TAKE #6: What Does it Mean for Tyler to Win “Best Rap Album?”

A month ago, I wrote a piece on Tyler the Creator and his move towards Black Visibility. In that piece I talk about how Tyler has existed within them musical imaginary - as a race-neutral black body that white guys could attach their hopes for blackness onto. Because Tyler hadn't openly aligned himself with blackness, … Continue reading TAKE #6: What Does it Mean for Tyler to Win “Best Rap Album?”

Take #5: Tyler the Creator, Odd Future, and a Move Towards Black Visibility

https://twitter.com/tylerthecreator/status/1050069582403141632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw I remember my first time watching Goldlink’s video for “U Say,” featuring Jay Prince and Tyler the Creator. The video, set to the jazzy, afrobeat instrumental and smooth vocals from all three artists, is a beautiful, afrocentric creation as Goldlink, Jay Prince, and Tyler glide clumsily through a party. It's really a beautiful video. … Continue reading Take #5: Tyler the Creator, Odd Future, and a Move Towards Black Visibility

TAKE #4: Decentering Whiteness in Black Resistance

As Steve Biko describes in “Black Souls in White Skins?,” it’s easy for white people to take a paternalistic role in the movements for black liberation, and this is especially true for white people who hold marginalized identities.[1] However, there are many examples of white allyship that focuses on the horizontal work that white people … Continue reading TAKE #4: Decentering Whiteness in Black Resistance

TAKE #2: Why Are All the Black Folks Standing in the Back of the Hip Hop Concert?

At the ripe age of 23, I've been to a bunch of concerts. A lot of them happened while I was in college, a few more once I graduated and was forced to choose between a slightly fuller bank account or seeing Tyler the Creator on my birthday this past September. There's always a rush … Continue reading TAKE #2: Why Are All the Black Folks Standing in the Back of the Hip Hop Concert?