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Alphonse Pierre on 2 Chainz

120 minsFirst aired 12 Mar 2019
Teddy Guerreo

Pitchfork staffer Alphonse Pierre runs through the highs and lows of the Atlanta rapper’s latest album.

New York’s Alphonse Pierre is one of this generation’s leading voices in hip-hop journalism. Currently a staff writer at Pitchfork, where he mans the site’s Levels section (dedicated to all things rap and hip-hop), Pierre provides insightful and thoughtful perspectives on hip-hop music and its culture. At the start of March, Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz released Rap or Go to the League, an effort regarded by fellow Pitchfork writer Sheldon Pearce as 2 Chainz’s “most cogent and organized album…and his most thoughtful one.” Today, Pierre joins Vivian in the studio to parse the album’s 14 tracks, contextualize the theme of black liberation and debate the role of LeBron James in it all.


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