Mystery Spoken Word Poet and Musician Radheya Reinkarn8d Released a New Single, “CORONA”

Mystery spoken word poet and musician Radheya Reinkarn8d released a new single, CORONA,” a tribute to the 2-year anniversary when COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Now available on all streaming platforms, CORONA is a poetic piece highlighting the global impacts of the pandemic, the fear it instilled in humanity, and the surreal mentality many faced that ultimately upended lives forever.

Known to social media as the lion with a mic, Cis a spoken word artist portrayed as an animated, graphic novel character. The mystery artist behind the mask is a model minority on the mission to share thought-provoking content to raise consciousness around uncomfortable topics mainstream media refuses to cover.

CORONA is an antiphony piece about fear being a daunting denominator in the spread of COVID-19.

“My mind keeps spinning. My head keeps turning. This sure ain’t living. From panic to threat. From pandemic to dread. From fear to hope to fear. I don’t know what is real. This all seems so surreal.” cites Radheya Reinkarn8d in the song.

Radheya Reinkarn8d covers topics on various social issues such as race, immigration, corporate America, cancel culture, and more. His poetry and music strive to provide clarity through transformation and a new way of thinking.


Please tell us about some of your latest projects and what you are currently working on?

Radheya: I recorded a Spoken Word album last year and dropped songs and music videos each month. The album is extremely timely…each one of the songs deals with current social issues, like race, war, and cancel culture.

My last song, “Corona,” commemorated the two-year anniversary of the global pandemic. It describes the topsy turvy world we all experienced and suggests that the actual virus was FEAR. During the pandemic, we allowed fear to control us.

What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?

Radheya: I have always loved writing because it provides tremendous freedom. I can communicate in a raw, sincere, and unfiltered way without worrying about whether I am offending someone or saying the wrong thing.

I perform behind a mask to maintain that authenticity. Once I put on the mask, I can stop playing a role and stop trying to please others. I like to say that by putting on the mask, I take off the mask. Isn’t that something? I speak from my heart, and I speak my truth.

What have been some memorable moments in your career so far?

Radheya: When I first started performing, I was holding back. I was still me, dressing up like a lion in a suit. More recently, I’ve managed to erase that boundary. Now when I perform, I become the character. This crazy, somewhat schizophrenic lion that can no longer hold back. He HAS to share his truth.

The audience reactions have been tremendous. The lion inspires, energizes, and commands people’s attention. I’m realizing, damn, I’m really good at this!

What do you hope for yourself for the remainder of the year?

Radheya: My spoken word hits like a slap across the face. It wakes people up and challenges conventional narratives. It forces the audience to think differently. My message can produce strong emotional reactions and raise a lot of questions. I view my art as the starting point of a conversation.

This year, I want to engage with my audience in more dialogues through platforms such as YouTube and Instagram Live. Of course, I will continue writing and performing.

How has the pandemic made you a better person and creator?

Radheya: The pandemic helped clarify my priorities. During the spring and summer of 2020, everything was shut down. We had nothing to do. Nowhere to go. The pandemic allowed me to drop the baggage that added nothing to my life and focus more on what brings me value. What makes me feel alive. Family is one big category. Art is another.

What is a fun fact about yourself that many are not aware of?

Radheya: I suck at Karaoke, but I’m getting better at it!

What else would you like our readers to know about you?

Radheya: I’m just glad to be here. I never imagined producing an album, putting on a mask, and getting on stage ten years ago. I’m having a great time!

How can we keep up to date with you?

Radheya: Check out @lionwithamic on all social media platforms. Also, go to my website at to learn more about Radheya!

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