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Martina Lynch: Spoken Word
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Martina Lynch, a rapper, songwriter, and poet from Baltimore, MD (also known as Tina TurntUP), is mostly known for her talents as an emcee and spoken word artist. Influenced by legends such as Tupac, MC Lyte, and Queen Latifah, Martina wrote her first rap at the age of 8. She began her musical journey in 2010, performing throughout the DMV and released her first mixtape, "The Climax" (available on Datpiff), in 2014. In 2013, she was chosen to do a televised performance on BET's 106 & Park. In 2015, she joined Dewmore Bmore Poetry's team, where she competed alongside poets and emcees from all over the world in the international MC Olympics (Brave New Voices) and placed in the top 3. That same year, she was crowned " Female Emcee of the Year" in Baltimore City and placed 1st in the Baltimore MC Olympics. Growing up in a poverty-stricken community, Martina Lynch focuses on hip-hop and poetry because she believes that writing and expression are healing. During the uprising surrounding Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Martina teamed up with local rap legend Young Moose and created a song called "No Sunshine." The song was nominated for the top protest song of the year in Baltimore. From there, she was chosen to perform two spoken word pieces for two different TED Talks and went on to win many rap competitions, including the first-ever adidas Open Mic Series in 2018, where she performed live for Pusha T and received a one-on-one mentoring session. In 2020, her song "Boss Moves" featuring TT the artist was chosen for placement on a Netflix series called "The Duchess," Season 2, Episode 2. In 2022, she opened for the famous rapper "Trina Rokkstar" at Baltimore's Pride Festival. Martina continues to work independently from Baltimore to Atlanta.

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