It's our 60th episode so the team discuss ageing in pop culture, plus Kanye's Life of Pablo album (?) and #FreeKesha.
That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Feelin' So Good by Jennifer Lopez
Oliver Wang - Ultralight Beam by Kanye West (Feat. Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin, and The-Dream)
Margaret Wappler - Gimme All Your Love by Alabama Shakes
Guy Branum - Opinion Cave by Brandie Posey
Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.
Sound of Young America contributor Andrew Noz just dropped off his top 50 rap singles of 2011. I have to admit that I look forward to this list every year.
Above is one of my favorites of the year, Pete Rock's "Roses," with Smif & Wessun and Freeway. Noz's top pick this year is a natural, N*ggas in Paris.
Jensen Karp of The Hype Men was kind enough to invite me on his new Kevin Smith-affiliated podcast Get Up On This to talk about Jay-Z and Kanye West's new album Watch the Throne. It's a solid ninety minutes of rap nerdery, and features not just Jensen and me, but also 88 Keys (who produced a track on the record) and hip-hop legend slash past TSOYA guest Bun B of UGK. I had a lot of fun getting in deep on a very interesting record, and I hope you'll give the show a listen.
As heard in the new Kanye & Jay-Z video. By the way, if you don't have a copy of Otis Redding Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go, you really should get on that.
Then, shoot, get Solomon Burke's Soul Alive, too. Just get both. Then send me a thank-you email.