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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Hazleton hip-hop artist Nate Williams and NEPA rap music

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Hazleton hip-hop artist Nate Williams and NEPA rap music
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Professionally recorded on Mondays at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on on Tuesdays, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; and Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

In Episode 48, we welcome our very first hip-hop artist on the show, Nate Williams of Hazleton, to discuss the local rap and hip-hop scene and the cliques it is broken up into; transitioning from spoken word poetry to rap; the difference between an MC and a rapper; growing up in NEPA as the only black kid in school; writing and recording music for nerds as a solo artist and working as a duo with Die-Polar; diss tracks, beef, and violence in hip-hop; meeting his wife and raising his children; battling bipolar disorder; spreading positivity; and trying to find a place in the NEPA music scene.

Lauren delivers her Rapid-Fire Qs, and in The Last Word segment, we talk about the upcoming documentary on NEPA pizza, “Tray: A Cut of Culture,” and how passionate and heated our readers became over the area’s favorite dish.

See Williams perform with Doc Nuece, Styleon, The K.P., Eternal Konflict, Eprestige & Lightsout, Kanvis, and Maine Da Medicine of Mercy Gang on Saturday, March 5 at 9 p.m. at Lyrics Bar, Cafe & Music Venue (76 S. Main St., Carbondale). For more information, see the Facebook event page.

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