Consumer Guide: December, 2020

Gender defiant hip-hop, environmental hip-hop, and free-form hip-hop. Plus: enraged guitar chanters get philosophical, Christmas songs get sad, and the baddest woman in country music comes alive.

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Backxwash: Deviancy (Grimalkin) Raised in Zambia and sent off to British Columbia for a computer science degree, the trans woman Ashanti Mutinta then relocated to Montreal and in 2018 released two Bandcamp-streamable suck-an-MC hip-hop EPs that knew their way around: F.R.E.A.K.S (try “Pink Bandana”) and the more assured Black Sailor Moon (“Voodoo” or “A…

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