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DAKIM: PLAYING FOR THE SPIRIT

The connection between music and spirituality gets frequent lip-service but it is a rare and special thing to find music that can function as a pathway towards the spirit. It is even rarer to have the privilege of recognizing a musician devoting themselves to music as a spiritual practice in real time. That’s been my experience with Dakim, the unassuming prodigal son of Detroit’s deep and fertile cultural legacy. A quiet warrior, Dakim’s art aims for the soul—he’s using the magic of sound to bring the discerning listener that much closer to the source. Dakim's regos_mined will be available digitally on Thurs., Oct. 10. This interview by sweeney kovar. By

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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