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This is our first #BSides episode where we list and analyze our top B-Side records--the best albums cuts and slept on songs from a critical mainstream artist. Joining Claude is International Mo, a certified Jay-Z expert.
Claude and Mo discuss how these B-Sides flesh out the moral and aspirational complexity of Jay-Z, how Jay's music has inspired them personally, and much more.
This is Side A of a two part episode, so check out Side B for the full conversation. As always, please rate, review, and share!
- The Dynasty Intro
- This Can't Be Life
- Feelin' It
- Politics As Usual
- Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)
- Ballad For A Fallen Soldier
Claude teams up with Terrance Moore to talk about their favorite albums of 2016, Terrance's time at Harvard's Hip Hop Archive, and who handles cold weather better: DC or Boston. Join the conversation on twitter with #brlpodcast. Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe!
Sho Baraka - The Narrative
Eshon Burgundy - The Passover
Solange - A Seat At The Table
Music by 88 Beats Production.
Jenelle Hayward -- writer, poet, and all around awesome person -- comes through to break down poetry and Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric. Poetry heads and poetry skeptics will come away with lots to chew on here.
We discuss the difference between poetry and prose, what we miss if we don't read poetry, and reading tips on how to read a poem.
Then, we jump into the masterpiece that is Citizen. Enjoy and share!
Some books we mention:
Claude joins forces with former grad school pal and current English teacher, Joe Volk, as they share their top reads of 2016 and bring up a bunch of other books during their stimulating, nerdy convo. Enjoy!
Some of the books mentioned:
- The Throwback Special - Chris Bachelder
- Year of the Dunk - Asher Price
- Rise and Fire - Shawn Price
- Darktown - Thomas Mullen
- 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
- Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
- John Henry Days - Colson Whitehead
- The Vegetarian - Han Kang
- You Are What You Love - James K.A Smith
Time Travel - James Gleick
- Desiring the Kingdom - James K.A. Smith
- Underground Airlines - Ben Winters
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree - James Cone
- Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg
- The Cross of Christ - John Stott
- Devil in a Blue Dress - Walter Mosley
- The Man in the Basement - Walter Mosley
- The Philosophy Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained series)
- After Crucifixion - Craig Keen
Cole Brown shares his music industry stories about Jay-Z, Pharrell, and Teddy Riley as well as his deep hatred for the library.
Cole talks about roller skating with Jay-Z and Sauce Money, recording "The City is Mine" for Jay's Vol. 1, if Pharrell was weird back in the day or just now, and which famous rapper always beat him at Goldeneye.
We also get into some Ma$e stories and Cole argues that Biggie is the most overrated rapper ever. Lots of laughs and stories on this one, y'all. Rate and review to help the podcast and share on social media. #brlpodcast
Classic songs referenced:
Author, pastor, former A&R, and all around renaissance man, Cole Brown comes through for a convo on his new book, Daddy Issues.
Be sure to check out Side B of our conversation with Cole where we jump into his music industry stories with Jay-Z, Pharrell, and Teddy Riley as well as his deep hatred for the library.
We are officially in the building, folks! Claude gives a quick overview on the first run of BRL episodes and guests. Lots of literature and music talk coming your way. Enjoy.
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