Huffington Post: Kingsley and The New Trend of YouTube Stars Launching Podcasts

Kingsley Exposes His Podcast and Future on YouTube | What's Trending Live

Kingsley stopped by our studio at YouTube Space LA to give his opinion on the trends and talk about his podcast, his YouTube channel, and more.

He also hinted at a retirement from vlogging in December and what the future holds for his empire, including his podcast and his writing.

Kingsley has jumped into the podcast space alongside a few other YouTube stars (Shane Dawson, Rhett and Link, Toby Turner) who are finding success in bringing their fans off the platform to find new forms of monetization. In terms of his podcast vs. vlogging he says, "There's only so much you can say when it's just you," and his show 'Overexposed' allows him to connect in a longer form arena and even become a host/interviewer himself bringing his own friends and stars- including Tyler Oakley- on the show.

He's also obsessed with ratchet stories. "People are so stupid and they deserve to be discussed," he laughs.

While fans continue to love his vlogging format that made him popular, he says he will be done making videos eventually, which was never his goal. He went to school for journalism but now feels he'd want to write comedy. He doesn't want to "vlog" in the traditional sense anymore.

"At the end of December, I will no longer be sitting there talking," he says. He does, however, want to use his platform for more comedy writing and to possibly launch a scripted series on his channel.

Under The Gun: Body Count Releases Updated Version of Ice-T's 99 Problems


Many people seem to forget (or simply never knew) the chorus of Jay-Z’s massive 2003 hit “99 Problems” was actually lifted from an Ice-T song of the same name that originally appeared on his 1993 solo record Home Invasion.

Now, with Ice-T’s metal band Body Countpreparing to release their new albumManslaughter through Sumerian Records on June 10, the band has leaked an updated version of the track. Dubbed “99 Problems BC,” Ice-T begins the song with an a cappella first verse before the band bursts into their take on the heavy rock riff from Jay-Z’s song.

Body Count also unveiled Manslaughter‘s track listing, which reveals an additional “rock mix” of “99 Problems,” as well as an appearance from Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta on a track called “Pop Bubble.” The album also features a cover of the Suicidal Tendencies classic “Institutionalized,” which Body Count has been performing live in recent years. Click through for the stream (skip ahead to the 30 minute mark for the song) and full Manslaughter track listing.

01 – “Talk Shit, Get Shot“
02 – “Pray For Death“
03 – “99 Problems BC“
04 – “Back To Rehab“
05 – “Manslaughter“
06 – “Get A Job“
07 – “Institutionalized 2014“
08 – “Pop Bubble” (feat. Jamey Jasta)
09 – “Enter The Dark Side“
10 – “Bitch In The Pit“
11 – “Black Voodoo Sex“
12 – “Wanna Be A Gangsta“
13 – “I Will Always Love You“
14 – “99 Problems BC” (Rock Mix)

Spin: Hear Body Count's Bombastic Comeback 'Talk Shit, Get Shot'


Colin Joyce

May 13 2014, 1:31 PM ET

Ice-T has taken a lengthy hiatus from any intensive music projects in the name of his acting career, but he's been hinting since last year's Fun Fun Fun Fest that Body Count would return in 2014. Now, with the notorious thrash-metal band returns with "Talk Shit, Get Shot," the first taste from a brand new album, which will, of course, be called Manslaughter

It's another one in Body Count's long tradition of provocative and vaguely threatening singles, and the first since the band was commissioned to write an exclusive song forGears of War 3, which they decided to call "Gears of War." The equally unsubtly titled "Talk Shit, Get Shot" premiered last night on Ice-T's podcast Final Level. ComedianJim Norton also guests on the episode and talks about his sexual proclivities, so if you're looking strictly for more Count and less body, you'll want to skip to the 34-minute mark of podcast below. 

Ice T said in a recent interview that Manslaughter will be out June 10, but we have to assume that's provided he isn't too busy busting baddies, snapping shots of Questlove's corpse, or mean-mugging Lieutenant Declan Murphy on Law and Order: SVU. Body Count on Facebook recently shared the pleasantly menacing cover art for their fifth album (below), and first since 2006's Murder 4 Hire. The current lineup includes original members Ice T and Ernie C (guitar), bassist Vincent Price, drummer Ill Will, and rhythm guitarist Juan of the Dead.

The New Republic: The Podcast is a Last Refuge for No One

By Alexander Aldea

Carrie Battan’s recent article, "Podcasts: The Last Refuge of the C-List Celebrity," missed crucial points about the success of podcasting: It is an incredibly powerful form of media, does not insulate artists from scrutiny (as exemplified by Brandi Glanville’s recent scandal), does have viral potential (as exemplified by Ice-T’s Dungeons & Dragons sensation), and has become much more than the loosely based talk show format that the medium has been traditionally known for. The reason why more celebrities are entering the field is because it’s an uncensored medium that has direct and ancillary financial opportunities. This is a last refuge for no one. If anything, podcasting is a rallying point for entertainers to intimately engage their fan bases, create more opportunities for themselves as independent artists and network with the most forward-thinking minds of our generation.

Currently, there are over a billion podcast subscriptions on iTunes. Yet, what is a podcast? Its inane definition is merely an on-demand audio program, though it is much more. Podcasting is a community of people promoting the free exchange of art and ideas. There are incredibly popular scripted shows such as Welcome to Nightvaleand We’re Alive, which bring back the excitement Orson Welles once created with his masterpiece, “The War of the Worlds.” Podcasters include the world’s leading entrepreneurs (James Altucher and Seth Godin), scientists (Neil DeGrasse Tyson), comedians (Joe Rogan, Bill Burr, and Jeff Garlin), musicians (Tiesto, Avicii, and Chick Corea) chefs (Andrew Zimmern, Alton Brown, and Martha Stewart), athletes (Terrell Owens, Jalen Rose, and Stone Cold Steve Austin) and all-around cultural icons (RuPaul, Chris Hardwick, and Kevin Smith). Ice-T’s ascent as the first major member of the hip-hop community to enter the podcasting fray is another important cultural landmark. Ice-T and his "Ice-T: Final Level" co-host, Mick Benzo, have discussed podcasting on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” had the first viral podcast episode (their depiction of Ice recording a Dungeons & Dragons audiobook), and garnered more press for podcasting than anyone before them. All of this growth has been made possible with the support from the thousands of incredibly engaged listeners and the financial backing of podcast sponsors such as SquarespaceAudibleStamps.comand NatureBox. These sponsors have grown with us and work together with us more like partners than just advertisers. That is why the first wave of million-dollar-a-year podcasters are beginning to emerge (such as John Lee Dumas), as are successful companies who rely on the medium as one of the main pillars in their marketing strategy.

At its very core, the growth of podcasting is the sense of connectivity and intimacy. Every day, we receive emails from people all over the world who have used our podcast to rally through the death of a loved one, to get a much-needed laugh, and to connect with their heroes. As human beings, it can be difficult to find a place where we feel whole, where we feel safe and where we know that we belong. Podcasting has become that place for us. Not everyone will understand us. Many will try to downplay our significance. Though, as Ice-T stated on the Final Level podcast, “Haters hate up. If you have 6 haters, your goal should be to get 12.”

Alex Aldea is the founder of The Paragon Collective podcast network, which produces Ice-T: Final LevelRuPaul: What’s The Tee? With Michelle Visage, and Kingsley’s Overexposed podcast.