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Model Glue: KOOL A.D. Talks Style


We were lucky enough to get Das Racist's KOOL A.D. to model our new T-shirt line. We sat down with him (ok, we emailed) to talk briefly about his personal style, dogs, and sustainable food production. Above, KOOL A.D. says wassup to the camera in our Dan-Ngere Tee.

OKA: You got style. How would you describe it in 3 words or less? You got a style icon?

KOOL A.D.: My style in three words is "word ok thanks." My style icon is Ornette Coleman.

OKA: Let's talk about beards. How much time and thought does grooming your beard require, or do you feel the best beard is the result of not giving a f*ck?

KOOL A.D.: I usually have a beard because I don't really like shaving.

OKA: Whats your favorite item of clothing?

KOOL A.D.: My free t-shirt I got from Okayafrica.

OKA: What's your favorite item of clothing to remove from a female fan?

KOOL A.D.: Chill chill.

OKA: If you had your own cologne - let's just say you bottled your body odor - what would you name it?

KOOL A.D.: "Too Much"

OKA: Name your spirit animal.

KOOL A.D.: DOG

OKA: What are you working on right now? What's going on with Das Racist and other music projects, etc?

KOOL A.D.: Just trying to record a lot. Rap and some shit with singing. Have a punk rock project called Party Animal putting out a record end of this year and touring beginning of next year. Got a pyschedelic rap project called Peaceful Solutions with Seattle jazzman Kassa Overall dropping soon. Working on a proto-post-rap project called Cult Days. Trying to transition at some point into sustainable food production.

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Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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