ENTRY POINTS is opinionated music discussion from the perspective of those that create, refine, and promote its various expressions of who we are.
Episode 11: Nicolay
October 9th, 2017 | Season 2 | 50 mins 34 secs
nicolay, phonte, prince, r&b
Arthur visits with the co-founder and producer of The Foreign Exchange, Nicolay, to learn about his musical history, his partnership with Phonte, and our favorite topic: Prince.
Episode 10: Siedah Garrett
August 24th, 2017 | Season 2 | 33 mins 4 secs
Siedah Garrett joins Arthur to talk about her new music, record label A&R’s (then and now), and whose idea it was to try and pair Prince and Michael for a duet.
Episode 9: Kevin Coval
March 29th, 2017 | Season 1 | 39 mins 19 secs
chicago, hiphop, lyrics, poetry
Kevin Coval is the Founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors. He's also the author and editor of several books including The BreakBeat Poets. His latest book of poetry, A People's History of Chicago, explores the city's various neighborhoods and will be released in April 2017 by Haymarket Press. Arthur sat down with Kevin at his home on Chicago's northwest side to talk about the new book and, well, hip hop.
Episode 8: Scoop Jackson
February 21st, 2017 | Season 1 | 44 mins 24 secs
chicago, iverson, journalism, music, race, sports
Scoop Jackson is a 25-year veteran of music and sports journalism. His byline has appeared in Slam, XXL, Wax Poetics, Vibe, the Source, and is currently an ESPN columnist and producer. Scoop sat with Arthur at his office on Chicago’s South Side to discuss his unique professional career.
Episode 7: NPR x BBC x OKP: on 2016
January 9th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 15 mins
blm, criticism, culture, protest, radio
2016 has wrapped, and Arthur assembled a panel of experts from NPR Music, the BBC, and Okayplayer to look back at a very difficult year that we're unlikely to forget. From Brexit to Beyoncé to Black Lives Matter, ENTRY POINTS puts our spin on “the...
Episode 6: Nation19
December 6th, 2016 | Season 1 | 47 mins 10 secs
anthropology, culture, documentary, film, hip-hop, photojournalism
Queen Muhammad Ali and her husband Hakeem Khaliq are the founders of Nation19, an organization that blends hip-hop culture, photojournalism, and anthropology in very unique ways.
Episode 5: DJ Harrison
October 19th, 2016 | Season 1 | 24 mins 9 secs
analog, bass, d'angelo, drums, keyboard, ohbliv, production, rva
Richmond, Virginia (RVA) native Devonne Harris can assume several roles: producer; engineer; drummer; bassist; keyboardist; and as DJ Harrison: a premier beatmaker. The co-owner of Jellowstone Records and member of both Butcher Brown and KING$ shares...
Episode 4: Kevin L. Clark
September 26th, 2016 | Season 1 | 34 mins
blm, criticism, questlove
Okayplayer managing editor Kevin "Kevito" Clark sits down with Arthur to examine objective criticism in 2016, OKP's leadership coverage of Black Lives Matter, Frank Ocean (in the space between "Endless" and "Blonde") and his side hustle as a video game critic.
Episode 3: Nicholas Payton
August 23rd, 2016 | Season 1 | 53 mins 16 secs
acoustic, electronic, production, trumpet
In a revealing talk with Arthur, Grammy Award-winner Nicholas Payton shares the creative process behind making his latest album "Textures", his views on the stagnation of hip-hop, and the reception he gets from European "jazz" audiences.
Episode 2: Anthony Valadez
August 10th, 2016 | Season 1 | 40 mins 7 secs
dj, photojournalism, production, radio
Los Angeles DJ, recording artist, and serial Instagramer Anthony Valadez joins Arthur to discuss his love for community outreach through music, and his thoughts on the role of the disc jockey on modern terrestrial radio. In the process,...
Episode 1: Ben Kane
July 21st, 2016 | Season 1 | 20 mins 42 secs
analog, d'angelo, engineer, mixing, studio
Inaugural guest Ben Kane, Grammy Award-winning mixer and engineer (D'Angelo's "Black Messiah"), joins Arthur to talk about his Kickstarter campaign for the completion of his state-of-the-art Brooklyn studio, Electric Garden.