9 Best Things About Baltimore City

Ayo, I’m proud of my city. I’m Rob Lee, podcaster, foodie, blerd and I’m from Baltimore City.

That last part — I never had an issue with it. I love my city. I’ve never shied away from the idea that Baltimore city has been associated with violent crime, economic inequity and corrupt leadership. What makes Baltimore any different from any other city?

The Best Things about Baltimore City

I am defensive of Baltimore. During the time I’ve been a podcaster and blogger, I’ve matured as an individual. My opinions have evolved on matters and I’ve recognized that I’ve had bad takes on things — things that get people cancelled. I’ve been very much an artist from Baltimore during my life. As a kid, I drew and wrote comics, as a teenager I wrote rhymes and as a 30-something I’m a podcaster and comic writer. I am Baltimore.

There’re so many people in Baltimore that are doing great things.

DJ James Nasty

I’ve seen DJ James Nasty destroying the party for years around Baltimore. He’s a great music producer and DJ. He’s a true artist and he makes dope hot sauce as well.

Eze Jackson

D. Watkins

He’s an New York Times Bestselling author, lecture and Baltimore native.

There’re places in Baltimore that are second to none.

The BIG Theater

The theater offers 3,000 square feet of space for live comedy shows; classes and workshops for adults, kids and teens; a podcast studio — where Just_Greg and I record Unofficially Black. BIG’s live theater shows include improv comedy, stand-up, sketch, and more. On August 17th, MTR The Network is performing a live podcast there.

Creative Alliance

Another great venue. Their purpose provide support to area artists, promote Baltimore as a center for creative production, act as a positive force in our community, and advocate for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.

Impact Hub

Impact Hub’s purpose is to bring together a community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals to take collaborative action and drive positive change in Baltimore and beyond.

There’re many things ubiquitous to Baltimore that you must try.

I’m excluding the Inner Harbor and that area — it gets a lot of attention. These are my no means the definitive list but they’re worth checking out.

Baltimore’s Egg Custard Snowball

This is just a great flavor — it’s totally something that Baltimoreans like and transplants or visitors just don’t get.

Visiting Hampden

This is one of my favorite places to have a drink, food or even visit a sex shop. Hampden is the home of many great eateries like Holy Frijoles and Golden West. It’s a weird place and many different types of people get together in Hampden. There’s always a great light show in December.

Staying at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Baltimore Blue Crabs

There’s nothing quite like Baltimore Blue crabs. Other ‘crab cakes’ just fall short. I’d recommend getting a bushel of crabs, some beer and talking about the universe or at the very least Baltimore sports.

Other Cities

Yes, Baltimore has a personality — that personality is one where we’re not with your B.S. Recently, President Trump has some inflammatory remarks towards Baltimore and shots at Elijah Cummings. I wasn’t shocked or anything — I found his comments to be typical of an outsider and consistent with his talking points. Baltimore is being used as a placeholder — not too long ago — Baltimore was Chicago. It’s whatever “black city” du jour when it comes to these types of ideas.


This conclusion is very simple. Baltimore is the place to be — it is no better or worst than any other city. It is a vibrant, diverse city with flaws as any other.



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