Malcolm London's Chicago home base greatly informs his work as an activist, educator, poet, and gruff-voiced rapper.
The artist's first rhymes were penned at the age of 12, but he didn't use writing as a serious outlet until a few years later. Among his first recordings were appearances on early-2010s releases from the SaveMoney crew, including Caleb James' Ground Up, Nico Segal's Illasoul: Shades of Blue, and Dally Auston's The Wood. Around this time, Cornel West referred to London as "the Gil Scott-Heron
of his generation." Since early 2015, London has co-organized and co-hosted monthly public sessions called OpenMike, conceived with Chance the Rapper
and named in tribute to Brother Mike, a mentor in the city's hip-hop scene who died in late 2014. In October 2016, London issued Opia, an album featuring appearances from notable locals such as Jamila Woods
, Vic Mensa
, and Donnie Trumpet
, as well as How to Dress Well
. The self-released set was executive produced by fellow SaveMoney member EB. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi