The second episode of the OneBeat podcast is out now on all major streaming platforms! In the OneBeat Podcast’s second episode, we connect with 2019 OneBeat Fellow Justin Harrington (a.k.a Demeanor); a 23-year old banjo-playing rapper from Greensboro, North Carolina. The conversation follows his journey into the seemingly separate worlds of old-time music and hip hop, and he breaks down a range of diverse musical influences spanning from the African Akonting to Kendrick Lamar. The episode charts the course of Justin’s growth as an artist and organizer, diving into the impact that the Black Lives Matter Movement has had on Harrington’s life and work; inspiring him to launch a protest music festival in the summer of 2020, and subsequently, his own nonprofit organization, Haus of Lacks.
Produced and Edited by Jeremy Thal & Nyokabi Kariuki
Mixed by Jeremy Thal & Zubin Hensler
Additional Story Editing by Charlotte Gartenberg
Executive Producers: Jeremy Thal, Elena Moon Park, and Kyla-Rose Smith
Featuring: Justin Harrington and Savannah Leigh Thorne
Music by Demeanor
Additional music: “Sweatpants” by Childish Gambino, “Overcomer” by Royce Da 5’9 Ft. Westside Gunn, “The Blacker The Berry” by Kendrick Lamar, “Fast Lane” by Bad Meets Evil. Find a full playlist here.