McKinley Dixon on Police Reform, the Vibrancy of Chicago

McKinley Dixon has a deep admiration for his current home city of Chicago, inspired by the vibrancy of his community.

“I live in Garfield Park on the West Side of Chicago, which is a majority Black neighborhood,” the eclectic rapper-songwriter tells SPIN. “For me, the summers sort of provide this festive parade of life because the winters are so harsh.” And that resilient spirit, he adds, “allows for people within their neighborhoods to really change everything.”

“The beauty of Chicago is that everybody has their own space, and that space then allows for filling in the cracks,” Dixon says. “I [lived in] New York. I lived in Virginia for

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