Lauren Ashley Smith, head writer on The Rundown with Robin Thede, joins us on this LIVE edition of the show to talk about “Ain’t Nobody” by Rufus & Chaka Khan. We are also joined by one of our favorite musical guests, Mikki Hommel, who not only covers “Ain’t Nobody” beautifully, but she also debuts a brand-new original track and improvises a song based on suggestions from the audience. WOW.
Raised on a healthy diet of gospel and RENT, Lauren is something of a latecomer to the world of popular music, which means that she’s discovered a lot of music thanks to her wife! On the topic of LTRs, one thing Lauren really appreciates about “Ain’t Nobody” is that it’s a song about the middle of a relationship, rather than the beginning or end, and we discuss how rare that tends to be in music and art in general. We hear all about her meet-cute with her wife and we talk about the importance of personal music recommendations over curated or computer-driven playlists. As a tv writer and reality-television lover, we also talk with Lauren about living a life flooded with pop culture, working in television, and why Vanderpump Rules is the best reality series ever.