Season 2, Episode 2: Unleashed Pt. 2

This episode is geared toward those who are looking to take their creative careers to the next level. Earlier in year, we did an episode called “Unleashed” as a part of our New Year’s resolution series about finding joy in your career, while you are on the journey to fulfilling your purpose. In this episode, we’re debunking the myth of the starving artist and encouraging you to turn your creative hobby into your creative business. We’re telling our personal stories about time management, finances,  and calling inspiration to you.

Remember: “Ideas are a divine invitation and the work itself is a reward. It’s a reward because of the way it changes you, not necessarily because of the way it changes the world. At the end of a creative encounter you will be different than you were before, and that in itself makes it worth doing.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Can we talk about 2 Chainz’ pink trap house?

For the past couple of weeks Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz has been causing traffic jams in the west midtown neighborhood. As a part of the promotions for his latest album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, he painted a home pink, put a hoopty in the front yard, and painted the word TRAP in black capital letters on the front. People from all over Georgia and the southeast have been driving to Atlanta to see this monument of trap music’s integration into pop culture.

For those who are unfamiliar with trap music, it is a subgenre of rap that emerged from drug houses during the era of the crack cocaine epidemic. The music is meant to be motivational– to encourage those who are making, weighing, measuring, and bagging drugs to work faster and harder to earn more money. During the 1980s and 1990s crack cocaine wreaked havoc on communities of color, leading to the incarceration of black men and women. Literally, a generation of children were left without parents and lived in dire poverty because of drug addiction.

So, it’s a bit conflicting to see the glorification of trap music and the dark realities that it narrates. The black community has not recovered from the splintering of the black family perpetuated by crack, and black people have not forgotten the government’s hands-off approach to helping black people. We’re reminded every time we hear about a white person’s life being saved by a Narcan shot after a heroine overdose. Yet, on any given Sunday, there are more people at the trap house than the church house.

That said, the pink trap house is also a genius guerrilla marketing scheme, and it is not the fist that the rapper executed to promote the Pretty Girls Like Trap Music album. 2 Chainz hosted a group workout class where attendees participated in a 45-minute workout while music from the album played. At the end of the class, they passed out pink yoga mats. As of last weekend, a pastor has started having church in the backyard of the trap house and says he wants to find ways to help those people who are still caught up in the trap house. This is a righteous cause, especially since Atlanta has the widest income inequality gap in the country. Less than 5 miles from the extremely gentrified west midtown neighborhood it has never been more visible.

How do we reconcile the popularity of trap music as the beat of the club, the gym, and rush hour traffic, but also as the rhythm of oppressive socioeconomic circumstances? Is it empowerment or exploitation for a rapper to capitalize on the popularity of trap music in order to make money off of the white people who download it? Tell us what you think by tweeting us @unbasicpodcast with the hashtag #pinktraphouse.

Episode 5: Unable to can

We’ve been away for over two weeks and so much has gone down in the world. From Muslim bans to the GRAMMYs we are saying all of the words left unsaid about current events. We’re talking about the “Cash Me Outside” Girl, Hurt Bae, the Remy Ma/Nicki Minaj “ShETHER” dis track, and everything that has gone down in the meantime and in between time. We also have a new #QTNA (questions that need answers) segment where we dissect national and world politics. Give us a listen and tweet us your thoughts @unbasicpodcast.

Episode 3: Unleashed

This week, we’re continuing the New Year’s resolution series and talking all about finding your purpose, making the most of where you are now, and setting measurable, attainable career goals. We know that most millennials have a 9 to 5 and a 5 to 9, and we want to encourage you to see your 9 to 5 as an investment in your 5 to 9. It’s time to stop ignoring your something bigger and be you UNLEASHED!

Episode 2: Uncuffed

Most people’s New Year resolutions center on one of three things: weight, relationships, and career satisfaction. We don’t believe in resolutions, but we do believe in doing better, so we’re doing a series of podcasts on these three subjects.

To kick it off, we have an episode we’re calling “Uncuffed” because we’re both single and need for you to hear about it. In this episode, we’re talking about love languages, sex, boundaries, expectations, and making the time to love and be loved. We’re both looking for our “plus one”– where they at though? Help us out y’all and stay tuned for next week’s episode, “Unleashed,” all about working that 9 to 5 to your benefit.

Episode 1 – Introduction & The Inauguration

The first episode of Unbasic is now live for your listening pleasure! We want to say the words left unsaid in this podcast, and go beyond skimming the headlines to dig into current events, art, celebrity news, wellness, everything that is trending, and everything that isn’t.

In this first episode, we’re getting it out of the way and going political. Listen to us unpack the inauguration and recent executive orders, as well as our take on issues such as immigration, gun control, women’s healthcare, and more.

*Kelundra misspoke in this episode and accidentally said that Clarence Thomas swore in Donald Trump, but he actually swore in Mike Pence. Recognizing one’s error and correcting it is unbasic.