I enjoyed this interview. Some of my thoughts:
-I like the conversational tone. It's loose and breaks down the walls between interviewers and subject.
-I loved the Maya Angelou anecdote. Too many people lose sight of the sacrifices of others which gave them today's opportunities.
-I like the light music playing in the background...it helps to set a funky if low-key vibe.
-I wondered why you had the station break in the middle of a topic? Does it come at a specific part of the show (i.e. 10 minutes on the dot) or do you control when it goes in?
-I really liked the subject for his gratitude and his social conscience, but I wondered if you could have talked more concretely about 1) his background/influences and how it made him the person/artist he is today; 2) individual songs/albums of his that were seminal; and 3) the specific social issues he focuses on.
-Personally (and this is totally subjective, obviously), I don't know about your partner calling the interviewee "incredible." I mean, he is, but even as you want to give props and establish rapport, direct flattery makes me uncomfortable in interviews...it's part of why I can't stand Charlie Rose.
-Jesus is Kanye a fucking dick. I thought Dres' discussions of Kanye and Jayzee and Michael Jordan were spot-on...it's sad when someone is given the platforms they have and not used it for social good.
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for your comments, Dan. The station break, as you put it, is - well, it's where I put it. I try to place it in a spot where there's a natural break in the conversation, but evidently I chose a strange moment to do it. Sorry if I put a strange change of pace in your listening experience. But the point of that station break is to ask you to go give us 5 stars on iTunes, so please do that for me.
We are very grateful to have Dres promise to come back on the show, so when he does, we'll talk more about his early influences, how he came up as an artist, etc. Check our Part 2 of his show when it comes out in the next few days. He discusses some of those things in that segment.
The light music in the background is a variety of Black Sheep songs, spun with Dres' permission. If you haven't in a while, I invite you to go back to his catalog and reacquaint yourself with his work. And then check out what he's doing now. His voice (figuratively) has matured wonderfully as he has become a devoted family and community man.
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