Malcolm London Gets SELF righteous


words by Eamon Whalen

photo by Bryan Allen Lamb


Malcolm London was political prisoner for 16 hours this past November. In the protests following the release of the video of the murder or Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, the activist, poet, rapper and co-organizer of Chance The Rapper's "Open Mikes," London was accused of punching a police officer and charged with aggravated battery. Other protestors said he was snatched off the street without provocation. The next day the charges were inexplicably dropped and London was released, essentially proving the latter group right. His new song SELFrighteous is a free form meditation on his arrest, being an activist before it was en vogue and going Steph Curry on the patriarchy.

Read Malcolm's conversation with Rhymefest from Issue 04 here