Set to debut on the Luminary Network, Hardwick will interview a bevy of hip-hop acts & test their spoken-word skills.
For the last five years, actor, Omari Hardwick has kept TV viewers entranced with his character Ghost on the Starz crime drama Power. With season 6 slated for a summer return, Hardwick is looking to branch outside his field with his latest endeavor. On Wednesday (March 13), he exclusively announces with Billboard his new hip-hop/spoken word podcast titled Poetics.
Set to debut on the Luminary Network, for season 1, Hardwick will be in the driver’s seat, interviewing a bevy of hip-hop acts. In addition to doing deep dives about their adoration for hip-hop, he’ll also test his guests’ spoken-word abilities. To kick off each episode, Hardwick will require stars to dish out a pre-written poem before conducting a sit-down interview with them.
“I’m asking rappers to come in and sit down and recite a poem,” Hardwick tells Billboard. “Lose the machismo. Poetry has a vulnerability that rap and MC'ing doesn’t. You gotta be vulnerable. That kind of takes it to another level and gives [artists] a different look.”