Omari Hardwick To Launch Hip Hop Spoken Word Podcast
Omari Hardwick is taking his talents off the small screen! The Power star announced the launch of his new Hip-Hop/spoken word podcast called Poetics. The first season is scheduled to start on Luminary Network, according to Billboard. The theme of the show will feature hip-hop artists and even see how they can handle spoken word. Each episode will open with the guests having to perform a poem before their interview. Fortunately for them, the lyrics will be written beforehand.
“I’m asking rappers to come in and sit down and recite a poem. Lost the machismo. Poetry has a vulnerability that rap and MC’ing doesn’t. You gotta be vulnerable. That kind of takes it to another level and gives [artists] a different look.”
Now, fans will be able to Hardwick in a different light. His executive producer, Alex Nagal, said the series will certainly challenge the audience and the guests.
“Poetics brings to its audience an experience that calls back to the cinematic vibe. Omari encourages guests to go deep, and we enhance that storytelling with a dope soundscape. It’s not like an interview that you hear on a lot of podcasts.”
Hardwick has also lined up Wyclef Jean, Dave East, Big Daddy Kane and Michael Eric Dyson to make appearances, as he credited Casanova as one of the most pleasantly surprising spoken word artists.
“Casanova’s been the most impressive to me. He just started rapping three years ago. He was locked up, and he was in solitary confinement for a multitude of years. You could say a lot of people find their pen in jail, a lot do, but he’s been the most impressive to me because when I asked him if he found his pen in jail, he said, ‘No. I never found a pen in jail. I found it after that.’ And the story that he has to tell, it could be of one complexion. It could look like some of your darker characters from Power.”
Check out the teaser below.
Will you be tuning in? Let us know in the comments!