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RYTHM embraces diversity in all that we do—from our unique strains to the multi-faceted individuals that make up our fam.

RYTHM celebrates the vibrant LGBTQ+ community by spotlighting independent LGBTQ+ artists, Akenya and Roy Kinsey, that have discovered a beat of their own through music. Both artists were interviewed by Chicago drag queen The Vixen about their backgrounds, how music has played a role in the celebration of their identities, and what the celebration of Pride means to them.

We also developed a commemorative 2021 limited edition 510 thread battery. Drawing inspiration from the original Pride flag created by Gilbert Baker, the battery features bands of color to represent the multidimensional LGBTQ+ community.

Additionally, RYTHM is proud to continue our partnership with GLBT Historical Society as a Silver Sponsor of an extension of the Gilbert Baker exhibition. RYTHM is honored to support GLBT Historical Society, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting an understanding of LGBTQ+ history, culture, and arts in all their diversity.

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Artist Interviews and Performances


Akenya is a multi-genre vocalist, pianist, composer, producer, and educator. Her music is an eclectic synthesis of jazz, hip-hop, soul, pop, classical, and world music. A proud Chicago native, Akenya has performed and recorded with some of the city’s leading artists such as Smino, Saba, and Chance the Rapper.

The Vixen Interviews Akenya
Akenya Performs “It Never Dies”
Akenya Performs Decay

Roy Kinsey

Roy Kinsey is a rapper and librarian from Chicago’s west side. Kinsey is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to tradition in his respective industries. where being a black, queer-identified, rapper, and librarian may be an intimidating choice for some, Roy Kinsey’s non-conformist ideology has informed his 6th album, and self-proclaimed, “best work yet,” Kinsey: A Memoir.

The Vixen Interviews Roy Kinsey
Roy Kinsey Performs “Ring Ring”

Roy Kinsey and Apollo Mighty perform “Repent”

Check out the complete Full Spectrum Love video playlist to watch five inspiring performances by Akenya, Roy Kinsey, and The Vixen.

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