Binkey is a Chicago-born, Chiang Mai-based poet, musician, MC, and teacher. He’s also a man with many different interests, ideas, and opinions, and he and I go deep in this episode of Travels in Music.
As my first sit-down, in-person interview (so much more fun than Skype), in today’s episode Binkey and I discuss growing up in Chicago, the Chicago music scene, artistic competition, racism, hip hop, police violence, winning arguments with your girlfriend, Kanye West, Black Lives Matter, slavery, Dave Chappelle, and much more. Binkey also tells me about life as an African-American in Thailand, and how life in Chiang Mai differs drastically from life in Chicago.
I was pleased to have him as my guest, and I think you’ll enjoy this episode of Travels in Music featuring Binkey.
Mentioned in this episode:
- “The Light” by Common (Amazon / iTunes)
- “Have You Seen Her?” by the Chi-Lites (not the Delfonics, Zach) (Amazon / iTunes)
- The bizarrely clad hippie mecca of Pai, Thailand
- Dave Chappelle on Kanye West (YouTube)
- 8 Mile (Amazon)
- “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Black White Supremacist (YouTube)
- The Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Project
- “Blush” by Adam Ness (Amazon / iTunes)