EP9: What Is Love? (ft. my wife, Mallory Quigg)

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Episode 9 is a special Valentine’s Day edition of the Elevated Conversations podcast. I discuss the word “love” with my amazing wife, Mallory! Mallory and I explore the definition of love, some Baha’i Writings about love, and the 5 Love Languages. Action Items: Take the 5 Love Languages Quiz: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/ Find an inspiring quote about […]

EP8: How To Write More Inspiring Rap Lyrics

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In Episode 8, I break down my 5 tips on how to write more inspiring rap lyrics! Here is the list: 1) Find a deep sense of purpose and motivation 2) Read inspiring material connected to your song content 3) Start your writing process by brainstorming 4) Study other inspiring rappers 5) Rap about your […]

EP7: The 5 Pillars of Creativity (from the God MC)

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A breakdown of the 5 Pillars of Creativity, as described by the legendary rapper Rakim in his new book Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius. To learn more about Rakim: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakim To purchase Sweat The Technique: https://www.amazon.com/Sweat-Technique-Lyrical-Genius-Breaks/dp/0062850237/

EP6: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Reflections, Inspiration, Tests, & Growth)

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020, I share some history about Dr. King, how Dr. King inspires me in my work to contribute to positive social change, some recent tests I’ve had and how they helped me grow, as well as some actions steps we can all take to honor Dr. King […]

2019 Year In Review

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2019 was a year filled with joy, creativity, collaboration, and continued growth! I find the end of the year a nice time to reflect on progress, and I thought I’d write up a little something to share the major highlights with everyone who has been supporting me along the way – LIKE YOU! The Release […]

10 Songs About Humility and Being Humble

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In a society that encourages and rewards competition, self-gratification, and narcissism, it can be a rare occurrence to come across someone with true humility. This is especially true in today’s popular music. However, it is my belief that to have a humble posture of humility is actually more praiseworthy than to be someone who boasts […]

Synergistic Flow: 10 Dope Rap Collaborations

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Synergy – “The interaction of two or more elements that when combined produce an effect that is greater than the sum of its individual elements.” We all know how excited we get when two of our favorite artists come together for a collab… It’s because of the synergistic effect that their combined creativity produces. Each […]

What Is A Friend?: 10 Songs About True Friendship

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It’s one of the most powerful words in the English language. It’s something that makes us human. When we have them, life is more enjoyable. When we feel like we don’t have any, life feels depressing. Some of us desire to have many of them, while others are content with just a select few, but […]

Reflective Rap: 10 Rap Songs That Ask Questions

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Music has many powers. It can bring us feelings of joy and happiness, or tap into sadness and despair. It can get us pumped up, or it can calm us down. But when it comes to deep lyrics, one of the most powerful things about music is its capacity to help us reflect. And what […]

EP5: Q&A (Music, Service, Family, and my Biggest Fear!)

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We reached 5 episodes! To celebrate the mini-milestone, I took questions from my listeners and shared my elevated answers from the heart. Most of the questions centered on things I love, like music, service, and family – along with some other random questions like “what’s my biggest fear?!”. To submit your questions for future podcasts, […]

EP4: 5 Magical Powers of Rap Music

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Rap music is currently the most popular music genre. But what makes it so powerful?? I break it down in episode 4 of the Elevated Conversations podcast! 5 Magical Powers of Rap Music 1) Rap is worship 2) It tells a more elaborate story 3) It’s artistic excellence 4) It’s diversatility 5) It attracts and […]

EP3: Basketball and the Baha’i Faith (5 Historical Moments)

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Buckle in and get ready for a history lesson! In Episode 3, I take you through the histories of the sport of basketball and the Baha’i Faith world religion, focusing on 5 historical moments. 5 Historical Moments in Basketball and the Baha’i Faith 1) 1861 – James Naismith is born and Baha’u’llah pens the Kitab-i-Iqan […]

EP2: Does Basketball Actually Develop Virtues?

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Do human beings truly develop virtues, morals, and spiritual qualities through playing the sport of basketball? Or is basketball just a trivial pursuit and waste of time? In Episode 2 of “Elevated Conversations” I explore the Baha’i Writings; the reflections of the inventor of basketball, James Naismith; as well as my own personal experience to […]

EP1: Basketball and Spirituality

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What does basketball have to do with spirituality? In my very first episode of the “Elevated Conversations” podcast, I explore two of my favorite topics (basketball and spirituality) and share my thoughts on how they overlap. The podcast breaks down the history of sports and basketball and shares some Baha’i writings on the topic. I […]

Hoops and Hip Hop: The Best Rap Songs about Basketball

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Growing up, I had lots of different interests. But two things I loved as a kid, youth, and continue to love as an adult, are basketball and rap. To this point, I know I’m not unique… In fact, basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world, with an estimated global following of […]

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