It's Spring Again...
The days are getting longer, the weather is getting better, somebody got indicted. “Everything’s coming up Milhouse!” Let’s get into it.
Oh yeah, play this at full volume while you read this newsletter. RIP Biz.
What We’re Up To
In this episode, we revisited a theme that we explored in episode 43, "New R&B For Old Heads," but this time, we shifted our focus to hip hop.
For almost two decades, people have been claiming that hip hop is dead, but like with R&B, we don't agree. In fact, we think there are a lot of new artists who are pushing the genre forward and keeping it fresh. So, in this episode, we talked about some of our favorite current hip hop artists who are making waves in the industry.
We also discussed how some of the current styles in hip hop can be traced back to a single rapper.
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What We’re Watching
Luther: The Fallen Sun
When DJ Benhameen tweeted this, there’s no way that we could have prepared ourselves for the craziness of this movie. We just thought it was gonna be similar to the series, because yes, that’s already pretty crazy. We finally got around to watching this over the weekend, and we were not ready for this. His hair is still messed up, and the outrageousness of the tv series has been turned up to 11 in the movie. They’ve turned this guy into Batman.
He’s a great detective, but a terrible person. 😂
Have you watched Luther: The Fallen Sun yet? Hit us up on the bird and let us know what you thought of it!
What We’re Reading
Mary Can! by Mary J. Blige
We haven’t read this one because we don’t have children, but for those of you who do, here’s a way to pass down the artists that you love. We always talk about how we’re losing recipes. Why not try bridge the gap to the lil’s by introducing them to Mary J. Blige in a way that works for them? You might not wanna start a 4 year old off with “Not Got’ Cry,” but this could work. Here’s Mary talking about the book last week on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The US Department of Justice thinks Fugees rapper Pras is an agent for the Chinese government. No, for real.
The end of yesterday’s NCAA Women’s Basketball championship game has social media and talking head sports shows on fire today. This Andscape article from this morning provides some more context.
Snoop Dogg will do almost anything.
What We’re Listening To
The Great Escape - Larry June & The Alchemist
Listening to Larry June just makes you want to lie down and rest, but in a good way. He has a slow, calming flow that just makes you want to relax. It’s kinda refreshing to hear a rapper talking about drinking cold pressed juices, green tea and doing yoga as well as talking about his cars and watches. This album was produced by The Alchemist, who has been on quite the resurgence over the past few years, doing albums with Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano, Curren$y and Boldy James. Check out the video for “89 Earthquake” below.
You Down Wit’ O.P.P? (Other Peoples’ Podcasts)
Last week, we had the pleasure of recording an episode with B. Cox, from one of our favorite podcasts, The Vault: Classic Music Reviews, and it was an awesome time! We had another #HipHop50 themed discussion where we talked about some classic albums, what makes an album "classic," and what some of the best years of the past 50 years of hip hop music were. We closed out the episode with another round of "This or That."
We can't wait for you to hear it, so make sure to follow us on your preferred podcast platform so you don’t miss this exciting conversation.
If you’re not familiar with B. Cox, or the show, here’s a quick intro:
The Vault: Classic Music Reviews Podcast is a show hosted by 'Xennial' music fans that grew up during hip-hop's golden era of 1990s and the boom of the early 2000s. We review classic hip-hop, R&B and reggae albums 20, 25 and 30 years after their release to give our reflections and to see if they still stand the test of time. It's a personal perspective on classics from a fresh point of view.
Make sure to check it out at vaultclassicpod.com. We highly recommend it if you’re into music and love in depth conversations like we do.
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See y’all next month around this time. Dueces.