ITHACA, NY – If anyone in Ithaca isn’t on the Sammus hype train yet, here’s another reason you should be excited to see what’s next for the Cornell PhD student, activist and rapper.

On Wednesday, Sammus was featured on National Public Radio’s “Songs We Love” list, a curated list of lesser-known artists and indie darlings who are creating exciting music.

The list highlights a song from Sammus’ new album “Pieces in Space” which releases in October. The song, called “Weirdo” has Sammus and guest Homeboy Sandman grappling with well, being “weirdos” — introverted, stereotype-defying and not at all ashamed of either.

Of course, it’s all delivered with clever rhymes and references that span from fictional hero Obi-wan Kenobi to real-life anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko over a beat inspired by Nintendo-era video games.

(Featured image of “Pieces in Space” album cover. Artwork by The Ithaca Voice’s own Benjamin Torrey)

Michael Smith

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