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Zebra Katz is the frightening and fabulous creation of year-old Ojay Morgan, who describes himself as "black, queer and 'other'".
None of those are identities that have sat easily in the world of hip-hop, but Morgan may well be changing that. After fashion designer Rick Owens chose to use his formidable Ima Read at a Paris fashion week show last year, the track exploded.
It's minimal, menacing and intoxicatingly repetitive — the word "bitch" is used 87 times. Being different yourself gives you the power to make other people think differently.
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When he raps it's at an ultra-slowed, lowering snarl, but when he speaks it's at the thousand-words-per-minute rate of an artist high on ideas adrenaline. We meet at a Brooklyn diner in his neighbourhood and he explains that Zebra Katz began, "just as this joke character between some friends — after two drinks I'd be rapping".
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The phrase "Ima Read" was a sort of personal mantra, which "just came from being in college and being fed up". There weren't many other black male students, he explains, and so "there were those moments, when I was dealing with my peers, when I'd be like, are you kidding me? When Morgan studied Shakespeare he submitted a thesis on moors in the plays after "being cast as all these characters because of my skin tone.
You want me to put a piece of bone in my nose and play Caliban, you know?
After college, Morgan worked a managerial position at a catering company, but as soon as Owens used Ima Read for his fashion show, Morgan quit, "because I thought, OK, here's an opportunity, I need to run with this".
The track, in fact, is still running, with a seemingly endless life of remixes. I think it says a lot about who can and can't be involved with hip-hop. His persona and performance style make me think of Grace Jones — both are the fiercest of the fierce, but their fierceness is deployed with such high drama that there's also something funny about it. He's thrilled by the comparison.
Being first-generation Jamaican… and in terms of performance and acting and coming up through the fashion industry. Zebra Katz is often categorised as "queer rap", a term he feels ambivalent about. I want my music to be listened to and I want my audience to find it and figure out what I'm doing, instead of journalists pushing that out. He plans another release for next month, entitledand is playing, as he puts it, " all the festivals in the UK," but still isn't signed and is in no rush.
But it's terrifying standing up as a queer man. People are getting attacked all over the world, but you have to use your sexuality as a tool, instead of having them use it against you.
And, despite writing it years ago, he's not sick of Ima Read. The conviction that went into that and the video — I would love to stand next to that track as long as it may go. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Rap The Observer.
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