On this episode of the Verbal Graffiti Podcast, we reflect on our previous shows and content after taking the summer off. This episode is simply to get all systems back up and running and to also let our audience know what we’ve been up to. We discuss current Biltmore Records projects, and ideas for our new company Inspire One Billion People Inc., along with, a Hip-Hop blog that we use to support established and unsigned artists music/videos in our market and to our network specifically.  Last but not least we announced that we will be reading SOAR by T.D. Jakes as part of the Hood Book Klub series. If you would like a free copy of that book you can email us at and we will send it to you.

*Stay tuned for episode 009 where will take a deeper dive into the current subject matter and build on the ideas originally established for the show.


In this episode of the Verbal Graffiti Podcast, we shared excerpts from an exclusive interview with Biltmore Records recording artist HUGO DA CAPO.  HUGO has a goal of helping to change the mindset of the youth through music that is responsible and inspiring.  HUGO also gives us insight into his life and growing up in Vance, South Carolina.  We took about 30 minutes of the two-hour interview to give you an Idea of who HUGO is as an artist and how many people could be impacted if this kind of idea could catch hold within popular Rap/Hip-hop Music.  The interview was also an opportunity to promote his new record called Dreamin to be released on June 27, 2017.  The record is available on iTunes and Google play along with any of your other favorite online music retailer.  We hope that you enjoy the interview and see the value of such a worthy goal.

VGP Episode 006 – GOAL SETTING

In this episode of the Verbal Graffiti Podcast, we discuss goal setting. We also started our discussion of the book we picked for June in our book klub (k), and added another step to our morning routine.  After we have built the morning routine we plan on issuing a 30-day challenge to encourage our audience to create a lasting habit. Rick Cruz acknowledges that the podcast is new and that we still have a lot of work to do. Especially if we are to have a shot at our goal of 100 thousand downloads per month.

The Hood Book Klub (k) is currently reading Secrets of the Millionaire Mind in Turbulent Times by T Harv Eker. During that segment of the show, we discussed ideas and concepts that were found in the first four chapters of the book.  That led to the Main Topic where we shared quotes from Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar and referenced a Harvard Study on the effects of goal setting and planning.  The study basically showed how in the class of 1979 3 % of Harvard MBA’s made 10 times as much as the other 97% combined. The only difference was that 3% had clear written goals for the future and made plans to accomplish them.

We then added writing down goals as the third step to the morning routine. The goal is to have a total of 5 steps before starting the 30-day challenge. At the end of the show, Rick Cruz shared another story from his past picking up where he left off last week. The last show received allot of positive feedback that we are looking to build upon, in order to create a show that would be of value to all who take the time to listen, Thank you.


In this episode, Rick Cruz announces the secret project that he’s been working on over the past two years and its 10 million dollar price tag. We referenced Tony Robbins and his 7 Master Steps To Creating Lasting Change program, as well as Sylvester Stallons famous story of how he sold the original ROCKY movie script and had to talk some unwilling movie producers into letting him star in the movie.

As part of Junes Hood Book Klub, we announced that we will be reading “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind in Turbulent Times” by T Harv Eker. If you want a free copy of the book just email us at The book is also available on Amazon and Audible. We will begin or discussion of the book beginning with our next episode.

In this Episode, Rick Cruz also opens up and shares some stories from his past. We then went into the Hood Morning America Wake-Up Challenge, suggesting that our audiences commit to adding 3 minutes of meditation to their morning routine and then closed the show with our definition of true POWER.

VGP Episode 004 The ketogenic diet (keto), key to Cancer Prevention & Healthy Living

Episode 004 of the Verbal Graffiti Podcast is a reintroduction of sorts. The show’s host Rick Cruz talks about the show’s new tagline which is Business, Finance and lifestyle optimization.  The word optimization actually means the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource. The podcast is a road map for success in those key areas. The road map is not provided by Rick Cruz but provided by respected experts in related fields. The advice of respected leaders is then utilized by Rick Cruz as part of his social experiment and shared in the podcast.  Every day we receive all kinds of advice on business, finance, and lifestyle on-line, and most of us do not have time to research or execute on those ideas.  This podcast is about the execution of those suggested strategies, and you the audience have a front row seat to that endeavor. The timing of the podcast is being synchronized with Biltmore Records website updates and the release of new music that will also be available on iTunes.  Episode 4 of the Verbal Graffiti Podcast also referenced THE MODEL HEALTH SHOW with Shawn Stevenson. ( We suggested that our audience subscribes to that podcast, and lock in Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website; as well.  The article discussed on WEB MD’s involvement with Monsanto pharmaceutical can be found on as well (  We will always do our best to provide our audience with valuable information that they can incorporate into their lives, and that information will be applied by Rick Cruz first as your human Business, Finance, and Lifestyle Ginni pig.  Welcome to the Verbal Graffiti Podcast Episode 004.


This episode is the last of the first three shows recorded in March of 2016. In this episode of the Verbal Graffiti Podcast, we began to comment on the book titled “The Power Of Broke” by Daymond John. It is the first book being reviewed by our Book Klub and we are currently offering FREE Books to anyone who wants to join this gang of book reading hoodlums.  Obviously, this is all in fun but one of the goals of this Podcast is to encourage our community to read at least one book a month, which equates to 20 or 30 minutes a day. We will select a new book every month and give a brief review of each book twice within a 30-day cycle. Anyone wishing to join can do so by sending us an email to There will be a limited monthly supply so if interested you would want to be among our first responders.  A future goal of the Podcast is to give out books selected by the Book Klub to local Schools in order to encourage kids to read suggested books and participate in the Book Klub!

Additionally, we discussed the Hood Morning America Wake up Challenge! That’s simply the creation of daily habits or routines initiated every morning aimed at increasing productivity and vitality throughout the day. The first challenge is to drink 16 ounces of water immediately after you wake up in the morning.  Studies have shown that there are many Health Benefits to drinking water as soon as you wake up and we agree that doing this will not only provide a revitalization of energy, but it was also jump started your metabolism. Please keep in mind that drinking water is only the first challenge, we will add on new challenges with every episode to creating the optimal step by step morning routine.

In this podcast, we also released a new song titled Again! The song is promoting a healthy lifestyle and just maybe the theme music for the show, who knows! It’s just a lil’ something that Rick Cruz had in his archives but you got to admit that beat is hot! Also, make sure to check out other news and updates from Biltmore Records! We will talk to you again soon.


After listening to the second episode of the Verbal Graffiti Podcast you may be thinking “what does this show have to do with Hip-Hop?” Well, it’s simple, this show is about inspiring our audience to get out of its comfort zone.  It’s about challenging ourselves, to take action NOW in order to fully pursue whatever we set out to achieve. The show references comments from Mrs. Tamara Bunte, America’s #1 Sales Coach who just wrote a book titled “PROVERBS FOR SELLING” available on  We also referenced Tony Robins’s 7 Master Steps To Creating Lasting Change.  Again., we are not trying to teach this information but rather inspire our audience to look further into these resources for more helpful insight into overcoming challenges to business and personal goals.   
The first podcast also received criticism via email, as well as feedback from friends.  We narrowed it down to the top 5 critiques of the show and shared them along with our comments. The idea is that Rome was not built in a day, and this podcast will not be an overnight success, but we do plan to build it up to the point where it can be the absolute best Podcast out there (respectfully). So stay tuned. 
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Intro episode – VGP001

The first episode of the Verbal Graffiti Podcast is a short introduction to the show and content. The show will air on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each Month. In this episode, we introduce the show, the host, and reasons to listen in. We touched on a lot of subject matter that will be covered and expanded upon in future shows. If you were expecting commentary on music then you might be in for a surprise. Yes, music is an important part of the Verbal Graffiti lifestyle, but this podcast is more focused on inspiring the listeners to be a part of our “Gang of Hoodlums” who will read books and follow success formulas to better improve LIFE for everyone who participates. The idea is not that Rick Cruz is some sort of a GURU but rather that he is trying to stick to these life altering routines and he selfishly wants everyone to participate so that he can be held accountable for sticking to the path.

We Announced Da Hood Morning America Wake UP Challenge, Da Hood Book Klub and other Challenges or information that will make the listener think that this Podcast is nothing but a whole lot of work, And THAT It Is. But, those who participate will experience some amazing, life altering benefits. THAT is a proven fact.

This Month the Hood Book Klub will be reading The Power of Broke by Daymond John, co/written by Daniel Paisner. The book subtitle is equally as interesting as the title stating “How empty pockets, a tight budget and a hunger for success can become your greatest competitive advantage”. The book is $26 at Barnes & Nobel but we found it for $15 on The Power of Broke On  We will begin discussing the book on our next episode, but you don’t have to finish the book in that time frame.

We also asked for anyone looking to actively follow along, and become a part of our “Gang of Hoodlums” to grab a yearly planner and a journal to plan out goals and track progress.

Lastly please leave a comment here, or contact us via email at verbalgraffitpodcast@gmail with any suggestions or comments. Also, you can follow us on Facebook Twitter Instagram & YouTube. Until next time friends remember “you are a combination of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. So,..choose your “Gang” wisely.