Linqua Franqa at New York Times

Mariah Parker, who performs as Linqua Franqa, merges rapping, spoken word, singing, a social conscience, a sense of humor and a limber physical presence to mix the personal and the political; tracks built on ingeniously manipulated jazz samples are a bonus. She’s a Ph.D. student in linguistics at the University of Georgia; she’s also thoroughly down-to-earth.