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Because everyone has a story. A podcast focused on music, culture, beer, beards, faith and doubt.






Ep. 26: Doug and Angie Bennett sit down with Chunjay to talk about helping others during the holidays, ministry in Mexico, and share 10 tips for battling the blues

Chunjay sits down with his cousin Doug, and Doug's wife, Angie, to talk about the holidays, the immigration situation on the southern US border, and offer some tips on dealing with depression, especially around the holidays. Opening Catching up with Doug "Back N Effect" (song from Royalty Check EP, produced by DJ Sean P) The 10 Tips Still need help? National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 800-273-8255 Mental Health Crisis Intervention: 800-991-5272 Doug Bennett's personal line:...


Ep. 25: LIVE Stream of the new #RoyaltyCheckEP featuring Chunjay, Flatline, DJ Sean P, Keelia Paulsen and more...

In this special episode, Chunjay streams live on 12/27/2018 with special guests DJ Sean P, Flatline, and Keelia Paulsen of Khenri Designs to talk about the new #RoyaltyCheckEP. The album drops 1/21/2019, when Royal Ruckus turns 21. This is the audio from the recording, with the music portions of the episode cleaned up a bit. Pre-order the album here: PODCAST NOTES EXCLUSIVE: Stream the whole album right now...


Ep. 24: DJ Sean P chats with Flatline and Chunjay about supporting the family, building a business, and the big issues of life

DJ Sean P with Chunjay and Flatline of Royal Ruckus Sean gives us the rundown on his background Turntables from the thrift shop, figuring out how to make money deejaying, “How do you be a dad? How do you have a house? And how do you be a creative, and in everything be honest and true?” - DJ Sean P “Balance is in the back and forth, but it’s never center.” - Flatline “Priorities are never balanced either. Right? So… You have a few, very important priorities, and everything else is not...


Ep. 23: Renata Zarro and Chunjay discuss teaching, spoken word poetry, and “home” as a dirty word

Renata Zarro and Chunjay discuss teaching writing, spoken word poetry, and “home” as a dirty word Intro—Who is Renata? On teaching in general, Language Arts in particular. How did she decide to become a teacher? “As stressful as it may be at times, I love it.” - Renata George Grant: “Love what you love in front of your students.” Echinachea tea. Coffee. On beards. Sponsor spot: soaps and natural cologne Two guys quit their jobs and started a soap...


Ep. 22: Doug Bennett and Chunjay discuss human trafficking, getting clean and sober, and the many uses of avocado (with Chunjay's mom, Kathy)

Doug Bennett and Chunjay discuss human trafficking, getting clean and sober, and the many uses of avocado (with Chunjay's mom, Kathy) The many uses of avocado. 17 year meth addiction. On how adultery led Doug to Jesus. On drunkenness. “Wine is from God, but the drunkard is from the devil.” - Increase Mather On heroin. “Using with a prostitute in a hotel in the red light district That’s something I don’t want to ever forget. (14:30) On Mormonism. On being molested. "I Love You...


Ep. 21: Mara Henderson and Chunjay discuss Health, Faith, Nerdiness, and Father Hunger

Pennsylvania. Colorado. Teaching preschool. On being 4’ 8”. Food. Health. GAPS Diet. Healing from arthritis. Journey through veganism. Sauerkraut. Probiotics. “A good sauerkraut should take three months.” Mara’s music. Her siblings. Singing in church. Orthodox Christian Chants (facebook page). “Take the Leap” by Royal Ruckus from World’s Okayest Rapper EP. Nerddom. On drifting away from her dad. On reconnecting with her parents. Hagia Sophia Coffee. “Lost Boys” by Royal Ruckus...


Ep. 20: David Bunker Chats with Chunjay about Sexual Abuse, Recovery Groups, Postmodernism, Whiskey and Wine

David and Chunjay discuss where they are and what they are doing for the weekend. David discusses the ups and downs of therapy. On the collapse of silence. What is lacking? Sometimes it’s not stuff. On living within the evangelical subculture. Discussing whiskey. On Jamey and David’s friendship, and the wisdom David imparted to him. On sharing stories. David is working on a project called Postmodern Hymns. On Christianity and Art. On the narrative of faith giving way to the narrative of...


Ep. 19: Flatline and Chunjay return to discuss two decades in the music business, approaches to music production, drinking coffee, and facing difficulties in life.

In this third episode featuring Flatline aka Michael Walker aka MPWalker, Flatline and Chunjay talk about their lives and music after Flicker Records, living in record deal purgatory, and then finding their way forward without a label. They talk a little bit about a children’s project that they worked on, and how they ultimately stuck it out after a little bit of career disappointment. At the same time, the guys talk about how short-sightedness can affect an artist’s career. Due to...


Ep. 18: Christmas Hip-Hop Special: Chunjay impersonates a DJ and plays some great holiday tunes.

Ep. 18: Christmas Hip-Hop Special: Chunjay impersonates a DJ and plays some great holiday tunes. The Christmas Episode Winsky Fiesta Terrace in west LA What am I drinking? Deschutes Brewery stout from Oregon Background Music from Akira the Don’s Litmas. Clips from Run DMC – Christmas Is Christmas Rappin’ Kurtis Blow Cold Chillin’ Christmas by the Juice Crew Fuck you if you don’t like Christmas by Crudbump Run the Jewels – A Christmas Fucking...


Ep. 17: Knowdaverbs Chats with Chunjay: A conversation on hip-hop, belief in God, and perfecting your art.

Brews, Beards, Shipwrecks Podcast. //This is a first! Two new episodes in one day! Enjoy this Monday two-fer.// Michael Boyer, aka Knowdaverbs, sits down with Chunjay to compare notes. How we met. How he got the idea to leave Phoenix and move to Nashville. Clips from “The Latte, Latte Show” from Royal Ruckus’s Self-Titled album. Rooming with Coffee and Bonafide of GRITS. DJ Form. 1996-2004, roommates, label mates, and tour mates. Soup the Chemist album listening party—“The James...


Ep. 16: Tacos and Whiskey with Photographer Jeb Wilson: A conversation about hip-hop conspiracy theories, running your own business, drinking whiskey, and misadventures in modern dating.

Jeb Wilson of Nashville Photography Group is our guest for Episode 16. Jeb hates spam. Can you curse on this podcast? Punk rock kid, ska kid, hip-hop kids. On similarities between punk and hip-hop cultures. Did the LAPD kill 2Pac? “Elvis Presley, Notorious, and 2Pac were way to big of ego maniacs to ever disappear.” On the KKK marching in the Christmas parade in Oildale. “Dial It Up” by Royal Ruckus from Rumors of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated, available at...


Ep. 15: Coffee with KJ: Chunjay and rapper KJ-52 discuss Christian music labels, Cuban coffee, and bouncing back after tough times.

KJ-52 and Chunjay sit down for coffee in Florida and reflect on their experiences in hip-hop and the Christian hip-hop subgenre. Little Cuban cafe, on KJ discovering Cuban colada coffee. KJ does not enjoy pour over coffee. Chunjay eating a Cubano sandwich. On what KJ-52 is up to: crowdfunding new album, videos, documentary. Adding public speaking to rapping. “I’m coming from the perspective of a 42 year old man. I’m not coming from where I was when I was 25 and came into the...


Ep. 14: Friendship, Nashville Labels, and Growing Up: A History of Royal Ruckus from 1998-2003 with Flatline

Flatline aka MPWalker aka Mike Walker. 15 years since Self-Titled! Review of last episode. Chunjay’s hotel for the night. On the origins of Chunjay’s name. Church camp. Chunjay’s first release was a cassette under the name of Cleva-MC. First Cleva recording was professional. Next record was on a 4-track with a punk band buddy. Working with Yoda from Royal Ruckus. On the collaboration with J-Dog, and the beginning of Royal Ruckus. Chunjay: “We made a rap song about how we tried to...


Ep. 13: Coffee Nerding, Classic Hip-Hop, Songwriting, and Producing Beats: A Conversation with Flatline

MPWALKER aka Michael Walker aka Flatline What are you up to? Coffee making Nashville songwriting at Starbucks, and all walks of life in Starbucks. On celebrities at Starbucks. BEN FOLDS! A Ben Folds meet-up? “Arrive at Something” (original version) by Royal Ruckus Meeting Moonhooch, clip from Number 9. Clip from “The Waitress Song” by Royal Ruckus. How Ben Folds inspired some of our songs. One of Chunjay’s favorite songwriters is Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie or The...


Ep. 12: Porn, Guinness, and Authentic Friendship: A Conversation with Author and Speaker Nate Larkin (and Tra Jones)

Nate Larkin interview Pornography, Guinness, and Authentic Friendship Introduction. Taking walks with friends. 60 minute walk daily. Real talks and seeking clarity on life’s issues. How Chunjay met Nate. Public speaking class. On coffee. On beer. On mystery taps. “Gentlemen, what we are witnessing here is kidney success and bladder failure.” Nate shares his story, which includes hardcore pornography and prostitutes, while serving as a pastor. “I quit a hundred times.” “I was doing...


Ep. 11: Gay Liberation, Writing, Death Threats, and Recovering Faith - A Conversation with Author Thom Nickels

Thom Nickels interview. Rain storm. Northern Liberties in Philadelphia.,_Philadelphia “Gone are the days where you go to a bar and there’s just the sound of conversation.” What we were drinking: Thom had Coors Light, and plotting on French wine. Chunjay drinking PBR and bourbon, the Philadelphia “City Wide Special.” Sharing a memory of...


Ep. 10: Tacos, Adult Graffiti Artists, and Changing Careers - A Conversation with Graffiti Artist Peas of DCV

What are we drinking? Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale Avocado farm in Hawaii. We met at church. Urn of FSU. “Within two minutes. You guys didn’t even wait. It was like a hit-up. I got tag-banged at church by two white guys.” What is a tagging crew? The sociology and psychology of graffiti. The many kinds of graffiti artists. Nerds, skaters, ghetto dudes, preps, goths. “It’s an insecurity. You’re doing something. You’re saying, ‘I’m here.’” How Peas got into higher-level...


Ep. 9: Demons, Women, Jesus, and Silence, Pt. 2: The Four Temptations of Steve the Builder in the Wilderness

If you heard the first part, you'll be really excited about this episode. Because this is the fun stuff. Listen to this one. Because, seriously this is the good stuff. Universal salvation? Steve discusses hell. “It’s a good thing I’m not God.” Meet the girl. Get the girl. Lose the girl. Contemplate death. - Garabed Sarkessian “The Pressure is On (Showdown)” by Royal Ruckus from The Summer of the Cicadas double LP How Steve drinks his scotch, and enjoys gin and tonic. Bourbon,...


Ep. 8: Special Edition: Hurricane Irma and the #EvacuationTour: Chunjay Discusses His Experiences Evacuating Florida and Raising Money for Disaster Relief

Special Episode: Hurricane Irma Chunjay was planning on staying in South Florida. The decision to leave. #EvacuationTour. Coming home to Florida. Fence down. Lost food. Paleo stuff. Seven Lakes, NC: Shout out to Matt and Patty Bianco. House show. IOCC Disaster Relief. 92 cents on the dollar goes to the people they are serving. Washington, DC. Shout to Peter and Jess Dimmick, and Kyle and Nik Pool. Drinking moonshine and IPAs. Offer: make a donation to a charity for disaster...


Ep. 7: Demons, Women, Jesus, and Silence, Pt. 1: The Four Temptations of Steve the Builder in the Wilderness

Introduction. How we met. Monasticism. Demonic attacks in a monastery. “Logosmoi” and the ego. “Fuck it if it didn’t happen again.” “Jerusalem Syndrome” Steve plays Jesus. Olivia Chug makes herself known. “Shipwreck” by Cookbook & Uno.Mas from The Roberson Bullies EP Steve has an affair. “It was at that point that I knew that my own sense of who I am and my own sense of my spiritual life and my own sense of how to be a Christian is never to be trusted.” “I never doubted my...