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PATRISSE KHAN-CULLORS: TELL A DIFFERENT STORY

Patrisse Khan-Cullors knows that politics and culture are inextricably linked, that each has a unique function in the struggle towards the liberation of oppressed peoples. Through her lifelong work as an artist, activist and advocate—most visible for her foundational role in establishing the Black Lives Matter global network—Khan-Cullors has helped literally helped us see the humanity in ourselves. Black Lives Matter's five-year anniversary is Fri., July 13, and Patrisse Khan-Cullors' When They Call You A Terrorist is available from St. Martin's Press. This interview by sweeney kovar. By

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BOOTS RILEY: “SORRY TO BOTHER YOU”

To be perfectly frank, I don’t know what box to put Sorry To Bother You in. I just know that the film, written and directed by Boots Riley of the Coup, is humane without being saccharine. It’s incisive without being preachy. It’s lighthearted without being shallow. It’s powerful without taking itself too seriously. I am not sure how to introduce Sorry To Bother You because it feels like something new. This interview by sweeney kovar. Sorry To Bother You begins limited release on Fri., July 6. By

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MACH-HOMMY: I GOT WAVES

In an era where who you’re standing next to is more important than what you create, Mach-Hommy is a renegade creating according to his own code. L.A. RECORD spoke with Mach-Hommy by phone to get a glimpse into the thought process behind his craft, his view on cultural appropriation in hip-hop and how he managed to sell 187 CDs for $300 apiece exclusively through Instagram. His The Spook EP (with KNXWLEDGE) is available now. This interview by sweeney kovar. By

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SAMIYAM: KANGAROOS TRYING TO FIGHT ME

After releasing his first two projects via Brainfeeder, Samiyam collaborated on a cassette with Leaving Records before moving on to the house that Madlib built. His Stones Throw debut Animals Have Feelings is yet another mostly instrumental experience, feeding his cult audience’s appetite for chunky skewed beats but adding a handful of curated MCs. Samiyam speaks now on his creative process, his experience being in the creative community of Los Angeles and just what role animals play in his day to day life. This interview by Le’Shawn Taylor and sweeney kovar. By

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VERSIS: I JUST WANTED TO TALK TO YOU

When Colin Palmer was a music-loving high school student, his Mac crashed and his aspirations of being a producer were channelled into the written word, and so Colin became Versis. The teen MC found a lane early. Before he was 21, he clocked credits with a wide array of collaborators like Dibia$e, fLako and Mar. Versis went quiet for several years before re-emerging, transformed, in 2015 with copeæsthetic, a project much meatier, moodier and introspective than anything previous. I FaceTimed with the 24 year-old to speak about the life processes that led to copeæsthetic, surviving the sea of scenes in L.A., and mental health. This interview by sweeney kovar. By

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ANDERSON .PAAK: JUST COMMIT

Malibu is by no means Anderson .Paak’s debut, but to the wider world, it’s probably something of a revelation—a full-length follow-up by the surprise stand-out on Dre’s Compton. But .Paak has been a fixture in L.A. for years, with deep and real connections all across the city and a polymathic capability (drummer, singer, rapper …) to fit in any place he can make the space. Malibu’s release this month caps off a blow-out year that fast-forwarded .Paak from local notable to worldwide up-and-comer, and as usual for .Paak, he’s made the absolute most of the timing and the opportunity—it’s a pocket epic of an album, positively bristling with detail and personality and presenting .Paak as an artist ready and able to go anywhere. This interview by Chris Ziegler and sweeney kovar. By