Spoken-word poet and artist Joekenneth Museau started his career from an unusual place: a one-sided rap battle at the age of 11. “I wrote a dis record to Lil Bow Wow and Lil’ Romeo called ‘Respect Me, ’” he recalls with a laugh. He’s since turned those first forays into poetry into a career with a large, and expanding, online following. His latest book, Days After Your Departure, about the death of his mother, is accompanied by a short film This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Studio Visit: Heidi Gustafson A cabin in the Cascade Mountains houses a hermetic artist—and her extraordinary world of natural pigments. Arts & Culture Issue 48 Jordan Casteel The acclaimed painter of people—and now plants. Arts & Culture Issue 48 The Art of Fashion On what artists’ clothes communicate. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Correction: The Starving Artist Bad times don’t always make for good art.