Red Bull Radio announces the launch of True Laurels, a bold new radio show that surveys hip-hop, rap and music scenes across the African diaspora to uncover greater stories of the genre’s cultural impact, politics and human perspective. Hosted by writer and publisher Lawrence Burney, True Laurels expands our palette for hip-hop discourse.
Each Wednesday at 6PM EST, host Lawrence Burney will seek out artists, journalists and other luminaries to tell the stories that connect the dots between music and the communities it comes from, exploring how their art reflects the social climate. Each episode takes a broad perspective on hip-hop and the global African culture surrounding the genre in an effort to uncover the people, places and stories that have left their mark in order to challenge our sometimes limited perspectives of them.
Founded in 2011 by Burney, True Laurels began as a blog to make sense of the music in his hometown of Baltimore. The outlet soon evolved to include a bi-annual print zine that explored the music, the culture and the politics that inform them across genres and backgrounds. Now, with a new weekly radio program, Burney brings those conversations to the airwaves, sharing the most exciting music coming from artists in not only his home region, but in the American South, the Caribbean, West Africa and beyond. Listeners can expect to hear about the likes of dancehall, house, afro-wave and so much more.
Burney believes music is a byproduct of society and applies that point of view to True Laurels’ coverage of black art and black artists for this, Red Bull Radio’s latest show.
”With True Laurels, my goal has always been to try and get to the meat of what inspires the music being made in various corners of the world,” Burney says. “The best way to do that has been always nurturing my curiosity about the culture that breeds the music. Now, with True Laurels on Red Bull Radio, I have the prime platform to share my findings.”
The first episode will feature Baltimore rapper, Lor Choc. Known for a method that blurs the lines between rap and R&B, this queer, teenage artist grew up in the Gilmor Homes, the community where Freddie Gray once resided; In her music, she dives into how Gray’s death changed her—and Baltimore. As a guest on the show, Choc talks about channeling emotions through her music, Baltimore’s dirt bike culture, going legit and hitting the books and what lies ahead for her burgeoning career.
True Laurels will air every Wednesday starting 8/15 at 6PM EST on redbullradio.com
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