Shinichirō Watanabe: How an anime director defined one of hip hop’s most popular subgenres

Shinichirō Watanabe was born in 1965 in Kyoto, Japan, thousands of miles away from the birthplace of hip hop. He wasn’t a musician; Watanabe operated in the world of Japanese anime — completely separate from the…


People love to rave about the benefits of working from home. No more long commutes. We get to operate on your terms, in a comfortable atmosphere. In many ways, it can be liberating.

But for many, this can create unique challenges: complicated family dynamics, crowded spaces, noisy surroundings. A hectic…


The admirers and disciples of the late MF Doom

MF Doom was the ultimate anti-hero of hip hop. The quintessential anti-rapper. In a genre mired in celebrity and fame, Doom resolved to remain underground. In a genre predicated on a rapper’s image, Doom sported a mask, shrouding his personal life…


The holiday season is notorious for its excess and celebration of consumer culture.

For me, this year was the exact opposite: as minimalist as you can imagine. No family get-togethers. Gifts were more symbolic than anything else.

Something felt missing this holiday season. No, not extravagant gifts or Christmas parties…


Jacob Blake’s death has riled up protests against police brutality and systemic racism throughout the country. But in the sports world, everyone expected business as usual. Media pundits would make a statement, and sports would roll on, unhindered by the outside world.

Yet on August 27, something unprecedented occurred. Led…


Afro-Rabòday, is a Haitian music genre popular amongst Haitian youth. It rose from the ashes of the earthquake in 2011, providing a voice for a disaffected generation. Unlike the slow and sensual Konpa, Rabòday is electric. In a music scene dominated by Konpa and rap kreyol, Rabòday occupies a unique…


Plaza Catalunya is a symbol of commercialism in Barcelona. The cramped local spots that characterize other parts of the city were absent. Instead of Spanish and Catalan storefronts, it’s home to some of the biggest brands in the world: Zara, Louis Vuitton, McDonald’s. …


(Subtitle: Free Verse) A poem by Arslay Joseph

We were drowning.

We were baptized into the cursed Atlantic, where the screams of our ancestors can still be heard. We were dropped in the middle of it and told to stay afloat. We were drowning.

Our love was weighed down by the “isms”. …

Arslay Joseph

I am a young writer eager to share my story with the world. Check out my work at: http://imprecisewords.com/ Follow me on Instagram (@words_by_slay).

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