“Luv the plug. Show respect and love for those who come through for you.”
Saturday Feb. 25, Boston-based hip hop artist Rapta joined VCBU for the sixteenth installment of our radio show On the Verge. Our Featured Artist of the episode was accompanied by various members of his core team, all reppin’ his brand Luv the Plug with signature hoodies. Because when you have a brand, you have to be that brand, right?
Before we get to all things Rapta and LP, though, let’s not forget about OTV’s other two trademark segments. First, this episode’s Headlines & Hashtags had a fair share of celeb gossip and political drama for your llama without Obama. We started off with the week’s most pressing news, clarifying that JB did not accidentally tinkle, and went on to discuss other significant issues like Trump’s latest deportation victim and pre-Oscars racial controversies. We got a little emo while commenting on Best Picture nominee Hidden Figures, due to DJ Tanner’s fascination with (and DJ A-Rad’s fear of) space. On an A&E note, we were pleasantly surprised by Kanye’s newest business venture and proud of Lil Uzi and Rihanna for their latest accomplishments.
Continuing on with our Boston Breakthroughs series, we had the pleasure of getting a phone call from Sayak and Josh of Dreamer & Son, a local alt pop band that’s infectiously fun. We learned which bandmates would and would not survive on a deserted island, as well as the vocalist and drummer’s favorite board games. The biggest takeaway, though: an obsession with Matt Healy. Appropriate because we’d argue Dreamer & Son is the next 1975. Make sure to check out what being #OntheVerge of “fusing music genres” sounds like.
Just a quick song break after our call with Sayak and Josh, we were back on the line with another great interviewee. BU undergrad Amanda DeJesus called in to join us for Just College Things, which was dedicated this week to shedding light on a growing college tradition. The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler in the 90s composed of, you guessed it, various monologues about womanhood. As Amanda described it, the show ranges from being hysterically funny to painfully sad, often leaving audience members with two kinds of tears. A group of fierce females puts on the show at BU every spring, and it has likewise become commonplace at universities across the country due to its inherent, universal messages. Amanda feels VagMo is especially appropriate in today’s political climate, regardless of what side of the spectrum you fall. After all, if you don’t have one, you know someone who does.
To help us conclude this #empowering episode was our spotlight artist Rapta. Aside from giving us the low-down on his brand, the Southie-raised rapper is buds with one of our past guests, Nick Cincotta, so we naturally talked about their music together and mutual support system. We also covered some of Rapta’s other collab projects, most notably a Tom Brady anthem with rap star Sammy Adams. Their performance together at Adams’ last Boston House of Blues show is probably Rapta’s favorite show yet.
He’s currently on tour, though, and having a great time hitting up different cities and universities. It probs helps that constantly by his side are some of his closest friends-turned-professional team members. From childhood pal “Taco” who handles merch and promo to past Bridgewater classmate and graphic design king “Heff,” Rapta is definitely surrounded by people who luv the plug as much as he does. At On the Verge, no one’s safe from our highly curious DJs so each team member had his time to shine on air. We therefore got a broad scope of our special guest this episode, from his goals as an artist (#OntheVerge of “taking over”) to his biggest supporters and their go-to pizza toppings.
Thanks to his highly talented videographer McKenna (JTM Visuals), you can watch our full interview with Rapta and Co. below! Listen to the full episode in our new archives.