Two Dollar Radio, 2022


Now available in hardcover for the first time, featuring three additional essays and a new afterword by author Jason Reynolds, and an introduction by author Eve L. Ewing, this five-year anniversary edition of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us is a celebration of the lyricism, brilliance, and endearing voice of a breakout writer.


Whether he’s attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown’s grave, or considering public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, Abdurraqib writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly. In the wake of the 2015 Paris nightclub attacks, Abdurraqib recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at punk shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will be afforded that same opportunity. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of Black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers.


Described as “a collection of death-defying protest songs for the Black Lives Matter era*,” in these searing, unforgettable essays, Abdurraqib reflects on everything from Chance The Rapper and Nina Simone to Allen Iverson and Serena Williams, from summer crushes to the thrill of common joys in children. In his thoughtful consideration of music, culture, and daily life as a lens through which to view our world, Abdurraqib proves himself a bellwether for our times." (Walton Muyumba, Chicago Tribune)

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, 5th Anniversary Ed. by Hanif Abdurraqib

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