In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor and rapper Rick Gonzalez. This compelling interview commences with Rick speaking to his experience playing the role of the vigilante superhero Wild Dog in the hit series “Arrow.” He also delves into his youth growing up in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn and being fully immersed in all the elements of hip-hop. He goes on to speak about the Puerto Rican and Dominican dynamic during that time, and learning his craft of acting at LaGuardia High School of music and arts.
Later they discuss his experiences performing in films such as “Coach Carter,” “War Of The Worlds,” and “Old School” as well as working with acclaimed directors and actors like Steven Spielberg, John Singleton, Tom Cruise, and Will Farrell. Rick is asked who he feels is the best rapper/actor, he explains why he chose to quit rapping after 13 years, they talk about his friendship with the late great Sean Price, and in closing Rick illustrates the roles that he’s taken the most from in helping him grow as an actor and a man.