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Verses From the Abstract: Horrorcore, Trauma, and Falling Up

Featuring Clipping, Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, Cakes Da Killa, and More

Nov 13, 2020

On October 8, some joker on Twitter (I won’t embarrass them by naming names/handles) posed the question—“who you think will have the better October album?”—with pictures of the covers of Clipping’s Visions of Bodies Being Burned and Open Mike Eagle’s Anime, Trauma, and Divorce underneath. More

Verses From the Abstract: Now Who Wants Ice Cream

Featuring Sampa The Great, Big Baby Scumbag, Sur Stone, Mt. Etna, Phelimuncasi, and Nyege Nyege Tapes

Oct 05, 2020

It’s completely well and good to want to change the system, even better to dismantle it in the name of building something better. More

Verses From the Abstract: Home and the Great Escape

Examining the Latest by Black Noi$e, His Name Is Alive + Model Home, Leikeli47, Miss Eaves, and reggie

Sep 04, 2020

First thing’s first: sorry for the delay in getting this column to your eye sockets. My partner, cat, and I just spent late July and the first half of August packing a retired 2002 school bus full of our personal possessions, then driving said bus across the country from Portland to Ann Arbor. More

Verses From the Abstract: The Cross-Pollination Between Hip-Hop and Noise/Industrial Music

Featuring Pink Siifu, RA x M[A]B, LeRoi Da Moor, Backxwash, Model Home, Standing on the Corner, Clipping, Beans, and More

Jul 16, 2020

Welcome to the first edition of Verse From the Abstract! We’ll be getting deep into plenty of the nooks and crannies of modern hip hop in the weeks and months to come, from slick to gnarly, from wildly popular to completely unknown. Let’s start, though, by exploring something near and dear to my heart: the growing cross-pollination between hip-hop and noise/industrial music. More