In part two of this special episode J (@HipHopTaliban) takes a look at HipHop's greatest album, Ice Cube's Death Certificate, on the classic's 25th anniversary. The episode is an audio companion to J's multimedia article at GreatestHipHopAlbum.com. Read More
In part one of this special episode J (@HipHopTaliban) takes a look at HipHop's greatest album, Ice Cube's Death Certificate, on the classic's 25th anniversary. The episode is an audio companion to J's multimedia article at GreatestHipHopAlbum.com. Read More
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