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Hip-hop discussion podcast from an MC, a writer, and a record collector featuring interviews with well-respected figures from rap's past and present. A Stony Island Audio experience.

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Episode 169- The Damn Slam Dunk Contest with guest Bruiser Wolf
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What's a rap line that made you literally laugh out loud? That's our question of the week. We also have a conversation with the hilarious and skilled Detroit rapper Bruiser Wolf. His debut album Dope Game Stupid is one of our favorite releases of the year so far and a major statement from Danny Brown's Bruiser Brigade crew. Please be advised that the sound on the interview is a little shaky, we were dealing with some connectivity issues but feel that the content is worthwhile regardless. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2021
Episode 168- Third Iiye with guest Pink Siifu
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This week we speak with one of the most intriguing and productive artists in contemporary hip-hop, the enigmatic Pink Siifu. Whether rapping, producing, singing, or leading his ripping punk band, Siifu is always making high level, interesting and at times challenging music. Here he joins us to discuss his influences, his post-quarantine plans, and his various projects including the recently dropped Negro Deluxe. At the top of the show the fellas discuss the legacy of the dearly departed Shock G and in the final segment share listener feedback on which rappers have the most range. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2021
Episode 167— Electric Connection with guest RJD2
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This week we have a great conversation with hip-hop producer RJD2. We discuss his influences, his musical journey and his time on influential underground hip-hop label Def Jux. RJ is an extremely nice guy, very easy to talk to, and was generous with his time, even taking a moment to talk about some of the analog synths in his studio. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
Episode 166- Nothing is Gonna Be Normal with guest Vast Aire
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This week we have an amazing interview with Vast Aire, one half of the legendary underground hip-hop duo Cannibal Ox. The 20th anniversary of the Ox's epochal album The Cold Vein is fast approaching. We linked with Vast while he was in the recording studio mixing down new music and he shared insights on The Cold Vein, Def Jux, his rhyme partner the brilliant Vordul Mega, and a lot more. It's a good time, tap in and enjoy. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2021
Episode 165- Old Adult Edition with guests Jeff Chang and Davey D
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We are joined this week by authors, historians and galactic level hip-hop heads Jeff Chang and Dave "Davey D" Cook to discuss their new book Can't Stop Won't Stop (Young Adult Edition): A Hip-Hop History. Nate, Dave and Demone are all huge fans of the original edition of Can't Stop Won't Stop, and consider it to be the best book about hip-hop ever written. Here we chop it up with Jeff and Davey D about the new edition, the state of the culture, and some of the figures covered in the book. We also read some listener tweets about whether or not rap fans have a responsibility to engage with the broader hip-hop culture beyond the music. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
Episode 164- Extra Chill with guests Nappy Nina and JWords
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This week we're shining a light on the best rap records of the year so far. Each of our three co-hosts talk about their favorite few releases now that we're a quarter of the way through 2021. Next up we have an interview with DBRP returning guest MC Nappy Nina ans producer JWords. They just released a very good record called Double Down, and we get the down low on the creation of the project. Beats this week are from friend of the program Small Professor, check out his Bandcamp for more amazing selections. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2021
Episode 163- Respect The Producer with guest Buckwild
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This week we have a great interview with legendary hip-hop producer Buckwild. From the 90's to the present, Buckwild has produced some of the greatest songs in hip-hop history with artists like O.C., Organized Konfusion, Notorious B.I.G., Kool G Rap, Nas, and many others. Buckwild is a laid back guy and not prone to self promotion, but consider this episode the beginning of a campaign to refer to him as a super-producer. In the third segment our hosts hold an extensive conversation on the merits of the new album Haram from rap group Armand Hammer and producer The Alchemist. We offer insights based on our first few listens to this album-of-the-year contender. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
Episode 162- Cloud Nine with guest Nine
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This week we're chatting about new releases including Benny the Butcher's Plugs I Met 2. Then we have a lively conversation with Bronx-born MC Nine. Perhaps best known for his distinctive vocal tone and two albums on Profile in the 90's, Nine has had an extensive and influential career and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Beats this week were submitted by friend of the program LC Rivers. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
Episode 161- We're Buggin' with guests Fatboi Sharif and Roper Williams
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This week we have some thoughts on the recent Grammy awards and then we spoke with one of contemporary rap's illest duos, Fatboi Sharif & Roper Williams. Sharif & Roper released a uniquely macabre record last year called Ghandi Loves Children. They tell us about their history together, their working process, and divulge a bit about their next few projects. The interstitial beats on this week's show are from friend of the program Son Raw, specifically his new beat tape Son Raw vs. The Psychotic Hippies, check that out on Bandcamp. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
Episode 160- Ten Craft Commandments with guest Marlon Craft
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This week we have a lively examination of the recently-released Netflix documentary Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell. The Notorious B.I.G. is one of the all-time great rappers and we had fun talking about his music and legacy. Then we have an interview with NYC-based rapper Marlon Craft. We discuss his independent hustle, his relationship with his fans, and his former life as a basketball prodigy. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021
Episode 159- Bright Stars with guest Daedelus
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This week we have a great interview with composer, producer, beatmaker extraordinaire Daedelus. They share their experiences working with DOOM, Prefuse 73, Myka 9, and more colorful characters from the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music. They also describe a bit about their pandemic experience, teaching at the Berklee School of Music, and tell some stories about the legendary club night Low End Theory. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2021
Episode 158- Clearly Canadian with guests Cadence Weapon and Moka Only
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This week we are discussing Canadian hip-hop with two underground MCs from our neighbor to the north. First up we have an interview with writer, poet, MC and overall creative Cadence Weapon. Cadence has a new single out now called Senna and a new album dropping soon. He discusses his approach to writing, his journalistic efforts, and we parse the so-called "hipster rap" era. Next up we have a conversation with the prolific MC/producer Moka Only. We've been fans of Moka's laid-back, everyman approach to hip-hop since the late 90's. He talks about how he got his start, working with DOOM, and how he keeps producing albums as a veteran in the game. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
Episode 157- Afternoon Focus with guest 2Mex
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Is The Fugees' 1996 album The Score a hip-hop classic? We delve into this question including listener feedback sourced from Twitter on the occasion of The Score's 25th anniversary. Next up we have a revealing interview with veteran MC and Visionaries member 2Mex. We are longtime fans of his music, both solo and as a member of group Of Mexican Descent. Here he discusses the true stories behind some of his songs, label politics, and drops hints about an upcoming project with a superstar MC/producer. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2021
Episode 156- South Bay All Day featuring guests Jihad The Roughneck and The Architect
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We have a doubleheader this week, two interviews with guests who have made music we enjoy and also come from our little corner of the world, the South Bay Area of California. First up we have a chat with Jihad the Roughneck, a renowned underground MC best known for his work in the group Third Sight with DJ D-Styles and producer DuFunk. We are longtime fan of Jihad's bold rhyme schemes and humor-laden writing. Next up we have a conversation with producer The Architect. he was the man behind the boards for the group Homeliss Derelix and has worked extensively with Hieroglyphics and MC Nowaah The Flood. In the final segment we debate whether or not J Dilla is the best hip-hop producer of all time including listener feedback sourced via Twitter. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2021
Episode 155- Hissy Carbonite with guest Murs
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This week we are yet again mourning a member of the hip-hop community, RIP to Double K of People Under the Stairs and condolences to his family and friends. We spend some time up top talking about PUTS and what their music means to us and how it sits in the larger context of underground hip-hop. After that we have a great interview with Murs, one of the most talented and productive MCs in hip-hop history. Murs shares his insights on hustling, race, the music business and much much more. We also discuss the cultural impacts of Murs's larger crew, the groundbreaking entrepreneurial collective Living Legends. DBRP is a proud member of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2021
Episode 154- Brother Word Processor with guest Breeze Brewin
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This week we have some reflections on a great moment in Bay Area hip-hop history, the legendary Saafir vs Casual battle in 1994. This moment has been chronicled in a recent documentary available on youtube, and our host Demone Carter was in the building for one of the inciting events, a live show where the Hobo Junction and Hieroglyphics members initially squared off. After that we have a great interview with Breeze Brewin. The gifted lyricist from The Juggaknots and Prince Paul's Prince Among Thieves album is back with a new album called Hindsight that just dropped. Breeze is one of hip-hop's best storytellers, and here he relays the twisting tale of his own career in compelling fashion. Beats this week were submitted by Freshnerd, a producer from The Netherlands, and we thank him for the contribution. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
Episode 153- Magnificent Day For An Interview with guest Pharoahe Monch
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We have a very special guest this week, quite literally one of the greatest MCs in the world, Pharoahe Monch. From his beginnings in Organized Konfusion to his new rock-oriented project Thirteen, Monch blends peerless technical ability with wild concepts and emotional range. He is truly gifted as a rapper and has made some of our favorite music of all time. The three hosts also discuss the best rap albums not currently available on streaming services, capped by Organized Konfusion's masterpiece Stress: The Extinction Agenda. DBRP is a proud member of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2021
Episode 152- Dropping Science with guest Cut Chemist
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This week the fellas discuss who the best DJ/producers in hip-hop culture are throughout time with feedback from our twitter followers. Then we have a great interview with one of those luminaries, the legendary turntablist, producer, artist, and collector Cut Chemist. Cut shares great stories from his incredible career and tells us about his devotion to collecting "paper," specifically vintage hip-hop flyers and posters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
Episode 151- MF DOOM Memorial with guest Open Mike Eagle
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Rest in peace Daniel Dumile aka MF DOOM the greatest underground rapper who ever lived. This episode is our attempt to celebrate the life, music and legacy of DOOM. We are joined by DOOM fan and collaborator Open Mike Eagle to talk about our favorite tracks, memories and share some observations about what made him such a compelling character. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2021
Episode 150- Latyrx The Song on The Album By The Group
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For our 150th episode and our last show of 2020 we are very pleased to present an interview with a group that means a lot to our three co-hosts, Latyrx. Lateef the Truthspeaker and Lyrics Born made a groundbreaking self-titled album in 1997 that was hugely influential in all of our lives and led us to seek out left field experimental hip-hop. We are joined at the table this week by our friend Cutso who has worked closely with Lyrics Born for the past few years. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2020
Episode 149- Statik Selektah Interview
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This week the fellas interview radio host, DJ, producer, and hip-hop institution Statik Selektah. Statik chopped it up with us about his radio career, his production setup, and his practice of not breaking songs but breaking artists on his Shade45 show Showoff Radio. He is also promoting a new album, The Balancing Act, which has a staggering amount of high profile features. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2020
Episode 148- 2020 DBRP Awards Special with guest R.A.P. Ferreira
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It's the third annual DBRP Awards! A beloved end-of-year tradition where we reach out to some of our favorite artists, writers, and friends of the program for feedback on the year in rap music combine that with the ballots of our editorial board of David, Demone, and Nate, and then "award" great music across a wide variety of categories. We also spend a little bit of time talking about bad graphic design and annoying trends, but mostly this is a celebration of an amazing year for music and not much else. Tune in to hear about our favorite album covers, song titles, featured verses and much more, building up to our Song of the Year, Best Producer Alive, Best Rapper Alive, and of course a hotly contested race for Album of the Year. We so have a quick check-in interview with artist R.A.P. Ferreira about his glorious opus Purple Moonlight Pages, and his forthcoming album and VR experience Bob's Son Cafe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2020
Episode 147- One For All Retrospective with guests Sadat X and Dante Ross
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This week we're exploring Brand Nubian's classic debut album One For All on its 30th anniversary. We spoke with Sadat X, a great MC with a pioneering flow and one of the great rap voices. He recalls being young and hungry when the group recorded this masterpiece and fills us in on what he's up to now, which may surprise you. Next up we speak with Dante Ross, the A&R who guided the signing and recording of the album and has stories for days. Dante was everywhere in NYC back in the day and his tales of nightlife and the old school record business are highly entertaining. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
Episode 146- Just Another Day with guests DJ Day and Vinyl Nation
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This week we are focusing on record collecting, something all three of our hosts engage in to varying degrees. We lead with a chat about our listening outside of hip-hop and the hoopla surrounding year-end lists. Then we speak with DJ, producer, musician, and record collector DJ Day. Day gets very candid about his life, his recording career, and his position as the best DJ in his hometown of Palm Springs, In the middle segment we talk about how the pandemic has affected record stores and our own digging habits. Our second interview is with documentarians Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone, co-directors of the new documentary Vinyl Nation. The film features interviews with friends of the program Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes among others, and was partly filmed at our hometown record shop Needle To The Groove Records in San Jose, California. Beats this week were provided by DJ Day, including a never-heard-before remix. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2020
Episode 145- A Gondelman-esque Compliment Fest with guest Josh Gondelman
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Every year Dad Bod Rap Pod does something slightly different for these holiday episodes. One year we did a radio-style music mix, the next we told stories from our personal lives, and this year we have a positive, fun conversation about some music that we love with a very special guest. Josh Gondelman is a beloved Twitter institution, a gifted stand up comedian, author of the book Nice Try and a writer and executive producer on Desus & Mero. Josh joined us for a conversation about things we love: The song Bubblz by Anti-Pop Consortium, the Music of MF DOOM, rap songs about everyday life, and the Method Man & Redman album Blackout! We sincerely hope that you enjoy this episode and maybe look to revisit some of the music discussed. It has been and will continue to be a rough year for a wide variety of reasons, but we are sincerely thankful for everyone who listens to DBRP, which is part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2020
Episode 144- Lyric Jones Interview
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This week the fellas interview an artist who just released a breakthrough album, Lyric Jones. Her new album Closer Than They Appear was recently released to critical acclaim. Lyric has an interesting backstory, as she is a talented singer, drummer, and classically trained musician who has been making moves in hip-hop for a while. Catching the ear of Little Brother's Phonte Coleman eventually led to this new album's creation. The fellas also discuss some near-classic rap albums, Sesame Street, and proper beard length. Beats this week are by Spectacular Diagnostics and we appreciate the submission. DBRP is brought to you by the Stony Island Audio network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Episode 143- Mystidious Mixtapes with guests Sach and Laurent Fintoni
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Doubleheader episode this week. After the fellas discuss their mental state after the recent election, we interview Sach Illpages of The Nonce about his album World Ultimate and his newer work. He is joined by producer KTD to discuss their new collaborative project. Next up is a discussion on the intersection of instrumental hip-hop production and electronic music with author Laurent Fintoni. Laurent spent over a decade researching various artists, scenes, record labels, and movements and the result is his excellent new book Bedroom Beats & B-sides: Instrumental Hip Hop & Electronic Music at the Turn of the Century. We highly recommend picking up a copy. Dad Bod Rap Pod is a proud member of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
Episode 142- Exotica Level Event with guest Fat Tony
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This week we are joined by MC, storyteller and personality Fat Tony. Tony helps us understand the intricacies of his new concept album Exotica. The album is a unique collection of character based short fiction rap songs, an intriguing listen. The fellas also address election worries, celebrate Demone's first EP with his group Lackadaisical being re-issued on vinyl, and share some initial thoughts on Busta Rhymes' new album Extinction Level Event 2. Beats this week were submitted by Spectacular Diagnostics. DBRP is a proud member of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
Episode 141- Dancing With The Sounds with guests Small Bills
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This week we delve into the legacy of Aceyalone's seminal album All Balls Don't Bounce on its 25th anniversary. After that we have dual interviews with the members of new group Small Bills. Producer The Lasso, whose work you may know from collaborations with Lando Chill, Chris Orrick and Psypiritual, is a multi-instrumentalist with restless creativity who has crafted a new sound for Elucid on this project. Elucid, one of the best MCs in the world right now, has an extensive solo catalog and is a member of groups Armand Hammer, Nostrum Grocers, and now Small Bills. This project finds Elucid exploring new sonic territory displaying the same high level lyricism we've come to expect from him. Small Bills' debut, Don't Play It Straight, will be released on Mello Music Group on Friday October 30th. DBRP is a proud member of the Stony Island Audio podcast network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Episode 140- Highly Illogical with guest Illogic
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We are joined this week by hip-hop writer and columnist for Spin and Bandcamp Max Bell to discuss the major rap releases from last week. The rap universe was blessed with albums from Benny The Butcher, Black Thought, Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, Kenny Segal, among others. We offer initial reactions to these releases and discuss how some of them invite comparison based on subject matter. Next up is an interview with MC/Producer Illogic, who just released his first self-produced project of his long career, Autopilot, Beats this week were submitted by Scarwig. DBRP is a proud member of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
Episode 139- Defying Convention with guest MC Paul Barman
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This week we focus in on the idiosyncratic rap stylings of MC Paul Barman. We've been following Paul's career since his life-changing collaboration with venerable producer Prince Paul in 2000. Paul's intricately written rhymes have consistently improved over the course of many releases and he is one of hip-hop's most unique characters. We were very pleased to speak with Paul and he proved himself to be a wily and active participant in the conversation. So please sit back and enjoy this slightly off-beat interview and some discussion and analysis of Paul's place in hip-hop culture and a bit of talk about some recent live-streamed performances we enjoyed. Beats for this week's show were submitted by Small Professor, who has a collaboration with MCPB dropping soon. Dad Bod Rap Pod is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Episode 138.5- I Can See Alaska From My House
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Surprise mini-episode where DBRP producer and co-host Nate LeBlanc interviews friend of the program Alaska about his past and present as an indie MC and member of groups Atoms Family and Hangar 18. Alaska is the co-host of our fellow indie hip-hop podcast Call Out Culture and has a new album with his partner in that show Zilla Rocca as group Cargo Cults. Their new album Nihilist Millennial features Zilla's beats and Alaska's raps. We close this show with a cut "Rammellzee" from the album, which is available on their crew Wrecking Crew's Bandcamp. Beats from the Atoms Family era by Cryptic One. DBRP is a Stony Island Audio podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
Episode 138- Roc Steady with guests Kathy Iandoli and Sa-Roc
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This week we have two special interviews. First up we have an interview with Kathy Iandoli, author of God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop. Kathy shares insights on hip-hop form her unique perspective as someone who has studied the contributions of women throughout hip-hop history. Next up we have an interview with MC Sa-Roc on her career, her writing process, and her new album The Sharecropper's Daughter. Beats this week were submitted by Sean Kantrowitz, who has a brand new show on the Stony Island Audio network called Can't Knock The Shuffle. Give it a listen everywhere podcasts are heard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
Episode 137- Not A Fairy Tale with guest MF Grimm
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This week the fellas are joined at the virtual table for the first segment by hip-hop writer Abe Beame who published a major piece this week ranking all of the original albums that received coveted 5-mic ratings in The Source magazine. Here's a link to the piece https://www.passionweiss.com/2020/09/29/a-definitive-ranking-of-all-the-original-5-mic-albums-in-the-source/ we have a lively discussion about the hip-hop album canon, and the unrepeatable circumstances of the heyday of hip-hop journalism. In the second segment we interview rapper, author, and label head MF Grimm. It was a distinct pleasure to talk to Grimm about his past as a child actor, his streetwise rap style, his autobiographical graphic novel, and much more. Dad Bod Rap Pod is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Episode 136- MC Eiht Interview
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This week we're very pleased to be joined by Compton's Most Wanted himself, MC Eiht. The legendary gangster rapper told us amazing stories form his long career, touches on his friendship with DJ Premier, and promotes his new album Lessons. In the third segment the guys touch on the recent Sotheby's hip-hop memorabilia auction and discuss new records. DBRP is a proud part of the Stony Island Audio podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
Episode 135- Automated Teller with guest Dan The Automator
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This week's show is built around an interview with super-producer Dan The Automator. We have been longtime fans of his luxurious approach to beatmaking. Before the chat we delve into a few of his projects, with discussion on Deltron 3030, the Lovage instrumentals, and Handsome Boy Modeling School's debut collaboration with Prince Paul and a global cast of characters. Dan gives a lot of insight about his long and varied career, from producing and recording underground hip-hop to producing rock and pop acts with immense commercial success, to scoring films like Booksmart and others. Dad Bod Rap Pod is a production of the Stony Island Podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
Episode 134- Hardcore & Different with guest DJ Shadow
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Very special episode of Dad Bod Rap Pod this week, the first on our new home, Open Mike Eagle's Stony Island Audio which is part of the illustrious Starburns Industries umbrella. We're excited about this new chapter for the show and to celebrate we switched a few things up. We have new artwork by Arthur Banach, a new introduction by the legendary hip-hop announcer Don Newkirk, and we have a great interview with a major artist whose music has been the soundtrack of our lives. We were lucky to speak this week with DJ Shadow, the revolutionary producer who has worked with elite MCs, collaborated with the top DJs in the game, and helped usher in a new wave of appreciation for instrumental hip-hop in the mid-90's with his stellar debut album Endtroducing.... We are huge fans of Shadow's work and this interview is an in-depth look into his mindset in 2020, a look back at some standout moments form past albums, and a showcase for his thoughtful, almost poetic way of answering questions. We're very proud of the interview and hope you enjoy it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2020
Episode 133- Collaboteurs with guests Marcus Moore and Shafiq Husayn
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Welcome to the Dad Bod Rap Pod, where a writer, an MC and a record collector approach the world of hip-hop with respect for creators and an intellectual curiosity. This week our hosts discuss the new Nas album King's Disease in the first segment. Next up is an interview with author Marcus Moore who wrote The Butterfly Effect: Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America which will be released in October. Our third and final segment is an-depth career-spanning interview with producer and multi-instrumentalist Shafiq Husayn. He has worked with everyone from Ice-T to Raw Breed to Erykah Badu to Hiatus Kaiyote. It's a fascinating story, make sure to tune in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
Episode 132- Refutation of Quantization with guests John Morrison and Sterling Toles
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Great show this week, we are joined in the first segment by writer and host of the Serious Rap Shit Podcast, John Morrison. John is a music lover and an excellent writer and we had him on to share some of his recent news on projects we're excited about. After that we have one of the best interviews ever on the show, a deep talk with Detroit's Sterling Toles, producer of Manger on McNichols with Boldy James. Manger is a very unique album with an incredible backstory and Sterling is an inspiring person to talk to. Really just can't recommend listening to this highly enough. Beats this week are by friend of the program Small Professor from his excellent instrumental album A Jawn Supreme Vol. 1 This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2020
Episode 131- The Juice Crew with guests The Next Movement
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Special crossover episode this week! We are joined by Rob & E of the Next Movement Podcast for a discussion about the Juice original motion picture soundtrack, which has its moments but is frankly not nearly as good as we remembered. This is part 1 of a 2-part series, make sure to tune into the second half of the show where we discuss the Boyz-N-The Hood soundtrack on their program. Beats this week were submitted by Keenan Kilgore and we appreciate the addition to the episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
Episode 130- Pictures in the Music with guests Dart Adams and Self Jupiter
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This week the fellas Discuss Raekwon's Only Built for Cuban Linx, one of the greatest records of all time. They also discuss the recent lists from Levels about rappers over 40 years old. Our first interview this week is with journalist and historian Dart Adams about his career and his approach to music writing. Next us we have a great interview with legendary MC Self Jupiter of Freestyle Fellowship about his life, music, and how he stays relevant several decades deep in the game. Beats submitted by LC Rivers, we appreciate the contribution to the show! This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
Episode 129- Odessey and Oracle with guests Oddisee and Morgan Rhodes
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We have two great interviews this week. First up we have a conversation with artist/MC/producer Oddisee, whose new album Odd Cure is one of the most interesting of the Covid era. The album explores the social and personal sides of life under quarantine and includes brief recordings of him calling to check in on his loved ones, a good reminder for all of us to do what we can to stay connected in these unprecedented times. Next up we have a chat with music supervisor and co-host of our favorite podcast Heat Rocks, Morgan Rhodes. Morgan possesses one of the world's most distinct and beautiful voices and her deep love of music and artistry really shine through in this interview. Beats this week were provided by Smyth, we thank him for the contribution. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
Episode 128- Miles In Life with guests Blu & Exile
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This week the fellas are joined at the virtual table by DJ/Producer Weezmatic in the first segment where they discuss the mixtape hustle and how to best support artists during the pandemic. Weezy has a new remix project out called (Re)Visions, look for it on Bandcamp. After that we are joined by MC Blu and Producer Exile who have a great new album out called Miles. This jazz-themed odyssey is really resonating with audiences right now. Blu & Exile are one of hip-hop's most prominent duos and their chemistry is evident not only on the album but in conversation. Warning, the audio in the interview portion is a little rough, but we felt the content was significant to deliver to you all. Interstitial beats this week are by Squires and we thank him for the submission. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2020
Episode 127- To Live and Die with guests The Questions, Felicia Viator, AWOL ONE
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This week we have built an episode around the city of Los Angeles. First up the fellas tell some stories of memorable visits to LA. Then we have an interview with Sean Kantrowitz and DJ Steve 1der of LA-based trivia game The Questions Hip Hop. The Questions began as a live event that has now morphed into a popular live stream that combines interviews with an interactive trivia game. They have had an illustrious guest list on the live stream thus far (including us!) and are making serious moves to grow their brand. Next up we have an interview with author Felicia Viator. Felicia is a former DJ (bay areans may remember her exploits as DJ Neta) who is now a history professor at San Francisco State University. She wrote a book called To Live and Defy In LA: How Gangsta Rap Changed America and she joins us to discuss the text and how the current protests against police brutality have roots in the 1992 LA uprising. In an unprecedented move we have a third interview for you. MC AWOL ONE, who possesses one of hip-hop's iconic voices, joins us to talk about Project Blowed, The Shapeshifters, wordless raps, and his upcoming project with Pigeon John. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
Episode 126- The Odd Squad with guest The Koreatown Oddity
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Great episode this week, the fellas discuss the impacts of shelter-in-place on their relationships to food, talk a bit about newly released music, and just generally catch up. Next up is an interview with The Koreatown Oddity. His new album Little Dominiques Nosebleed is a masterful self-produced concept album about his life to this point. It's unique, richly detailed, and must be heard to be believed. TKO is really engaging and funny in our brief interview, check it out. Beats for this week's show were provided by Small Professor, show him some love on social media or better yet buy something on Bandcamp. DBRP is a member of the Pantheon Podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
Episode 125- Apollo's Creed with guest Apollo Brown
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This week the guys review of Bloo & Spanish Ran's MF Bloo album on the yah/meh/nah scale and then interview producer Apollo Brown. Apollo is a prolific and gifted producer, an engaging interviewee, and most importantly, a person of integrity. The main thing that came across in this interview was that he knows who he is, how he wants to work, and has used those principles to build an impressive careers. He shares stories of working with Skyzoo, Ghostface, Che Noir, and basically every single MC from his hometown of Detroit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2020
Episode 124- Rock Co.Kane Show with guest Jake One
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This week the fellas are joined by music journalist Gary Suarez for a wide-ranging conversation in the first segment. They talk about the recent J. Cole and Noname tracks, music journalism, and Gary's hip-hop newsletter Cabbages, which you should subscribe to: https://cabbages.substack.com/ Next up is an interview with Seattle-based producer Jake One. The incredibly prolific producer has made beats for everyone from Gift of Gab to Rick Ross and many more in between. Easygoing and incredibly talented, Jake discusses record collecting, collaborations, and tells stories about some of the interesting figures he's crossed paths with on his musical journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2020
Episode 123.5- A Conversation with The Dereliks
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Special Monday mini-episode! DBRP host Demone Carter takes the reigns today for an interview with Hen Boogie and Iz of The Dereliks. They have a new song out called Better Place (I'll Fly Away) that you can hear at the end of the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2020
Epsode 123- Tidal Shifts with guests Armand Hammer
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This week we have a rangy interview with billy woods and Elucid, the members of group Armand Hammer, whose new record Shrines is among the year's best. They provide insight into the album's origins, artwork, and their trusted circle of collaborators among many other topics. In the second segment the fellas discuss the best rap records of the year so far, a check-in on the state of the art as we reach the halfway point of this chaotic but increasingly inspiring year. Beats for this week's show were submitted by Controller 7 and we thank him for the contributions. Our theme song is composed by DJ Albert Jenkins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2020
Episode 122 with Guests Nappy Nina and Che Noir
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This week we have two special guest interviews. First up we speak with Nappy Nina, an MC with Oakland roots currently located in Brooklyn, about her life and her excellent new record 30 Bag. Then the fellas do a quick over/under segment on the careers of CL Smooth, Domino from Hiero, and Gucci Mane. Next up is an interview with one of upstate New York's finest, Che Noir. The Buffalo-based MC has worked with past DBRP guest and the Griselda crew, and has an upcoming record produced by Apollo Brown that we are really excited to hear. DBRP is a member of the Pantheon Podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2020
Episode 121- Uprising
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This week Dave, Demone and Nate have a conversation about the state of the world at this crucial and potentially overwhelming moment. Between the pandemic, the global protests, and the police reform movement, there is a lot to consider. The fellas share their perspectives on issues local and national, as these events were unfolding in real time. Please note that this episode was recorded Monday June 1st and a lot has changed since then. They also talk about recent rap releases for a bit in the second segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2020
Episode 120- Penultimate Fighting with guest Tajai
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This week the guys welcome special guest Tajai from Souls of Mischief to the show! We are all huge fans of his work and look up to him as an entrepreneur, MC, and just general extremely smart person. In the second segment we take a closer look at Souls' 1998 album Focus, their first independently-distributed work. The beats for this week's show were submitted by Deuce Ellis and Camoflauge Monk from their new project Camo Ellis, which we highly recommend listening to. DBRP is a member of the Pantheon Podcasts network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2020
Episode 119- Beat Brought Back with guest Nate Patrin
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This week the guys interview author Nate Patrin whose new book Bring That Beat Back is an in-depth look at the history of sampling in hip-hop music and includes examinations of Grandmaster Flash, Dr. Dre, Prince Paul and Madlib. Next up we discuss whether a few southern MCs are over or under rated: Devin the Dude, Trick Daddy and Ludacris, who is back in the public conversation due to his recent IG Live battle with Nelly. We also review lojii's recent album Lo & Behold and rate it on our patented yah/meh/nah scale. Beats for this week's show were provided by Jeremy Ford from his recent project Fresh Beets, Vol. 1. You can find more of his work here: jeremyford.bandcamp.com/ This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2020
Episode 118 with guests DJ Preservation and Eto
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For our 118th episode we are debuting a new segment, our first time tackling an actual album review. Demone, Dave and Nate all listened to Mozzy's new album Beyond Bulletproof and rate it on a highly scientific yah/meh/nah scale. Next up we have an interview with DJ Preservation who has a record called Eastern Medicine, Western Illness dropping in a few weeks with many of today's best working MCs and a sample palette built from digging in his adopted home of Hong Kong. We conclude with an interview with Eto, an MC who has a unique voice, a lethal pen, and a grimy aesthetic who has worked with DJ Muggs (on the modern classic Hell's Roof) and collaborated with legendary MCs across eras. He has a new album called The Beauty Of It out on May 15th! This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2020
Episode 117- Reviewing Paris with guest Animoss
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This week's show is a bit of a grab bag, with three distinct segments. First up our buddy, writer/DJ/producer Son Raw joins us at the virtual table for a discussion on the career of MC/producer/label head/activist Paris, a sometimes forgotten figure who played a big role in several strands of rap's history, particularly in our native Bay Area. Next up we have an interview with producer Animoss, an LA native who has produced for Roc Marciano, Chuck Strangers and more, but most notably for Ka. They released a duo album as The Hermit & The Recluse a while back and he has a placement on Ka's excellent new album Descendants of Cain. After that we have a discussion on Mobb Deep's classic sophomore album The Infamous. Beats this week were provided by Darko the Super and we appreciate his contributions. DBRP is part of the Pantheon Podcast network. Please subscribe, follow, and rate or review the show on your streaming platform of your choice! Hope you're all staying safe and staying inside. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2020
Episode 116- The Takeoff with guests Call Out Culture
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This week we have a special crossover episode with our buddies Alaska, Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro, MCs and hosts of the podcast Call Out Culture. All 6 of us submitted a hip-hop related "hot take" and then everyone had a chance to respond. We call it The Takeoff. It's intended to be a bit punchier than our usual winding discussions. Please click to listen to the rap nerd royal rumble and send us your feedback on the following hot takes: There are only 2 perfect hip-hop albums, Main Source Breaking Atoms and A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders Born Like This is DOOM's Best Album Redman ruined Method Man Nasir is Nas's 2nd best album Jay Electronica is overrated and the new album is mid We all wasted our time listening to back pack rap, the music that has stood up form that era is the music we were all ostensibly against. Beats for this week's show were submitted by Zilla Rocca from his Bandcamp-exclusive recently-released beat tape. Make sure to tune into Part 2 on Call Out Culture's feed for a deeper discussion! Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item AND receive FREE shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type DADBOD at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2020
Episode 115- Living Happy with guest Quelle Chris
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This week our hosts are joined by UK-based journalist Thomas Hobbs for a conversation about 2pac based on his recent "listeners guide" article in the Guardian and then they interview rapper/producer/animator Quelle Chris who has a new album this week called Innocent Country 2 with Chris Keys. Beats for this week's show were submitted by our friend EddouXL, check out his new tape Loops From the MP on Bandcamp! Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item AND receive FREE shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type DADBOD at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2020
Episode 114- Reference Depth with guests Shrapknel
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This week we have a lively show, up top our 3 co-hosts discuss hip-hop's best "comeback" albums, a term with a surprisingly wide range of interpretations. Then we have a great interview with Curly Castro and Prem Rock, who are best known as a duo as Shrapknel. They have a very good new self titled album out on Backwoodz Studios produced by Elucid and Willie Green. Beats on this week's show are provided by Buscrates taken from his new release Eternal RIdin' (Instrumentals.) The third segment is an audio essay form Demone on the impact of Q-Tip and Tribe's first album People's Instinctive Travels. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item AND receive FREE shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type DADBOD at checkout. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 113 with guests J-Live and 38 Spesh
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Leading off the show is a discussion between Demone and Nate on the towering legacy of the great Bill Withers, then thoughts on the recent hip-hop adjacent albums from Childish Gambino and Thundercat. After that we have a conversation with triple threat MC/DJ/Producer J-Live on his career with a focus on his more recent output. Next up is a conversation with MC/Producer 38 Spesh out of Rochester, NY who has released a slew of projects in recent years, including collaborations with Kool G Rap, Planet Asia, Che Noir, and more. Please follow, like, rate, or leave a review for the show if you like what you hear! Stay safe, everybody. This show is part of Patheon Podcasts. Visit our sponsor Adam & Eve for 50% off almost any item AND receive FREE shipping. Just go to adamandeve.com and type DADBOD at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2020
Episode 112 with guests Estee Nack and Spectacular Diagnostics
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This week we have a brief check in with the three hosts via conference call, where we hear about Dave's interview with Conway and The Alchemist for Billboard about their new EP Lulu, and Demone tells us about being interviewed by NPR for a story related to his day job running a food bank. Next up we have an interview with MC Estee Nack, an incredibly productive rapper who releases excellent street rap at a rapid clip. He just released the album IWANNAFXCKJADAFIRE as a physical-only drop and Baladas, a collaboration with producer Superior, to streaming services. After that we have an interview with producer Spectacular Diagnostics, who has a long history in the game that many many be unaware of. His album Raw Unknown (one of our favorite releases of the year so far) features MCs such as billy woods, Quelle Chris and Vic Spencer and he is keeping busy during the shelter-in-place era by releasing beat packs for a dollar on his Bandcamp page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2020
Episode 111 with guests Elaquent and Controller 7
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Welcome back to week 2 of the slightly-reformatted Dad Bod Rap Pod as recorded under "shelter-in-place" conditions so we are not able to meet in person. This week all 3 co-hosts share what their lives have been like lately, what they've been listening to and watching to fill the time, and of course we get a little deep on some new rap releases including R.A.P. Ferreira's Purple Moonlight Pages and Jay Electronica's debut album A Written Testimony. Our featured interview this week is with Canadian beatsmith Elaquent, who recently released an album on Mellow Music Group entitled Forever Is a Pretty Long Time featuring guest verses from DBRP favorites such as Cavalier, Chester Watson, and Oddisee. Please note that the interview was recorded before the Covid-19 pandemic so it has a pretty light tone. All of the beats on this week's episode besides our theme song (produced by DJ Albert Jenkins) are from Elaquent's Baker's Dozen album. Next up we have an interview with friend of the program, producer Controller 7. He has a new album called couch in collaboration with MC Mestizo featuring cuts from DJ D-Styles. It's available on Bandcamp for the time being, and may be released physically in some form in the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2020
Episode 110 with guests Count Bass D and Platurn & Edgewize
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We are back with a double dose of DBRP. Our entire region of the Bay Area in California is under "shelter in place" orders so we do a quick check-in to see how people are passing the time and staying sane in these crazy times. Then we have a great and frankly inspiring interview with Count Bass D, whose debut album came out 25 years ago and his latest album CBD came out last week. The Count discusses his life growing up playing in church bands, tells great stories about collaborating with MFDOOM, and being treated as a "guest" in hip-hop culture. CBD is full of life and ready to assert himself as one of the only members of his generation still making waves in the culture. Next up we have a special in-studio interview with Platurn & Edgewize, a DJ?MC duo with a new EP called Apatheater on Needle To The Groove Entertainment (full disclosure, Dave is a partner in the label). They took hip-hop back to the essence of dope beats and dope rhymes with no frills but a modern sensibility on the new project and we were happy to have them on. As you can imagine, it's very hard to promote a record in the current environment and we are happy to provide artists on our wavelength with the opportunity. All beats on this episode except our theme song were produced by DJ Platurn! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
Episode 109- Building Yourself with guest Slug of Atmosphere
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We are very excited to welcome this week's guest, Slug of Atmosphere. Atmosphere is a beloved indie hip-hop institution, with a wide range of projects and a reputation as one of the best live acts in hip-hop. On this week's show we are joined by their frontman Slug (we interviewed producer Ant on episode DBRP 29) about his life and career, touching a broad range of subjects such as balancing touring with family life, Eyedea's neck muscles, intense fan interactions, and much much more. This is one of our favorite interviews to appear on the show, we sincerely hope that you enjoy it. As always our theme music is supplied by friend of the program DJ Albert Jenkins. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 108- Higher Learning with guest Rhys Langston
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This week we are joined by MC/Producer/Writer/Artist and more Rhys Langston to talk about his new album Language Arts Unit. Rhys executed a new release with a book and some stunning visuals essentially by himself and he is here to tell us how he did it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 107.5- Day Before Doomsday
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Little bonus mini-episode this week since we can’t stop talking about MF DOOM and his album Operation: Doomsday. We are joined by GENG aka King Vision Ultra, who attended and filmed DOOM’s first-ever performance. He tells us that story and a few others from the cypher-era New York underground hip-hop scene. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2020
Episode 107- Operation: Doomsday Retrospective with Crate 808
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This week we bring you a Tim Hardaway caliber crossover, we teamed with the excellent UK-based hip-hop podcast Crate 808 to break down MF DOOM’s Operation: Doomsday. This album holds a special place for all of us as an unimpeachable underground classic. We talk about the songs, the skits, the art, and the samples with Kam, the effusive host of Crate 808. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2020
Episode 106- Fat Tony Interview
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This week we are joined by the multifaceted MC Fat Tony who has a new album out called Wake Up on Carpark Records. Topics discussed include smokiness levels in Mezcal, his experiences with Vice, the NY underground rap scene in the early aughts, comedy, and his need to connect personally with his producers. Tony is one-of-a-kind and we had a lot of fun talking with him. In the second segment we are joined by hip-hop writer Jack Riedy to talk about live shows, Chicago, and various levels of washdedness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2020
Episode 105- Dopest Opus with guest Yesh
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This week we have a bit of a schizophrenic show. In the first segment we have a long conversation about Lil Wayne and on the back half we have a special interview with Yesh aka Yeshua DapoEd who created an indie rap masterpiece in 1996. The Visualz EP is legendary among backpack rap aficionados for its intricate wordplay, brazen song construction, and jazz-inflected beats. It is a personal favorite of Nate and Dave and they were excited to catch up with Yesh and talk about the independent era and what he’s been up to since. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2020
Episode 104- This Is My Life with guest Tree
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This week we have a very special interview. Our guest is MC Tree from Chicago. He does not normally grant interviews or play shows or do any of the promotional tasks one might associate with being a rapper. He simply records and releases his incredible Soul Trap music on his own terms. Tree had a monster year in 2019, releasing three full length records. We get to hear a bit about each of them and news about what’s coming next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2020
Epsiode 103- Phase 2 Tribute with guest Adam Mansbach
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Great interview this week with author Adam Mansbach who provides insight on the life and career of the beyond-legendary hip-hop pioneer Phase 2. Adam has written several novels centered around hip-hop culture and written for and edited influential hip-hop publications but is best known for writing the “childrens’ book for adults” Go The Fuck To Sleep. In the other segments the fellas talk about the fact that rap songs seem to be getting shorter, and share some examples of hot tracks that don’t waste any time as well as some contributions solicited on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2020
Episode 102- Nothing Changes but the Weather with guest Evidence
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This week we are joined by the versatile and productive MC/Producer Evidence. Fresh off tour with Brother Ali (he produced Ali’s most recent album Secrets & Escapes) he talks through his career up to this point. Ev arrived on the scene as a member of Dilated Peoples, and has released a string of solo albums and collaborations since then. His 2018 release Weather Or Not was among his most acclaimed. Stay tuned until the end of the interview when he drops some hints about the direction of his next project. In the first segment Demone, Dave and Nate discuss high fashion. Our theme song “Pyramids” is produced by friend of the program DJ Albert Jenkins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2020
Episode 101- The Microdose with guest Elucid
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Short episode this week. The fellas discuss whether there should be a term for the most creative MCs pushing the genre forward. We workshop calling them The Vanguard. In the second segment we interview Vanguard member, MC/Producer Elucid. He is a creative force, in his solo work and his collaborations he is one of the most creative people in hip-hop and we were very pleased to be able to speak with him. Beats for this week’s episode were supplied by Albert Jenkins and Th’ Mole and we appreciate their contributions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2020
Episode 100- A Tribe Called Quest Tribute with guests Hanif Abdurraqib & Prince Paul
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We are celebrating the milestone of reaching 100 episodes of Dad Bod Rap Pod by focusing our attention on one of the greatest rap groups of all time, A Tribe Called Quest. They are monumentally important to the development of hip-hop music and culture in general but also in our personal lives. First up, we have an in-depth interview with Hanif Abdurraqib, author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest. The book is one of the few books on the the golden age of rap that takes the listener’s perspective into account and spends a lot of time talking about how this brilliant and important music made the author feel. We appreciate the very busy Mr. Abdurraqib for taking the time to speak with us. Next we have not one but two ATCQ trivia games that you can play along with at home! The first is based on 10 questions about facts from Tribe’s career. The second is based on recognizing audio snippets from Tribe sample sources. We are joined for this segment by friends of the program Albert Jenkins and DJ Cutso. Our brand new theme song, “Pyramids” which we are debuting on this episode, is produced by the talented Mr. Jenkins. You’ll be hearing more from him soon! Last but not least we have an interview with legendary producer Prince Paul (returning for his second appearance on DBRP). He was present for the earliest days of Tribe’s career and provides valuable insight on their sound their era and the Native Tongues collective. Thank you all for listening and supporting the show! Here’s to another 100 episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2020
Episode 99- Best Albums of the Decade
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We’ve got 99 episodes but a satisfactory accounting of the decade in rap isn’t one. This week each of our three co-hosts pick their top 5 albums of the decade. Tune in to hear what made the cut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2019
Episode 98- 2019 Dad Bod Awards with guest billy woods
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Very special episode this week, we go long on the year in hip-hop and hand out our 2019 Dad Bod Awards for our favorite releases of the year. After that we are joined by the intriguing MC billy woods, who released two of the best records of the year Hiding Places with producer Kenny Segal and Terror management. woods possesses a ferocious intellect and a reflective demeanor, and is answers are full of insight into his year as a person and an artist. Huge thanks to all of the friends of the program who contributed ballots with their best-of lists. Stay tuned to until the end of the program to hear our thoughts on the best song and album of the year among other categories! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 12, 2019
Episode 97- Are Podcasts the New Magazines?
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It’s a good old fashioned banter episode, the first time in a while we haven’t had a guest. Dave called in sick, so Nate and Demone discuss IRL interactions with hip-hop artists, whether podcasts are filing the void left by the disillusion of many hip-hop magazines, and the fiasco that was the Source Magazine’s Benzino years. Listen now, watch the movie we start writing the script for at some point in the future. Beats for today’s show were provided by Jumbled, you can find more of his work at: jumbled.bandcamp.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2019
Episode 96- 2019 Thanksgiving Special
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Every year we try to do a special episode for Thanksgiving and this year we landed on the theme of stories. We are all storytellers in some regard, and each DBRP co-host picked a song to tell a personal story about. Nate talks about his family through the lens of Action Bronson’s “9-24-11,” Dave reminisces about a particularly fruitful time in his career by discussing Lord Shafiq’s “My Mic Is On Fire,” and Demone recounts a personal and somewhat tragic tale revolving around Aceyalone’s “Book Of Human Language.” We are very grateful for all of our listeners, the community that has formed around the show, and the artists and writers who have joined us as guest. Happy Thanksgiving from the Dad Bod Rap Pod family to yours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2019
Episode 95- Beans Interview
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This week we speak to Beans, one of the most original and unique MC/producers in hip-hop. I never do this but I am actually going to quote his own description of himself since it is so perfect: Accomplished abstract poet. Early architect of electronic-infused beatscapes. Founding ex- member of legendary left-field rap act Anti-Pop Consortium The interview takes a few unexpected turns, and he actually recommends some amazing music you may not be familiar with. Check out his new album and book Ace Balthazar here: store.hellola-hellola.com/product/bean…e-balthazar/ Beats for this week’s episode were generously provided by smallpro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 94- Rappers Are People Too with guest Mavi
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This week we are joined by the intriguing young rapper Mavi, who dropped a very good album called Let The Sun Talk recently and appears on the new Earl Sweatshirt EP Feet of Clay. He’s got a bright future ahead of him, it’s always interesting to talk to someone right when they are at the outset of a promising career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2019
Episode 93- R.A.P. Ferreira Interview
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This week we have an hour-long sit-down in-studio interview with the great MC R.A.P. Ferreira, formerly known as Milo, currently also known as Scalllops Hotel and half of the group Nostrum Grocers. DBRP co-host and producer Nate LeBlanc sat down with the elusive and artful MC to discuss his life and career, his process, and poetry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2019
Episode 92 with guests Psycho Les and Uncommon Nasa
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This week we are joined by two special guests with long histories in the rap game. First up is friend of the program Uncommon Nasa, who has an new album entitled City As School out today. Then we talk to legendary producer Psycho Les of The Beatnuts, who has produced some the freshest beats in the genre’s history and most recently produced a full album for Kool Keith. Beats for this week’s show were submitted by Nick Liao! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2019
Episode 91- Cold Chillin Edition with guest Ben Merlis
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This week we are joined by author Ben Merlis. His new book Goin’ Off, The story of the Juice Crew and Cold Chillin’ Records will be available on November 5th. We are such huge fans of Marley Marl and the Juice Crew, and it was great to discuss their impact on hip-hop with a careful researcher like Ben. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2019
Episode 90- Court Report with guest Shawn Setaro
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This week we discuss the Tekashi 69 case with Shawn Setaro, who has been attending and reporting on the case for Complex.com since the beginning. We also touch on the “stop snitchin” ethos and the ramifications of using rap lyrics and videos to convict people of crimes. It’s more fun than it sounds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2019
Episode 89- Open Mike Night with guest Open Mike Eagle
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This week we are joined by one of the most interesting people in hip-hop culture, the host of Comedy Central’s The New Negroes, unapologetic art rapper Open Mike Eagle. Mike talks to us about his life and career, his mentors at Project Blowed, and we get deep into the intersection of comedy and hip-hop, an often uncomfortable pairing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 88- Homeboy Sandman Interview
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This week the fellas ruminate on Kanye’s album (?) rollout for the supposedly upcoming Jesus Is King and talk about whether or not cancel culture is a real thing. Then we interview Homeboy Sandman, who has a new album called Dusty dropping October 18th. Homeboy Sandman is know as an MC’s MC, a very productive and unique rhymer. We dig into his writing, his career, and Dave gets a new nickname. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2019
Episode 87- Kool Keith Interview
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We are such huge Kool Keith fans. Ultramagnetic MCs changed the game in the golden era, Sex Style is an underground classic, Dr Octagon blew our minds, Dr Dooom and Black Elvis made us laugh and admire the continued lyrical dexterity. He’s one of the best MCs who ever lived, a pioneer in non-rhyming but still dope verses, and just an overall interesting person. This week we talked to him about his singular career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2019
Episode 86- Little Brother Interview
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We have very special guests this week, all the way live from North Carolina, Rapper Big Pooh and Phonte, who are of course collectively known as Little Brother. Their career spans the backpack rap era to the present day, and we talk about all of it. Phonte has hilarious stories about the times when they were being courted by major labels in the 2000s that you won’t want to miss. Beats for this weeks episode were provided by producer Homage CVG from his instrumental album Unfortunately. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2019
Episode 85- Curly Castro Interview
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Nate, Dave, and Demone are joined this week by Philadelphia-based MC Curly Castro. The loquacious rapper shares stories about his childhood in Brooklyn, some funny encounters with rap royalty, and his dream of becoming the world’s greatest hypeman. Stay tuned til the end where we share new music from Castro and his collaborators PremRock, friend of the program Zilla Rocca, and Open Mike Eagle. First up is the track “Nitty at the Drew” by ShrapKnel (Castro and PremRock) followed by “Company Dro” by Grift Company (Castro and Zilla) feat. Open Mike Eagle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2019
Episode 84- Free DBRP with guest Nathaniel Friedman
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This week we are joined by very special guest Nathaniel Friedman of GQ Magazine, Victory Journal, and formerly of revolutionary basketball blog Free Darko. We go deep on Madlib and Freddie Gibbs’ Bandana album, which Nathaniel covered in his brilliant Gibbs profile for GQ. We also talk about the NBA, record collecting, and having your takes, good and bad, memorialized on the internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2019
Episode 83- Mr. Len Interview
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This week we spoke to Mr. Len, a gifted DJ and producer with a long career in hip-hop that started as a member of underground legends Company Flow. We dig deep into Len’s catalog, starting with Funcrusher and moving forward into his solo work with Jean Grae and Breeze Brewin, his emo-rap project Roosevelt Franklin, and then we all giggle talking about his time in the Prince Paul project The Dix. In the first segment we talk about rap lists give our top 50 reasons why we don’t make them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2019
Episode 82- Electric Boogaloo with guest Jazz
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This week we are discussing sequels, especially rap album sequels. What are the best rap album sequels, what makes an album an official sequel, and some of our faves. Then we have a very special interview with Jazz, best known as Roc Marciano’s manager, who oversaw a groundbreaking release strategy for Roc’s sequel album Rosebudd’s Revenge 2. Jazz drops tons of knowledge about Roc’s many releases, how they met, and what a rap manager actually does. Stay tuned til the end for some exciting news about upcoming releases. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2019
Episode 81- Cutso & Big Hongry In-Studio
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Slightly different format this week. Dave and Nate spoke with friends of the program DJ Cutso and Bay Area MC Big Hongry about their forthcoming collaborative project. Cutso is on a hot streak right now, having just released the Rapp Nite project with Lyrics Born. This is you opportunity to get to know Big Hongry, a skilled rapper with a wide variety of interests and life experiences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2019
Episode 80- Donwill Interview
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In the first segment the guys do a brief run-through of some of the new rap releases. The second segment is an interview with rapper, producer, comedy show DJ, podcast host, hip-hop head, and extremely grounded self-aware person Donwill! He’s got a good new album out now called One Word No Space and an illustrious career as a solo artist and with his group Tanya Morgan. Beats for this week’s episode were provided by DJ Mentos from his new album Fresh Air. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2019
Episode 79- Fat Beats Retrospective with guest DJ Eclipse
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The legendary record store Fat Beats, also an extremely important record label and indie distributor with a huge influence on hip-hop culture, recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary. We spend the first segment talking about hip-hop record stores in general, sharing some tweets from listeners, and Nate has a pretty dope story about an afternoon he spent at Fat Beats Amsterdam back in the day. Then we talk to DJ Eclipse, a hip-hop lifer and key figure in the Fat Beats story about his career and memories of the underground hip-hop movement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2019
Episode 78- Characters, Aliases and Personas with guest Thirstin Howl the 3rd
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This week we talk about the role of personas, aliases, and characters in hip-hop. Some of the genre’s greatest figures like Kool Keith, RZA, MF DOOM, and others have released entire projects in character. What does it all mean? We cap it off with a chat with an MC who is quite a character himself, Thirstin Howl the 3rd. Thirst is an MCs MC, a sharp rhyme writer and spitter who also brings a lot of humor into his music. These days he is focusing more of his energy on visual content for his YouTube channel but also has a new album out with the legendary Sadat X. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2019
Episode 77- Savages in the Pursuit of Happiness with guest Frukwan
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This week we have a Gravediggaz focused episode. The guys discuss their classic debut album 6 Feet Deep and interview The Gatekeeper, Frukwan, who was in Stetsasonic and still reps Gravediggaz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2019
Episode 76- Ageing Gracefully in Hip-Hop with guest Jon Sklute
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Special episode this week, we have a sit-down interview with Jon Sklute who details his journey from Bay Area underground  MC and producer to NYC record store owner to re-issue label owner and major label musicologist. He worked hard, stayed true to the game, and took care of his family, a great example for all of us. He’s got great stories, especially about the customers at his former shop, the aptly named Good Records. Interspersed are snippets of music he has produced or had a hand in releasing, including one partial verse from a young teen who would go on to become an underground mainstay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2019
Episode 75- The Ghostface Chronicles Vol. 1 with Guest Dean Van Nguyen
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This week we launch an ongoing series dedicated to Ghostface’s classic albums, with a deep dive on his debut Ironman. The second segment is an interview with author Dean Van Nguyen on his new book Age of Iron: The Art of Ghostface Killah. Dean joined us from his native Ireland for a fascinating conversation on how he approached Ghost’s career for his first book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 74- It Was All a Dream with guest RapZines
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Many people involved in hip-hop culture are collectors. We know many record collectors, people who specialize in photos, memorabilia, toys, etc. This week on the show we interview Brian from RapZines, the world’s foremost collector of hip-hop magazines. He’s got a great story to tell and some obscure knowledge to drop. In the first segment we discuss recent controversies surrounding Genius and other lyric database sites. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2019
Episode 73 with guest Daringer
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This week we reflect on the legacy of the recently departed Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys (RIP) and then interview the extremely dope and productive producer Daringer. Perhaps best known for his work with the Griselda crew, he just released his first instrumental album, part of Fat Beats’ Baker’s Dozen series. Daringer provides insight on his minimal gear setup, his approach to sampling, and how and when he chooses to use drums in the forefront of his beats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2019
Episode 72- 2019 Best Albums Mid Year Check In with guest Vic Spencer
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At the mid-point of the year, we check in on which rap and R&B albums have been the best of the bunch so far. We also interview Vic Spencer, who just released his new album “Things Change I Don’t” direct to fans. Vic has some very insightful things to say about fandom and the fan’s role in shaping an artist’s work, making this episode a must-listen. *DISCLAIMER* The audio on the interview is not the best quality, apologies, but we think the content is worth working through the patchy phone connection. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2019
Episode 71- Soundset Recap with guest Gifted Gab
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We are joined this week by the delightful Gifted Gab, an up-and-coming MC who played the Soundset festival in Minneapolis over Memorial Day weekend along with her partner in rhyme Blimes. She joins us to break down her surging career, her latest release Cause & Effect, and her experience playing Soundset for the first time. The fellas also talk about the NBA finals, and weirdly, deep voice rappers like Pras and RBX. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2019
Episode 70 with guest Ohbliv
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This week we debate whether Busta Rhymes is under, over, or properly rated as an MC. In the second segment we interview Richmond, VA based producer Ohbliv about his gear, methodology, and the lo-fi scene. His new album Give Thanks is now available, beat heads need to give it a listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2019
Episode 69- Last Shall Be First with guests The Last Poets
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This week we are honored to be joined by Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets. Their music combined beats and rhymes well before what we now know as hip-hop existed and they have amazing stories to share about the 60’s, their fellow proto-rap pioneers, and how to use jail time to improve your life. This one is a must-listen for everyone, not just hip-hop heads, to soak up the wisdom of two very special gentlemen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2019
Episode 68- Supersonic Motivating Rhymes with guest JJ Fad
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We talked to MC JB of JJ Fad this week. She’s got awesome stories about the early days of electro rap, Ruthless Records, Dre, Eazy, and surprising takes on the notorious Jerry Heller. JJ Fad are best known for their classic hit “Supersonic” and are still active performing as a group, which is rare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2019
Episode 67- Southernplayalistic Retrospective
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This week we reflect on the legacy of hip-hop filmmaker John Singleton, may he rest in peace. Then we dive deep into Outkast’s debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, which turns 25 this month. We talk about how unique it sounded when it dropped, how the album is constructed, and which tracks stand the test of time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2019
Episode 66- Waterworld Revisited with guest One Be Lo
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In depth interview with One Be Lo (AKA One Man Army) on the origins of Binary Star, his career, and what he is up to now. For a certain section of underground hip-hop fans, his albums Waterworld and the slightly reworked, more commonly available version Masters of the Universe are classic of the form. One Be Lo gets deep on how this came together and who was involved. We also discuss the concept of industry plants in the first segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2019
Episode 65- Illmatic Retrospective with guest Faith Newman
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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Illmatic, Nas’s masterpiece, one of the greatest albums in the history of music, and some might say a perfect album. We break it down track by track and then interview Faith Newman, the legendary music executive who signed Nasty Nas to Columbia Records and oversaw the release. We also talk about Lil Nas X because internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2019
Episode 64- Ambitions of a Writer Vol. 2
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We check in on the state of hip-hop journalism. Of course DBRP co-host David Ma is one of the world’s premier music journalists, filing stories often for Wax Poetics, The Guardian, Okayplayer and many other fine publications. We discuss the work of his peers, including past guests Jeff Weiss, Paul Thompson, and Shawn Setaro. As important as it is to listen to the music, it’s hard to truly understand the culture without the work of these great writers and journalists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2019
Episode 63- Happy Little Hiding Places with guest Kenny Segal
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We’re pleased to be joined this week by LA-based producer Kenny Segal. We are fans of his 2018 instrumental album Happy Little Tress but we were most excited to talk to him about the excellent Hiding Places, a full length collaboration with rapper billy woods. We are huge fans of the project. Kenny tells us about his working methods, as well as some upcoming projects. Tune in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2019
Episode 62- Hard to Earn Retrospective feat. DJ Premier
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Great show this week, we are joined in-studio by our friend Cutso to break down Gang Starr’s beyond-classic album Hard To Earn. Make sure to listen until the end for some reflections on the album from its mastermind DJ Premier himself. Dad Bod co-host David Ma interviewed Primo for an upcoming story and we are lucky to be able to share some of the rough audio from the interview here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2019
Episode 61- Dopest Albums That Never Were
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This week we take a look at some albums that have become legendary on the minds of fans because they were never actually released. Sparked by the announcement this week that there are Mac Miller and Madlib (Maclib) tracks that exist but won’t be released officially, though Madlib will play them in his live sets from time to time. What are your favorite unreleased projects? Which ones are you dying to hear? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2019
Episode 60- The Fat Men with guests Prince Markie Dee and Branden Peters
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Another unexpected but dope set of guests this week… Our fist segment is an interview with Fat Boys member, solo artist, producer, and actor Prince Markie Dee. Mark shares wild stories from the golden age of hip-hop when the Fat Boys were bringing rap to the masses and talks about what he’s up to now. Next up we have a fun trivia segment with Branden Peters, a well-respected journalist who has transitioned into running an extremely successful hip-hop trivia night in Atlanta and beyond. Every beat this week is from friend of the program @weezmatic huge thanks to Aaron for sending us a pack and shout out his crew The Bangerz por vida! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2019
Episode 59- A Talk with Ak with guest Akinyele
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We have a very special guest this week, Akinyele. You may have heard his energetic verse on the classic Main Source track “Live at the BBQ” or his underground anthem “Put It In Your Mouth”. Now hear what he is up to these days and his refreshing, unique take on the De La/Tommy Boy controversy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2019
Episode 58- Skateboard C with guests Controller 7 and Jose Rojo
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The first segment this week is an interview with reclusive producer Controller 7, a unique talent who may be best known for his work with the Anticon collective in the early 200s but has steadily released dark instrumental projects, mixes, and re-mixes for the last two decades on a variety on influential labels and on his own. We are huge fans of his music, and not just because we come from the same hometown. All of the beats heard on today’s show are his productions, so if you like what you hear make sure to visit https://controller7.bandcamp.com/ The second segment is Nate’s attempt at an NPR style audio essay on how skateboarding, music (especially underground hip-hop) and film intersect as well as a brief chat with pro skateboarder Jose Rojo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2019
Episode 57- Grime 101 with guest Son Raw
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We’re taking a slightly different approach this week. We asked writer, producer, and Grime aficionado Son Raw to join us for the full hour to lead us through the development of the hip-hop adjacent UK-based genre. We laughed, we learned, nodded our heads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2019
Episode 56- Funky Drummer with guest J-Zone
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Author, funk drummer, and respected hip-hop figure J-Zone @jzone101 joins us this week to drop knowledge about the rap industry and promote his new Red Bull Music Academy series Give The Drummer Some, where he interviews and plays with legendary drummers. We are really happy with how this one turned out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2019
Episode 55- Zodiac Flow with guests DJ Nu-Mark and Small Pro
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We’ve got a doubleheader today, with two really strong interviews.First up is DJ Nu-Mark, one of the most creative DJs and producers in the game. He talks about his excellent Zodiac Tracks mix series, his work on the Drop the Mic tv show, a recent trip to Taipei to judge a DJ battle, and his new music. Next we have Small Pro, a producer out of Philly who’s making waves with his new release ’86 Witness, a full length collaborative album with the late, great Sean Price. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2019
Episode 54- We Got the Vocab with guest Ras Kass
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This week we are focusing on rappers’ vocabularies. How much does word choice matter? How wordy is too wordy? The jumping-off point is this in-depth chart: pudding.cool/projects/vocabulary/index.html In the second segment we are joined by veteran west coast MC Ras Kass who will be dropping the sequel to his classic debut Soul On Ice soon. Great interview with a thoughtful and extremely talented artist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2019
Episode 53- Tour Stories with guest DJ Q-Bert
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Demone is back from a very unique tour of Vietnam performing in a variety of interesting venues. We also talk briefly to the legendary DJ Q-Bert about his current endeavors and a funny tour story of his own. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2019
Episode 52- Fear Itself with guest Domino
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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Casual’s classic album Fear Itself. We interviewed Domino from Hieroglyphics about the making of the album and select some key tracks to focus on. Dom shares some killer insights into the creative process and Demone shares a wild story that adds even further intrigue to the infamous Hiero/Hobo Junction battle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2019
Episode 51- Griselda Overview
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We’re back with our fist episode of 2019, and we’re focusing on the consistently dope music of Griselda Records out of Buffalo, New York. Their artists Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine and Benny the Butcher are making some of the best rap music in the world right now. We spoke to journalist Riley Wallace, who has covered their careers extensively, about what makes the recent Shady Records signees unique. Please download the episode from the service of your choice to support the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2019
Episode 50- The 2018 Dad Bod Rap Pod Awards
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The Dad Bod crew is wrapping up 2018 in style. Join us for a complete best-of-the year awards show and after-party recounting this amazing year in hip-hop. We polled our listeners, guests, and industry peers on the best music of the year and we announce it all on this week’s show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2018
Episode 49- Billy Woods Interview
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We’ve got a short episode this week, an interview with Billy Woods of @backwoodzstudioz about hip-hop, the record business, and greek food. Thanks to @praktikos for submitting the beats! See you next week with our year-end best-of show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2018
Episode 48- The Thanksgiving Special
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The less said about this one the better, so let us just say that we’re very thankful for all of our listeners, the folks we’ve been lucky enough to interview and everyone who interacted with us or helped spread the word about the podcast. We’re wrapping up our first season and feel very lucky to be able to share this music with you. -Nate, David, and Demone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2018
Episode 47- Best Producers Alive with guest Shawn Setaro
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Before you listen to this week’s episode, make sure to familiarize yourself with this list from Complex, edited by our guest, writer and podcaster Shawn Setaro: https://www.complex.com/music/2018/10/best-hip-hop-producers We get deep into the list, which was a massive undertaking for Shawn and his collaborators. We’d love to hear what you think of the choices that were made, hit us on Twitter @dadbodrappod to debate our takes. Enjoy the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2018
Episode 46- Detroit Rap City with guest Elzhi
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This week we take a look at the music of one of the most interesting hip-hop cities Detroit, Michigan. We interviewed one of the most talented cats to emerge from the city’s vital hip-hop scene, MC extraordinaire Elzhi. He was mad cool, talked about his whole career, including his latest LP Jericho Jackson. We also recommend some cuts from other Detroit artists, though admittedly Demone is a lot more keyed in on the area than Dave or Nate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2018
Episode 45- The DJ Episode with guest Cutso
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We welcome special guest @djcutso back to the show this week. He is not only a phenomenal DJ and producer, but one of our real life homies. Cutso has been on a tear the past few weeks, performing on Sway in the Morning and all over the Bay Area and NYC. We talk about the state of the DJ game and premier an exclusive track off of his upcoming EP with rapper @big-hongry entitled Paper! Cutso also produced all of the beats you hear on the show this week. This was a fun one, check it out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2018
Episode 44- What is Gangster with guest Soren Baker
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What is gangster rap? Is it a sub-genre, its own lane, or something else entirely? Who is the physical embodiment of gangster rap? We talk about all of this and then interview Soren Baker, the man who literally wrote the book on the subject. The History of Gangster Rap is available wherever books are sold right now, cop that. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2018
Episode 43- Q Through Z with guest Zilla Rocca
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This week we discuss the amazing Quincy Jones documentary on Netflix and recommend some Q songs and the rap songs that he inspired. In the second segment we talk to friend of the program Zilla Rocca about his new record Future Former Rapper out soon on POW Recordings, as well as the general state of the rap game and his beloved 76ers. Beats for today’s show were submitted by Charles Edison from the UK, check out his page charlesedison.bandcamp.com for more heat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2018
Episode 42- Legendary Lyricism with guest Percee p
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The word legend is thrown around a lot in hip-hop but what makes someone a true legend in the game? We contemplate this question in the first segment. In the back half we have a special interview with The Rhyme Inspector Percee P. Percee takes us through his life and career, explaining in depth about his, dare we say, legendary battle with Lord Finesse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2018
Episode 41- Beat Suite with guest Blockhead
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It’s all about the beats this week, as we interview the prolific and dope producer Blockhead about his process, his love of hoops, and his upcoming tour! In the back half of the show we recommend some of our favorite instrumental hip-hop gems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2018
Episode 40- Tech on the Dresser with guests Uncommon Nasa, Samurai Banana, and WayStyles
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This week we are nerding out with our fellow podcasters Uncommon Nasa and Samurai Banana of Dope Sh!t Podcast. We appeared on their show earlier this week, in a podcast crossover event of epic proportions. We talk the intersection of hip-hop music with them as well as a second segment featuring an in-studio interview with Seattle’s WayStyles, a DMC champ DJ who also works as a programmer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2018
Episode 39- Cold Like Chicago with guest Chris Crack
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Disclaimer: We are far from expert on Chicago’s thriving hip-hop scene, just admirers from afar. That said, this week we are recommending some great songs by Chicago artists and talking to one of the most creative MCs working there now, Chris Crack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2018
Episode 38- Ambitions of a Writer with guests Paul Thompson and Brian Coleman
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We’re joined by journalist Paul Thompson to talk about the career of the recently departed Mac Miller and his great Pitchfork review of the new Armand Hammer record, Paraffin. The second segment is an interview with Brian Coleman, the author and editor of Rakim Told Me and Check the Technique vols. 1&2, which are indispensable deep dive interviews with the creators of classic hip-hop albums. We appreciate the beat submissions from Son Raw and Books One. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2018
Episode 37- Media Assassins with guests Shaka Shaw and Jeff Weiss
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How many of the top 10 best selling rap albums are actually good? We discuss that with journalist Shaka Shaw live in studio. The second segment is a wide-ranging conversation with journalist Jeff Weiss of Passion of the Weiss, the Washington Post, and soon The LAnd, a new magazine that is emerging from the ashes of the disgraced LA Weekly. We’d like to thank Jumbled for submitting the beats we used in between segments this week. Give him a listen on Soundcloud. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2018
Episode 36- Aretha Tribute with guest Apani B Fly MC
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In the first segment we pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, the dearly departed Aretha Franklin. We spend some time on her life and music and we recommend tracks to help folks understand the connections between her music and some classic hip-hop productions. In the second segment we interview Apani B Fly MC, a standout of the late-90’s, early-2000’s New York underground scene. We are big fans of her music, her voice, her writing, and she makes a few announcements that will be great news for her fans. Beats this week were submitted by Son Raw, a beatmaker and journalist out of Montreal, heard here for the first time. Follow him on Twitter @sonraw for the imminent drop of his new beat tape. We also continue our cross-promotion with the Dope Sh!t Podcast out of New York. It’s been really rewarding to build with all of these like-minded folks. Thanks for listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2018
Episode 35- Happy Birthday Hip-Hop
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On August 11, 1973 DJ Kool Herc invented what we now call hip-hop at his sister’s birthday party at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. in the South Bronx. We talk about that and a bunch of other things on the show this week. Thanks for listening, and special thanks to Jumbled for submitting some dope beats for us to use between segments! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2018
Episode 34- Lyric Fathom with guest Gift Of Gab
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Really fun episode this week, we were honored to talk to Gift of Gab from Blackalicious, one of the best technical MCs in the game. He opens up about his career, especially the early part with the legendary Quannum collective. We are huge fans of his, so we dig into our collections for slept on gems from his storied catalog in the second segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2018
Episode 33- Rapper Producer Appreciation
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No guests this week, just your three hosts DEM ONE, Nate LeBlanc and David Ma discussing dual threat rapper/producers, a surprisingly large category. The second segment focuses on DOOM, our favorite rapper/producer and we drop some slept on gems from his huge and legendary catalogue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2018
Episode 32- Hip-Hop Chess & Martial Arts with Adisa Banjoko
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Special guest this week is Adisa Banjoko, founder of the Hip Hop Chess Federation and one of the curators of the hip-hop exhibit at the Oakland Museum entitled Respect. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2018
Episode 31- Medium Sized Desk
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We are fans of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, so we run through some of the more prominent rap and R&B entries in the series, recommending the best ones to check out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2018
Episode 30- Super Hyphy with guest Traxamillion
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We had Traxamillion, the great producer of the genre-defining beat for Keak da Sneak’s Super Hyphy in-studio this week! We talked to Trax about his life and work, including his long-time friendship with our co-host DEM ONE. We also briefly touch on the World Cup, and give some spoiler-free thoughts on the amazing film Sorry To Bother You. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2018
Episode 29- Melodies & Memories with guest Ant of Atmosphere
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We were lucky enough to talk to Ant from Atmosphere this week. We touched on his origins DJing, his production methods, and his work with various MCs over the years among many other things. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2018
Episode 28- Rap Covers with guest Adrian Quesada of Brownout
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We’re joined by the talented Adrian Quesada of the awesome band Brownout to discuss their new album of Public Enemy covers, Fear of a Brown Planet. We discuss how hard it is to mimic hip-hop production with live instruments, being intimidated by the immensity of the Bomb Squad’s sound, and growing up in hip-hop culture. In the first segment the guys recommend rap covers and talk about Cat Power’s surprisingly large feet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2018
Episode 27- Summer Madness
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Recorded in an undisclosed location in sunny San Jose on a scorcher of a day, this week we ruminate on summer and summer jams and why hip-hop’s major releases tend to drop in the summer time. Of course we talk about music, the GOOD Music album roll-out issues and you have to stick around for Demone’s thoughts on the issues surrounding the new Nas album toward the end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2018
Episode 26- Happy Rap and Heat Rocks with guest Oliver Wang
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Is Happy Rap a thing? We’re honestly not sure but we talk about it in the first segment. The second part is an in-depth interview with writer, professor, pioneering blogger and host of the excellent music podcast Heat Rocks Oliver Wang aka O-Dub. It was great to catch up with Oliver, we particularly enjoyed the stories about when rap reviews had consequences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2018
Episode 25- Stream Our Thoughts
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The second half of our emergency recording session is devoted to discussing Black Thought’s latest EP, Streams of Thought Vol. 1 with producer 9th Wonder. We’re lifelong Roots fans who are into this project, so much so that we wonder aloud if he’s one of the greatest MCs of all time. We close by recommending some newly-available music from Chris Crack, Anderson .Paak, and Kamal Keila. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2018
Episode 24- Whyoming Emergency Pod
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This week we get a little more topical than usual, talking extensively about Kanye West’s new album Ye, Drake vs. Pusha T beef, the brilliant Daytona album, and whether or not “canceling” people exists. We’d love to hear your feedback on this episode in particular. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2018
Episode 23- Iller Than Most with guest Del The Funkee Homosapien
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This week’s episode is centered around an in-depth interview with legendary MC Del The Funkee Homosapien of the Hieroglyphics Crew. One of the longest-tenured and best rappers to ever come out of the Bay Area, Del has achieved massive success with groups like Gorillaz and dropped underground classics like Future Development. We are all huge fans of his album No Need For Alarm, so we spend some time talking about that, along with his new project Gate 13 with producer Amp Live, who we interviewed last week. Give it a listen and let us know what you think. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2018
Episode 22- The Mind of a Producer with guest Amp Live
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We’re joined by prolific producer Amp Live this week. We discuss his life and career with a focus on his new album with Del, Gate 13. He’s a thoughtful and humble cat with some good insight into production methods. The second segment focuses on the seminal Wu-Tang Clan and their legacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2018
Episode 21- Rapper Cults with guests Camp Lo
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This week we discuss contemporary fandom. What’s a fan, what’s a stan, what fan base makes you think twice about the artist themselves? The second segment is a very special interview with Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba of Camp Lo, focusing on their classic album Uptown Saturday Night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2018
Episode 20- Easy Mo Bee Interview
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This week we were lucky enough to talk to legendary producer Easy Mo Bee. He shares amazing stories from his long and illustrious career working with Biggie, 2Pac, Miles Davis, Craig Mack, and more! We’re very proud of this interview and hope you enjoy it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2018
Episode 19- Written by Ghosts with guest Vic Spencer
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How do you feel about ghost writing in hip-hop? It turns out we are somewhat ambivalent at this point, with so many known and rumored instances over the years. The second segment is an interview with one of the best rappers in the game right now, The King of Living, Vic Spencer. Vic discusses his past, his influences, and his creative method. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2018
Episode 18- Rapflix with guest Roxanne Shante
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Really excited to talk to legendary rapper Roxanne Shante this week! We discuss her Netflix biopic Roxanne Roxanne and some of the behind-the-scenes stories. The first segment is about other hip-hop content on Netflix, in particular the recently-released series Rapture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2018
Episode 17- Hip-Hop Health with guest Fatlip
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This week we discuss a topical issue… is hip-hop bad for your health? We have a quick debate on the topic. The second segment is an interview with hip-hop legend Fatlip. He rose to fame with The Pharcyde on the ’90s and has several classic records as a solo artist. Fatlip was nice enough to talk to us while walking back from the store! Great interview, a must-listen for all of his fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2018
Episode 16- New York State of Mind
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This week we’re in a New York state of mind, discussing the current state of NY hip-hop from our admittedly outsider perspective. The second segment focuses on uses of classical music in hip-hop and a discussion of Nas’s recent concert with a symphony at the Kennedy Center. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2018
Episode 15- The New Style / Death To Throwback
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We may be gentlemen of a certain age, but that doesn’t men we only listen to the old-school classics. Today’s show is all about new music. We recommend a bunch fire joints that were all released within the last year. In the second segment we make the case for “throwback rap” terrestrial radio stations to broaden their playlists beyond the obvious hits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2018
Episode 14- Rooftop Like We Bringing 88 Back
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Today we’re digging deep in to the past to talk about one of hip-hop’s greatest years, 1988. That was 30 years ago. Yes, you’re that old. Each host brings a full length LP and a hidden gem to the table. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2018
Episode 13- White Guilt Rap / Rappers We Love To Hate
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This week we explore the odd and probably unnecessary sub-genre of white guilt rap. In the second segment we talk about rappers we love to hate, or more to the point, rappers whose music we don’t like but we have a grudging respect for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2018
Episode 12- Finding Time with Myka 9
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We’re very pleased to present an in-depth conversation with legendary MC Myka 9 of Freestyle Fellowship. As you will hear, Myka is a prolific and gifted MC and vocalist who has deep history in the genre and a bunch of projects dropping soon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2018
Episode 11- Hip Hop at the Movies with Cutso
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Our good friend, DJ and producer extraordinaire Cutso (The Bangerz, Rebel Pop Radio) joins us to talk about some of our favorite rap movies and their soundtracks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2018
Episode 10- Waxing Poetic with Prince Paul
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After a brief moment to mourn the demise of the physical edition of the greatest music magazine in the world, Wax Poetics, we interview legendary hip-hop producer Prince Paul! Paul is promoting he latest album The Redux, an unprecedented remix of his previous album Politics of the Business. Listen to our funny and engaging interview with a true master of the craft. *Please be advised the sound quality is a little rough, we were still figuring things out on the audio end of things. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2018
Episode 9- Black Star and Hidden Gems
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This week we take a deep dive on the classic Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star album, which is approaching its 20th anniversary. In the second segment each host shines the spotlight on a hidden gem from the underground rap era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2018
Episode 8- Honor the Moniker & Twitter Fingers with guest Zilla Rocca
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We debate the best and worst rap names of all time. Spoiler alert: Mos Def was unanimously chosen as the best handle of all time and he doesn’t even use it any more! Then we discuss rap twitter with our special guest, Philly’s own Zilla Rocca, a great Twitter follow, MC (Career Crooks), and rap writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2018
Episode 7- Scum Bag Rap & 1998
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This week we delve into the moral quandary posed by rappers who are accused of heinous acts. Can you still enjoy their music? The short answer is, it depends. We also take a look back at the year in rap 1998, 20 years ago. We look past the shiny suits to remember the best of an interesting year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2018
Episode 6: Scratching Our Listicles (Misc. Lists of 2017)
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Rounding out our best-of-2017 series with some random lists. Nate discloses the best hip-hop record stores, Dave recounts some of the best yet-to-be published articles he’s working on, and Demone gets into his top 3 albums he’s surprised he didn’t like. It’s a journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2018
Episode 5- Wack Year/Dope Songs (Songs of the Year)
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We’re discussing the best songs of the year according to each of our three hosts. After some debate we end up with 9 songs that are pretty representative of the very difficult year of 2017. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2018
Episode 4- 2017 The Year to Live Dangerously (Albums of the Year)
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We wrap up the horrible year that was 2017 by discussing our Albums of the Year. We try but fail to keep it confined to hip-hop records. We each list 3 faves from the year, giving you a total of at least 9 full length records to explore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2018
Episode 3- Who Gives a F#ck About a Cot Damn Grammy?!
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Welcome to the Dad Bod Rap Pod. Hosts Demone Carter, David Ma, and Nate LeBlanc kick off our rap discussion podcast by making some hilariously inaccurate Grammy predictions and delving into whether Grammys matter in contemporary hip-hop culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2018