Who I Am: 
Jesse D grew up loving rap more than anything, having been turned on to the lighter side of it in 1989, delving into the hardcore in the early 90s, and assiduously studying the independent rap revolution of the late 90s. At the same time, he developed his own style, ethics and *ahem* swagger with a distinctly Haligonian hip-hop identity. He put out his first solo tape, B.R.E.A.K., in 1997 and has since released four CDs of material, frequently collaborating with other members of the Backburner crew. He has toured across Canada and into the USA, sold music across the world and won the occasional award here and there for being awesome. He is not the only rapper who identifies as feminist, antiracist, FA-positive, sex-positive and queer-positive... but some days it surely can feel that way, lawdamercy. He will be the first, and perhaps the last, to tell you that he is a Genuine Independent Rap Legend! You don't have to believe it, but what's the worst that could happen if you do?
What I'm Listening To: 

Das Racist, Buck 65, Common Grackle, J. Cole, and Kanye West's astonishing new document on power relationships in America.

What I'm Reading: 

Lessons From The Fat-O-Sphere by Kate Harding & Marianne Kirby,
Feminist Theory by bell hooks,
Decoded by Jay-Z