Beats, Dimes, + Life: Wu Tang Is Forever
The podcast dissects ‘Wu Tang Forever’ on its 20th birthday
Beats, Dimes, + Life is a pop culture podcast I do with a couple of friends of mine. I’d say it’s just a hip hop show but that’s not fair, nor is it fair to call it purely about entertainment either. We talk about it all, whether it’s politics, music, movies, television, or just…life. Hence the title, which is also a play on the title to A Tribe Called Quest’s fourth album, Beats, Rhymes, And Life. We started the show to take our cafeteria conversations to another platform and to talk about the stuff we love with some intellect. Maybe even put some people on to material or opinions they weren’t aware of. And sometimes, maybe, possibly…even to learn from each other. Yeah nah that never happens, but it’s good to have goals.
Anyway, there’s no way we could let a Wu Tang related anniversary go by and not speak on it. We’ve got a couple of die-hards on the show (me and Blak) and one guy who’s barely a fan (C.J.). He doesn’t dislike the Wu but he’s also not up on them. Rather than fake it, he decided to use the show as an opportunity to interview us about the album, the group, and the legacy. As fate would have it, we’re commemorating summer ’97 on the show for the next few months. This week it’s Forever, last week it was No Way Out, and next week we’re talking about the Chris Tucker flick, Money Talks. It’s all fun and games now but eventually, we’re going to have to talk about Batman and Robin, which may put me in the fetal position.
Look, after writing one other story on the album and doing a podcast about it, I’m a bit spent, so this will be a short one. But I wanted to take the time to introduce the show, invite you all to listen, and hope you find it entertaining enough to subscribe and keep listening. And if you do, definitely leave us an iTunes review and rate us. I have no idea how iTunes works, but it’s telling me our J. Cole vs Kendrick Lamar episode is our most popular and every review and rating helps. Either way, thanks for listening!
Marcus Benjamin is a danger to the public, an alum of American University, St. John’s University, a screenwriter, and has an intense relationship with words. Witness his tomfoolery on Twitter, @AbstractPo3tic.