The ground-breaking rapper, poet, and podcaster George the Poet joins Gary Younge to explore the music, people, and politics that made him who is he today.
‘When Grime became the soundtrack to our lives, it gave a voice to the hustle. We were all looking for money, but it was deeper than that; we were looking for a future.’
George the Poet knows better than anybody the importance of understanding your surroundings.
Born to Ugandan parents on the St Raphael’s Estate in Neasden, north-west London, George Mpanga has always been aware of his community. It was both his teacher and his inspiration – giving him the language, the experiences, and the skills to become the person he is today.
Now George joins Gary Younge live in London to unveil the power dynamics that shape our world, shedding light on the forces that restrict Black creativity and put limits on Black excellence. By interrogating the history of colonialism and exploring capitalism’s racist legacy, George will offer a fresh perspective on the world around us.
Celebrating his ground-breaking new memoir Track Record, this conversation will delve into the music scene and iconic films from his childhood, as well as crucial political and economic moments in history, and provide the backstory of where we are today.