Mic Write Has One Of 2016’s Best Protest Records With “Onus Chain”


Mic Write

Hip-hop artists from multiple subgenres and areas have stepped up to the plate this year to create the timely protest music that Questlove expressed a desire for in December 2014. This weekend, Mic Write has made his own visual and musical contributions with the provocative Onus Chain.

Chace “Mic Write” Morris is an award-winning rapper, poet, educator and activist in Detroit. He has received the Detroit Institute of Arts’ 2016 Alain Locke Award and the 2015 Knight Arts Award, along with being a 2013 Kresge Literary Fellow and a two-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam champion.

After releasing multiple projects as 1/4 of the rap group Cold Men Young and several solo EPs, on Saturday night he released Onus Chain, a new album with a series of music videos combined into a short film. The six-song record and the film brilliantly capture blackness at its most bleak, joyful and rebellious, all at once. Watch the video and listen to the album below.

William Ketchum III

is a journalist who covers music, pop culture, film/TV, race, culture and social justice. He is an editor at Okayplayer, and his work has appeared in Complex, Billboard, Guardian, NPR, MTV, Ebony, HipHopDX, The Flint Journal-MLive, and other publications.

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