In this episode I talk to social worker and “hip hop therapy” pioneer Tomás Alvarez III about The Matrix, The Alchemist, KRS-One, and community-defined strategies for sustainable change.
Tomás is the Founder and CEO of Beats Rhymes and Life, an Oakland-based organization that uses the process of creating rap music as a tool for promoting mental health and healing among urban youth uninterested in traditional talk therapy.
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
They Don’t Do It LiKE THiS – Soul Touch, Young Te’, Stuny, Mastah Flex, Larrinator, ZENO & Rude Boi
I Luv Myself – Feat. DJ Mo Mo, Steph the Jet, Zeno, Lil Von, Frank Vencci
I Got The Power – Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc.
CROSS OVER – Jhon, Young Te’, Damariae & Trevon
Public Service Announcement (P.S.A.) – Feat. Watzreal, Frank Vencci, Rotate, Soul Touch
Step Into a World (Rapture’s Delight) – KRS-One
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes
The Alchemist, by Paolo Coehlo