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Here’s some stuff that doesn’t really fit in my “official” bio but that people might be interested in:
If people know me, they usually know me from Button Poetry or my other spoken word stuff. But I’m also an MC. I’ve released three albums with producer Big Cats, including my most recent one, War Balloons. I’ve also done side projects with artists like Claire de Lune (A Loud Heart) and Katrah-Quey (Post-Post-Race). I’m also part of the trio Sifu Hotman (alongside Dem Atlas and Rube); we made an album called Embrace the Sun that I’m still really proud of, and the single “Matches” got featured on Welcome to Night Vale, Lauren Laverne’s BBC6 show, and beyond. Find all of my music here.
I travel a lot, but I also try to stay as engaged as I can here in the Twin Cities. I work closely with TruArtSpeaks, a nonprofit cultivating “literacy, leadership, and social justice through the study and application of spoken word and Hip Hop culture.” I also work with MPD150, a local abolitionist collective striving to change the narrative around policing and public safety. I also do a lot of zine-making, workshop/residency work in high schools (through both TruArtSpeaks and COMPAS), and political writing right here on this blog. In particular, I’m interested in sharing resources with people who do education work. Most recently, I launched the #WhatsGoodMan podcast on healthy masculinity along with fellow local MC/activist Tony the Scribe. Feel free to browse this site for more.
A few press quotes:
“Part Cormac McCarthy, part Woody Guthrie, and part Public Enemy.” -Justin Schell, TC Daily Planet
“An all-around firebrand… the tracks are political but also personal, impassioned without becoming preachy, and always original.” -Josh Jackson, Paste Magazine
“Their new album captures Guante at his best as he delivers powerful cultural and sociopolitical theses with a blazing clarity, and it serves as excellent companion piece to P.O.S and Brother Ali’s latest records.” -Andrea Swensson, The Current
“Guante and Big Cats create intelligent, political hip hop that mercifully doesn’t come off as preachy or self-righteous. It’s sobering, demanding your attention like a car crash, yet emotional and alarmingly intimate at times.” -Michael L. Walsh, City Pages
“Simply put, he is one of the finest writers in the Twin Cities, and in underground rap writ large.” -Paul Thompson, Impression of Sound