Rapper Taizu Discusses ‘Master of None’, the Refugee Crisis, and Shaving His Beard

I’m never that guy that gets caught up in TV shows. I watched the first season of “The Walking Dead”, liked it, and never bothered to begin the second season. I’ve never seen an episode of “The Game of Thrones”, “Breaking Bad”, or “South Park” (gasp!). But for some reason (an obvious reason, in hindsight) I found myself binge watching Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series “Master of None”.

The show (written, directed, and starred in by Ansari) covered subject matter that hit close to home. “Master of None” not only tackled dealing with love and communication in the age of social media, but he also wrote episodes focused on growing up with immigrant parents and realizing male privilege. Aziz did a good job of bringing up narratives and topics that are rarely talked about on sitcoms. It had myself discussing and dissecting these things in my own head but getting another person’s opinion can always help shape your own. I called on my friend and peer Taizu.

Taizu is a rapper and just an all around smart dude who I enjoy engaging in conversation with. This podcast consists of us talking about our experience watching “Master of None”, to the Syrian refugee conflict, to his parents wanting him to shave his beard because they’re scared of what society will think of him, and everything in between.

Take a listen above.


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'Rapper Taizu Discusses ‘Master of None’, the Refugee Crisis, and Shaving His Beard' have 1 comment

  1. December 8, 2015 @ 1:16 pm Dhruv

    I loved how you drew on the parallels of how what you’re doing and other Indian artist like Aziz are still getting type casted as if we’re not 100% American and unassimilated from the culture.


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