In this episode, the Black Cloud (@AndreCole) gets the last laugh as J (@HipHopTaliban) takes his Jay-Z L like a man as Professor Belk (@abjrphd) joins in to break down Shawn Carter's brilliant piece of HipHop art, 4:44, track by track. Also: 360 record deals, the lost art of sampling, the end of ATCQ?
When comedian Bill Maher brought in a Black panel to slap his wrists over a joke in which he called himself a “house ni--a,” HipHop heads took note as lifelong ni--a (the word) advocate, ni--a (the word) promoter, and serial ni--a (the word) abuser Ice Cube decided to be HipHop’s ambassador in the spectacle, despite the fact that it is a word he has singlehandedly done more to promote and popularize among white people than anybody.
In this episode, JC (@HipHopTaliban), East Coast Dre (@AndreCole), and the Professor (@abjrphd) tackle the controversy, the history, the pain, the hypocrisy, and the complexities of the most the most explosive word in the English language and HipHop’s most common … and we do jump all over white privilege. So sorry cool non-Black people, no “ni--a passes” will be issued!
We also examine clever uses of the word in HipHop; Pay tribute to Prodigy; Whether Jay-Z will actually evolve as an artist; and how grown HipHop heads deal with the trolls!
What was initially intended to be just a quick, fairly typical mix in honor of Malik Taylor, aka Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest evolved into "I am Phife: His Words + His Rhymes," a 2-hour tribute to the 5-foot Assassin that includes all of (and only) Phife's verses from the 3 classic ATCQ albums, along with interview clips and the genre-spanning music used to create the Quest soundscape HipHop heads fell in love with more than 25 years ago! — Provided exclusively to the Get Off My Lawn Podcast from DJ Boolix (@DJBoolix)
As the college basketball world gears up for the Final four, the Get Off My Lawn Podcast is preparing for its own March madness with the first ever Battalog — The Battle of HipHop Catalogs! In this episode J (@HipHopTaliban) and Professor Belk (@abjrphd) engage in a little HipHop bracketology as they set the seeds for the first Battalog! We also pay respect to Big Poppa, discuss the perils of sampling, sample some Hamburger Helper heat, and find out what happens when the professor catches you on the phone.
00:03:33 — Remembering B.I.G. and record industry shadiness
00:17:45 — Hamburger Helper heat
00:37:33 — Battalog Bracketology
In this episode J (@HipHopTaliban) and Andre “East Coast Dre” Cole (@Andre Cole) discuss their differing opinions on the 2016 releases from A Tribe Called Quest, Common, and De la Soul; Yasiin Bey’s middle finger to the City of Angels; the discography battle royale; and some fu-k him thoughts going out to America’s new president.
Check the Al Dunbar page for throwback audio to a classic Mos Def show.
In this episode J (@HipHopTaliban) and East Coast Dre (@Andre Cole) tackle HipHop's growing generational divide, with a focus on the recent beef between legendary HipHop producer Pete Rock and new school rappers Young Dolph and Lil Yachty, and how the revelation of boxer and serial abuser Floyd "Money" Mayweather's illiteracy is both a reflection of and a cautionary tale against what's happening in HipHop.
Plus we deal with alpacas, Obamas, extra credit, The Magnificent 7, Tarantino, Digable Planets, and surprises and disappointments from the BET HipHop Awards.Read More
Just how many things can three old angry HipHop heads hate on in one podcast? In this episode Andre Cole (@andrecole) and Dr. Adolphus Belk Jr. (@abjrphd) join J (@HipHopTaliban) to look at 1994 and wrap up their investigation of when HipHop went off the rails. And along the way we get a laundry list of things the fellas hate, including, but not limited to, instructional dance, Juvenile, Bill O'Reilly, Regulators, Slavery, the death of Freddie Gray and much, much more.Read More
In this episode J (@HipHopTaliban) gives his thoughts on Kanye's latest album; rappers rappin like robots; tracking down Pete Rock & CL Smooth; the romanticization of the Golden Era by old heads; the peddling of poison 40oz at a time; and a tribute to a funk legend!Read More
In this episode J (@HipHopTaliban) and East Coast Dre (@AndreCole) tackle an array of HipHop topics, including why so many MCs are averse to paying taxes, a new You Big Dummy candidate emerges from the winter spat between Neil Degrasse Tyson and B.o.b., Water in Watts, and we introduce Oldtron, Defender of the HipHop Universe.Read More
In this episode J (@HipHopTaliban) and East Coast Dre (@AndreCole) pay tribute to Malik Taylor, aka Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, with the first ever Phifeography — an examination of every verse ever spit by the the 5-Foot Assassin on ATCQ’s 3 classic albums. We also discover one of East Coast Dre’s dirty little HipHop secrets!Read More
Can HipHop shape political consciousness and social awareness? The studies say no, but my old Africa medallions say yes. Even if we accept that HipHop has that power, it damn sure doesn't seem as though it's being exerted today. Andre Cole (@andrecole) and Dr. Adolphus Belk (@abjrphd) join J (@HipHopTaliban) to take a look at the (alleged) power of HipHop to raise a generation of rebels.Read More
On the heels of his arrest in South Africa for overstaying his visa and trying to pass a "World Passport," and his announcement that he is retiring from the music biz, we wonder aloud if Mos Def/Yasiin Bey is the Matt Cassel of HipHop — a guy whose career had some brilliant early moments that he could never manage to live back up to.
Plus, the OG iPod makes its return, serving up 5 randomly selected songs for J (@HipHopTaliban), East Coast Dre (@AndeCole) and MJ (@MJXM) to review. And we get schooled on snowblowers, refrigerators, sewer taxes, and the wacky world of New Jersey homeownership.Read More
In part 2 of our multi-part investigation into what went SO wrong with HipHop, when it happened and who was responsible, Andre Cole (@andrecole) and Dr. Adolphus Belk (@abjrphd) join J (@HipHopTaliban) to take a look at 1993, the critical year HipHop began to take a definite turn (for the worst, depending on your perspective). And along the way we also take on Fatherhood and Fat Gooses ... ooh ooooooh!Read More
The best laid schemes of Podcasters and men often go awry. And that has been the case over the past few months. In this episode J (@HipHopTaliban) explains the reason for the unexpected GOML hiatus and lays out the plan for 2016. We take a look at the Biggie Blockbuster Mash-up and send a tribute out to a fallen HipHop friend.Read More
In this episode East Coast Dre (@AndreCole) and MJ (@matthewjxmalady) aka Thurgood join J (@HipHopTaliban) to discuss whether HipHop is still palatable to the middle-aged members of Generation X. Based on the eight volumes of smooth jazz remixes issued by Hidden Beach Records, the answer may be "No." Forget the Whip It Nae Nae, the most impressive dance move is the Moonwalk Mos Def performed as he retracted the rap battle challenge he issued to the entire HipHop universe. We also acknowledge the enduring popularity of lemonade.Read More
History is written by the winners. Apparently biopics are written by the billionaire — as the NWA movie, Straight Outta Compton, produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, minimizes and marginalizes the contributions MC Ren made to the seminal rap group.
Despite having writing or co-writing credits on 32 of 43 songs on the most significant NWA/NWA-related albums, the movie treats the Villain in Black like a central casting extra who just happened to be along for the ride ... and free Raiders' gear.Read More
This episode represents the first in a multi-part series exploring the question, "When did HipHop go from a predominantly creative outlet for artistic and cultural expression to a commercial tool wielded by jackasses for the glorification of ignorance, pathology, and conspicuous consumption?"
Using, the Billboard Rap charts as a guide, J (@HipHopTaliban), East Coast Dre (@AndreCole), and Professor Adolphus Belk Jr. (@abjrphd), examine HipHop music, month-by-month, year-by-year, from the Golden Era to the Trap — Along the way, identifying a list of suspects to later be charged with the high crime of attempting to kill HipHop!
Listeners can follow along with the discussion by downloading a pdf document containing 26 years of rap music charts HERE.
We also say a fond farewell to West Coast Dre and pay respects to Sean Price.
- 26:32 — 1989 - 1990
- 43:15 — 1991
- 51:18 — 1992
- 01:09:32 — RIP Sean Price
In this episode J and Dre check out some current selections from some apparently popular rappers, and try to determine whether Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Gunplay, and Future are even speaking English!— Considering the content, most of the lyrics are probably best left undecipherable.
Also featured are reviews of selections from Rawkus stalwarts Company Flow, Daz Dillenger and Kurupt Young Gotti, Demigodz, The GZA & DJ Muggs, and some unexpected fire from Fresh "Will Smith" Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff. And this episode's You Big Dummy candidate is perhaps one of the most blasphemous rap songs ever made.
- English? — 17:50
- Company Flow — 47:49
- Tha Dogg Pound — 56:23
- DJ Muggs & GZA — 1:08:04
- Demigodz — 1:13:18
- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince — 1:19:36
- You Big Dummy (King Los) — 1:31:24