Because writing a parody “straight rapper trend piece” was too cheeky for something so important. Basically this piece, which has been stewing in my mind and heart since that p4k post dropped, is about how well-meaning media lumping in a bunch of stylistically disparate rappers like Le1f, Mykki Blanco, House of Ladosha, etc based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is actually condescending and further marginalizing.
NOTE: I WENT THRU EDITS OF THIS WHILE I WAS AT THE GATHERING OF THE JUGGALOS SO YES, I REALIZE IT SAYS “THESE ARTISTS ARE TALENTED AND DESERVE THE ATTENTION” LIKE TEN TIMES. FEEL MY GIST DOE!
Of these, I conducted the interviews with Missy Elliott, Kidada Jones, Jomo Hankerson, Barry Hankerson, Method Man and, I think, Dame Dash, though I can’t remember that one so maybe not. And a bunch more in the extendo version in-book. Chioma Nnadi interviewed Eric Farrell, and I think Sam Hockley-Smith interviewed Tank. This issue was, of all the issues I edited, my baby.
Ew dude, no. #history
WKB: I have a friend who described how comedy should work with a picture: It was a cartoon bald eagle swooping down from the sky on a mouse, and the mouse is giving the eagle the finger. That’s funny, that as the mouse is about to die, he’s giving the eagle the finger. When it’s the eagle giving the mouse the finger as he’s coming down to eat it…
MJ: That’s sad.
WKB: That’s the GOP!” —Kamau is awesome. This is an interview with him about his new show on F/X, which debuts August 9 and is being worked on by Hari Kondabolu, who DISCLOSURE I guess will be my common-law bro-in-law at some point in the next 7 years, assuming the shit doesn’t hit the fan one way or another. That’s not why I’m posting it though, I’m posting it cause Kamau is hilarious and I’m really excited to see this show.