how to breathe in a world of smoke? how to sing away time when your face is in the clock’s reflection? how to call yourself something unnamed by violence? how to do the impossible. read about some of the best rappers currently creating in the spaces of contradiction, like Kodie Shane, Noni Blanco, Cam & China, and Bbymutha, and follow one Black queer poet’s trip through the past, present, and future. our afflictions are chronically absurd; our poetics must be too.



kodie shane’s romantic absurdities cruise with me through the cobwebs of this life. read



lessons from Bbymutha, the womanist mother of gangsta rap. read

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a decade’s reflection on time, money, and masculinity. read

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the rap renaissance in Los Angeles howls the past into the future. read



Noni Blanco’s militant anthems complicate hip­hop’s narratives of violence. read

Calen Firedancing