Paranoid in Paris

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  • Published on June 20, 2023
  • In Originals

Hip-hop artist L.I.F.E. Long has performed in Serbia, England, Germany, Canada, Belgium and France to name a few. Looking back at his experiences, he takes Detour to places he’s visited and recalls the people he’s encountered on the road. Check out our 5-episode travel podcast series, where we discover how underground Hip Hop artist L.I.F.E. Long came to be paranoid in Paris.

Play the full series back to back or check out our episode guide below.

1. Follow L.I.F.E. Long to Paris and experience life on tour

In the first installment of this five-part series chronicling L.I.F.E.’s travels, poet, producer and M.C. Mike Ladd takes him on a promotional tour to Paris, where L.I.F.E learns how difficult, yet unforgettable being in a foreign country can be.

2. See what happens when L.I.F.E goes it alone in an unfamiliar place

In the second installment of this five-part series, when Ladd leaves to visit his fiance, L.I.F.E. Long is left alone in the city. He takes it all in stride and explores Paris on his own, despite having a very small grasp of the French language and culture.

3. See where L.I.F.E ‘s new friendship takes him

In the third installment of this five-part series chronicling L.I.F.E’s tour, L.I.F.E. and producer Mike Ladd are ushered to the venue where they would be performing. With no time to stop at the hotel and check in, they carry all their luggage and equipment with them. L.I.F.E. finds a small corner in the venue to rehearse his lyrics and go over the show in his head. That is when he gets approached by Ladd’s fan named Amaud. Good at English, this new acquaintance quickly adopts the role of L.I.F.E.’s translator. L.I.F.E. Long also catches the eye of an unknown woman at the venue that night and the three form an unexpected friendship.

4. Hear what happens when L.I.F.E. makes a rash decision

In the fourth installment of this five-part series chronicling L.I.F.E’s tour, he reconnects with his new friend Amaud and the two go on a quick tour through Paris, where Amaud introduces L.I.F.E. to hashish. Unfamiliar with the substance, L.I.F.E. is taken aback by its intense potency. Later that evening, the two friends attend an open mic and connect with the young lady from the night before. L.I.F.E takes another hit of a spliff and things turn sour.

5. Hear what happens when L.I.F.E. Long decides to take a detour

In the fifth and final part of this series chronicling L.I.F.E’s tour, he finds himself paranoid and unable to stay at the open mic. He leaves, jumps into the first available taxi and drives to the place of an American friend in the city. Yet, as the car starts to move, L.I.F.E.’s paranoia bubbles up in the back seat.