David Luke


David Luke

David Luke is a music producer from Albany, GA and a network producer for NPR’s Microphone Check.

Rhymes: Reflection Eternal, “The Blast,” Little Brother, “Morning,” and Slum Village,”Go Ladies”


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NPR’s Microphone Check

IG: @DavidLuke0123


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Daryn Alexus


Daryn Alexus

Daryn was born and raised in Washington DC and came to Chicago to attended Columbia College.  While there she won the Biggest Mouth Competition, the schools most competitive music competition.  After graduation she decided to stay in the city, calling Chicago her second home after living here for nearly 8 years now. She’s had several opportunities to perform at great venues around the city; Lincoln Hall, Chop Shop, Schubas, Reggie’s, and The Metro among many others.  IN 2014 she released an EP titled GREEN that led to a few articles from The Chicago Tribune and the Red Eye, and opened the door to many other wonderful unforgettable opportunities and friendships. Daryn now continues to make music with her producer Dee Lilly in her South Side Apartment. Currently releasing tracks for her “Wild Flower Series” and moving towards another EP at the top of the year, Daryn is sure to keep busy creating.

Rhymes: Lil Wayne, “Go DJ,” Black Star “Definition,” and Kanye West “I Wonder”


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Aamer Rahman


Aamer Rahman

After years of performing as half of the critically acclaimed duo Fear of a Brown Planet, Aamer Rahman finally appears in his long-awaited debut solo show.

Rhymes: Public Enemy, “Give It Up”, Dead Prez, “Hip Hop”, and Black Star, “Definition”


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Vann R. Newkirk II


Vann Newkirk

Vann R. Newkirk II, also known as fivefifths, is a writer, editor, graphic designer, and activist entrepreneur who is currently Chief Scribe and founder at Seven Scribes, a new online destination for millennials of color. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and UNC-Chapel Hill, and is deeply passionate about social justice, environmental justice, Afrofuturism/speculative fiction, and hip-hop, and in the intersection between them all. His work has been featured in Ebony, GQ, and Grantland among other outlets.

Rhymes: Outkast “Aquemini,” Blackstar ft. Common “Respiration,” and Gucci Mane “Lemonade”


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Dr. Raphael Travis, Jr.


Dr. Raphael Travis, Jr.

Dr. Raphael Travis Jr., LCSW, is an Associate Professor at Texas State University – San Marcos School of Social Work.  He holds degrees from University of Virginia, University of Michigan, and University of California at Los Angeles.

Rhymes: Boogie Down Productions “My Philosophy,” Public Enemy “Can’t Truss It,” and Talib Kweli ft. Jean Grae “Black Girl Pain”


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[audio [https://archive.org/download/RhymesReasons-Dr.RaphaelTravisJr/Rr-RaphaelTravis1.mp3]

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Dr. Travis’ Interview with inSocialWork Podcast


A Profile via the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Travis’ Faculty Profile

Songs from this Interview:

DJ Hoodwink “Tired of Ducking U x Your Triumph”

 Talib Kweli “New Leaders”

Chance the Rapper “Dear Chicago Summer”

Jamilah King


Jamilah King

 Jamilah King is a writer based in New York City. Currently a senior editor at Colorlines, her writing focuses mostly on media, race, and culture. Her work has appeared on Salon, MSNBC, the American Prospect, Al Jazeera, The Advocate, and in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She’s also a music junkie and an unabashed Bay Area sports fan.

Rhymes: JT The Bigga Figga “Game Recognize Game,” Talib Kweli “Get By,” and Louis Logic “Dos Factotum”


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[audio https://archive.org/download/RhymesReasons-JamilahKing/Rr-jamilahKing.mp3]

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Jamilah at Colorlines

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Andre “Add-2” Daniels is an MC hailing from Chicago.

Rhymes: Jay-Z “Bring It On”; Common ft. the Last Poets “The Corner”; Reflection Eternal “Love Language/Love Speakeasy”


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[audio https://archive.org/download/RhymesReasons-Add-2/RhymesReasons-Add-2v2.mp3]

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Songs from this Interview:

Jay-Z “Bring It On”

Jay-Z “Regrets”

Nas “Book of Rhymes”

Common ft. the Last Poets “The Corner”

Kanye West ft. Common and Talib Kweli “Get Em High”

Jaylib “Starz”

Kendrick Lamar “Cut You Off”

Reflection Eternal “Love Language”

Reflection Eternal “Love Speakeasy”

Add-2 ft. Wes Restless “Couples Therapy”