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While I was in Delray Beach this journalist by the name of Ramon Ramirez reached out to me for my expertise on D.C. rapper Fat Trel, who’s gradually making a name for himself in the nationwide market. Though I’m hardly an expert on African-American culture – I mean, c’mon – I told Ramon my thoughts and he published them in his cover article for the latest issue of the paper. I was quite happy to see my name and my expertise in print, that is, until I saw that Ramon had spelled my last name ‘Merrack’.
Read the full article here, or perhaps check out my quote after the break
If there’s something confounding about Trel, it’s that despite the enthusiasm for weapons, the mixtape coke narratives, and the face tattoos, he more or less comes off as a good kid. “I see where he’s coming from in terms of being recognized on a larger scale and dealing with a community that wants to hurt him physically,” says Peter Merrack, a Toronto-based hip-hop writer. “But when we spoke his logic shifted toward him just thinking guns are cool. He started talking about wanting the same guns he saw Lil Boosie flaunt. It’s the contradiction prevalent in the whole culture.”