But as a propagandist, Hammami shined. In 2009, he started recording and posting online what he calls his “rap nashid” thing: a capella rhymes in English about jihad, martyrdom and violence that bridged the gap between hip-hop and Islamic nashid chanting. They were amateurish — Danger Room has mocked them over the years — but fascinating. “Send Me A Cruise” fantasized about getting killed by a “Predator drone/ or a paradise missile”; the cadence of “Make Jihad With Me” deliberately referenced Tupac Shakur’s classic “Hail Mary.” Hammami tells me he actually played no part in those corny raps — he only co-wrote “Hmm Hmm” and “Blow By Blow” — but his rapping partner released them under Hammami’s name, playing off his high profile.
This Spencer Ackermann interview with Omar Hammami is all kinds of amazing, but this is my absolute favorite part: a fucking JIHADIST disowning his bad raps by using the rapper equivalent of “my twitter was hacked.” 

Misa’s “Shake The House” was one of my favorite songs/videos I discovered while researching this piece for SPIN, The 50 Greatest White Girl Rap Moments of All Time. I spent a couple of months going deep into the troubled annals of white women rapping (and listening to “Fly Like a G6,” which I decided I really like, two years post facto). It would be awesome if you would read it! 

So I wrote about “gay rapper trend pieces”

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!

I love the music of Mykki Blanco and have a lot going on w/her shit this wknd. First, I had him and her best friend, Physical Therapy, on my radio show this weekend. She freestyled twice and Physical Therapy played THEE best house diva set and we talked a whole bunch and played new shit from Mykki’s new album, as well as Physical Therapy’s—LISTEN HERE. ANNNNND—-I wrote about Mykki’s new video for “Join My Militia” (like my favorite song of quarter 1), which dropped today, over here. AUDRE LORDE AND AN OCTOPUS! 

I love the music of Mykki Blanco and have a lot going on w/her shit this wknd. First, I had him and her best friend, Physical Therapy, on my radio show this weekend. She freestyled twice and Physical Therapy played THEE best house diva set and we talked a whole bunch and played new shit from Mykki’s new album, as well as Physical Therapy’s—LISTEN HERE. ANNNNND—-I wrote about Mykki’s new video for “Join My Militia” (like my favorite song of quarter 1), which dropped today, over here. AUDRE LORDE AND AN OCTOPUS! 

karnythia

vagabondaesthetics:

I mean I never hear people every talk about the 15000 rappers going through depression and usually dedicating several tracks off of their debut albums to talk about their addiction to drugs or pills or their suicidal tendency. The only exceptions are Eminem and Biggie’s…

REAL TALK. [SELF-PLUG: in my upcoming Spin cover story on Waka Flocka, we did talk about this, a lot.]

It’s a shot at everybody. It’s a shot at the stereotypes that people hold and perpetrate against the lower class, ignoring the diversity of the different people and mindsets. It’s also a shot at white rap journalists who are the biggest re-inforcers of these stereotypes through their limited understanding of the culture and environments they write about.
Big Baby Gandhi, saying what everyone is thinking (and also saying)