Set to debut on the Luminary Network, Hardwick will interview a bevy of hip-hop acts & check their spoken-word abilities.

For the final 5 years, actor, Omari Hardwick has saved TV viewers entranced together with his character Ghost on the Starz crime drama Power. With season 6 slated for a summer season return, Hardwick is trying to department outdoors his discipline together with his newest endeavor. On Wednesday (March 13), he solely pronounces with Billboard his new hip-hop/spoken phrase podcast titled Poetics.

Set to debut on the Luminary Network, for season 1, Hardwick can be within 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 additionally check his visitors’ spoken-word talents. To kick off every episode, Hardwick would require stars to dish out a pre-written poem earlier than conducting a sit-down interview with them.

“I’m asking rappers to come back 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 weak. That sort of takes it to a different degree and provides [artists] a special look.”

Hardwick, a poet himself, alongside together with his crew of co-creators, are assured of their talents to discover a area of interest in what has turn into an excessively aggressive podcast world. 

Poetics brings to its viewers an expertise that calls again to the cinematic vibe,” says co-creator and govt producer Alex Nagel. “Omari encourages visitors to go deep, and we improve that storytelling with a dope soundscape. It’s not like an interview that you just hear on a number of podcasts.”

“By being a poet in a rapper’s world, [Omari] created a vibe that made the artists comfy sufficient to get weak once they sit down for a session of Poetics,” echoes co-creator and govt producer Elliot O'Dea. 

Armed with a pointy tongue and immeasurable wit — as displayed in his 2017 poem “Little Black Boy Wonder” — Hardwick’s passage into the podcast world can be smoothed out by his huge array of visitors, together with Wyclef Jean, Dave East, Big Daddy Kane, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and extra. When requested whose spoken-word talents shocked him probably the most, Hardwick paid homage to Brooklyn’s hard-nosed MC Casanova. 

“Casanova’s been probably the most spectacular to me,” says Hardwick. “He simply began rapping three years in the past. He was locked up, and he was in solitary confinement for a large number of years. You might say lots of people discover their pen in jail, so much do, however he’s been probably the most spectacular to me as a result of after I requested him if he discovered his pen in jail, he mentioned, ‘No. I by no means discovered a pen in jail. I discovered it after that.’ And the story that he has to inform, it might be of 1 complexion. It might seem like a few of your darker characters from Power.” 

Watch the trailer for Poetics under. It will debut May 2 the Luminary Network.