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton Ohio, Houston Texas; as well as in highly coveted venues including The Mecca Night Club in Milwaukee, Zanzibar, Java Head and Urban Energy (Washington, D.C.), Church Hills (Miami), Redd Apple Gallery, Half Past Three and Chameleon Café (Detroit), The Green Mill (Chicago), Kijiji’s (Nashville) and Untamed Tongues in Las Vegas Nevada.

Ed attended the University of Michigan – Flint where he received his B.A. in Mass Communications Media Studies. He is active in the Flint/Genesee County community where he devotes his time, energy and talent as a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. as well as birthing the biggest stage for Flint talent with his “FLINT UN-PLUGGED” showcase which was co founded with fellow Flint Town artist Amber Lakes.

Short list of performance cities and venues:

Ontario, Canada

District of Columbia
Washington, D.C. – Java Head, Zanzibar, Urban Energy, the Tacoma Theatre, Bar Nun, Washington Convention Center

Chicago – The Green Mill

Miami – Church Hills, Power Studio, The Wall Flower, (Southern Fried Slam 2004), Kola Nut Café, Funk Jazz Lounge

Tallahassee – MT. Zion (Black on Black Rhyme)

Tampa Bay – Club Fushia (Black on Black Rhyme)

Coral Springs – Funky Buddha Lounge


Atlanta - Apache

New Orleans - Sweet Lorraine’s, Ebony Square, Club Caribbean, Hard Rock Café, the Dragon Lounge, the True Brew Cafe

Worcester – IWPS 2005

Ann Arbor – The University of Michigan, OZ, U-Club

Big Rapids – Ferris State University

Detroit – The Key Club, Half Past Three, Steve’s Soul Food, Chameleon Café,
Café de Troit, Redd Apple Gallery, Club Envy, 1515 Broadway, Hart Plaza, Hockey Town, Meatery Eatery, Fifth Avenue, Saint Andrews Hall, WJLB Radio, 546

Flint – , Michigan- Beans and Leaves, Good Beans Café, University of Michigan-Flint, the Lunch Studio, National Urban League, Courtland Center Mall, Purple Moon Night club, Soggy Bottom, Brown Sugar Café, Whiting Auditorium, club after shock, Baker College, Mott Community College, Greater Flint Arts Council

Kalamazoo – Western Michigan University

Lansing Michigan – Michigan State University

Midland Michigan – Northwood University

Saginaw – Decades, Saginaw Valley State University, Cadillac Club

South Field Michigan – Casbah Night Club, Crème Café

Ypsilanti – Eastern Michigan University, Theodore’s

Las Vegas – Untamed Tongues @ Café De Tout

Milwaukee - Mecca

New York


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