Decoding race and masculinity with Lowkey

Andrew Butler

Rapper, artist and activist Lowkey talks with Elias Williams of MANDEM about race and masculinity.

Filmed by MANDEM at an event they cohosted with Raise the Bar spoken word at the Arnolfini in Bristol on 16 January 2020.

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    1. Lowkey is not strictly a ‘rapper’. Is he? He’s essentially a political activist who is using rap as a vehicle to proselytise his beliefs. Political activists spread and share their political enthusiasms in all sorts of ways. Many do it via recorded YouTube lectures or as guests on online radio shows. Lowkey is utilising ‘the rap mode’ for its convenience to reach a particular readymade and available audience that’s sitting there open to be ‘rapped at’ whatever rap comes their way. And, that is a huge, mainly, young malleable multicultural demographic to have the eyes and ears of rapturously and rappingly taking to your political stuff lectured as Lowkey delivers it in rap-mode.

      ̿̿ ̿̿ ̿’̿\̵͇̿̿\з=ʕ▀̿ ل͜▀̿ ̿ʔ︻╦̵̵͇̿̿̿̿ ══╤── ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋

    2. Lowkey is not strictly a ‘rapper’. Is he? He’s essentially a political activist who is using rap as a vehicle to proselytise his beliefs. Political activists spread and share their political enthusiasms in all sorts of ways. Many do it via recorded YouTube lectures or as guests on online radio shows. Lowkey is utilising ‘the rap mode’ for its convenience to reach a particular readymade and available audience that’s sitting there open to be ‘rapped at’ whatever rap comes their way. And, that is a huge, mainly, young malleable multicultural demographic to have the eyes and ears of rapturously and rappingly taking to your political stuff lectured as Lowkey delivers it in rap-mode.

      ̿̿ ̿̿ ̿’̿\̵͇̿̿\з=ʕ▀̿ ل͜▀̿ ̿ʔ︻╦̵̵͇̿̿̿̿ ══╤── ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋 ҉💋

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