Blair Smith

Blair produces music under the name lovenloops, as a part of the creative team SolHot and its band, We Levitate. She is a producer and writer, currently penning her PhD thesis on the shared space for black girls created by SolHot, and the meditation and music that is created there.

Dom and I had a great time chatting with Blair about hip hop and poetry and beatmaking and community building and more! Her music is one-of-a-kind, like its creator.

Dogfuq and VOS

Brace for impact.

Phil/Dogfuq/Dogfriend is a veteran of Secret Bonus Level and a fantastically animated artist.

VOS is a cool, collected gentle giant with a heart of gold.

Together they form like Voltron to give you unadulterated freestyle nirvana.

Hang tight/enjoy the madness~

Michael “Mikemetic” Donovan

Michael Donovan, author of Hook Haiku, joined Dom and I in the WRIR studio as the guest for this week’s episode. Last year, Donovan was featured in a Style Weekly article, focusing on the origin and evolution of Hood Haiku (read it here).

During the first segment of our show, Michael chose to read a poem titled Earthseed, by Octavia Butler. The poem comes from Butler’s novel Parable of the Sower and, in the book, describes the core tenet of the fictional religion of Earthseed, that “God is change”. It is also a prime example of late-20th-century Afrofuturism and a powerful think-piece, which will cause you to reexamine your belief (or unbelief) in God.

We started our second segment with selections from the “Knowledge” chapter of Hook Haiku. Dom and I each read a haiku and Michael read two, with plenty of context and conversation in-between.

“Mikemetic” Donovan is not only a poet and musician, he is also a WRIR veteran and a great dude. We had a great time chatting with him, and we hope you’ll enjoy this special episode.

Hood Haiku, Vol. 1: Sidewalk Science is published through Fist City Press and is available now. You can purchase it here.