Have You Heard? is a series in which the team from Pod Bible meet the people behind the podcasts you may not have heard of yet. While the Oh. My. Pod. section in the magazine gives a quick shout out to shows of that ilk, Have You Heard aims to go deeper in an effort to spread awareness for shows that deserve more exposure! This time we speak to Curator of Hip-Hop History, Nathan T. Rideau, who is the host of “hip-hop’s #1 scripted podcast”, Playerz From The South.
Who are you and what’s your podcast about?
My name is Nathan T. Rideaux, and I am a Content Creator/Curator of Hip-Hop history. I am a self described “Down South B-Boy.” My personal history of being involved in the culture from all angles has provided me a lifetime of subject matter. As a native of the Third Coast, I wanted to get these incredible stories out. I lived it, so I can create around it. My podcast “Playerz From The South” is a historical journey of what southern Hip-Hop culture was 25 years ago. Although it speaks to the history, it’s a fictional story of the main character Keyvon Thierry, who was a pioneering southern rap mogul who became a multimillionaire thru shrewd but smart business moves. It is the first of its kind, mixing Hip-Hop history with dope storytelling, corrupt politicians, and urban redevelopment.
What’s the first podcast you ever listened to?
I first started listening to podcasts in 2015. The Combat Jack Show was my first and favorite. He was widely known as The Godfather of Hip-Hop Podcasting. I’ve tried listening to others, but for what I like to hear and his style of hosting, that was it for me.
Why did you decide to start podcasting in the first place?
Ironically, I was listening to an episode of Combat Jack in 2017 and he made a profound statement that the podcast space was just as wide open and new now as Hip-Hop was back in the late 80’s. When I heard him say that, I knew it would be a place for me to utilize what I do best, which is writing and discussing the artistic nature of the culture.
Which podcasts do you take inspiration from?
Before I started writing Playerz, I listened to a couple of fiction podcasts to get a general idea of what’s involved, most notably was “S-Town” other than that I just spend alot of my time creating and not really consistently listening to others.
Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
Since I marvel at the work of bricklayers and people who really built the culture, I would want to interview J Prince, the founder of Houston based Rap A Lot Records. Someone I have total high regard for, just for what he did to have the South in position to make significant contributions in music history.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far as a podcaster?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to keep pressing forward until you find your lane. I first launched The Genius Generation Podcast as a discussion based show, then wanted to do some audio drama. Playerz From The South was originally a script I was writing for a film. My next show about to launch is a culinary/ Hip-Hop show named “FoodDope” so I just keep my ideas fresh and try to approach untouched territory.
Which episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
I purposely named each episode after the name of classic Southern rap songs. My whole goal was to show a side of Hip-Hop that is rarely seen. The Gulf Coast has tons of influence and history and I wanted to spotlight that. I think Episode 3: LIVE At The O.M.N.I. would be the perfect introduction because it is where we reached a comfort zone in the whole production process.
Where can the Pod Bible readers find out more about you?
They can find out more about me at playerzfromthesouth.com and also be on the lookout for my new show FoodDope, where I will be engaging with Hip-Hop influenced Executive Chefs and Restaurateurs as we discuss the interesting parallels in Culinary Arts and classic Hip-Hop. Also, my IG: @THEPROFESSOR73 and @PLAYERZFROMTHESOUTH.