I am so happy that there seems to finally be a discussion in hip hop about the "state of hip hop". I used to get angry and all pissed off when my favorite rapper didn't get a chance on Hot 97 or MTV, but these days it just doesn't matter...kind of.
During this digital age I can find artist, and I stress ARTIST, online and on social media. My new thing is listening to podcasts that are curated with hip hop in mind. Currently, my favorite podcasts are:
The Combat Jack Show
We have been a fan of Mr. Reggie Osse for quite some time now. He had a DOPE blog called Daily Mathematics and I miss really his work, but the podcast is a great replacement. Seriously, if you love Hip Hop you have to check some of these classic interviews. Shouts to Premium Pete, Dallas Penn, Ben Hameen, Matt Raz, and everyone else that has been a part of the show from the beginning to now.
A member of the Loud Speaker Network, they sit down and have discussions with non traditional artists (my opinion). I enjoy their banter and they have interesting guests...some of which I have never heard of. Thank you Jeff Weiss & MC Nocando for introducing me to hip hop artists that I probably would never hear of.
The NY Hip Hop Report
This is my new favorite podcast and not a week has gone without me listening. Manny Faces and his Co-Host Steve Ortiz..."from the Bronx where the people are fresh" have similar sensibilities to me. Manny Faces has petitioned the FCC to take Hot 97 off of the air, AMAZING.
Featuring Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg these guys are funny.
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