I Traded in Trap Music for Podcasts

Your diet isn’t only what you eat...it’s what you watch, what you read, what you listen to.
— Saul Williams (Breakfast Club Interview, 2014)

Listen, I'm a sucka for a good music playlist. From Cousin Mitri's #ForTheCulture compilations to the "My Favorites" playlists that Apple Music so perfectly curates for me every week, I am consistently indulging in music. I prefer to listen to music in the car. It's the only place where I can turn the bass up as loud as I want without disturbing anybody (yea, I live in an apartment). But as of late, I've been desiring for something more mentally-stimulating to listen to during my daily commutes in Atlanta traffic. And speaking of Atlanta traffic, it is THE absolute worst. Maybe not as bad as L.A., but it definitely comes in at a close second. 

Like I said, listening to music during my commutes grew old over time. I'm not sure why, and I don't have a super deep reason for it, but I felt that I needed something else to keep me occupied while sitting on I-85. So, I followed that feeling and opted in for podcasts. I went on the hunt for shows that piqued my interest, from discussions on mental health in communities of color to talks about Issa and Molly's shenanigans on HBO's Insecure. I found some gems that I'm obsessed with and I listen to them on a weekly basis. Trust me, they are THAT good.

 Here's a list of my current podcast obsessions:

Business/Entrepreneurship

Myleik Teele's My Taught You Podcast

Side Hustle Pro

Borrowed Interest

The Marie Forleo Podcast

Faith and Inspiration

One Church LA 

Elevation Church

Real Life with Cornelius Lindsey

Oprah's Super Soul Conversations

The City Podcast

Lifestyle & Culture

The Great Girlfriends

Gettin' Grown

Insecuritea

The Friend Zone

On One with Angela Rye

Essence Yes, Girl!

The For the Culture Podcast

Wellness and Health

Black Girl In Om

Food Heaven Podcast

Therapy for Black Girls

Hey, Girl. by Alex Elle

(These podcasts can be found on all, or some, of the following platforms: iTunes, Sound Cloud, Spotify, Google Play, Blubrry, Stitcher)

I haven't given up music completely, but I have found myself listening to more podcasts in the car rather than my Apple playlists. Podcast listening has become a part of my daily regimen and I've found that my overall quality of life has improved because of it. I'm a firm believer that "you are what you digest". I'm not saying a little "Bodak Yellow" here and there is bad for you, but my next question would be, what else are you listening to? What else are you digesting daily? 

 

Thanks for reading! If you're new to the podcast game or in search of more content to listen to, this list will definitely help you get started. If you have any other podcast suggestions, please share the wealth in the comments below!

Stay Mentally-Stimulated,

@ItsJasmineSymone