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Welcome to "What's Good?", where I tackle a myriad of subjects: From Film/TV to Music, to Tech, Race & Society; Current Affairs and many more, through my eyes and the eyes of the writers I read. So if you take an interest in anything I feel like talking about any given week, along with the occasional interview with Friends of 5E, then this is your podcast. A 5EPN Original.
 
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In a week where: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces her resignation. The BBC will keep black local radio stations, after u-turning on consultation proposals to axe the programmes from on-air schedules. Sajid Javid calls for patients to pay for GP and A&E visits. Happy Lunar New Year. The Doomsday Clock is moved to 90 seconds to midnight. In So…
 
In a week where: Dozens of people killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashes near an airport in central Nepal. Distant cousin of Boris Johnson acted as credit guarantor while in No 10. Voters in May’s local elections will be required to show photo ID before casting their ballot. UK Police are to be given the power to shut down protests be…
 
For this Long Read, we head to Complex for "Bottom Feeders Are Preying on Street Rap’s Dominance" By Andre Gee. The piece - off the back of Young Thug & Gunna's YSL RICO case - explores the law using 'Street Rap' lyrics as a precedent for their case & rap media profiting off fanning the flames. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to …
 
In a week where: Rishi Sunak makes non-specific promises for the UK. Met Office confirms 2022 was UK’s warmest ever year. Bolsonaro supporters storm their Congress. Former Prince Harry hijacks news cycle with memoir quotes & TV interviews. Earth's ozone layer is expected to return to 1980 levels in the next few decades, according to a UN report. Fo…
 
For this Long Read, we head to Vox for "Why we can’t turn off the NFL" By Dylan Scott. In the piece, Scott meditates on the ubiquity of the NFL and how it will still continue regardless of how many Demar Hamlin-like injuries might happen in the future. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me question…
 
For this Long Read, we head to... *Checks notes* The 5th Element! For "State Of The Hip-Hop Union 2023", written by me. In the 5k essay, I cover several macro topics pertaining to Hip-Hop history, some with love, some with criticism; all in celebration of 2023 being the 50th year of Hip-Hop. Visual Notes: American Music Tree (1:52) Jay's capitalism…
 
Artist & Friend of 5E Apex Zero returns to answer 30 Questions. Our interview from November. Apex Zero Music. "Drummer Warrior Storyteller" Short Film. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your opinion in any way, peep the contact links below and I'll respond accordingly. Let …
 
Lyricist and Friend of 5E Backwood Sweetie comes through to answer 30 Questions. 1st Interview Backwood Sweetie Music Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your opinion in any way, peep the contact links below and I'll respond accordingly. Let me know "What's Good?" Rate & Revi…
 
Friend of 5E and producer NappyHigh returns once again to answer 30 Questions. 1st Interview 2nd Interview Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your opinion in any way, peep the contact links below and I'll respond accordingly. Let me know "What's Good?" Rate & Review E-Mail: …
 
One of the more recent Friends of 5E comes back through for 30 Questions. I interviewed Osay at the beginning of the year and she returns with a very detailed set of answers. Osay Interview from Jan '22 Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your opinion in any way, peep the con…
 
Friend of 5E Ian Kelly comes through for the 3rd edition of 30 Questions. 1st Interview W/ Ian Kelly (Written) 2nd Interview (Podcast) Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your opinion in any way, peep the contact links below and I'll respond accordingly. Let me know "What's G…
 
For this edition of 30 Questions, we talk to someone that has been interviewed within the 5EPN universe, but not by me! We talk to poet Dell Nellson who was part of Ben's "The Beauty of Independence". Dell's TBOI Interview Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your opinion in a…
 
First to come through for 30 Questions is two-time visitor King Yanz. If you haven't spun previous King Yanz visits, go ahead and peep the links in the remainder of the full show notes 1st Interview 2nd Interview King Yanz links. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your opini…
 
Welcome, WG listeners, to 30 Questions. Dropping on Thursdays & Fridays, throughout December. E-Mail: the5thelelmentpub@gmail.com Twitter: @The5thElementUK Website: https://medium.com/@the5thelement Intro Music - "Together" By Pabzzz ChillHop Music Other Podcasts Under The 5EPN: Diggin' In The Digits 5EPN Radio Black Women Watch... In Search of Sau…
 
In a week where: Bob Iger returns as CEO of Disney. The World Cup is under way. World population cracks eight billion. At least 162 people killed and hundreds more injured after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s densely populated West Java province. Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Man Utd. 1st of three Life segments: (8:43) With COP27 looking …
 
In a week where: Remembrance Day comes & goes. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX files for bankruptcy. Democrats retain control of the US Senate. A Russian missile kills two people in Poland. Trump announces he's running for President again in 2024. In Sports: (8:37) With the Qatar World Cup days away, my last time talking about it will be about looking …
 
This is one of the longest interviews I have done and for good reason. A week & change before this recording, Apex Zero was in the centre of an amazing proof of concept day of exhibition & immersive performance with "Drummer Warrior Storyteller", a multi-format project that was five years in the making and is only the beginning. I was invited to th…
 
In a week where: Twitter & Meta undergo major employee lay-offs. COP27 is underway in Egypt. Politicians bark at Just Stop Oil protesters as they continue their campaign. Gavin Williamson resigns as Cabinet Office minister over abusive messages. The US Midterms go down. In the 1st of two Life segments: (8:43) Remembrance Sunday dawns upon us, which…
 
In a week where: Elon Musk completes Twitter takeover. Saifullah Paracha, the oldest prisoner of Guantanamo is released after 17 years. Over 150 people die after a stampede in South Korea. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been elected President of Brazil. Migos rapper Takeoff dies aged 28. In Education: (6:07) Why - in 2022 - are we still talking abou…
 
In A Week Where: Liz Truss is gone as PM. Rishi Sunak becomes Prime Minister. Brittney Griner's appeal is rejected & will serve nine year prison sentence. Multiple brands cut ties with Kanye West. LGBT football fans told to be respectful at Qatar World Cup. In Politics: (7:49) We have a THIRD Prime Minister in the space of a year. Rishi Sunak is fi…
 
In a week where: Kwasi Kwarteng "resigns" as Chancellor. Actor Robbie Coltrane dies aged 72. Man United's Mason Greenwood is been charged with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning ABH. Claressa Shields beats Savannah Marshall in biggest Women's Boxing night ever. Happy 100th birthday to the BBC. In…
 
In a week where: 1. Joe Biden pardons all prior federal offences of simple weed possession. 2. Former policeman attacks Thai daycare centre, killing 38, including 24 children. 3. Three people were killed in an explosion on a crucial bridge linking Russia and Crimea. 4. Kyiv is hit with over 40 missiles. 5. Actress Angela Lansbury dies aged 96. In T…
 
For this Long Read, we head to Truly Adventurous (Via Medium) for "The Last Train Robbery" By Rhema Sayers. The piece is an epic true story about the last train robbery to happen in the US' "Wild West". Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your opinion in any way, peep the con…
 
In a week where: Putin announces the annexation of four regions in Ukraine. Ukraine announces application for NATO membership. Sacheen Littlefeather, Who Delivered Brando’s Oscar Rejection Speech, Dies at 75. Brazil presidential race goes to Lula-Bolsonaro runoff. The Tory Party Conference comes & goes. In Society: (7:49) It's UK Black History Mont…
 
In a week where: Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is suspended for 2022-23 season over alleged intimate relationship with team staff member. UK Police arrest 17-year-old over GTAVI hacking investigation. "Wolf Hall" author Hilary Mantel dies aged 70. Jazz legend Pharoah Sanders dies aged 81. Giorgia Meloni and the far-right Brothers of Italy win…
 
For this Long Read, we head to Byline Times for "The Identity Trap - Race, Representation and the Rise of Conservative Diversity" By Hardeep Matharu. In the piece, with the recent Conservative Leadership contest and high profile diverse cabinet picks, the conversation of diversity has been muddied and will most likely continue to muddy unless we re…
 
In a week where: Roger Federer announces retirement from Tennis. Queen's Funeral happened. Hurricane Fiona makes landfall in Puerto Rico. Las Vegas Aces win the WNBA Championship. Adnan Syed will be released after his murder conviction is vacated. In Politics: (6:02) Kwame Ture, fka Stokely Carmichael, was a big supporter of the UK Black Power move…
 
Another interview for your head top and its a catch up with one of my favourite artists going right now. It's been over two years since my first interview with #FriendOf5E NappyHigh and he's been busy since then: A couple EPs, an album with another currently in the works and constant collabs with other artists. We get into the work he's dropped sin…
 
In a week where: Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96. 7.7 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea. The police watchdog has launched a murder investigation into the death of Chris Kaba. Ukraine retook over 1K sqm of territory in the north-eastern Kharkiv region over the weekend. Pillar of French New Wave Cinema, Jean-Luc Godard, dies aged 91. In Poli…
 
In a week where: Gazprom shut down European Gas Pipeline indefinitely. Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye, Singer of British reggae band Aswad dies aged 62. Chile vote against new & progressive constitution draft. Liz Truss is officially Britain's new Prime Minister. At least 74 people killed, hundreds injured after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck SW China. In…
 
In what is only my 2nd in-person interview for the Pod, we link up with dual threat artist, Treasure Bloom. Those who follow my photography, know that I discovered TB off the back of his support act for other #FriendOf5E, Otis Mensah. (2nd Interview with Otis off the back of that show can be spun here.) Now, a few months after, we link with Treasur…
 
In a week where: Pakistan suffer flash floods, affecting millions. Facebook settles on Cambridge Analytica lawsuit. Moderna is suing rival company Pfizer and BioNTech for allegedly copying its technology behind the development of the first COVID-19 vaccines. Notting Hill Carnival comes & goes. The last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev,…
 
In a week where: Spain suffer days of wildfires. Cineworld prepares to file for bankruptcy. European Championships finish up. Oleksandr Usyk beats Anthony Joshua via Split Decision to retain Heavyweight Titles. Singapore will remove ban on gay marriage. In Sports: (11:44) The European Championships end the six-week barrage of major champs in Athlet…
 
In a week where: Parts of the UK goes into a drought. Writer Salman Rushdie is stabbed on stage in New York. David Bowie tops a Sky Arts list of Britain's 50 most influential artists of the last 50 years. The UK is the first country to approve a new COVID booster that targets both the original virus as well as the Omicron variants. Liz Cheney gets …
 
For this Long Read, we head to Vogue for "Serena Williams Says Farewell to Tennis On Her Own Terms—And In Her Own Words" By Serena Willams, as told to Rob Haskell. In the piece, one of the greatest Tennis players ever talks family and retirement with the US Open on the horizon. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether…
 
In a week where: WNBA star Brittney Griner is sentenced to nine years in a Russian Penal Colony. London Museum is returning 72 Benin Treasures to Nigeria. Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73. FBI raids Mar-a-Lago. Legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier dies aged 81. In Sports: (5:05) The Commonwealth Games have come and gone and whilst I thoroughly …
 
2nd member of the two-time WG Interview club, King Yanz has been busy since our first interview just over two years ago. We catch up on what he's been up to, which includes a lot of learning, a lot of travelling and self-discovery that all culminates in his new opus "Out of Order", a wide-ranging album in sound and subject matter. We get into all o…
 
In a week where: Rebekah Vardy loses Libel case against Coleen Rooney. NBA legend Bill Russell dies aged 88. Iconic actress Nichelle Nichols dies aged 89. England win the Women's Euro 2022. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri killed in US airstrike. In Sports: (6:52) The great Bill Russell died aged 88. A pillar of basketball, Russell inspired many, i…
 
In a week where: Ukraine & Russia agree on grain deal to avert a global food crisis... Only for Russia to bomb one of the ports. WHO declare Monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. Marvel announce new slate of works, including two Avengers films in 2025. David Trimble, Northern Ireland's 1st First Minister & architect of the G…
 
In a week where: Cameron Smith wins The 150th Open. UK faces two days of 35-40 degree heat. World Athletics Championships goes down. Sky News cancels third leadership debate. Health officials in Ghana have declared an outbreak of the highly infectious Marburg virus. In Society: (8:37) Whiteness is an invisible disease that most people aren't aware …
 
For this Long Read, we head to Passion of the Weiss for "Black Star’s ‘No Fear of Time’: Or, How Uploading an Album as a Podcast Could Take Back Control From Big Streaming" by Will Hagle. The piece explores the history of RSS and how Black Star's "new" method of dropping their "album" was so close to potentially upending the current system. Thank y…
 
In a week where: Actor James Caan dies aged 82. Former PM of Japan Shinzo Abe is assassinated. Elon Musk withdraws from $44 Billion bid to buy Twitter. Twitter responds by suing him. Sri Lankans storm presidential residence and burn the Prime Minister's residence. First images from the James Webb Space Telescope are released. In Politics: (6:56) Bo…
 
For this Long Read, we head to Pitchfork for "The Woes of Being Addicted to Streaming" By Jeremy D. Larsen. In the piece, Larsen meditates on how Music Streaming became so prevalent and the three types of people that listen to music. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your o…
 
In a week where: A gunman kills three people and injured another four at a shopping mall in Copenhagen. BBC admits they received complaints about Tim Westwood. Six people die after a shooting during July 4th parade. Russia claims victory in Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region. Sajid Javid & Rishi Sunak lead a flurry of Tory cabinet resignations. In Po…
 
In a week where: The Conservatives lose two more seats after by-elections in Wakefield & Tiverton and Honiton. The US Supreme Court officially overturn Roe V Wade. Prince Charles taking €3M in Qatari money. Glastonbury comes & goes after two years out. Ghislane Maxwell is sentenced to 20 years. In Society: (8:13) America is in several levels of low…
 
And just like that... WG Interviews back from the dead! For this one, a dear friend of 5E comes through for his 2nd appearance. Sheffield (Soon to be Germany) based Otis Mensah is back after me seeing him live in May, off the back of his new (& self produced) EP "things i should have said a year ago". But this is a WG interview like no other. For t…
 
In a week where: British government approves extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US. Emmanuel Macron loses parliamentary majority as left-leaning coalition gain. Gustavo Petro becomes Colombia's first Leftist president. Transgender women are banned from elite Swimming competitions. Public sector strikes begin this week with more …
 
In a week where: Justin Bieber reveals facial paralysis from Ramsay Hunt syndrome. A former British soldier has died fighting Russian forces. British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira go missing in Brazil. Queen Elizabeth II becomes the 2nd longest reigning monarch. Scotland will make another attempt for independ…
 
In a week where: The Diamond Jubilee comes & goes. The Russo-Ukraine War passes 100 days. Boris Johnson wins a no confidence vote. Elon Musk threatens to kill the Twitter buyout. The Rolling Stone drop their 200 'Greatest' Hip-Hop Albums of All-Time. In Politics: (9:30) Boris Johnson is now officially a dead man walking after winning his no-confide…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The Walrus for Robots Are Writing Poetry, and Many People Can’t Tell the Difference" By Carmine Starnino. For decades, AI has been slowly doing things better than humans. But there's one thing that AI just haven't quite gotten a hand on: Poetry. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether i…
 
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