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

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






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 Miracle Merry Muthafuckin Xmas by Eazy-E Snoop Doggy Dogg ft. Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg, Tray Deee, Bad...

Duration: 01:33:20

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...

Duration: 01:42:23

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...

Duration: 01:19:34

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...

Duration: 01:23:33

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

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...

Duration: 02:52:09

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...

Duration: 01:42:26

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...

Duration: 01:12:47

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...

Duration: 01:16:10

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. Closing song: “Time for Us” by Royal Ruckus (featuring Maddy Montes and Bonafide of GRITS) from The Summer of the Cicadas double LP.

Duration: 00:56:50

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...

Duration: 00:54:33

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 tru [...]

Duration: 01:19:03

Ep. 6 - Divorce, Dope Underground Hip-Hop, and Orthodoxy: A Conversation with DJ Trey-Qel from Future Shock

Divorce, Dope Christian Hip-Hop, and Orthodoxy DJ Trey-Qel from Future Shock Intro How we know each other The name DJ Trey-Qel-Drama comes from Star Wars! Liner notes! How Future Shock started from three different rap groups. One crew, a family. “I started stealing records from my parents and scratching them, ruining our turntables, trying to make the scratch sound.” How Future Shock came together with the Tunnel Rats with the help of Pigeon John. “A Place Called Hip-Hop” by LPG,...

Duration: 01:38:36

Ep. 5: Star Wars, LA Symphony Rap Crew, & (Losing/Not Losing?) Faith - A Raw Conversation with Rapper Cookbook of L.A. Symphony

Not safe for work, ya turkey. Hanging out at Peter Winsky’s house. Game of Thrones references we don’t understand. The guys take a shot of Jameson together. They’re also drinking water. Other drinks: Two Hearted Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Popfuji by Brouwerij West in San Pedro. On beards. On growing hair with Flynn Adam. Star Wars. Lots of Star Wars. More Star Wars. “As far as me and my house, we will serve the Force.” The political side of Star Wars. Rogue One. Ewoks. Oh my. About...

Duration: 01:24:34

Ep. 4: Gay Celibacy, Serving the Homeless, & Overcoming Disability - A Conversation with Bob Lutzick

Bob Lutzick Show Notes How do we know each other? On friendliness to visitors in a church. Homeless hate law: food sharing ban in Philadelphia. The ministry of 12 Baskets in Center City Philadelphia. A similar ban arose in Fort Lauderdale. Chunjay and Bob used to be neighbors. “Resolution” by Royal Ruckus from The Summer of the Cicadas. Chunjay still can’t say Bob’s last name. Bob’s brain tumor. Overcoming bullying. Chunjay’s anti-bullying gang in elementary school. Clip from “A...

Duration: 00:53:15

Ep. 3: Christianity, Priesthood, and Lattes - A Conversation with Author and Orthodox Priest, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

In this third episode of Brews, Beards, & Shipwrecks, Jamey sits down with Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick to discuss his life growing up as a child of Protestant missionaries, his journey into Orthodoxy and the priesthood, and about how much he can’t stand rap music. Fr. Andrew is the author of several books, the host of several podcasts, the father of several children, the husband of one wife, and the pastor of one church. “Brews Beards & Shipwrecks” Theme Song by Royal Ruckus. What’s your...

Duration: 01:25:52

Ep. 2: Suicide, Cerebral Palsy, and Christian Rap - A Conversation with #ConstantlyPositive Rap Artist Whyte Lyte

In this second episode of Brews, Beards, & Shipwrecks, Chunjay sits down after a concert he played at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS with Kansas rap artist, John “Whyte Lyte” Detering. White Lyte was born to a mother on drugs, and he was taken into foster care with white parents in a small Kansas town, who eventually adopted him and raised him in the Lutheran Christian faith. They talk about Whyte Lyte’s joy over adversity, challenges he has faced as a man living with Cerebral Palsy, and...

Duration: 01:21:03

Ep. 1: Hip-Hop, Doubt, and Oatmeal Stout - A Conversation with Rap Artist Dropjaw

In this inaugural episode of Brews, Beards, & Shipwrecks, Chunjay sits down before a concert he played at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS with Kansas rap artist, Kory “Dropjaw” Pederson. They talk about using hip-hop as a force for good, discuss the current state of hip-hop music and technology, helping other hip-hop artists, and explore what means to be a “Christian rapper,” especially when a Christian rapper loses his Christianity. They also talk about beard care, and beers. “Brews,...

Duration: 01:13:58