Philadelphia-born, but Pittburgh-living rapper Nerd Boy joins the Drinking Partners in this enlightening and energetic episode. Early on, Ed speaks on Nerd Boy’s charismatic originality while informing listeners that he is the only rapper who performs in “boat shoes.” With a combination of lyrical intelligence and a dynamic stage presence, Nerd Boy proves why he is a rising star in the rap scene. The podcast moves swiftly; an early discussion on the delicate line between being a performer versus being a minstrel is of particular interest. Toward the interview’s midpoint, the trio muses on the rising importance and acceptance of education in art and culture. While Nerd Boy works on his second album, listeners can check out his first, “Philadelphia Warriors.” Much like their guest, this Drinking Partners podcast is smart and animated.