New Orleans, Louisiana bred (and now District of Columbia based) hip hop artist, slam poet, producer, screenwriter, host, and veteran middle and high school teacher Drew Anderson has continued to innovatively utilize his talent for connecting with audiences big and small via the avenues of art and education. The son of an English teacher, Drew has always gravitated toward writing as a weapon of expression and a tool of informing through entertainment. His explosive performance style and knack for satire have brought him to stages around the globe.
While earning his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology at Howard University, he was a frequent contributor to the Hilltop newspaper and to the yearbook in the form of poetry and editorials that challenged the thought patterns of his peers. He also built a popular reputation as a performance poet, bringing his humorous spin on social and political issues to a slew of university functions. In 2001, he decided to capitalize on this audience by self-publishing his first collection of poetry, Droopy: Dat Boy’s A Fool, through his company Broke Baller Enterprises. The success of this first project led to the publication of his sophomore work Feel No Way: The Drew Testament (2002) and the compilation I’ll Probably Die Writing(2003), which he edited and co-wrote along with The 5th Element, a spoken word/theatre troupe which he co-founded in 2002.
His publishing projects have caused him to be sought out to edit a number of books, including Brandi Forte’s Drama Girl: Diary of a Sistapoet (2002), Dana E. Crawford’s The Evolution of an Ugly Duckling (2003) and Michelle Sewell’s Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces (2006). The latter work won the 2007 National Underground Spoken-word Poetry Award (NUSPA) for Book of the Year. Addicted to the stage, Drew has given many memorable poetry and theatre performances from arena to academia, Ottawa to Osaka, under his moniker “Droopy the Broke Baller”. A member of the 2003 and 2004 DC/Baltimore National Poetry Slam teams, he has been a coach and judge at a number of performance poetry competitions, including the DC Scores Youth Slam and special activities with Higher Achievement and Upward Bound.
Drew’s natural charisma has led to many hosting opportunities, including events at such venues as, Between Friends, the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant, Ellington’s on Eighth, the Emergence Community Arts Collective, the H Street Festival, Java Head Café, Mocha Hut, and the Universal Capoeira Angola Center. He is the proud winner of the 2006 and 2010 NUSPA’s for Host of the Year, as well as the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” Award for his hit poem “Why Do I Like You?”, the 2010 Album of the Year award for The Bully: The Aww-Dacity of Broke, and the 2010 Venue of the Year Award and Washington CityPaper’s Best Open Mic Award (2013) by virtue of “Spit Dat”, which he founded and has co-hosted along with his brother-in-arms Dwayne B. since June 2002.
Drew has enjoyed numerous radio and television appearances, including: WETA, WHUR, WKUF, WPFW, WYPR, BET’s106 & Park, 8101with Michelle Wright, The Cypher’s Corner, Local Celebrity Video, The Poet’s Joint, and Somebody’s Shorts. He has also produced and/or contributed to a number of audio projects which have innovatively mixed hip hop, comedy, satire, and spoken word poetry, including: Poetology: Volume 1 (2001), Slamboozled: The Vitreous Humour LP(2002), Droopy: Live In Philly (2003), The Broke Album, Volume 1: Broke Baller (2004), The 5th L Presents Circle Circle Dot Dot (2004), Firewater featuring Sir Reigns and Droopy (2004), illpoets.com Presents All Seasons (2004) (which won the NUSPA for Album of the Year), A Few Things From True Things (2007), True Things (2009), American Prankster (2009),The Bully: The Aww-Dacity of Broke (2010 NUSPA Winner, Album of the Year), No Hair, Don’t Care (2012), My Beautifully Fraudulent Bitch Named Natalie (2012), and 35 & Ticking (2013). 2014 promises the release of Do Not Fall In Love With This Man as well as Droopy’s long-awaited love-themed double album This Is The Part.
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