Posts byArthur Banach

Dark Komedy: Polish Identity & Art

I’m a bleeding optimist. I can’t be any other way. James Baldwin said, “I can’t be a pessimist because pessimism implies humanity is an academic value”, and my art harkens to that. Both my parents—being immigrants—traded their desires for my own. Despite days of poverty and inevitable moments of regret, they persevered. My father would

O.S.T.R. And Hip Hop’s Pit Stop in Poland

ip Hop’s culture has been adopted globally. Without strict regulations in terms of tradition or initiation, the genre’s culture has passed borders with ease. Born out of a need to give voice to those silenced by society, it has fostered an inherent acceptance to likeminded people. It’s this quality that’s allowed for the participation of other

A Bohemian Oddisee

Oddisee connects Flâneurism with Hip Hop

urning on an Oddisee record is much like stepping out into the street. My first taste of Oddisee’s music came in the form of “Own Appeal”: a sugary guitar loop held up by subtle drums and echoes of CRU vocals. As the beat began to dig inside my head, Amir Mohammed (Oddisee) stepped out his

From MCs To Rudeboys

very street has a sound, and 163rd in the Bronx is no exception. Gyrating amps were hooked around streetlights. No-name DJs let their hands speak as they scratched funk and jazz vinyls. The Ghetto Brothers, a Puerto Rican gang that prioritized music and social change over violence, were responsible for cultivating this block party atmosphere.