Malcolm London is an activist, poet, and rapper. In 2015, he helped Chance the Rapper organize a series of “Open Mike” nights for artistically inclined youths in their hometown of Chicago. He has also given TED Talks and worked with the United Nations to address police violence. Last year he was arrested in Chicago while protesting over the killing of Laquan McDonald. All of the charges were subsequently dropped.
London's new album is titled OPIA and features Chicago-based artists including Vic Mensa, Donnie Trumpet, and Jamila Woods. How To Dress Well also appears on the record, which was executive produced by Savemoney crew member EB.
A statement issued by London reads: "Ever awkwardly catch eye contact with someone you don’t know for more than five seconds walking down the street, on the train, or at a party from across the room? How intrusive it may feel to have someone staring you directly in the eye & yet simultaneously how vulnerable it feels like someone can see into your soul. Internationally recognized poet, activist & rapper Malcolm London wants you to feel exactly that when listening to his new project titled OPIA, which means the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eyes which can feel both invasive and vulnerable.”
Stream/download the album below.