Wishing You Increase

Happy New No 4Play Year! We know you missed us. Without further ado we send up our last audio-only show with discussions of Mo’Nique’s bag drop, social media shallow hot takes, newborn Chicago West, a ‘lean’ wake up call and the DJ major keys. Trigger Warning: This episode includes reactions to the #MeToo movement cascade of sexual assault allegations.


Listen in as we discuss:         

·      Ant P prays for dating increase (4:40)

  • Oh no Mo’Nique, baby what is you doin’? (10:20)
  • Where my LINK at? (19:40)
  • Welcome to the world, Lil 290 West (29:00)
  • RIP Fredo Santana (34:80)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Boyz II Men – Doing Just Fine

South Africa protests H&M over of an offensive shirt

Monique speaks out against Netflix

Congressman Luis Gutiérrez

Fredo Sanata passes away

Singer Seal sexual battery allegations

The Rockets & The Clippers


Quotes from this Episode:


“She’s the most decorated woman in comedy history? Did they kill Whoopi [Goldberg]. Is she gone like her eyebrows.” ~Fresh       


“Mo’Nique got less followers than your average bottle girl. ~Dion


“All you political science majors, still lookin’ lost out the window cuz you lonely.” ~ Ant P


“When you don’t know what is going on, don’t go run to Facebook like you do!” ~Dion


“We know people named Harlem, Brooklyn. The dirty girl down the street is named Paris.” ~ Fresh


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Keepin’ it 100, Baby

This is a moment. A celebration. A stunt. We share a ton of behind-the-scene scoops from all of your favorite episodes, as we celebrate the No 4Play journey. No time stamps today, just enjoy this dirty walk down memory lane. We’ll link many of the episodes mentioned in the notes below with the official episode title.


Favorite Episodes Roll Call:

The 4:44 Episode (The No 4:44 Play Show)

Tyomi’s Episode (Sex Talk with Sexpert Tyomi)

The Boo & David Bailey Episode

2016 Mother’s Day Edition Episode 

Stanley Love Tate’s Episode (Cracking the Student Loan Code)

Jay Illa’s Episode (Go DJ, That’s My DJ)

Assata Jones’ Episode (For the Ears of Others)

The Domestic Violence Episode  

Cleveland Bus Driver Episode (Episode 12)

Z-Summit/Aaron Jones’ Episode (Game Winning Plays with Aaron Jones)

Blac Youngsta - Booty      


Quotes from this Episode:

“The lights was shining on her. And she was looking at me. I was like ‘damn do we go together now?’” ~Fresh           


“Android users are more defensive than an ugly feminist.” ~Ant P


“We’re in universities now.” ~Dion


Shout out to our incredible show notes writer Brooke Brown that we mentioned on this episode. Contact her for your content writing needs at www.wellread-wellsaid.com


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The Cuff of Convenience

It’s getting cold out here as we acknowledge the cuff of convenience this season. Join us in rebuking Amazon Keys and smart homes, discussing a Justin Timberlake Super Bowl and give Nas a cyber dap for upgrading Nicki Minaj. A quick PSA leads to talk about the first time we brought a cold chick back to the block.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Justin & Janet (13:20)
  • MJB & Kendu (31:10)
  • Nas & Nicki (34:38)
  • Rites of passage with a cold chick (39:55)
  • The painful cuff of convenience (57:48)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Amazon Key

Gabrielle Union on Sway

Last Year Being Broke – A$AP Twelvyy

First Year Being Rich – ASAP Mob


Quotes from this Episode:

“Have my Foreman Grill play ‘Grateful’.” ~Fresh   


“You have to beat someone in front of your neighborhood. [Have] a loud argument. You need to do something to let people know if you steal from me I’m coming for you.” ~ Ant P


“I feel like I’m gonna be on the porch with a shotgun when the war of the robots go down like yeah I told you dumb asses it was gonna happen.” ~Dion


“I done kissed you with morning breath and this is how you do me?!” ~Dion


“First time Nicki spent the night at Nas’ crib, she was like ‘it’s quiet in here’.” ~Ant P


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Intervention Time

After a light conversation about crypto-currency, things get real. We acknowledge that rape culture is real. With care we try to tackle how men can impact everyone’s ability to feel safe and protected in and outside the workforce as well as how the system fails sexual assault victims that both do and do not come forward.


**Warning: We respectfully discuss sexual assault as it pertains to the Harvey Weinstein allegations, Nelly’s rape charges, and other powerful men.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Crypto-currency investing (9:22)
  • Harvey Weinstein & rape culture (21:17)
  • People You May Know plays too much (42:51)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Squarebit, Ethereum, Lite Coin, Ripple Coin, & Bitcoin

Follow Coin App

Terry Crews story


Quotes from this Episode:

“[Our kids] don’t know each other and so it’s easier for them to get into it [with each other]. I feel like you should know everybody in your neighborhood.” ~Fresh          


“She’s obviously uncomfortable…and instead of us going to the guy and checking him we go to the chick and say ‘oh you cool. You’re thinking too much into it.’ We as men need to check other men more and better.” ~ Ant P


“They knew he was on dirt but they said ‘Alright Harvey as long as you pay the settlements’. These are the conversations that make him feel invincible. People are saying ‘great his board fired him.’ No fuck the board because they approved his contract.” ~Dion


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Check your Engine

How you doing, Ye? The brothers are…*sigh* surviving. Racism fatigue has Ant P fed up. This episode we encourage black men to get their engines’ checked with the help of a mental health professional. Enjoy our #blackboyjoy over the BET Hip Hop Awards, Uncle Luke’s outspoken legacy and cast your play vote for the best hip hop DJ drop of all time.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Jack Daniel’s Arts, Beats + Lyrics recap (10:20)
  • Black people, protect your mental (16:19)
  • BET Hip Hop Cyphers wish lists (35:00)
  • Uncle Luke’s legacy (52:12)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Rap Radar Podcast w/ Bun B

Boogie - Thirst 48 Album

Musiq Soulchild - Outer Space

2017 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypers

Tyler, the Creator – What the Fuck Right Now


Quotes from this Episode:

“We cope with so much shit. Man, you get to the point where you have to be honest with yourself. Let’s be more real with ourselves.” ~Ant P


“Everything is not just physical. Sometimes it’s mental too. If you got a car and you go get the oil changed and the tires rotated. But who’s checking the engine? That’s what the professional is there for.” ~ Fresh


“Don’t be mad because Luda went to go get the bag.” ~ Dion


“We do ourselves no favors by arguing about who can speak out on our behalf.” ~Ant P


“For those who don’t know, southern Illinois is basically like…Mississippi.” ~ Fresh


Event of the Week:

Fake Shore Drive Big Tymer$ @ The Porter Theater - November 4th


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Restricted Areas with NBA TV’s Kevin Cottrell Jr.

We have our good friend and seasoned NBA TV sports journalist Kevin Cottrell Jr. joining us for a humble conversation about getting up close and professional with the top players, your favorite teams’ chances at making the Finals, and putting to rest the LeBron GOAT debate.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • HBCU Football Classics & student recruitment (1:00)
  • #KevClout (10:30)
  • Mentorship from Ahmad Rashad (17:20)
  • Analytics and their effect on black players (37:00)
  • Hot Takes: Most Memorable NBA Games (1:24:08)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Chicago Football Classic

Circle City Classic

Johnsonville Sausage

Ahmad Rashad


Quotes from this Episode:

“It took me back to when I was a kid and I was jumping up and down and bumped my head on the ceiling fan.” ~ Fresh


“They weren’t thinking about stats, they were worried about showing respect for the game.” ~Kevin


“And Mike wouldn’t have been Instagram-ing his workouts!” ~Dion


“You called me…like ‘Ant, I’m not even going to gloat. I just wanna know are you okay?’ I said no I’m riding in my car with no music on.” ~Ant P


Find our guest’s work on nbatv.com, and on Twitter at @KCJ_Swish. If you want to help title his new book reach us on Facebook or Twitter @No4PlayShow.


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Hats Off To This Guy with New Era’s Colie Blake

Enjoy our deep dive into the long game of creating fashion-forward accessible product lines; marketing collaborations, and a fun round of tastemaker predictions for 2017. It was our esteemed pleasure to discuss branding and the brilliant strategies that go into the most iconic ath-leisure accessories with New Era’s Colie Blake.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Home Depot gets Fresh big mad (16:29)
  • Lifestyle brand story building (21:29)
  • The thought process of a limited release(39:58)
  • The top brand shifters of tomorrow (61:00)


Mentioned in this Episode:    

G Herbo’s G Fazo’s     

DC’s9:30 Club

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Jay-Z performs Wonderwall – Glastonbury

Donald Glover Interview – Fast Company


Quotes from this Episode:

“[What] these brands miss. You have to make [fashion] accessible. Homegrown things, really get it out there. If someone blows up you hope that that collaboration continues. ” ~ Colie Blake


“They don’t think about the next thing. A lot of people are hype beasts.” ~ Colie Blake


“All the theories about the possibilities of where streaming could go is actually so fascinating. ~ Dion


“Have we ever seen a truly marketable football player besides Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson?” Fresh


“[Donald Glover] made a statement saying he only has a few more years to be dangerous. I took it as ‘I only have a few more years to be fearless’…[If he just says] I’m going to make these choices and put them on display. I feel like people would follow the fuck outta him.” ~ Dion


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Debate Your Drunk Uncle

Hot takes produce the most fire emoji episodes. Supporting black women, empathizing with grieving black parents and holding click bait accountable, we don’t hold back. We also discuss (begrudgingly) Trump’s careless response to the suffering of brown people and checking rich privilege. The thirst for beards on ‘The Facebook’ (#beardgang) is comical, and so is VSB’s take on the privileges of straight black men.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Tuck Frump (10:30)
  • Beards on ‘The Facebook’ (31:45)
  • Concerns over untimely deaths, investigations & finding closure (46:50)
  • Do straight black men have white male privileges? (55:40)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Latest News on Puerto Rico

 Nate Boyer convinces Kaepernick to Neal  

BBC London Osi Umenyiora

Beard Game Matters FB Group

Kendrick Johnson Case

Kenneka Jenkins Funeral Coverage

VSB Straight Black Men Article


Quotes from this Episode:

“This is just what happens when your geriatric grandparents run shit. They say whatever they want and feel they should not be reprimanded because they’ve lived a long life. You just be like ‘No, I wish they would sign the DNR for you.’” ~Ant P


 “In defense of men, women…know your mate. How bout that? Like, you know I joke.  I met you through jokes. I laughed your panties off. And now I’m supposed to not be funny?” ~ Ant P


“It’s all based out of hope. It’s coming from a place of true concern. Everybody has a right to say this shit don’t make sense.” ~Dion


“Now [black men] are the enemies? It brings an interesting context. Because now we paint this view where all people should be one thing. And that’s not true [with any group].” ~Dion


“It’s like they’re trying to be the Boyz II Men to our Jodeci.” ~Fresh


Event of the Week

The Perfect Cadence Presents Rhythm and Brews Fundraising Event

Monday, October 9 – 5:30 to 8:30pm @ Vice District Brewing 1454 S. Michigan Ave

For tickets, visit Eventbrite.


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Buy Back the Block with Jerry Brown

Wanna make grown money moves? Buy some property. Our guest, realtor Jerry Brown walks us through the process for entering the real estate game, being financially responsible before purchasing your first home, developing people skills as an agent, screening your agent and tenants, and why credit unions get so much love.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  •  First time buyer suggestions (14:50)
  • Real estate bread in your portfolio (22:30)
  • Why credit unions are so clutch (42:00)
  • Chicago’s market (51:00)


Mentioned in this Episode:

TransUnion My Smart Move Tenant Screener


Quotes from this Episode:

“It’s a simple process but it ain’t always easy. Education is important.” ~ Jerry


“Know your budget. Have the right people around you to hold your hand through the process. Get your team in order.” ~ Jerry


“If you hear the statement ‘All you gotta do is’, run!” ~Jerry


“Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not around. When you ain’t sh**, [people] will let other people know. ” ~ Ant P


Find our guest, Jerry Brown at jerrybrownre.com and social media @jerrybrownre or via phone at (630) 909-9976.


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Real Cheaters Move in Silence with Young Wayne

Cheaters never prosper. But since Kevin Hart has forced our hand, here we are. We set some gender-neutral ground rules for cheating and talk about the greatness of Whitney Young, comedy, top Pro-Am moments, and more with our amazing guest Dwayne “Young Wayne” Young.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Wayne’s Top 5 Pro-Am Moments (8:42)
  • Come on Kev… (16:54)
  • Ant P’s Kevin Hart roast story (21:27)
  • Equal Opportunity Rules for Cheating (25:32)
  • The Got-A-Man Switch Up (32:42)
  • Wayne Goes Viral (35:23)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Kevin Hart Extortion Scandal

Will Bynum Scores 50 in Chi-League Nike Pro Am


Quotes from this Episode:

“McDonald’s was selling slurpees or some s***. It’s part of the story.” ~ Ant P


“I don’t even like making eye contact with my co-workers” ~Dion


“I said ‘What? I didn’t even know you blocked me. I just thought you found a man and do what most girls do.’ [She] can’t get no more boy phone calls after 5:30 in the evening. ” ~ Fresh


“You just set me back two more years now. I’m single for 2 more years.” ~ Young Wayne


Find our guest Dwayne “Young Wayne” at @youngwayne00 on all social media sites, YouTube and Christian Mingle (just kidding).


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Go For Yours with Erika R. McCall

Should a partner’s inconsistency be grounds for a roaming eye? Would you correct it or cut it? What did we ever do before DM’s? The fellas weigh in and guest Erika McCall gets schooled on “comcast remotes”, what qualifies a woman as average, and peak mental confidence as an adult man.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • TBT Matchmaking (24:58)
  • Extra average women exist (34:55)
  • Cheating double standards (38:29)
  • The Ugly Friend revisited (50:51)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Erika McCall’s book Go For Yours


Quotes from this Episode:

“No woman should have dry DMs in 2017.” ~ Fresh

“The wannabe acceptance for [extra] average is astounding.” ~Ant P

“Her biggest pimp was her mama. ‘Get a guy with a good job, girl. Get a guy with a nice car, girl.’ If that’s what you market yourself as wanting…you can’t fault guys for meeting that standard and feeling like they’re the man. ” ~ Dion

“So [cheating] is bad because of our emotions? You want our emotions to be just for you? ~ Erika


Find our guest Erika McCall at www.GoForYours.com and on Instagram at @erikarmccall

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The No 4Play Show Has the Answers

The annual experience of ratchet black excellence (aka #NQ17) did not disappoint. We share funny highlights and address a couple of creeps. Then switch gears to process this weekend’s Charlottesville terrorism and activism in the NFL. Plus, #BaduBox strikes again. You heard it here first.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Creep complaints (10:53)
  • White terrorism in Charlottesville (14:50)
  • Marshawn Lynch out calculates the media (34:45)
  • Drake mystery solved. It was Badu. (47:19)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Charles Barkley/Richard Spencer Controversial Interview

Harvard’s Minority-Majority Freshmen Class

Marshawn Lynch protests the National Anthem

Danillo Gallinari rejected Kim K


Quotes from this Episode:


“Colin Kaepernick was a known entity. But he was a regressing entity. Then he decided to protest…You can’t ignore Marshawn Lynch.” ~Ant P


“Erykah Badu hit Drake with the Get Out, got to stirring that tea and next thing you know, he was making Caribbean rhythms” ~ Dion


“Views is a #BaduBox influenced album.” ~Fresh


Event of the Week:


Friday, August 18 @ 9pm – Thank You Chicago Back to the 90’s Party  (Berwyn, IL)


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Guidance from the Gridiron with Corey Mays

Veteran NFL Player, Corey Mays joins us for an excellent discussion surrounding doing well on the field, developing a team, and building a legacy outside of football. He shares wisdom about handling business, investing, managing your money, and resisting the temptation to live a baller lifestyle in an expensive market.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • THE Notre Dame Experience (14:30)
  • Legendary players as teammates (20:20)
  • Protecting your body (32:40)
  • Fresh has a real injury (36:12)
  • Stepping away from the game (40:23)


Mentioned in this Episode:

The Pacemaker App (iOS)

The No 4Play Playlist Page

James Harrison protecting his body

HBO Ballers


Quotes from this Episode:

“For me [the rookie year] was truly what I needed. Those first days out of college and becoming a man.”~ Corey

“You don’t get your adult[hood] slap at 22 yet. You’re still young.” ~ Ant P

“Even to this day, these guys put me on the right path.” ~ Dion

“It’s not who you are it’s what you did.” ~ Corey

“If you can see me in the game. I don’t need to drive a Benz. You know it’s me.” ~ Corey


Event of the Week:

August 12th Arlington Million Horse Race $30 adults, $4 kids.

Saturday August 12th - The Q, your girls favorite event! 4pm until the cops come knocking.


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Facing the Facts with Besties & Brunch

Four of the ladies from the Besties & Bruch crew join us to discuss the tough week that black men have had. Usher, R. Kelly, and Rick Ross are dead wrong. How can we defend these L’s? Plus, Issa Rae’s Insecure is back and chaos befalls the show. The brothers have had enough. And the sisters sound off.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Usher is ready to sign them papers (16:00)
  • Disowning R. Kelly (21:32)
  • What excusing Rape Culture looks like (32:55)
  • Insecure is #byke (41:26)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Usher Has Herpes

Usher Master Class

N4P Insecure Hangouts every Tuesday (Must follow our Facebook Page for the link)


Quotes from this Episode:


“I’m in a space now where I cannot in good conscious publicly defend [R. Kelly], because I look like an idiot. And there’s nothing to defend, most importantly.”~ Ant P


“He’s a public figure that should be held to a higher standard.” ~ Eboni


“It’s good sex when it’s with someone who is confident in you.”~ Ant P


“The real victim in all of this is Tasha.” ~ Veronica


“I feel like there’s no benefit to being with Issa, for any of them. She’s not even a good friend.” ~Dion


“It’s only confusing if you wanted more in your mind.” ~Ant P


Event of the Week

Lollapalooza After Parties


Find the besties Eboni, Veronica, Nikki, Tahlee, and Ryan at bestiesandbrunch.com and @bestiesandbrunch on all social media.


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A Direwolf in Silicon Valley with Matt Alexander

Dion’s definite cousin joins us to discuss his experiences editing movies, educating executives on the importance of diverse perspectives and investing in recruitment efforts within minority communities in the Bay area. Rather than be angry that goofies make 6-figures, we’re reminding our listeners that strategy matters and just going to work and coming home everyday is a luxury we can’t afford.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Editing Oscar-winning films (10:00)
  • Age, race, and gender diversity in tech (21:23)
  • The Springboard Initiative (26:18)
  • Still out here dictating culture (33:29)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Lost in America film trailer

Blavity AfroTech Conference


Quotes from this Episode:

“If y’all were out and he got into a fight you would have to defend him. So y’all related. That’s the rule.”~ Ant P


“Damn, [he lives] three minutes from KD. What’s three minutes from you Ant?” ~Fresh


“Come over to this IT world. I don’t wanna see no more psychology degrees. Liberal Arts degrees.” ~Dion


“Whoever comes in the hood [to speak] they don’t represent the community. So that’s what I try to do. Let’s talk.”  ~ Matt


“You have to be strategic about everything. You don’t have the luxury to just go to work and come home.” ~ Matt


Find our guest on social media at @mattofum and learn more about his non-profit work at springboardinitiative.com.


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Treasuring the Long Game with Brewhouse Music’s Brandon Smith

This episode we sit down with our guest Brandon Smith to discuss the importance of music publishing, the market for urban artists to partner with big corporations and consider the differences in how Chicago disrupts the next generation’s chances of success. This episode is all about glorifying hard work and thinking long term.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Brandon explains Music Licensing and Publishing (8:24)
  • Urban partnerships with Big Beverage Companies (17:35)
  • Atlanta music collaborators know wassup (23:40)
  • The short game mentality (32:00)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Hey Champ – Cold Dust Girl

Music Dealers

BrewHouse Music

The Cool Kids


Quotes from this Episode:

“I don’t need your dollar now. Cuz I’m gonna come for it later. When you see the vision. And when I show you the vision, you’re gonna have to open that check book a little wider. ” ~Brandon


“You’re not being taken advantage of if you have the rules to the game. We’ve been side stepping the rules our entire lives.” ~ Brandon


“Atlanta rappers are the blue print. That’s Atlanta. They’re always together. Making songs. Kicking it.” ~ Fresh


“Eating slowly together. Creating the longevity of wealth. It’s not a lick.” ~ Brando


Event of the Week

V103 Summer Block Party with Jill Scott, SWV, and more – July 22nd


Find our guest host at www.brewhousemusic.com. And follow us on Facebook or Twitter @No4PlayShow to get updates on summer events.



Rob Needs an Alfred with Brooke Brown

We put our ghostwriter in the hot seat. Brooke Brown of Well Read Well Said is responsible for the detailed show notes you all love so much. But today she joins us on the mic to discuss how men get ready for parties with pretty ladies, our picks for song of the summer, fast women, being finessed as young boys, and why you need to get you an Alfred that can do both.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • The Man with a party plan (10:33)
  • Song of the Summer 2017 (22:30)
  • Our ghostwriter, Brooke drops in (29:06)
  • Aye Rob, listen bruh…(39:15)
  • All men have been finessed (52:00)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Jimmy Iovine on SZA/Top Dawg Deal

Rake It Up – Yo Gotti ft Nicki Minaj 

Who Dat Boy – Tyler, The Creator

Magnolia – Playboi Carti

Claudio Rivera’s Episode

Ron of Japan Chicago


Quotes from this Episode:

“There was no ashy-ness in the building. Everybody was well moisturized.” ~ Dion


“I think we have to acknowledge the elephant in the room. She’s fast! That’s just a fast woman.” ~ Fresh


“I just feel like everybody needs an Alfred in their life. Like Batman has Alfred.”~ Ant P


“Rob didn’t know how to protect his new money. He still doesn’t. It’s evident by his timing.” ~Brooke


Events of the Week

Thank You Chicago’s Everyday We Lit Day Party: July 15th 4-9pm at Bar 10

Pitchfork Music Festival: July 14- 16th at Chicago’s Union Park


Find out more about our go-to writer, Brooke Brown and her professional writing services at www.wellread-wellsaid.com, @wellsaidbrooke on Twitter and @whatbrookesaw on Instagram.


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The Patron Saints of Lost Causes with Kasmer Quinn

There are just some things that we will and won’t stand for. Fresh stands up for Meek Mill, Ant P stands up for T.I., and Dion walks away with your girl. We welcome media relation specialist Kasmer Quinn, who shares with our listeners how to come correct on a first date.

Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Safaree vs Meek Mill & Co. (20:17)
  • Tiny’s loyalty is questioned (34:05)
  • Bill Cosby has to move around (43:08) TW: Sexual assault is discussed
  • First Date Expectations (59:00)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Be Relevant with Kasmer Quinn

Meek Mill and Safaree Confrontation


Quotes from this Episode:

“I found that how you see yourself is how you truly are and if you have the ability to speak life into yourself, you’ll know that whatever source of energy you believe in that you are the co-author of your life.” ~Kasmer


“He’s on papers, [Meek] gotta be smarter than that” ~Ant P

“Men could not handle if women had the same loyalty as us. The world would be in chaos.” ~Dion

“I’ve never heard a woman say that they had to step their game up to meet the level of a man” ~Fresh


Find more from our guest at www.kasmerquinn.com and on Instagram @myblackisbeautiful_08


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The Locker Room with CBS 2’s Camron Smith

Just in time for the NBA finals, we sat down with Chicago’s own sports broadcaster CBS2 Camron Smith for his take on the market for ZO2s, reporters disrespecting black athletes, legendary sports stories, under recognized athletes, being a member of the press and more.

Listen in as we discuss:         

  • Big Baller Brand management (7:00)
  • Entrepreneurship ain’t for everybody (21:50)
  • LeBron Five Star camp stories from back in the day (42:47)
  • Revisiting the 2007 SIU basketball season (57:46)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Blessing Loom Scams

ESPN 6 PM with Michael Smith & Jemele Hill

Lenny Cooke Documentary IMDb

SIU 2006-2007 Season Highlights (Footage)


Quotes from this Episode:

“People will pay more to see the bad guy lose than they will to see the good guy win!” ~ Dion


“I need you to wear your [stuff] like no one else” ~Fresh


“How many successful waist trainer salesmen do y’all know?” ~Ant P


You can find CJ reporting live on CBS 2 Chicago or in a locker room near you, on Twitter at @Camronsmith and at camronsmith.com.


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Power in Transparency

Loyal listeners we want to thank you all for coming out to the No 4Play Skate Jam and click through for more Letters Week contributions on the site.

The truth is, our reactions to the nerve of certain people (their words and actions) elevate the wrong things. This episode we’re taking back our power. We praise all of our beautiful black queens, the one and only Ant P (being the man, myth, and legend that he is) as well as call out white women who culture vulture and Funkmaster Flex speaking ill of the dead, smh.

Listen in as we discuss:         

  • The transparency of Letters Week(11:24)
  • White girls running wild again (25:40)
  • Black men still love the regular sisters (34:12)
  • Funkmaster Flex…give it a rest (43:12)


Mentioned in this Episode:

DJ Toure / Jay Illa

YesJulz & Miley Cyrus

Post Malone

Antoinette Robertson

Funkmaster Flex Story


Quotes from this Episode:

“Cuz the room is waiting on you. It used to be you just came in the room and you were there. And now it’s like where’s ANT P?” ~Fresh

“I was thinking about how transparency is lacking. People being open is lacking…a lot of times, we give power to our secrets.” ~ Dion

“People date who they interact with everyday. And I must say, we interact with beautiful black queens all the time.” ~ Ant P

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For the Ears of Others with Assata Jones

Today’s guest, singer Assata Jones has some wild stories of close encounters with your favs to share in this episode. From Rihanna to Maxwell, her journey has afforded her moments other artists are sure to envy. Enjoy our take on setting the mood, spitting game to badgalRiRi, a debate over who moves on faster (men vs women) and the male version of the glow up. And don’t forget to purchase your tickets ASAP to this weekend’s No4Play Skate Jam!


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • For Rihanna’s ear (18:41)
  • For Zaytoven’s beats (34:18)
  • For Maxwell’s approval (37:25)
  • Dating to find your muse (43:57)
  • Moving on, no turning back (48:33)

Mentioned in this Episode:

No4Play Skate Jam Tickets (April 29th)

Unforgettable – French Montana ft Swae Lee

All By Myself – Assata Jones (video)

Molasses - Hiatus Kaiyote

Gills and Tails – Amel Larrieux

Producer Harry Fraud


I Can Love You Better – Assata Jones (single)


Quotes from this Episode:

“I feel like I’m sacrificing my heart for the ears of others.” ~Assata

 “I know you’ve blown money on worse things. Like your 27 piece. Like your own child. ” ~ Ant P

“[Rihanna’s James Joint] makes you feel like a neck kiss is coming.” ~Fresh

“[We men] expect no woman to ever really move on.” ~Dion


Check out Assata’s feature in The Source, her album Never Too Late on SoundCloud, and her social media pages can all be found using the handle @assatajones.


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Time to Make a Change Episode with Dr. Crystal Laura

Our very own Fat Maxwell (Dion) has slimmed down to Medium Maxwell. In this episode, we have a real conversation with tenured Chicago State professor Dr. Crystal Laura about the school-to-prison pipeline and how school leadership impacts our youth’s chances of getting out of the streets. And we wouldn’t be the No 4Play show if we didn’t take the opportunity to discuss veganism, yoga practices that help your sex game, “eating the Wi-Fi” out of a woman and forgoing the gyro nachos.


Listen in as we discuss:         

  • The detriment of the Betsy DeVos hiring (35:02)
  • The school-to-prison pipeline explained (43:30)
  • Factors that make prison feel familiar (48:10)
  • Adults dismiss students so creatively (55:02)
  • Benefits of a yoga practice for Black lives (1:06:00)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Don’t Turn Me Down by Mack Wilds

Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Assata’s Daughters

Yoga for Black Lives

Wanderlust Chicago Festival


Quotes from this Episode:

“This poor little white woman has gone through so much scrutiny. Mother F***er that’s a Wednesday for me. ” ~ Ant P

“I try to help these adults who are powerful and have the capacity to do big things in schools and communities…seek out the resources and leverage the capital to let things be otherwise” ~Crystal

“Remember when Puff started doing yoga? That’s cuz he got with Cassie and was losing it.” ~Dion

Find our guest Dr. Crystal Laura latest book Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com and find her on social media at @crystallaura_zen on Instagram and Crystal T. Laura on Facebook.

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We, The Black and Brown People with Dr. Claudio Rivera

United we eat tacos, divided we fall. This episode, we converse with longtime friend, community advocate, and clinical psychologist Dr. Claudio Rivera about the issues that concern both black and brown communities in Chicago. He shares his views regarding at times conflicting policy interests, words of encouragement for college-interested individuals and looks out for us all with the only taco spot guide you will ever need. 


Listen in as we discuss:    

  • Black & brown community struggles that overlap (12:17)
  • Segregated vs. mixed neighborhoods (22:56)
  • Conducting yourself in foreign territories (31:15) 
  • Cooperative economics & premium Back of the Yards Coffee (40:17)
  • Taco etiquette and the blasphemy of flour tortillas (47:32)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Back of the Yards Coffee (Chicago Tribune Feature) 

Watcha! Mag’s Guide to Great Taco Spots 

Peace and Education Coalition Scholarship

Dreamers & Allies Run Scholarship (Undocumented Immigrant eligible) 

La Pasadita (off N Ashland & W Haddon) 

Taqueria La Internacional (off S Ashland) 


Quotes from this Episode:

“The coffee shop went straight to the plug, fam!” ~ Ant P  


“Go in ready to listen and learn. You have to respect the culture and context of each area.” ~Claudio


“I refuse to perpetuate that narrative of ‘These hoods aren’t safe’ because I think it over emphasizes that these neighborhoods are so terrible that they have no strengths or good [in them].” ~Claudio 


“If I know I wouldn’t even be over there, I’m not inviting you there.” ~Fresh 


“You don’t go to someone’s neighborhood and just take. And that’s anywhere.” ~Dion 


We’ll be sure to share when the Back of the Yards Coffee Shop grand opening will be held in the near future.


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Adult Confidence

First, let’s get one thing straight. Trust us. You have an ugly friend. And if you don’t, then congratulations…on being the ugly friend. Secondly, maturity comes with age and experience. This episode, we share the wisdom gained from becoming men, fathers, mentors and professionals. We talk about ugliness and the humility that comes with it, dumb decisions that we have to protect our kids from making, the arrogance of Lavar Ball and what has shaped our adult confidence.


Listen in as we discuss:                                        

·       Ugly Friend Feedback (6:50)

·       Facebook Live and protecting our kids (17:00)

*Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault current event discussed

·       Earning your adult confidence (34:10)

·       The antics of Lavar Ball & Sons (42:35)

·       Fresh pays tribute to his student Laquan Allen (55:26)


Mentioned in this Episode:

You Got An Ugly Friend Blog Post

Lavar Ball and the Ball Boys


Quotes from this Episode:

“I understand we’re in the era of political correctness and participation trophies. Honorable mention is honored. But that don’t matter in real life when it comes to getting chose.” ~Ant P


“[Say to boys] You have to realize at a young age, these women will hold you down. As these girls grow into women, they will hold you down before your partners.” ~Dion  


“14 year olds aren’t criminals.” ~ Fresh


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Sneaker Heads Go Crazy

We have the well-respected Padded Room shoe shop owner and sneaker head, Bo in the studio. Many of us know the pairs that we wanted, finally got, or just missed out on. They are tied to our fondest or most devastating memories. In this episode we discuss the business of selling deadstock, rare footwear, pricing integrity, and service. And to be honest, you have Jordans to thank for the good hygiene habits of your favorite middle school boy coming of age. Show some respect.


Listen in as we discuss:                                        

·       Gang culture influencing the rules of footwear (15:50)

·       When drink spills happen to fresh pairs (18:45)

·       What’s your Grail? (22:47)

·       Integrity in the sneaker game (29:10)


Mentioned in this Episode:

Jason Kid Flight 95s

Cool Grey Jordan 4s

Jordan Flu Games

Concord 11s

Royal Foamposites


Quotes from this Episode:

“When you love sneakers…or anything, you gotta let it go and come right back to it. ” ~ Bo


“If I could go to work in joggers and Jordan’s, I’d be so much more productive.” ~Fresh  


“Traveling for things let’s you know how important [it] is to you.” ~Dion


You can find our guest host Bo of Padded Room Chicago at mypaddedroom.com on Facebook @PaddedRoomChicago, Twitter @PaddedRoomChi and Instagram @the_padded_room. Be sure to visit the store located at ‪2134 W 95th Street Chicago, IL and tell them the brothers of the No 4Play Show sent you.

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Best Dressed in the VIP

Paris Tyler of Posh Entertainment makes her long awaited return to the No 4Play Show studio. In this episode, we discuss dress code complaints, bottle wars and Dion considers a weave high top fade. As the weather warms up and you begin starching your Sunday best for Saturday night, let us guide you in your search for a good time with no dress code and a cover charge that won’t break the bank.


Listen in as we discuss:                                        

·       Events we would host if we had it (23:24)

·       Six Degrees of Diddy Separation (31:32)

·       Goofies at the door (34:29)

·       A Grits and Biscuits PSA (41:40)

Mentioned in this Episode:

Studio Paris Nightclub

J. Prince

2017 Dreaming featuring VonJovey episode

Grits and Biscuits Party (Chicago - May 27th)


Quotes from this Episode:

“Go back and look at your homecoming pictures from college. You look like a fool. ” ~ Fresh


“Women will spare no expense when it comes to good food.” ~ Dion


“Our stories aren’t getting told…we need to build that black dollar especially.”~ Paris


You can find our guest host Paris Tyler at ParisATyler.com or hosting your next turn up at ThePoshLife.net. Click here to find upcoming Posh events.

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