Marvin Gaye

Act II: Album of the Year? / Rappers in Politics

Will Beyoncé’s upcoming Act II score the Queen her first “Album of the Year” Grammy? What role should rappers play in political discussions? And does Houston need to share more of its legacy with the rest of Texas’ hip-hop hubs? Find out what Confucius and Fresh have to say in this latest episode.

This Song: Local Natives

Local Natives Kelcey Ayer and Nik Ewing have been thinking a lot about how to balance darkness and light, art and activism.  Listen as Kelcey describes how Fleetwood Mac’s “Sara” is a “sad song that makes you feel good,” and why he needs those kind of songs in his life. Then Nik Ewing explores why he’s come to appreciate  Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” in the past year, and how that song inspires him and others in the band to think expansively about their roles as artists.

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Listen to Songs from Episode 70 of This Song