Rapper Adam Vida (formerly known as A-1) has spent a good part of his life creating safe spaces for others. His music is a perfect reflection of who he is as a person, a fun, thoughtful, and creative individual who’s aim is to: Think, Hustle, Understand, Really Live & Really love (THURL). He delivers party bangers whilst giving thoughtful criticisms of the world we live in. We talk about music as therapy, not “yucking another person’s yum”, & Voltron friends. Catch this super insightful convo.
LIFE INNOVATOR: Adam Vida FKA A-1
Rapper and Mentor from the Bay Area
Strengths: being THURL, comfortable with vulnerabilities, balancing fun and consciousness
Unexpected conclusion: Whether it be a person, music, or process, a refuge is effective when it’s accessible + positive
Make sure to check Music + Soundclips below for all the Adam Vida (A-1) tracks we use in the episode!!
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0:36 Welcome to Season 2
2:27 Intro to Adam Vida and his relationship to refuge
7:22 Learning how to rap in his “hip hop cocoon”
12:55 Doubts as a rapper
16:00 Rapping as a peer
19:00 What is THURL?
21:40 Crew forms Megazord and gets it done
28:14 Adam would be a teacher if he wasn’t a rapper
32:09 Making music is his refuge
37:12 Creating safe spaces for kids
40:06 Adam counts on music to make him feel the way he needs to feel
43:57 The sacrifices
54:09 Handling criticism
59:38 The creative process
1:01:25 Bad things happening fuels the music
1:03:24 Henning Mankell and daily desires
1:06:15 Boston forces discomfort and creativity
1:08:42 Explains name change to Adam Vida
1:10:25 O+NO Reflections: Everyone needs a Big Tuna
1:17:13 Question You Didn’t Know Was Relevant: What is your refuge? Where are you not afraid to make mistakes?
1:18:34 iTunes Review Shoutout to Nesta___
8:34 Youth Speaks
14:22 National culture is associated with the music that comes out of it
- Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia edited by William Forde Thompson
- Psychology Today – Does Music Have Healing Powers?
37:12 Creating Safe Space for Children
1:03:24 Henning Mankell’s Daily Desires
MUSIC + SOUNDBITES
0:00 TITLE ROLE
10:43 Wu-Tang – Method Man
12:30 A-1 – On my way
21:20 A-1 – Are You THURL?
27:56 A-1 – Black Ranger
31:50 A-1 – Good People
41:24 The Roots – You Got Me
42:28 Outkast – Ms. Jackson
43:20 Lauryn Hill – Ex-Factor
51:48 Speaker ft. Roach Gigs
52:07 A-1 – Winning
1:05:56 Adam Vida – Sifu
1:18:17 A-1 – All That! Feat. TLC