Growing up in a creative family has its advantages. Just ask today’s guests, Jack “Wildchild” Brown and his son, actor Miles Brown, who you may recognize from his breakout role on ABC’s hit show Black-ish.
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Welcome to The Conduit, a podcast featuring candid conversations with professional musicians who give listeners the unvarnished truth about being an artist in the music industry. On today’s episode, host and LA-based DJ, producer, and musician Dan Ubick (aka Constantine “Connie” Price) sits down with Jack and Miles Brown to discuss the duo’s separate endeavors in the entertainment industry.
A founding member of cult-favorite hip-hop group Lootpack, Jack recently released OMOWALE, his first solo album since 2014. The seasoned rapper joins his son Miles—stage name Baby Boogaloo—to discuss the young actor’s burgeoning career in the arts and how early exposure to music informed his creative drive. “The funk, that was the first genre of music that I actually started liking, because I danced to it—that is what made me like it,” says Miles, whose claim to fame can be traced back to childhood appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and America’s Got Talent, where he performed as part of dance duo Future Funk. “There were times when I wouldn’t play funk or whatever,” Jack remembers. “And literally [Miles] would say, ‘Can we hear some funk?’”
On this episode of The Conduit, Jack and Miles guide listeners through the exciting trajectory of Miles’ career, from dancing to acting to rapping. Miles chats about his role as sensitive, introverted Jack Johnson on Black-ish, now in its eighth and final season, and reminisces about his years as a child actor. “I was never like all these acting kids who take everything so seriously,” he says. “If I came out of the audition room, I just stopped focusing on the audition. I was just on to the next fun thing of the day.”
The father and son duo also share their respective projects in music and recording, including details about future releases. Miles discusses his musical inspirations, the very best moments from his young career, and why he continues to broaden his range of skills and interests. Toward the end of the episode, Dan, Miles, and Jack conduct a very important conversation about the greatest rappers of all time that you won’t want to miss. Tune in to this month’s episode of The Conduit for a fascinating conversation about the power of funk, family, and creative excellence.