“It’s easy to ignore other aspects of black masculinity because the louder stuff is so loud. The stuff that’s louder is the violence and that’s what people listen to, but if you look at [MCs] as artists and craftspeople, there’s another aspect of blackness that is not being led with.” —Jeffrey Boakye (@unseenflirtations), author of Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials & The Meaning of Grime.
Boakye explained to The FADER how nine classic grime anthems show the true complexity of masculinity in the genre. Hit the bio link to read more.
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