Rhymes & Reasons proudly presents a session with a young pillar of our own community; Julian DeShazier, The Senior Minister at University Church Chicago and graduate of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

This isn’t the first time Julian’s told his story: he’s also a deeply self-reflective rapper who goes by the name of J. Kwest.

We talked about Outkast’s “13th Floor/Growing Old,” Common and Lauryn Hill’s “Retrospect for Life,” and “Triumph,” by the Wu-tang Clan.

Check out the interview below:





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Rhymes & Reasons talks to hip-hop heads the globe over about their lives through the lens of songs that matter to them. Conscious, gangster, underground, commercial, Midwest, Dirty South, and everything in between — everybody’s got a little story to tell. These in-depth interviews explore what the person finds meaningful in the music and how the music impacted their life, particularly the social issues that play a role in influencing who the person has become. Interviewing people from all walks of life, Rhymes & Reasons hopes to highlight the beauty in hip-hop as we come to understand the shared nature of our stories.