Listen to the Déjà Vu trailer, here.
Spotify is excited to announce that we’ve once again joined forces with our friends at Genius — the world’s biggest encyclopedia of music, and our partners in the “Behind the Lyrics” experience — to premiere an all-new podcast, Déjà Vu, that celebrates the complex musical lineage of today’s biggest artists by exploring the greats who inspired them.
On Déjà Vu, host and cultural commentator Stereo Williams leads a panel of music experts in an in-depth discussion about the ways that modern hitmakers connect to the iconic musicians from the past who paved the way. Each episode will examine the music of a modern day superstar, and uncover the rich history hiding beneath the surface of their sound.
Spanning music genres, eras, and industry trends, Déjà Vu will illuminate surprising creative parallels between the most unlikely of artists — for instance, does Madonna’s influence shine through in Rihanna’s music? How is Bruno Mars’s trajectory similar to Lenny Kravitz’s? These are just a few of the questions Stereo and his guests will explore in a quest to prove that music history can repeat itself, just not always in the way we expect.
"Déjà Vu is a chance for us to close the generation gap a little bit. Sitting down with some of the most brilliant music minds around and discussing icons of the present and past... For a music nerd like myself, what more could you ask for?” said host Stereo Williams. “So let's put down the pitchforks, put aside the presumptions, and have the conversations!"
Déjà Vu kicks off with Episode 1: Is Kendrick Lamar the new 2Pac? Stereo is joined by panelists Rob Markman, Head of Artist Relations at Genius, and Datwon Thomas, Editor-in-Chief of VIBE, for a discussion that traces how both artists inspired their respective generations through their work — and the ways in which Kendrick’s own path has diverged from Pac’s troubled life.
Beginning today, new episodes of Déjà Vu will air on Spotify every other Wednesday for a run of 8 episodes, with more topics and special guests to be announced soon.
For more updates on Déjà Vu, follow @spotify and @genius and join the conversation at #dejavupodcast.