My guest on this episode of the podcast is hip hop artist Propaganda.
I have a somewhat poignant recollection of my fist real experience with hip-hop. On April 18, 1992, I was standing in the outfield of the Oakland Coliseum with thousands of other people like me. It was about 1 hr before Bono and U2 took the stage for a Bay Area stop of the Zoo tour and on the mic was an MC named Chuck D,. He was pacing the stage, delivering powerful, poetic lines with an authority and a focus I quite honestly hadn’t seen before in an artist … and have rarely experienced since.
Chuck D was (and is) a singular performer and lyricist. But as much as I was being swept up by the brilliance of Public Enemy… what I was primarily experiencing was the full force of hip hop. I was invited into a narrative and a narrative form with which I was mostly unfamiliar… but one that would eventually take a prominent place in the center of public life and dialogue. I can’t think of a popular art form as broadly accessible while being so politically aware, so culturally aware and so self-aware,
My guest on this episode of the @ Sea Podcast is hip hop artist Propaganda. Our conversation picks up on a topic (or a reality) a lot of great hip hop artists focus on relentlessly and redemptively…. “home” and a sense of place. Check it out.
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