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Across the Margin: The Podcast

Hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson bring you Beyond the Margin, guiding you deeper into the stories told at the online literary and cultural magazine, Across the Margin. Listen in as they take you on a storytelling journey, one where you are bound to meet a plethora of intriguing writers, wordsmiths, poets, artists, musicians, and unhinged eccentrics illustrating the notion that there are captivating stories to be found everywhere.
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Jun 27, 2017

In the latest episode of Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields, as well as oft-co-host Brian Sachson, spend time with two remarkably gifted emcees, Ras kass and El Gant. Ras Kass is a true hip-hop pioneer, a remarkable wordsmith who throughout his fabled career has remained socially conscious. His intellectual approach to hip-hop has earned him immense respect from his peers and fans as one of the best lyricists of all time. He is a member of the hip-hop supergroup The HRSMN along with Canibus, Kurupt, and Killa Priest, and is a member of the group Golden State Warriors with Xzibit and Saafir. El Gant is an incredibly talented New York based emcee who established himself by appearing on the full length LP The Originators with the legendary hip-hop group and production duo The Beatnuts, and by touring with the best in the business including Jay-Z as well as appearing on records with many of hip-hop's most notables.

Ras Kass and El Gant have teamed up with producer J57 to form the group Jamo Gang, and to commence this podcast, Ras Kass and El Gant reveal the origins of the project and let us know what we can expect once the EP is released. While this episode dwells in the realm of hip-hop, it also delves into many weighty political topics, focusing in on the Trump administration's ills, the delicacy of race relations in America, the recurrence of acquittals of police officers charged in unjustified killings, and much, much more. So dive in as Beyond the Margin marries the political and the musical, while introducing an exciting new project by two of hip-hop’s veteran wordsmiths.

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