Publications

Ben’s writing can be found in these places:

Academic Publication:

“The Free Black Artist: Frank Ocean Through a Decolonial Lens,” Black Theology: An International Journey, 6 Dec. 2018, https://doi.org/10.1080/14769948.2019.1554329.

Articles for DJBooth:

Editor’s Picks:

“Vince Staples Knows You’re Having ‘FUN!’ (That May Not be a Good Thing),” November 2018

4:44 One Year Later: Reframing a Legacy Through JAY-Z’s Short Films,” June 2018

“Listeners in the Hands of a Projected God: Yeezus Five Years Later,” June 2018

“5 Ways to Talk About Spotify’s Hateful Conduct Policy & its Implications,” May 2018

“Kill Our Darlings: J. Cole, Kanye West, and the Problem with Role Models,” April 2018

“The Get Out Soundtrack That Could Have Been,” February 2018

DAMN. in Reverse is a Warning and a Wake-Up Call,” December 2017, 5th most read article of the year

“A Fascinating Theory Linking JAY-Z’s 4:44 & Page 444 of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man,” August 2017

Other Articles:

“Mr. West Has Left the Building,” October 2018

“So It Goes: Mac Miller’s Duty-Dance With Death,” September 2018

“Wish You Were Here: ASTROWORLD, Nostalgia, and Learning to Enjoy the Ride,” September 2018

“Drake Doesn’t Owe Us Dad Raps,” June 2018

“Experimentation is Crucial in Music’s Streaming Era, but Execution is Key,” June 2018

“5 G.O.O.D. Music Albums that Should Have Been 7 Songs,” May 2018

“White People, You Don’t Have to Say the N-Word,” May 2018

“For Hip Hop to Be Great, It Must Remain Complex,” March 2018

“The NEW Story of O.J.: How JAY-Z, Tyler, and Frank Created New Black Legends,” September 2017

Essays, Fiction, Poetry:

“The Hole In Everything,” short story in PIVOT Literature, Issue 1, Summer 2018

“The One About Us,” poem in FreezeRay Poetry, Issue 15, Spring 2018

“Admission,” poem in Epigraph Magazine, Issue 16, Fall 2017

“Trophy Kids,” personal essay in AUSTERE Magazine, featured in DAWN Issue, Spring 2017

“God Rests His Soul,” short story in eleven40seven, Fall 2012

“If I Don’t Get Picked,” poem in eleven40seven, Spring 2011