Taxstone was a breath of fresh air to both the podcast game and hip-hop culture.
Every week I looked forward to the latest episode of Tax Season. Whether it was PeeWee Kirkland, Desus & Mero, Kodak Black or Meek Mill, the Brooklyn, New Yorker always had dope guests on the show.
But it wasn't the guests that made the podcast so infectious. Rather, it was Tax's intriguing, comedic and brutally honest personality. He always spoke his mind despite potential repercussions — a rare quality which made him an asset.
Listening to a new interview of Tax live from the feds served as a bittersweet reminder of the talent he brought to the culture.
For those who don't know, Tax is currently locked up on charges stemming from a May 2016 shooting inside NYC's Irving Plaza, which left multiple people wounded and one dead. He's been charged federally with firearm offenses, as well as second-degree murder. Tax has maintained his innocence with regard to the latter charge, but pleaded guilty to two federal gun offenses in June 2017.
Despite his circumstances, Tax sounded like a free man, cool and level-headed, during his recent interview with the So Shameless podcast. The convo kind of gave me that Tax Season feel I grew to appreciate.
During the So Shameless interview, Tax touched on a plethora of topics, including the passing of his close friend and mentor Combat Jack. Tax Season was produced by Loud Speakers Network, a podcast company co-founded by Combat and home to other popular shows like Brilliant Idiots and The Read. Tax credited Combat with being a great teacher and supporter, someone who helped him stay focused and motivated.
The power of knowledge and the benefits of reading were two other topics Tax addressed during the interview. He also discussed the important roles that women play in the world, opened up about mentoring younger inmates and shared his thoughts on the current state of both hip-hop and society.
Peep the interview below.
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