I recently picked up the free ep “The Familiar Pattern” from Heidi Barton Stink. It was passed to me by local radical queers, and now I know why. Heidi raps about shit no one else is talking about. Underground hip-hop at its core, she weaves social injustice and the resistant trans and queer folks into her lyrics.
we're not leaving there's a disconnect/ between the the powers in play and the needs of the rest/ - Direct Action
While the nation’s “gays and lesbians” fight for their “civil rights” in the form of passing gay marriage laws, Heidi is talking about the real struggle for basic needs of queer an trans people.
Health care and a place to sleep/ we need love and some food to eat we need a life without the threat of violence at the hands of police won't suffer in silence on average once a month/ a trans person is murdered because/ we've been viewed as less than human/ lets lower the stats no holding us back - Direct Action
Heidi is a Trans-Radical-Queer M.C. from minneapolis mn. She writes and performs songs about Trans rights, addiction and the shame and tribulation’s a trans-queer faces growing up in gender-normative “liberal” midwestern city.
You can pick the free ep here: http://www.4shared.com/file/187576441/638de59/The_familiar_pattern_ep.html