Episode 6: Storytime

Tyler and I discuss concept albums and storytelling within the genre of hiphop. A shorter episode this week. Did something a little different with this mix. 🙂

Episode 5: Fashionably Late

Hiphop Male Fashion 7This week’s episode we discuss Hiphop Fashion and how far it’s come. From the street style of 70s to the baggy jeans of the 90s to Kanye West’s fashion line. And We talk about the recent hiphop documentary Fresh Dressed. Apologies for the delay but we took part of a photoshoot to promote this event. Be sure to check out the gallery.

Episode 4: The State of Music

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Apologies for the delay. This week’s episode we talk about the different platforms that we use to consume music in today’s digital age. From Spotify to Songza to Last.Fm and Tune.In to even youtube we discuss how the way people listen to music is changing. We also have a new segment called Wacky Weird Hiphop Moments.

Music Played on the show is by Kevin MacLeod

Track list (in order)
1. Universal
2.The Show Must Go On
3. Pyro Flow
4. Naraina (2x)
5. Pyro Flow
6. Slow Burn
7. Niles Blues
8. Universal
Intro Music done by Steve Harmony

Behind-the-Scenes- Episode Two

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The idea of this episode occurred to me after listening to Mac Miller’s latest project,GO: OD AM. After being really impressed with Mac’s journey in music and the introspectiveness of his last record – I was let down.  Mac Miller has always had a druggy sound, even back on KIDS but back then he was just a teenage dirtbag stoner. Mac Miller has been very public about his drug use. When he talked about it on Movies with the Sound Off, it sounded like he matured and actually gave a shit about the damage done to him for years of hard drug use. Then he came out with his current album and it seemed liked he made a complete u-turn; coming out with a record that was celebrating excess consumption and materialism that just came off as vacuous.

And then it happened; as I was streaming an album on Spotify, I was struck by an ad for Canadian rapper K-OS’ new album, featuring a single with a video where he is rapping on a slow distorted beat, holding a styrofoam cup in hand amidst scantily clad women during a carnival.

I have my own thoughts on the video itself but the video struck a chord with me; because it like the album; once again highlighted how druggy and spaced out modern rap music has become. Not the rappers in particular but a lot of the production at least, I feel. I get that a lot of this emanates from the success of trap music – which originated in the American south.  And this to me ties in with popularization of lean.

While the American south may not have the same stature that it once did in hiphop in the early 2000s, it’s influence is certainly still there. Even west-coast artist Kendrick Lamar, uses these spacey sounds in his production despite not being druggy at all. So the question remains, can you be a contemporary rap artist and not talk about doing drugs and still be popular?

Was K-OS’ video a parody? Or was he conceding that this is what hiphop is now? I’ve linked the video below. Tell me your thoughts.

~One

 

On “Lean”

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On this episode, we discuss Sizzurp, more commonly known in the world of hiphop as “lean” or purple drank. A mixture of promethazine, codeine, and soft drinks with hard fruit candies added for additional flavor. We talk about lasting influence lean and drug culture has had on the sound of hiphop and how it has potentially helped create the sub-genre of cloud rap.

Podcast Episode One: Compton Album Review + What’s Beef

Our first episode. This episode focuses on an in-depth track by track review by us as we discuss how Dr. Dre’s  last album gets to the meaning of Dr.Dre’s place in hiphop. Near the end of the show, we also discuss recent hiphop beefs that have permeated popular culture.