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Breaking down seminal moments in Drake's career to explore the broader history and evolution of hip-hop, R&B, gender dynamics, and Black culture. Hosted by Ty Harper.

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Breaking down seminal moments in Drake's career to explore the broader history and evolution of hip-hop, R&B, gender dynamics, and Black culture. Hosted by Ty Harper.

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This is not a Drake podcast

Latest release on Jan 13, 2021

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 4 days ago

Warning: This podcast has few episodes.

This means there isn't enough episodes to provide the most popular episodes. Here's the rankings of the current episodes anyway, we recommend you to revisit when there's more episodes!

Rank #1: Introducing: Anything for Selena from WBUR and Futuro Studios

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It’s been 25 years since the tragic death of Mexican-American pop icon Selena Quintanilla. And yet, Selena remains as beloved and relevant now as ever before. In Anything for Selena, a new podcast from WBUR and Futuro Studios, host Maria Garcia explores how Selena changed music, pop culture, politics, and ultimately, what it means to belong. Listen today at http://smarturl.it/anythingforselena

Jan 13 2021

30mins

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Rank #2: Prologue

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One of the most popular rappers in America isn’t American. But this podcast isn’t really about him. Drake’s success is a culmination of many unheard moments, songs, and artists that made hip-hop and Black music the dominant cultural force it is today. This podcast digs into those stories.

Jul 07 2020

12mins

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Rank #3: Ep 1: Toronto was always a hip-hop city

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Drake is the poster boy of Toronto, although the city's hip-hop scene was thriving long before it became known to his fans as 'The 6ix.' But the Canadian music industry’s history with its homegrown hip-hop talent is long and fraught—this is a look at that relationship.

Plus, the fight for the first Black-owned radio station in Canada, which turns 20 this year.

Artists mentioned in this episode: Kardinal Offishall, Michie Mee, Maestro Fresh Wes, k-Os, Dream Warriors, K-4ce (the man who coined the term “T-Dot”), Theo 3 (who coined the term ‘Screwface Capital’) Saukrates, Mindbender, Choclair, Rochester, Eternia, Point Blank.

Jul 07 2020

47mins

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Rank #4: Ep 2: How the mixtape went digital

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Even as its popularity grew, hip-hop was ignored by most commercial radio. DJs and artists intervened and underground mixtapes became *the* medium for distributing new music and gaining clout — But then, a raid by the FBI in Atlanta changed hip-hop distribution forever.

Plus, how Drake’s So Far Gone mixtape fits into this digital evolution.

Some artists and DJs mentioned in this episode: DJ Drama, HustleGRL, J. Cole, Kid Capri, DJ Doo Wop, DJ Clue.

Jul 07 2020

37mins

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Rank #5: Ep 3: The rise of the Nice Guy rapper

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This episode contains explicit lyrics.

Hip-hop feminists took the alpha male rapper and his critics to task in the 90s and 2000’s. Guest host Anupa Mistry finds out why. She goes on a journey with three Black women, to see how Drake's Nice Guy persona reveals the complexity of gender in hip-hop.

Some scholars and artists mentioned in this episode: Treva Lindsey, Jenessa Williams, Sydanie (Featuring her 2018 song "Flirt"), Joan Morgan, Rihanna, LL Cool J.

Jul 07 2020

44mins

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Rank #6: Ep 4: The rise of the singing rapper

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It's pretty common to hear rap and R&B influences on the same track, but that wasn’t always the case. Hip-hop was not received with open arms by many in the R&B establishment. Still, rappers found creative ways of being heard on the radio, while others pushed beyond stereotypes of Black masculinity to find a new voice.

Some artists mentioned in this episode: Kwamé, DJ Frankie Crocker, Sugarhill Gang, Melle Mel, Teddy Riley, Bell Biv DeVoe, 50 cent, Kanye West.

Jul 07 2020

55mins

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Rank #7: Epilogue

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Host Ty Harper examines how making this podcast during a pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests has underlined the importance of telling the stories of hip hop, R&B and Black culture.

Jul 07 2020

13mins

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Rank #8: This is not a Drake podcast: trailer

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This is a story about hip-hop and how its journey to mainstream dominance gave us Drake in the first place. The mixtape revolution that made his success possible. The evolution of gender dynamics in hip-hop. Rap and R&B’s long complicated history.

May 21 2020

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