A podcast about a hip-hop potentate proved as vital as the music he championed
I am very much enjoying Gimlet and Loud Speakers Network’s new podcast, Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty. Lighty grew up in the Bronx in the 1970s and early 80s and became a powerful hip-hop business figure. The podcast opens with his death in 2012, aged 44, then takes us through his life. In doing so, we learn about powering up park jams, about cleaning your sneakers, about mixing the best breaks. We meet DJ Red Alert and get detailed analysis of Kool Herc’s turntable techniques. We go on tour with the Jungle Brothers, start working at Def Jam, pop to LA… In short, through the life of one man, we gradually get the story of hip-hop.