Non-fungible Tokens, better known as NFTs is the new buzz word these days. NFTs are assets bought with cryptocurrency (particularly Ethereum), and have taken off in the art world. Artists and musicians alike have taken to this new technology in a bid to make more … Continue reading Episode 78: NFTs, SPACs, and GME
The Mighty Rhino isn’t your conventional rapper. A 32-year-old self-described ‘obese’ white rapper, who became a permanent fixture through a monthly Toronto hip hop event called “Hip Hop Karaoke.” Goodbaum is a quirky, eccentric who often wears a fedora and suit combination like a 1920s … Continue reading A man called “Rhino”
Nate Parker is a controversial filmmaker. After “The Birth of a Nation,” allegations of his involvement in a 1999 rape case began to resurface. However, the director acquitted at the trial still bears the stink of the allegations to his name. He did himself no favours … Continue reading Episode 77: American Skin & The Unjust Justice System
If you were around and into music in the 2000s, you’ll remember the phenomenon of Nu-Metal. Essentially, a blend of metal and rap. Bands like Linkin Park, Korn, and System of a Down, and yes even Limp Bizkit helped popularize the go-to genre of the … Continue reading This guy did a metal cover of WAP – and it rocks!
This episode of The Freeze goes over Lil Wayne selling his masters for $100 million, and being sued for $20 million by his ex-manager; Rolling Stone’s article on how rap helped democrats win the election in Georgia, and Brian’s top 10 albums of 2020. Lil … Continue reading Episode 76: The End of 2020
This episode is a return to a solo episode. After some time away, Brian is back from his time in British Columbia and gets into the Megan Thee Stallion album, Good News; his freelance work with Complex Canada, and his take on a new rap group.
Being a freelancer is tough, especially now with COVID-19 but as the saying goes – “it’s the economy, stupid.”
As Brian’s freelance work dries up, he begins asking existential questions like; what is a music journalist’s currency in a youth-driven genre? Is it better to be a writer or a photographer? And what is the line between sex-positive female empowerment and being “slutty?”
All this and more. Brian goes off on tangents, and there’s no one there to stop him. Good News/Bad News – there’s a lot to talk about, some of it not so good. Brian learns why writers often have kill-fees and discovers why he got bumped for another writer for an interview.
The first half of the podcast is an album review on Good News, while the second half is more about freelance work. Ever wondered what being a music journalist is like in 2020? Hint: It’s a lot like the rest of 2020.
We’ve all heard about the infamous “pivot-to-video.” But what about pivoting to photography? On the episode, Brian explores his thoughts on why photographers may have more leverage.
Listen to the podcast and hear what Brian has been up to and why the answer may surprise you.
Marijuana sales in the state of Colorado hit an all time high in 2019 at 1.75 billion. Clearly, weed is big business. So it’s no surprise that enterprising rappers, long-time advocates for bud; saw the on-coming green-rush. Shockingly, there are not more rappers vying to … Continue reading How Rappers Made Money Off Weed
Interested in learning how to make a mixtape? As a former rapper myself, I can detail some tips and tricks on how you can get your D-I-Y project off the ground. First off, perfection is the enemy of good. These days it’s okay to create something … Continue reading How to Make a Mixtape
Rap and porn go together like peanut butter and jelly. Many a rapper considers themselves a p-i-m-p. From Too $hort to Snoop Dogg to Ludacris and even 50 Cent, rappers have long flexed their sexual prowess. In the early 2000s, the combination of these two subcultures … Continue reading Banned from TV: The Top 7 Explicit Rap Music Videos
By Snagg I remember being a teenager living in Jane and Finch during the late 80s. The predominant music of the area was reggae. The dancehall sounds of artists like Supercat, Ninjaman and Shabba Ranks were everywhere. You could hear reggae playing from apartment buildings, … Continue reading How Michie Mee Paved the Way for the Future