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808s & Otherworlds announces a bold and incendiary new voice in Sean Avery Medlin. Against the backdrop of the Phoenix suburbs where they were raised, Medlin weaves a tapestry of worlds -- as gut-wrenchingly real as young, star-crossed lovers unmythed by segregation, and imaginative as the story of Mer-Africans who "live deeper than Atlantis or military submarines, deeper 808s & Otherworlds announces a bold and incendiary new voice in Sean Avery Medlin. Against the backdrop of the Phoenix suburbs where they were raised, Medlin weaves a tapestry of worlds -- as gut-wrenchingly real as young, star-crossed lovers unmythed by segregation, and imaginative as the story of Mer-Africans who "live deeper than Atlantis or military submarines, deeper than any human, mutant, or cosmic deity can descend," as narrated by Storm. 808s & Otherworlds interrogates the effects of media misrepresentation on the performance of Black masculinity. Through storytelling rhymes and vulnerable narratives in conversation with both contemporary Hip-Hop culture -- superhuman mutants, video games -- and systemic anti-blackness -- the death of Darrien Hunt, murdered by police while cosplaying -- 808s & Otherworlds pieces together a speculative reality where Blackfolk are simultaneously superhuman and dehumanized. It's a love letter to family and self, told to an undeniably energetic beat.


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808s & Otherworlds announces a bold and incendiary new voice in Sean Avery Medlin. Against the backdrop of the Phoenix suburbs where they were raised, Medlin weaves a tapestry of worlds -- as gut-wrenchingly real as young, star-crossed lovers unmythed by segregation, and imaginative as the story of Mer-Africans who "live deeper than Atlantis or military submarines, deeper 808s & Otherworlds announces a bold and incendiary new voice in Sean Avery Medlin. Against the backdrop of the Phoenix suburbs where they were raised, Medlin weaves a tapestry of worlds -- as gut-wrenchingly real as young, star-crossed lovers unmythed by segregation, and imaginative as the story of Mer-Africans who "live deeper than Atlantis or military submarines, deeper than any human, mutant, or cosmic deity can descend," as narrated by Storm. 808s & Otherworlds interrogates the effects of media misrepresentation on the performance of Black masculinity. Through storytelling rhymes and vulnerable narratives in conversation with both contemporary Hip-Hop culture -- superhuman mutants, video games -- and systemic anti-blackness -- the death of Darrien Hunt, murdered by police while cosplaying -- 808s & Otherworlds pieces together a speculative reality where Blackfolk are simultaneously superhuman and dehumanized. It's a love letter to family and self, told to an undeniably energetic beat.

56 review for 808s & Otherworlds

  1. 5 out of 5

    Talima Flores-Allah

    A fantastic trip. One I will take over n over again

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Velez Diodonet

    "You cannot borrow my color. I am not a commodity. I am not a part song, cuss word or caged bird. I belong to no one. I name myself...wear myself. You sell me to make your money. You say I'm free, but you still owe me." I loved everything about this collection of poems, remixes and meditations. It was raw, honest and contemplative. There were parts that kicked me in the chest and made me pay attention. There were so many times I stopped to reread certain parts because the thoughts were so deep. T "You cannot borrow my color. I am not a commodity. I am not a part song, cuss word or caged bird. I belong to no one. I name myself...wear myself. You sell me to make your money. You say I'm free, but you still owe me." I loved everything about this collection of poems, remixes and meditations. It was raw, honest and contemplative. There were parts that kicked me in the chest and made me pay attention. There were so many times I stopped to reread certain parts because the thoughts were so deep. The format of the book gave it a nice flow. The writing was the stand out for me. It was lyrical, speculative at times and magical. I really really related to Medlin's nerdy gamer, hip hop loving vibes. The author tackles themes through hip hop and media narratives. They explore: 🎧 Black masculinity and mental health 🎧 the commodification of Black culture and bodies 🎧 the misuse of hip hop by corporations to perpetuate narratives about Black culture 🎧 the concept of gender and roles 🎧 the trappings of idol worship and aspirations to perceived ideas of celebrity and status 🎧 what freedom looks and feels like when you question the staus quo 🎧 the diversity of Blackness 🎧 the importance of telling our own stories The author's dissections of Kanye West songs and analysis of his persona were my favorites. They were insightful and really put words to what many have been thinking for a long time. If you are a nerdy, hip lover, then this book is for you. THIS HITS HARD! Medlin's words will continue to be bouncing around in my head. Thanks to @twodollarradio for this gifted copy. #808sandOtherworlds #debutnovel #twodollarradio #SeanAveryMedlin #hiphop #BooksandMurals #poetry #bookreview #indiebooks #books #bookish #bookphotos #reading #bookworm #booksandArt #nerd #BlackLit #BlackAuthors #stories #ownvoices #Blackbooks #verse #amplifymelanatedvoices #music #diversereads #bookdragon #blackstoriesmatter #masculinity

  3. 5 out of 5

    Colin Asher

    Sean Avery Medlin’s 808s and Otherworlds is unabashedly itself. A mix of poetry, prose and song, memoir, jeremiad and cultural critique – it blends and contorts genre and form whimsically, while simultaneously, its author confesses their insecurities and interrogates the gospels of gender and race and the performance of each. Like the best debuts, the book leaves the impression that the author has said enough but that they still have quite a bit left to say and promise yet to fulfill.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tamillia Valenzuela

    Anything from Sean is guaranteed to be celestial. A true alchemist of words, master of their craft, definite must have!

  5. 5 out of 5

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