Waiting on Reparations

Waiting on Reparations

Waiting on Reparations is a show about Hip Hop and politics. Hosts Dope Knife, a rapper and visual artist, and Linqua Franqa, hip hop artist and politician, explore the history of public policy and its impacts on Hip Hop life; what Hip Hop culture tells us about our political reality; and the role of Hip Hop in shaping our political future.... Show More

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July 29, 2020 55 min

What do we mean when we say hip hop is political? This week, hosts Dope Knife and Linqua Franqa take a step back to frame the myriad ways that hip hop and politics collide. They journey through the transition from the Civil Rights and Black Power eras to the era of Hip Hop, the social forces that shaped early Hip Hop during the Reagan regime, and concrete illustrations of public policy's impact on the genre. They pick apart pop...

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July 22, 2020 53 min

This week, hosts Dope Knife and Linqua Franqa discuss Donald Trump's decades of scoundrelism and his recent rise to power and dissect how and why Hip Hop has, by turns, embraced and rejected the oligarch, from the fawning reception to his appearance on an episode of the Fresh Prince in 1994 to YG and Nipsey Hussle's scathing "FDT" in 2016.

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July 15, 2020 67 min

Beginning of a series on hip hop activists. This week we talk to Shahid Buttar, Democratic Socialist Congressional candidate taking on Nancy Pelosi in California's 12th Congressional district and long-time spoken word poet, MC and DJ. The gang discusses his early music career, his views on the War on Drugs, his goal of defunding the Pentagon, his plans to defeat Nancy Pelosi in November.

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July 8, 2020 33 min

Who are you, anyway? This week hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa (finally) introduce themselves, discussing the story of how they met, a bit of background on their political views, and other lived experience.

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What responsibility do artists have to amplify social movements in times like these? Building off last week's debate about Noname and J Cole, Dope Knife and Linqua Franqa address a few listener perspectives on this question before examining the roles Hip Hop artists and Hip Hop adjacent figures are playing in the George Floyd Uprising, from J Cole's physical solidarity in the streets of Fayetteville and YG's leadership ...

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June 24, 2020 69 min

What does it mean to be American? Violinist and composer Kishi Bashi joins hosts Dope Knife and Linqua Franqa to discuss the history and policy behind Japanese-American marginalization in the United States. They explore the parallels in experience and points of contention between Asian Americans and Black Americans, particularly during the Black Lives Matter era. DK and LF briefly discuss the recent Noname-J Cole controversy and ti...

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June 17, 2020 52 min

What's in a word? This week, hosts Dope Knife and Linqua Franqa explore definitions of the word 'racism,' and the ways that language inflects our political reality. They speak with 22-year-old Kennedy Mitchum, who recently and successfully petitioned Merriam Webster to change their definition of the term. And they react to an array of songs addressing the topic of racism from LL Cool J to Eminem.

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June 10, 2020 40 min

For nearly one hundred years, Black revolutionary and cultural organizations have been surveilled, infiltrated, and sabotaged by the United States government. But why? And how? In this weeks episode, hosts Dope Knife and Linqua Franqa discuss this seedy, largely untold history of FBI's entanglements with Black music and Black politics, from Nat King Cole and Martin Luther King Jr. to Tupac, Biggie, and the mysterious deaths of ...

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June 4, 2020 43 min

Civil unrest in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, by an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department, has forced to the surface a centuries old struggle. How can we protect and make our Black communities whole? How can we move towards a future where the police truly do "Protect & Serve" all citizens of this country; a future where the police employ mediation and deescalation, not lethal force; a future where inste...

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On June 4th, join Linqua Franqa and Dope Knife as they discuss the link between hip hop, politics, public policy and everything in between. 

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