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PNC - Rap, psychology, and afakasi superpowers (#12)

Ep. 12

Paperback Guerrillas Whānau exclusive: my favourite taonga (treasured idea) from this kōrero was sparked by PNC's comments on how much of a privilege it was growing up with his mother. It made me reflect on my own privilege. You can read about it on our Patreon page here.


PNC is an award winning rapper also known as Sam Hansen. Wikipedia page.

After nearly 20 years performing at a high level and acknowledged as one of Aotearoa's best rappers, Sam is studying psychology and in this kōrero we dive into the connection with music and wellness, culture and mental health, and Sam's experiences growing up as an afakasi (half-cast Samoan) man. Of course we discuss rap/hiphop and being an artist in Aotearoa.

We had a lot of fun putting this kōrero together, and I hope you find it as valuable as I did.

Mauri ora,

Pera

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