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The Classical Ideas Podcast


Sep 28, 2023

Marcus Evans is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Religious Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in the department of Philosophy & Religion at Western Kentucky University. Marcus is currently interested in religion and spirituality in Afro-Asian encounters and arts (e.g., music, films, novels, graphic designs, performances, etc.). His dissertation explores Afro-Asian style and spirituality in the hip-hop productions of RZA and the Wu-Tang Clan. He has recently contributed an article titled “Buddhism and Afro-Asian Masculinities in RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists” to a forthcoming volume titled Buddhist Masculinities, edited by Megan Bryson and Kevin Buckelew (Columbia University Press).

This episode sponsored by Sacred Writes. 

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Playlist discussed in this episode:

  1. “Bring Da Ruckus” (1993) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRhRNgqPlyk
  2. “Reunited” (1997) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40a5UNO5T44 (music-video)
  3. “Second Coming” (1997) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V33vEEL4Peo
  4. “One Blood Under W” (2000) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmmtW5cD6HI
  5. “Chi-Kung” (2003) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjr3k882waE (music-video)
  6.  “Life Changes” (2007) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnLxyCHGB1M
  7. “Ruckus in B-Minor” (2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-XwMytbaIE
  8. “Fate of the World” (2022) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cKvJUka_VM (music-video)