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

I don’t say that my podcast, Mastermind Team’s Robcast, is the best in Baltimore just because it’s catchy and self-aggrandizing. It is but it’s uniquely Baltimore. I am to be a strong representative of Baltimore. I want to put on for my city as best I can.

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’m Baltimore in that genuine, authentic with an edge sort of way. Baltimore is not an easy city — but it’s not hard in any way. It’s a neutral place. There’s a sense, creatively, that if you can make it in Baltimore then you can make it anywhere. I believe that to be true — Baltimoreans like Baltimore things. We’re prideful in that way like any other city.

There’re songs like Pull Ya Gunz Out — where that pride is heard. Yea, yea — I get it the word ‘gun’ is in the title. I’m not by any means saying Baltimore is a place of fantasy-like good times. Baltimore is a real place with real people, places and things.

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

DJ James Nasty

Eze Jackson

He recently dropped a new project, Fool. It’s a dope project and he’s a rap veteran and local journalist. Stream Fool, fool.

D. Watkins

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

The BIG Theater

Creative Alliance

Impact Hub

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

Baltimore’s Egg Custard Snowball

Visiting Hampden

Staying at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Sure, it’s pricy and was a source of meh before I stayed a night. Baltimore is an old city with a rich history. Sagamore Pendry is boutique hotel on Baltimore’s historic Rec Pier and prides itself on embodying Baltimore’s rich history, vibrant personality and the meshing of new with traditional.

Baltimore Blue Crabs

Baltimore is a city made up of distinct neighborhoods. I know lots of New Yorkers and folks transplanted from other states that are confounded by the regionalism of Baltimore. Often, I heard “Baltimore is so small.” Or “Who cares about East Baltimore vs. West Baltimore?” and a litany of other condescending “observations”. Like “Oh, little Baltimore has a personality.”

Other Cities

For instance, New Orleans is one of my favorite cities and I may call it home one day, but I don’t hear the same thing about it — New Orleans after Katrina was “rebranded” — when I go to New Orleans — I get that feeling of Baltimore. Philadelphia is another place that I enjoy and has some of the issues that Baltimore or any city has but not the same perception.

New York also benefited from that image redo. New York arguably, because people love to argue about this, has always been the standard bearer for the best American city. People have this idea that brown people don’t exist in New York and that it’s the safest, greatest and most ratless place. They couldn’t be more wrong. New York is great because it has diversity — in its people, art and culture. It’s no more dangerous that Baltimore or any of the aforementioned cities. And New York has three distinct breeds of rats — big, bigger and with wings.

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