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

At PAX East, the artist told us about her start as a teacher and how her music sprung out of gaming

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.

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