Nostalgia moment of the summer award goes to: July 2015
From my time at Pitchfork Music Festival this past weekend in Union Park in Chicago. Without these folk, this festival couldn’t have been possible. From mothers and young children hawking water to festival-goers from sun up to sun down, to local rappers hustling mixtapes and CD’s outside the gates of the park, to scalping tickets and flipping them for 300% their original worth, these portraits hold more significance than the context they were taken in. I dedicate this album for the real MVP’s of the weekend.
This past week, I was invited to attend the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s opening ceremony for their multimedia exhibition that featured an array of artists, collectives and organizations based out of New York and all throughout the the world. Curated by Debra Willis and her son, Hank Willis Thomas, each project manifested shared themes ranging from community building to social activism, all based within the essence of collaboration to achieve their impact. The exhibition, “Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration,” embodies the spirit of new age expressionism that allows for individuals to utilize the medium of art as a vehicle for dialogue between societal institutions and local communities in conversing on topics they otherwise would not be accessible by political discourse or plain rhetoric. From DPI faculty and alumni, the exhibition was a wonderful showcase that displayed all sorts of perspectives, especially of those we typically do not assign much agency and autonomy to in the conventional scheme of things.
I hit up my boy Mensa Kondo, a D.C.-native fine artist, to see if I could come through to chill with him at his spot and rap about his latest projects, plans for the year, and peep these super rare Yu-Gi-Oh! cards his art students gave him that afternoon. Check the goods.
An open letter to Teddy Wayne, a douche bag columnist who wrote this horrible article on twerking. Enclosed is my reply. This means war, Ted.