April 29, 2016


Rapper/PhD Student Sammus Talks Nerdcore & Growth as an Artist: Video Interview

Fuse hit up PAX East in Boston last weekend to check out the latest in gaming. And while we were chatting with cosplayers and taking a peek at virtual reality exhibits, we also got to spend some time with nerdcore rapper Sammus. Born Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, the Ithaca, N.Y. native and first-generation daughter of a Congolese father and Ivorian mother has been releasing music since 2010, culminating in 2016 with the InFusion EP. (Don't miss the video for "1080p," please.)

A PhD student at Cornell's Department of Science & Technology Studies and a teacher, Sammus got her start in 2009 making mixtapes that were safe for her students. Now, she raps about what it's like to be a nerd, and she's continually growing in the right direction. Check out our Sammus interview in the video above, and then watch below, where PAX East cosplayers explain their love of characters.