Roy Choi Talks Kogi, LA Riots, Anthony Bourdain, And Addiction

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People's Party with Talib Kweli

Roy Choi Talks Kogi, LA Riots, Anthony Bourdain, And Addiction

S1, Ep. 28

In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with revolutionary chef, author, activist, TV host, and former b-boy Roy Choi. The conversation that follows spans a wide range of subjects — from the launch of Choi’s famous Kogi Truck to his role in Netflix’s “The Chef Show.” From the outset, it’s clear that no subject is off-limits and Choi doesn’t hold his tongue, discussing food deserts, offering his impressions of the LA riots, and opening up about his personal struggles with addiction.

Choi also talks about the hip-hop/food connection, kicks a few food-inspired lyrics, and trades Bourdain stories with Kweli. The trio hits on some big ideas throughout the episode — liked the notion of subverting capitalism in order to create a more equitable society. The entire hour is deeply insightful and unflinchingly honest while still being funny and fast-paced.