Hip-Hop Can Save America

Jaded 80s Baby podcast - Manny Faces

Episode Description

Have you ever your faith in something or someone restored? I imagine that the feeling is akin to getting a new lease on life. 


My guest this week is journalist/hip-hop advocate, Manny Faces, and he just might have managed to convince me that I shouldn’t feel so jaded with the culture and music that I grew up on. He stopped by to talk about some of the ambitious hip-hop-driven initiatives that are underway in our communities to help spark a positive change. We also talked about accountability and balance within the industry as well as the global impact of the artform.


01:04 – Passion for hip-hop culture and music.


06:31 – First exposure to hip-hop. Favorite era of music. Hope for today’s rap music.


12:27 – Uncovering the hidden gems in hip-hop. Did Covid kill NY’s live music scene?


20:09 – The legitimacy of hip-hop as a force of positive change. Hip-Hop as a tool for learning.


39:02 – The importance of musical content. Balance in music & creating valuable music.


44:38 – The drug culture within hip-hop music. The need for diversity in hip-hop.


50:11 – Who is more responsible for influencing our kids, the parents or the artists?


57:24 – The Hip-Hop Advocate newsletter. Covering the positive news within hip-hop.


1:00:23 – Money doesn’t make you more qualified or important. Where’s the protest music?


1:06:09 – Is there hope for hip-hop going forward?


1:11:05 – The global influence and power of hip-hop.


1:16:22 – Rapid fire with Manny Faces


1:24:58 – Connect with Manny online