Rich Kleiman and Gianni Harrell discuss Miami Grand Prix, Kendrick Lamar, and more on the latest episode of Boardroom’s “Out of Office” podcast.
The first-ever Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix is in the books. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took home the title, beating out this season’s emerging rival, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, by mere seconds. The stars came out in drones to capture the inaugural race.
Rich Kleiman and Gianni Harrel, co-hosts of Boardroom’s Out of Office podcast, were in the mix as they discuss in this week’s episode. From parties to the main event, they made the most of their short time in Miami. And for part of it, they even cruised around town like a modern-day version of the Three Amigos with the one only Spike Lee.
“Shout out Spike. It was like three generations of chilling,” Rich recalls.
In its first year, the Miami GP pulled out all the stops. In addition to the race itself, a number of brands launched glistening pop-ups. Major Food Group — the mastermind behind Sadelle, Carbone, and many other NYC staples — launched Carbone by the Beach. The three-night pop-up created a New York gala vibe on the sands of Miami. The pop-up even featured performances by Wyclef Jean, Kygo, and Nas.
Looking back on it, Gianni put it succinctly: “They killed it. They took it to another level from a branding sense …. Elite.”
Also this week, Rich and Gianni have a spirited discussion about Kendrick Lamar’s newest single, which came out in advance of his May 13 drop of Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers. The corresponding video leans on some big names, including Kobe Bryant, Nipsey Hussle, and Kanye West, through deepfake technology. After some extended back and forth, they settle on common ground: Kendrick’s impact on hip-hop is outsized, and he continues to push boundaries of art and lyricism that set a new standard for those around him.
Throughout the remainder of their time in the office, Rich and Gianni address a host of other topics, including their ideal locations for a WNBA expansion team, Rich’s experience at the Robinhood fundraiser, and how media continues to struggle in capturing people’s attention in the long-term amidst the saturation of the 24-hour news cycle.