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THE 5th L is a Baltimore-based but nationally traveled spoken-word poetry group which is made up of David Ross/Native Son and Femi The Dri Fish. They are an action packed spoken word experience that delivers spoken word performances with the skilled theatrics of a Broadway show, the high energy a rap artist exerts on stage and yet are able to maintain the poetic integrity of Langston Hughes to entertain and enlighten audiences. As a duo, they have shared stages with international recording artists such as Musiq Soulchild, Saul Williams, Ursula Rucker, Raheem DeVaughn, Fertile Ground, Jaguar Wright, and KRS-One.
THE 5th L has toured and performed in over 100 performance venues in 19 states and 60 plus universities/colleges within the United States, release 3 full length albums; Circle-Circle Dot-Dot, The Warter Margin, RESET, and the recently release BLACK BODY album which addresses the burden of being black in America, all which can be found on itunes. They've appeared on BET's Lyric Cafe, took part in MobTown Moon's Pink Floyd DarkSide of the Moon's 40th Anniversary show as well as featured on the album, and commissioned to write and perform material for the Tennis U.S. Open, The Colorado Health Department, for the Henrietta Lacks Symposium & for the Visionary Art Museum to name a few accomplishments. In response to The 5th L’s continuous work in the Baltimore city community, Reginald F. Lewis Museum has featured them and their works, as a permanent exhibit in the museum located in Baltimore City..
THE 5th L is not only skilled in performance poetry, but are known to host events as well as their own venues. They have committed their talents to avidly introducing creative writing & dramatic reading to elementary through high school students, afterschool programs, detention centers, as well facilitate a violence intervention program at The University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center (VIP).
THE 5th L has a passion for artistic expression and with their words they intend to inspire the planet in a positive way using their lyrical content to provoke thought.