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(HEAT INTERVIEW) Meet “The Professor” as he launches his new podcast, The Genius Generation

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Every once in a while an idea comes along that is so dope, that anticipation forms and a huge buzz ensues. And so it is with The Genius Generation podcast. It’s an idea that was born as result of years of research coupled with an ear for Hip Hop that came from students of the Golden Era – with one of those “students” turning into “professor”.

Meet Nathan Rideaux, purveyor of The Genius Generation Podcast, the newest and dopest podcast to come along in a very long time. The Genius Generation Podcast delves into the roots of Hip Hop, from birth to modern day, stopping along the way to meet the legendary architects of the genre and to memorialize and salute their accomplishments. Were it not for these historical figures, Hip Hop would not have grown into the multi-billion dollar cultural movement that has invaded all walks of life, from children to adults. It has truly changed the world and The Genius Generation Podcast will focus on Hip Hop’s impact. Who knows where it will go from here?

Nathan is no stranger to captivating audiences with his historical and visual storytelling skills. After all, he did direct and produce the documentary “We Are One: Street Music of New Orleans”, a project that required years of research and production and one that was well-received. We recently sat down with Nathan to learn more about his ideas, his plans for the podcast and how it all came about. Here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Where did you come up with this idea?

NATHAN: The Genius Generation’s name derives from a book written by Tom Brokaw, former Anchor of the NBC Nightly News. About 15 years ago, he wrote a book titled “The Greatest Generation,” paying honor to World War II Vets, who happened to be the parents of The Baby Boomers, which were our parents. Well, I wanted to pay honor and respect to my own generation, Generation X. Also known as The Hip-Hop Generation. We’ve done some incredible things in society, in all walks of life, from entertainment, business, education, to influencing what became known as pop culture. The tie that binds is Hip-Hop. We became creators and revolutionaries. Hip-Hop gave us the mindset of, “Bleep it! I’ll do it myself!”

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What do you hope to achieve through the podcast?

NATHAN: Two things I’m good at is remembering history and talking about it. This podcast is the forum to celebrate our culture, our way. Ultimately, I wanted to create a space to educate. Information gets distorted over time when the stories fail to get told. I also wanted to shine a light on Southern Hip-Hop’s history and the forgotten legends. I think we can successfully build that bridge between old and young thru proper education. There are so many stories to tell and people to mention. The South has been thriving for 25 years in Hip-Hop. We respect every region, but now we have our own legends to crown.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: If you could pick 5 golden era music figures to have at a roundtable discussion on the show, who would that be and why?

NATHAN: If I could have a roundtable discussion with 5 golden era music figures, they would have to be Pete Rock, Nas, DJ Premier, Mannie Fresh, and Master P. The three Producers I have listed are because, Producers came from DJ’ing, which is the foundation of the culture. I call those guys the alchemists of our generation, because they orchestrated the soundtracks of our lives. Nas is listed because he represents the ultimate wordsmith in the game. Master P speaks for itself, for wisdom thru trying to remain independent. That’s my ultimate roundtable.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: The format of the show encourages discussion and dialogue. What positive changes do you foresee the podcast creating in the industry?

NATHAN: The Genius Generation Podcast will be heavy on dialogue and information. At first, I wanted to focus strictly on the veterans in the game, but I’ve found a lot of youngsters who appreciate what I’m trying to do. They embrace the wisdom if you come at ‘em the right way. I think it will be healthy for me to learn from them and vice versa. They send me music to critique or to simply be on the show and that goes a long way in developing that network of dope material from hungry artists.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s up next for The Genius Generation Podcast?

NATHAN: What’s next from me and the Genius Generation is more dope content. I’m a Writer, so I’m always coming up with things and looking for collaborations.

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