Brews, Beards, & Shipwrecks

Because everyone has a story. A podcast focused on music, culture, beer, beards, faith and doubt.

December 25th, 2021    

Mary Daniels: Bakersfield history, the importance of family, and finding joy in adversity

Today we bring you an episode with my Great Grandmother's sister, Mary Daniels. Born in 1907, she faced many difficulties in her life, all of which she tackled with joyful determination. A self-less woman, she exemplifies kindness and contentment in ways that are rarely seen.

We have a special announcement around the 37:37 mark. You'll want to hear that.

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- Jamey

November 24th, 2021    

Carlos Aguilar of Mestizo Coffee on the intersection of Religion, Philosophy, and Coffee

What is up beautiful people!!! We got a treat for you!! We had the pleasure of chopping it up with Carlos of Mestizo coffee. This episode was a combination of fun and depth. We went deep but still had plenty of laughs. He shared with us his journey into faith by way of evangelical Christianity in his teen years and how he came into adulthood with a different perspective, especially after a backpacking trip across Mexico with a friend.

He talks about the beginnings of his journey into his new faith, while simultaneously discovering  "church rap" and "rap rap." When he discovered apologetics he tells us how hip-hop it was, and how it was son some "Malcolm X, NOI, 5% vibes" and how he had to G up for his. As his outlook and perspective started transitioning, he went from apologetics to philosophy and started selling theology and philosophy books after shows.

"The more philosophy you do, there are more appeals to intuition."

Next we move into how he went from seminary and trying to battle on MTV, not being able to do it, but getting other blessings from writing and working in television! 

But what about the coffee?

"I had a coffee conversion experience."

When he has his first cup of black coffee, he realized he hasn't been drinking coffee. he also realized that there was a deficit in the latino community with quality coffee. Enter Mestizo Coffee.

"The reason why I'm doing this at all is to connect with people."

Of course we talk about his super dope coffee and artist collaborations with L.A. MC LMNO of the Visionaries crew, producer/MC Peace 586, and the upcoming collaboration with Dudley Perkins.

Listen in and turn it up!!

Music in this episode:

Souls of Mischief -"93 'til Infinity (instrumental) from  1993 album of same name.

Bookworm Brown -"Heaven and Earth" from the 2005 album of the same name.

Be sure to hit up, cop some coffee and merchandise! (Also stay tuned fro a discount coupon for listeners.)

Follow Mestizo on Instagram @mestizocoffee

and peep Carlos' music as Bookworm Brown.

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September 28th, 2021    

Raphael Fiedler of Orthodox Review discusses book reviews, battling depression, and the importance of a name

Yo yo! What's up good people of planet Earth!?! We hope y'all livin' good and healthy. In this episode we get to sit down with our good friend Raphael Fiedler of Orthodox Review. He discusses with us how he got started with his Youtube channel and how it has grown to what it is today. He shares with us his experience in the Orthodox Church and what it means to him.

"Now that I'm trying to live as an Orthodox Christian, I don't think the old me is representative of that at all."

Raphael shares with us his thoughts on his given name vs. baptismal name (we talk about the definition and what that is, don't worry!) and the meaning of a name.

"When you think of Punk Rock you think of rebelling and bucking the system..and what has the orthodox Church done for 2000 years?"

We discuss faith and music and how they intersect and diverge, as well as what certain music, genres, and songs mean to us.

"You got a  song that really touches you, how should that be any different than these liturgical songs?"

We move into Raphael's shipwreck and how that has affected him and shaped his attitude on the importance of forgiveness.

"I'm a huge fan of praying for my enemies... we have to forgive everyone... you have to practice forgiveness."

We hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed doing it! It was truly a pleasure to sit down with this brother and share our hearts. Hopefully it will encourage you like it did us.

Be sure to like share and subscribe! 

Songs played:

Raphael Fiedler - "Prison"

Cypress Hill - "Hits From The Bong" (instrumental)

Follow Raphael on Instagram and check his Youtube channel to see reviews on some of the latest and greatest Orthodox Christian books.

IG @orthodox_review_

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Also don't forget to hit up the Royal Ruckus bandcamp and cop some merch, our boy Jamey just had a baby and needs to buy diapers!

Peace and Love!

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August 8th, 2021    

Soup the Chemist on rap tours, building community with positivity, & putting Christian hip-hop on the map

What's up party people!! Hope y'all staying up!! This week we get to sit down with a living legend!!  Listen Up! as we talk to the Saved Man in The Jungle as he talks about what feels like Phase III of his life and how he has been bringing Illumination on and off the stage with DJ'ing and his trade as an electrician. He had to Dust off his mic to share with us about the Eargasmic Arrangements he has created. Tune in and turn it up!!

"I'll be real with you, I can't stand that trap stuff."

Soup shares his thoughts and feelings on music today vs. the artform when he was in the industry.

"It's a different hustle now."

We discuss what it's like to create and distribute music vs. how it was when he was hustling in the music biz in the 80's/90'/and early 00's.

"The industry just started changing."

Soup shares his thoughts on the shift in the music industry and how he has had to adapt to those changes.

"There were times when we were 75 deep."

Soup talking on the unity in the early years of his career and working together within the small community fo holy hip hop, and how they would work together and promote each other.

"After the gig to me that's the real ministry"

He talks about how when he would tour and have people tour with him he expected them to be available after the show to talk and interact with people instead of just performing and calling it a night. You'll hear him talk about tour stories with Peace 586, Dynamic Twins , Gospel Gangstas, and P.I.D. and maybe hear some antics and tour pranks (like one involving a doorway, bucket and unexacting member of a certain duo). 

We also go into DJ'ing, producing, and how he was preparing to be performing again for a gospel hip-hop documentary called "Mic Drop" You get to hear him talk about what he had to do to get his instrumentals from his albums so he's not rapping over his vocals! We also discuss the book he has written called "Through My Windows" which is his story/biography and also a little history of the "gospel" hip hop scene. 

"With all this social media it should be easier for cats to be loving on each other."

You can hear us speaking on the state of hip-hop today and the unity and lack thereof.

"If it wasn't for Cookbook that record would've never came out"

We get into the recording process of his 'Eargasmic Arrangements" album, the collaborations he had on there and how they came about, and how this was his most highly bootlegged album! We then go into him speaking of late friend and producer Gene Eugene, how they recorded together and built a friendship and how they were on jam master jay's guest list at the House of Blues!

Lastly we discuss his latest venture of starting "Limelight Bar & Grill" in Jamaica. How he saw the opportunity and wanted to build a place to hang out and it's proximity to some historical Jamiacan sites, and how he's using it to take care of the locals.

And you will definitely hear the reverence and plain joy we had speaking with this man.

Thanks for listening in! Be sure to like, share, subscribe, and let us now what you think! Hit our DM on instagram and we will get back to you!!

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Also be sure to pick up his book "Through My Windows" and peep his bar and grill in Jamaica @limelightjamaica. Also make sure to peep his back catalog on all the streaming services and if you feel hit up iTunes to download or Amazon to maybe purchase a hard copy. Of course make sure to check out to cop some merch or downloads. Also be sure to check out Soups discography with SFC and solo albums. You can find them on Amazon. maybe your local record store, wherever you stream and download music. Make sure to cop some of his music, support a legend!

S.F.C./Soup discography:

S.F.C. "Listen UP!" 1989 Broken Records

S.F.C. "A Saved Man In The Jungle" 1990 Broken Records

S.F.C. "Phase III"  1992 Word/Epic Records

S.F.C. "Illumination" 1994 Brainstorm Artists

Sūp The Chemist "Dust" 2000 Uprok Records

Soup The Chemist "Eargasmic Arrangements  2003 Beesyde Records


Songs you hear are:

Myka Nyne "7th Seal"

Soup The Chemist "Starving Artist"

Volume 10 "Pistil Grip Pump"

Outro track- Sūp The Chemist "Language of Imagination"


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Peace 586

Victory Outreach

Dynamic Twins

Gospel Gangstas

JC & the Boyz

Brainwash Projects

Fred Lynch and PID

Gospel hip-hop documentary

Sharlock Poems


Gene Eugene



Jon Gibson

Adam Again


Limelight bar and grill

July 23rd, 2021    

Vocab Malone (and Alberto) discuss hip-hop, street preaching, and interfaith encounters (sometimes with the Orthodox internet)

Vocab Malone used to rap with a lot of the same cats that Royal Ruckus ran with. He now talks to people about his Christian faith via livestream, and recently ruffled some feathers online with some Orthodox Christians. Jamey and Clayton have him on to get to know him and open a friendly conversation. He also shares some super interesting stuff about a group known as the "Black Hebrew Israelites."

He brought his friend Alberto along, who was a lot of fun too.

We talk about eating crickets, rapping and preaching on the street, a bit about theology, and quite a bit about hip-hop. We also have the usual chat about beard care and brews.

Featured song: "Christos Anesti" by Royal Ruckus, Unexpected Joy EP

Featured song: "Happy Hardcore" by Vocab Malone

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@streetapologist twitter fb insta 

Jamey Bennett aka Chunjay of Royal Ruckus 
New podcast

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Mid-show plug for The Areopagus Podcast with Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick and Pastor Michael Landsman, which features Chunjay on the most recent episode.

June 20th, 2021    

What’s up with these CICADAS? A round-up of interviews for the Summer of the Cicadas

The average man knows little of cicadas, thinks rarely of cicadas. And yet on the rare occasion he hears the word “cicada,” his mind invariably drifts off into those few truths about the insects which he was taught in grade school: the cicada lives underground for seventeen years, emerges briefly, dies. A certain kind of man cannot recall such claims without immediately thinking of himself, staring into the distance, and wondering if he is truly a man, or if he is, in fact, a cicada.

The life cycle of a cicada appeals to a man.

Royal Ruckus has created a two part album called The Summer of the Cicadas (streaming everywhere), which was released in 2017. 

In honor of 2021's cicada summer in much of America, we are releasing this episode containing four distinct interviews about the album and about the symbolism of cicadas. Jamey sits down with various interviewees and covers a ton of topics...fasting, faith, hip-hop, creating music, and a bit about bugs.

The life cycle of a cicada appeals to a man.

We read the infamous cicada essay.

Ancient Faith Presents...

The Outlet - Da Gr8 FM

  • Featured song: "Lost Boys" (featuring CookBook & Eligh)
  • Featured song: "Departures" (featuring Jeremiah Bonds & KC Jones)
  • Featured song: "The Waitress Song"

Food, Faith, and Fasting

Indie Music Live!

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Episode produced and mixed by Chunjay.

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June 4th, 2021    

Jamey sits down with the Areopagus hosts Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick and Pastor Mike Landsman to talk about religious conversion, Mormonism, and a lot more


Welcome to another D.I.T.A (Diggin' In The Archives) episode. We take a step back in time to 2017 on Ancient Faith Radio's the Areopagus podcast, with Father Andrew Stephen Damick and Pastor Mike Landsman, where they interview Chunjay about his his family's history with the Mormon faith, growing up evangelical and exploring Protestantism, and what eventually led him to the Orthodox Christian Faith. Plenty of fun banter to make you smile!!!

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and you can find the Areopagus podcast on Ancient faith radio

or wherever you listen to podcast. You can find them on facebook and you can find father Andrew on instagram at @asdamick.

Closing song- Royal Ruckus "Still" from the album "Summer of the Cicadas".


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The Areopagus podcast appears courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio.

May 23rd, 2021    

Sev Statik on fatherhood, being part of two rap super-crews, and navigating religion

What's up good people!! Glad to be back after some time away. A lot going on in both of our lives right now but, we're here and do we have a treat for you!! In the episode we sit down with the one and only Sev Statik of the legendary Tunnel Rats and Deepspace5 super-crews.

On beards: "Mine was growing nice and girthy."

Sev lets us in on what his beard-care regime is and how he treats his beard for the east cost weather. He shares how he sees the brotherhood being formed through beard culture, and how it can reenforce positive make relationships.

"I had one kid in the stroller, then I had one kid walking next to the stroller, while I'm holding my son on the way to the park."

Sev shares with us his journey of fatherhood and what it means to be a father, and juggling family life while holding down a job and his music career. 

"They both hit at the same time."

We get into the early years of his music career, how he got into two crews simultaneously, and the recording process of those projects. He also shares about the Albany hip-hop scene and how he came up and still represents for the 518!  "You have to represent where you're from so people know."

"The churches were always segregated, but the community's always integrated, because we were poor."

Next we move into Sev's spiritual journey growing up in the Catholic church, the influence of the 5% Nation, and what eventually led him into Freemasonry. We wrap it up with what he has taken away from his spiritual journey and how he applies it to his life now.


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March 30th, 2021    

Joey the Jerk on rapping, not rapping, navigating conversations, and growing up in L.A.

Hello world! We got a fun filled episode that will have you laughing! This is an episode from the archives where Chunjay and Joey the Jerk (of L.A. Symphony) basically reverse interview each other and see how much they know about one another.

We kick it off with Joey talking about how he doesn't really feel inclined to rap anymore:

“I’d rather just dis through conversation and actually say what I want to say as opposed to make it try to rhyme.”

“It’s a lot of work when you try to say something.”


“I’m not even trying to invite you to think differently. I think conversations should work this way: I should hear what you say, and say, ‘You know what, I understand, what you’re saying and I understand how you came to that point. I might totally disagree with you, but I get how you got there and I understand what you’re trying to say. I think that is not heard here, you cannot even get there here with a lot of people.” - On California

“I think they just gave up hope.” “Were they in Los Angeles? Maybe that’s where I need to move!” - Joey on Bakersfield


“Pee underwear on my head!

-Joey discussing some interesting parenting techniques.


“My mom sowed the seed of Jesus and I think that’s kinda what’s bearing fruit. And my dad sowed the seed of education, he was from Africa…”

-Joey on what his parents instilled in him even through tough times.

Peace y'all and hope you enjoy the episode!

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Closing song "Burn It To The Ground" by Royal Ruckus featuring Krum and Joey The Jerk off of the album Summer of the Cicadas. (Go cop it at


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March 10th, 2021    

Deacon Michael of Lawrence, KS on Living with Cancer, and Loving People and Reggae.

“Welcome back!! Sorry it’s been a while but trust us, it’s worth the wait!!!”
This episode we have Father Deacon Michael Wilson who is a retired deacon in the Orthodox Christian Church. Listen in as he shares his journey to love.
“The simple answer is Bob Marley”
FD Michael shares his journey from reggae music into the Rasta faith, and eventually what and who led him to Orthodox Christianity.“I feel like I’m blessed ya know?”FD Michael talks about how he is able to show and spread love.“When I first found out I had cancer I felt blessed.”
 On this segment we talk about his life with cancer and how that has influenced his outlook on life.
“Me, I’m a  brandy guy."
Of course we discuss drinks and we learn about Serbian brandy traditions of burying brandy when a son is born and having that same brandy when he is married.
We hope you were encouraged and blessed by this episode as much as we were.Be sure to follow us on Instagram at
FD Michael’s IG - @fdmichaelwilson
And of course be sure to hit up the Royal Ruckus Bandcamp as well.
Closing song "Jah Heavy Load" by Ijahman off of the "Haile Hymn" album
As always like, share and subscribe and don’t be afraid to give us that 5 star rating either. Peace and  Blessings.
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