#161 – Ego Death by The Internet

I can’t bring myself to actually watch the confirmation hearings that have been going on this week.  The pageantry of it all is ridiculous, with both sides pretending they aren’t just going through the motions in the process of a foregone conclusion.  There does seem to be, however, a pretty good drinking game to beContinue reading “#161 – Ego Death by The Internet”

#151 – Suga by Megan Thee Stallion

It’s rare these days when I feel like it was worth watching Saturday Night Live.  There was a time where my family Tivo’ed it on a regular basis, but that was long ago, indeed.  These days, it takes a news story about how great a certain sketch was or an outstanding musical performance, as wasContinue reading “#151 – Suga by Megan Thee Stallion”

#147 – The Wack Album by The Lonely Island

I loved the first two Lonely Island albums, so it’s a little weird that it took me this long to listen to their 2013 offering, but today was a good day for it.  It’s hard to forget the cacophony of calamity that is consuming the world, and especially the United States.  The pressures of pandemicContinue reading “#147 – The Wack Album by The Lonely Island”

#145 – The Predator by Ice Cube

I worked on an episode of a talk show today that featured a Zoom call with Ice Cube.  He was there to talk about the election, plus a project he’s been working on called the “Contract With Black America.”  It’s a compilation of demands/suggestions for how America can reckon with its history of mistreatment ofContinue reading “#145 – The Predator by Ice Cube”

#141 – Madvillainy by Madvillain

Since I’ve repeatedly stated my affinity for interesting collaborations, I won’t yet again belabor that point.  Madvillainy, suggested to me by my most prolific album-recommending friend, is the 2004 offering from Madlib and MF DOOM, reminded me that my selections have become homogenous recently.  The recommendations that I get have not only provided interesting listeningContinue reading “#141 – Madvillainy by Madvillain”

#113 – Give The Drummer Some by Travis Barker

This album was recommended by a friend a few days ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.  It’s essentially a compilation album with all the beats by Travis Barker and each song features the lyrical styling of some of the biggest names in hip hop.  I have always enjoyed these types of projects,Continue reading “#113 – Give The Drummer Some by Travis Barker”

#108 – King’s Disease by Nas

Today is the first day I’ve ever written my post while the sun is still up.  I’m not sure if its completely meaningless or an important breakthrough, but it seemed worth mentioning.  I haven’t listened to a Nas album since 2001’s Stillmatic, so when a coworker mentioned his new album having come out today, itContinue reading “#108 – King’s Disease by Nas”

#71 – Anything But Words by Banks & Steelz

I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love supergroups.  This is a really interesting one.  Banks & Steelz features Interpol’s Paul Banks and the RZA of Wu Tang Clan.  Apparently the RZA sought out Banks for this collaboration because he “just has an energy about him.”  I saw them at Coachella a few yearsContinue reading “#71 – Anything But Words by Banks & Steelz”

#66 – Big Grams by Big Grams

I wish I could take more enjoyment in watching the wheels come off the trump administration bus, but their problems are killing far too many people to feel OK about that.  I don’t want to get my hopes up about any of these people feeling any consequences for their actions, but it is technically possibleContinue reading “#66 – Big Grams by Big Grams”

#56 – Church Tapes by KC Ortiz

A trans woman and former Air Force personnel, KC Ortiz has an unusual resumé for a rapper.  Her religious upbringing features heavily in the appropriately named Church Tapes, which makes the juxtaposition between her beliefs and her gender identity all the more prominent.  She is clearly a person who likes to be challenged and isContinue reading “#56 – Church Tapes by KC Ortiz”