The boys get together for a special audio only edition of The Rap Addicts Podcast. On this episode we take a trip back to 1994 and relive the release of Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die. Mic and Jeff are joined by Owner/CEO of WhoMag? TV, Rob Schwartz, as well as Drippy Pineapple Co. A&R, Dale Kinder. The roundtable discussion details some of the back story of this iconic album, peruses all 19 tracks, and proposes the questions; where does this album rank? And which is better, Ready to Die or Life After Death?
Mic and Jeff take look back at Ja Rule’s debut album, Venni Vetti, Vecci, 20 years after its release. The questions are asked; where does this album sit amongst debut albums in the late 90’s? Was Ja Rule a real spitter or just a 2pac and DMX knock off? And could you imagine if Murder Inc. was Ja, DMX, and Jay-Z?
The Rap Addicts Podcast takes a second trip into the history of Bad Boy Records. A continuation of Pt. 1, Pt. 2 sees Mic and Jeff explore life after Biggie, the LOX, and Mase. Did Bad Boy finally stop? Or did Diddy just change his perspective?
The Rap Addicts Podcast dives into the history of Bad Boy Records. In part 1, Mic and Jeff discuss how a young hungry intern turned his vision into a stream of platinum selling albums. We learn how Puff met Mase and how he transformed Biggie into a worldwide superstar. Part 1 takes us up to the end of 1997, and leaves us wondering how will Bad Boy bounce back from the death of the Notorious B.I.G.?
The Rap Addicts Podcast takes a trip to Miami to discuss the Mayor himself; Trick Daddy. Mic and Jeff explore how Trick Daddy Dollas got his start, how he met Trina, and why he is still so well respected in the game. You’ll learn how everything in the 305 starts with 2 Live Crew, and the boys give their top 5 (or 6) rappers from Florida of all time.
Mic and Jeff take a trip through the early part of Swizz Beatz career. From his start as a young teenage phenom, to solidifying his place in the game. The boys try to figure out where Swizzy fits in as far as great producers from the east coast.
Mic and Jeff take a trip to VA to explore the industry rise of the production team known as the Neptunes. From their high school band days, to owning the Billboard charts, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo developed such a unique sound that turned every artist they touched into platinum super stars. Leaving us to question…are they hip hops first “super producers”? ++Disclaimer++ There is a bit of singing in this episode.
On todays episode of The Rap Addicts Podcast, Mic and Jeff explore the true beginnings of Gangsta Rap. Eazy-E is considered by many as the “Godfather of Gangsta Rap” so the guys explore his story to find out if the sub genre did indeed start on the west coast with N.W.A. Mic runs point to let us in on a good number of original Eazy-E content, and the journey asks the question…what did rap sound like before 1988?
On the latest episode of The Rap Addicts Podcast, Mic is back from vacation just in time to talk to Jeff about the 20th anniversary of Eminem’s Slim Shady LP. The guys discuss how Em’s dark past help mold his alter ego, go over some myths about the album, and pick their favorite tracks. Jeff takes you back to 1999 to try and understand what it was like when boy bands ruled the music world. Please subscribe for more stories in hip hop history.
For this episode Jeff is joined by Dale Kinder as they explore the meteoric rise of one of Harlem’s most legendary rappers, Lamont Coleman aka Big L. The two break down Big L’s short lived career year by year, and explore how one of the best battle rappers ever, never really intended on making songs. There is a short rant about how important lyrics are in rap music and ultimately Jeff coins Big L, the greatest rapper that barely was.
Mic and Jeff take a look at what is widely considered the best hip hop album of all time: Illmatic. Rap Addicts takes a look at how Nas was ushered into the game and why all the top producers wanted to work with him. Jeff runs down his debatable top 6 rappers of all time, and Mic surprises us with his view on the G.O. A.T
Mic and Jeff take us back to 1996, two months after Tupac’s death to explore his first posthumous album to discover what clues he may have left behind, and ask the question…did he tell us he was going to fake his own death? For more stories of hip hop history like and subscribe to The Rap Addicts Podcast