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DMX was born in Baltimore. Tupac Shakur went to high school there. Plenty of New York rappers are happy to tell you about the time they spent moving drugs down there. In recent years, the city has produced local cult heroes like Young Moose, Tate Kobang, and the gone-too-soon Lor Scoota. But Baltimore has never produced a national rapper of note. For years, that didn’t matter. We had club music. https://open.spotify.com/track/4B2G8dTCkRNqfgNZM3UTc2 Club music, a harsh and...
Everything is relative. It’s just as hard to write a good short story as it is to write a good novel. It’s harder, also, to write a bad novel than it is to write a bad short story. (More pages, more time.) Hardest of all, though, is a good collection of short stories. On the phone with Rion Amilcar Scott, I compared it to hitting ten grand slams in a row. It’s hyperbolic, sure,...

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