E4: Propaganda | The Vulnerability of An Artist Trying to Change a Broken World


In this episode, we introduce you to the story Propaganda of Humble Beast. Recently, on June 30th, his new album, CROOKED, was released and we get to feature many tracks on this episode.

You will learn what it means to be a prophetic voice of a generation. While it is easy to glamorize the role of a provocateur who challenges the status quo and who calls out the systemic ailing of human institutions, but it is another thing to live out a calling which is laced with vulnerability, self doubt, and painful experiences. The great artists are those who are well-versed in the areas of observation, description, and creativity.

Jason Petty is best known by his stage name, Propaganda. He is known as many things; as a spoken word artist, the political activist son of a Black Panther, the black husband of a latina PHD, and the father of two beautiful girls. 

Propaganda was born in South Central LA, he raised in the latino neighborhood of La Puente, and then grew up in suburban tracts of the Inland Empire. Propaganda’s life has been a story of a racial, cultural, and musical remix. 

Recently, I had the chance to call him while he was engaging in one of his favorite activities, drinking coffee at a coffeehouse. I thought that I start by asking him what his perspective was like at the age of 12 years old.


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