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.



Behind-the-scenes of episode 1

Picture of the The Freeze co-hosts; Brian Capitao and  Tyler Mclaurin

Expect the unexpected. Our first episode was chaotic. First, Tyler nearly canceled on me as he was tired from working his part-time job. Luckily, he offered to host the first episode at his house. I had never been there before.

It was quite the trek. TTC travel is always capricious. When I got there I had no idea what to expect but I’m grateful that Tyler graciously welcomed me into his home. Off to the bedroom we went.

We had to use Tyler’s room where we could isolate most of the noises and hookup the mics. First issue, the mics weren’t picking up sound. Then mics were too loud; finally we got the goldilocks performance and did the show and everything was fine. That is, until my commute home.

We wrapped up at 12:30 and off to the Subway I went, except that the Subway closed at 12:15 that day and I had to take a shuttlebus from Finch to Eglinton station. Then I had to wait a whole hour before the blue night bus finally showed up; from there I was literally going from end of the city to the other. I get off the bus to go north.

Did I mention that I live in a bad neighborhood?! Like scary, bad. Here I am at 2 in the morning with a microphone in my hands; thinking about walking it. I walk up and think this is about to be a reimagining of The Warriors, despite only being a few blocks away at this point. Then the blue night appeared as I was walking toward the next  stop and with a mad dash, off I went. I clambered onto the bus and sat down. Almost there.

When I finally arrived at my doorstep – it was 3 am.