"'I basically gagged,' he said, meaning that in a good way."

Mr. Morgan created the character Zebra Katz more than five years ago as part of a senior thesis project at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts.

“Ima Read” was originally recorded as a statement on black culture and performance, a tribute to the movie “Paris Is Burning,” but audiences did not seem to get it. Many people thought he was misogynistic or worse, though another version, a duet with a female rapper, Njena Reddd Foxxx, added some complexity to that argument.

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