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#GetInTune: nP0's Dysphoria is a vibe


nP0 (@nopoweroff) is a Chicago native and UIUC student who has a vibe that we all need to get in tune with. Blending sounds from all over the spectrum of Black music, Dysphoria is a funky meditation on assimilation and queer identity. nP0's most recent project Meta is available for streaming too, so don't sleep.

Get to know a little about the artist behind the music:

Who is your biggest musical influence?

My biggest influence is Erykah Badu, hands down.

What are three components of a perfect studio session?

Three components would be my notebook, keyboard, and laptop. That’s pretty much all I need.

What’s your favorite part of songwriting?

I write to release, and that’s my favorite part. There’s nobody judging me, it’s just myself and paper waiting to be filled. I don’t have to be worried about being interrupted or unheard either when I’m writing.

Who are some artists you’d like to work with?

I have some people back home I wanna reach out to like Jean Deaux, Freddie Old Soul and a handful of Champaign people as well. I hope to work with anybody with a similar mission and message as me really.

What do you hope your fans receive from these lyrics, taken from your most recent song Dysphoria?

I really geared this song towards queer people of color. I want them to know that they aren’t alone and that I struggle too. Too many people wanna show the end product but not the process, so I want them to know that we are all going through this together, and that they don’t have to assimilate, not to gender binaries, or anything else constructed by white supremacy.

I hope that people who are minorities that aren’t queer but are fans of my music take from this song that we have to come together and not let all our differences separate us further, because that’s what white supremacy wants, but at the same time we have to all listen to one another. I want this to be a conversation starter.

feelin like I’m tryin to paint feelin like all my paint’s outside the lines I can’t fit

inside the line feeling like I need to change that mirror image ain’t the same as what I’m seeing inside my brain can’t see my true colors through this dirt on my skin... They can’t see my new colors through this dirt on my skin... it seems to never matter what I see within

feelin like I’m in a box feelin blocked by the building blocks an infinite construction only stopped by gentrification and Eurocentric validation hoodwinkin’ and habitually unsynchin with myself to avoid it all.

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