I hate to admit publicly to an addiction, but in the interest of transparency - I humbly confess: I have a problem... Or do I?
Thing is: I just can't seem to go a day without a good 'pod'! Let me stop you right here: A 'pod' is not the latest street drug that causes you to resort to cannibalism. By 'pod', I'm simply referring to a 'podcast'; and what can I say? I'm hooked.
There was a time when my iPod was limited only to a couple of personally-tailored musical playlists, and each of these was put through heavy rotation during my spare time; on the bus, in the car, at the gym... wherever! Nowadays- my playlists have taken a backseat to my new love... THE PODCAST. Fact is, I've become quite reliant on them to get me through the day. And whenever I don't have one to listen to, my work day, workout and/or commute seem to drag on... for-everrrrrrr.
I don't know about you, but for me - it's becoming increasingly difficult to create an amazing playlist that I don't get sick of hearing after a few days in a row. I guess I'm a little A.D.D. that way. Any music made after the 90s and early 2000s is very generic to me. It's like the Walmart equivalent of a designer sweater. You know you'll get a few good times out of it, and then it'll fall apart after a few light washes, and be banished to the back of your closet... For shame.
That's where I'm at now with most of today's music. It can be good for a quick mood-booster or as background noise while I"m cleaning; but otherwise, I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything special.
Enter the podcast.
Perhaps I'm crazy late to the podcast party, but my infatuation with pods probably started early last year. The first one I started listening to came highly recommended by my BFF. Since we practically share the same brain when it comes to our opinions on all things pop culture, it was no surprise that when I gave one of the episodes a listen, I found myself hysterically in tears and laughing my proverbial ass off. And BOOM! Just like that - I began to feverishly download each episode, as if they were somehow going to be yanked off the internet in the middle of the night. I mean... you never know how and when "Anonymous" might strike, right?
Of course, just like being on any half-way decent gateway drug, I binge-listened to all the episodes of that podcast series, and then got subtly introduced to a "spin-off" series... And then another... and so on and so forth. It's now become a part of my daily routine: whether I'm on a lunch break, a commute in the car, burning calories at the gym... I find myself pressing play on a podcast and zoning out. It's both entertaining and eye-opening for me to listen to people's conversations about things that are often already on my own mind.
So, if you're a bit of a pop culture/ hip-hop head, and looking to lose yourself in some humourous (and, I'll be honest... often NSFW) internet conversation among friends, feel free to check out these pods:
- The Read: Fury and Crissle cover hip-hop and pop culture's most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe, unless their name is Beyoncé. (Or Blue Ivy.)
- The Brilliant Idiots: Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz explore the issues of the day in a style that’s often idiotic, sometimes brilliant and always hysterical.
- The Friend Zone: Listen along as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore where pop culture and zen-living meet.
- Snap Judgment: Dramatic tales, killer beats and the edgiest new talent in storytelling come together for a weekly radio hour hosted by Glynn Washington.
You're welcome in advance:)
And, if you have any pod suggestions for me, please drop them in the Comments section below. I'd love to know what you're listening to these days!