You never thought that Hip Hop would take it this far...
And if you don't know, now you know.
What We’re Up To
Hey y’all, welcome back! Hopefully, your summer has been a good one so far. We just dropped an episode the other day about one of the greatest girls groups of all time, SWV. If you haven’t heard it yet, go ahead and press play right down there.👇🏾
For our next release, we’ll be dropping part one of our two episodes about the first 50 years of Hip Hop on August 11th, so make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts so you don’t miss it!
What We’re Watching
I stumbled across this Dutch documentary while doing some prepping for our next episode. It was filmed in 1986, and includes interviews with the biggest names in hip hop at the time, Run-D.M.C., Grandmaster Flash, Doug E. Fresh and more. My favorite part of this is a 17 year old LL Cool J at his grandmother’s house, then taking the interviewer on a stroll through his neighborhood. Check it out!
What We’re Reading
Straight from the Black Twitter news desk, Philip Lewis brings us Black America Has Always Seen Juvenile.
A CNN article about how Soul Train gave Black people an opportunity to see and celebrate themselves in a way that hadn’t been available before.
Tressie McMillan Cottom writes about 50 years of hip hop and how it has been an important part of American culture.
What We’re Listening To
Tony Touch Presents: The Def Tape by Tony Touch
This is the official soundtrack to Mixtape: The Movie that just dropped on Paramount+ today. We’re gonna drop a review to the movie in the next newsletter, but in the meantime, go ahead and give this a listen. Mixed by renowned DJ Tony Touch, this album has artists like Redman, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Jadakiss and more dropping bars over classic Def Jam tracks like EPMD’s “Rampage” and “Paul Revere” by Beastie Boys.
This is worth it just to hear Slick Rick rapping over Masta Ace’s “Born To Roll” instrumental.
You Down Wit’ O.P.P. (Other People’s Podcasts)
The Bridge: 50 Years of Hip Hop by Nas & Miss Info
We typically don’t like to have pods with corporate backing in this space, we like to keep it indie around here as much as we can, but sometimes we make exceptions, and in this case, it’s because there are a lot of great stories that were told over the 35 episodes that this ran last year. Nas & Miss Info get into some really good discussions with a lot of hip hop A-listers who are telling their own stories from their perspective.
Join Nas and Minya "Miss Info" Oh, for The Bridge - candid conversations with legendary figures who developed the culture and the new generation of voices carrying hip-hop forward. We celebrate hip-hop now, and through its 50th anniversary in 2023. It was written, now it's heard.
Listen here: The Bridge: 50 Years of Hip Hop
Random Internet Shenanigans
To promote his latest single, Offset decided to remake this unhinged classic James Brown interview.
He nailed it.
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