January 14, 2018
Portland rapper, Shaun Lamott comes through to talk about his new EP 'Fragile' and the hip hop scene in Portland. We also talked about his experience of opening for Damian Lilliard and why Shaun seeks to be so vulnerable and transparent in his music. We open with a snippet of "Dreams," one of the standout records from the EP. You'll enjoy this one, folks.
Fragile is available here and on all music outlets.
January 7, 2018
Season two of BRL is upon us. We're kicking things off with an artist interview with Joanna Lee of S A I T, an eclectic and soulful group from Boston. We give a preview of their extremely dope track, "Angel in My Mind," and discuss her creative process, inspirations, and their upcoming release, the Desert EP.
S A I T has a campaign going to finish their EP, so if you like what you hear, go some show support here!
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January 2, 2018
We've got two special announcements for you -- one about our next run of episodes for Season 2 of the podcast and one about a contest to help the pod and get a run of bonus episodes on a very special topic. Do yourself a favor and listen in!
Thanks for all the support!
January 1, 2018
Here is Side B of our Best Books of 2017 episode. Find out the respective top five books from Claude and guest of the pod, Joe Volk. We'll help you start the new year with book recommendations to get your 2018 reading off to a strong start.
We also want to hear from YOU...What were your top five reads of 2017? Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.
As always, leave us a review of the show or share the show with that nerdy friend who'd dig what we're dishing out.
Music by Yondo Beats
December 26, 2017
The end of the year means one thing: best of lists! Friend of the pod, Joe Volk swings through to share his top books of the year alongside Claude's top picks. What author found a spot on Claude's top 5 and on his most disappointing list? You can only find out by tuning in. Let our picks help you find some new books to enjoy in 2018.
Be sure to peep Side B for our top 5 selections.
Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte
Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Deep Work - Cal Newport
1Q84 - Murakami
The Fire Next Time - Baldwin
Tears We Cannot Stop - Dyson
How Black in the Gospel - Skinner
Introducing Black Theology - Fields
A Black Theology of Liberation - Cone
Lives Other Than My Own by Emmanuel Carrere
The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright
August 27, 2017
Rapper, producer, and engineer, Cole Mize comes through to talk about the art of rap. Cole breaks it all down...from what makes a verse dope to the nebulous concept of flow and cadence to the literary power of rap. Cole even blesses us a little demonstration of a slept-on rap technique. Whether you're a hip-hop head or a casual fan, expect to learn a ton about the art of rap from one of the leading educational figures in the rap community. Cole and Claude also discuss some of their favorite rappers -- DMX, Lupe Fiasco, Eminem, Field Mob -- and the techniques that make them unique before diving into Cole's work as a rap coach.
Intro/Outro Music by 88 Keys
August 9, 2017
Kaleb Mitchell comes through to talk about his recent mixtape, So Help Me God, which debuted at #7 on iTunes' Rap/Hip-Hop charts. Kaleb shares about the success of the mixtape, opens up about his musical inspirations and shares some of writing process for the standout track, "Halfway There," which we play a snippet of. If you haven't checked out his work, consider this a formal introduction to one of hip-hop's best new young artists. Here's a link to the freestyle Kaleb dropped today. Stay in the loop with him on Twitter at @kalebmitchell.
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June 28, 2017
Claude and Mo continue with the final five songs from their 2Pac lists before sharing their feelings and reservations about Jay-Z's new album releasing on Friday.
Claude ends his 2Pac list with some unorthodox picks that delve into Pac's view of God while Mo caps his off with a iconic song from Pac's Death Row era. Use the hashtag #brlpodcast to let us know what 2Pac songs are in your top 5.
Justin Charity - Hip Hop Will Never Move on From Tupac (https://theringer.com/tupac-shakur-2pac-all-eyez-on-me-rap-enduring-legacy-ea455336329d)
Pitchfork Media - The Flawed Ways We Remember Tupac (http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/tupac-biopic-the-flawed-ways-we-remember-pac/)
Code Switch - Realizing Tupac Wasn't Cool, 20 Years Later (http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/09/14/493014365/realizing-tupac-wasnt-cool-20-years-later)