When Amani Bin Shikhan said ‘I try to have things in my writing that aren’t fluent to everybody, I think some things are ours’ I felt that. I’ve felt a lot of what this music and culture writer from the east end has been saying for a minute; if your listening to this interview you probably feel the same way. Writing for Noisey, The FADER, Vogue and many other publications. Amani has explored diaspora, art, identity and how it all connects though her words. Her hot takes and deep dives have left me entertained and enlightened as she weaves cultural movements with the historical context that is so lacking from regular degular coverage. In this conversation recorded at McCormick park in Little Portugal, we talk about writing, music, speaking truth to Toronto, family, friends and much more.