Rank #1: Episode 011 -Wake Up Mr. West featuring Charlamagne Tha God
In this very special “emergency” edition of the podcast, Van Lathan lays out all of his unfiltered thoughts on Kanye West and his recent controversies stemming from Twitter. Towards the end of the show Charlamagne Tha God calls in to tell us about his first hand experience with Yeezy and why Van might be wrong about him.
Rank #2: 023 – D******d Momentum w/ Joe Budden
Van is joined this week by retired rapper, and now of the wildly successful Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal. Van and Joe dive into a variety of topics including the Charlamagne Tha God situation and how Joe got his start in both rap and podcasting.
Rank #3: 056 – Tears Of A Clown w/ D.C. Young Fly
Van sits down with comedian and actor D.C. Young Fly to talk about his origin story in comedy, how tragedy in life informed his comedy chops early on, and how he ended up as a main player on Nick Cannon’s Wild N’ Out. Also, Van starts the show with his thoughts on Jussie Smollett’s case being dropped in Chicago.
Rank #4: 045 – White Skin’d w/ Amber Rose
Van sits down with model, actress, and influencer Amber Rose to talk about her relationships with famous men, how that instant fame was not good for her at the time, her brand of feminism, and the come up story that she feels people should know about. Also, at the top of the show Van shares his conflicted feeling on the New Orleans Saints current Super Bowl run.
Rank #5: 027 - Pegging 101 w/ WeezyWTF
Van opens this week’s podcast with a specific ad to shine a light on an important app that could have a positive impact on how policing is done in black communities. This week’s guest is WeezyWTF, one half of the WHOREible Decisions podcast, where the two discuss a variety of topics including the current state of Weezy’s podcast, porn and whether men or women are more judgmental sexually.
Rank #6: 054 – Headlines w/ Amanda Seales, Murda Mook, & Robert Littal
On this special episode Van talks to three guests who are coming on to explain their current situations that have made headlines recently. First up, Van calls up Murda Mook to talk about his controversial podcast with Julz. After that, Van moderates a heated discussion between comedian and actress Amanda Seales and Black Sports Online EIC Robert Littal who have been at odds with each other some negative coverage of a story that involves Amanda and some comments she made. The two attempt to each tell their side while also having a bigger conversation about the responsibility of black media and black celebrities.
Rank #7: 043 – Smart N**ga Rap w/ Brian “B-Dot” Miller
Van sits down with one hand of the Rap Radar podcast, Brian “B-Dot” Miller to reflect on this year’s best music, what it’s like to interview some of the biggest names in pop culture like Jay-Z and Will Smith, and B-Dot opens up about some his conservative views on today’s politics and news cycle.
Rank #8: 039 – Judge This Podcast w/ Brittany Renner and Marisa Mendez
Brittany Renner and Marisa Mendez join Van in this week’s Red Pill to discuss Brittany’s newest tell all book: “Judge This Cover”, where she goes into detail about her sexual experiences with some of these famous men and their behavior issues amongst other things she had noticed. Recently, Brittany was brought up by friend of the pod Joe Budden on State of the Culture and she came ready with a response to both Joe and Remy Ma.
Rank #9: 045 – Flamingo & Koval w/ Arian Foster
Van sits down with former NFL all-pro Arian Foster to talk about his life after football and how he’s been able to reinvent himself as an artist and a thought leader. The two also debate about whether celebrity news has a place in our culture and why Arian think’s Tupac is not as great as we all think he was.
Rank #10: 036 – I Don’t Know Everything w/ Nick Cannon
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Rank #11: 040 – New York State of Mind w/ Mal
Van’s in New York City, but that just opened up the opportunity to sit down with Mal, one of the three hosts of The Joe Budden Podcast. Mal and Van discuss New York’s hip-hop and rap scene, Mal’s history with Harlem and clearing the air between the Brilliant Idiots vs. Joe Budden Podcast.
Rank #12: 022 – What Was I Thinking? w/ Tyrese Gibson
Vans heads over to Tyrese Gibson's house for a special Red Pill Podcast. In this powerful interview Tyrese talks about his infamous breakdown, his relationship with Will Smith, his struggles as a father, and why he'd NEVER marry a white woman.
Rank #13: 053 – Nia’s Side w/ Nia Riley
Van sits down with Nia Riley to talk about Love and Hip Hop Hollywood and her relationship with Soulja Boy. The two talk about the recent fight that she and Soulja Boy had on the show and Nia’s tells us her side of story. She opens up about hardships with Soulja Boy that cameras have not captured and his long history with violent behavior. They also talk about her life as the daughter of music legend Teddy Riley.
Rank #14: 029 – What’s With Whitlock w/ Jason Whitlock
Fox Sports 1 Host and sports writer Jason Whitlock joins Van this week to discuss two of the most prominent and newsworthy athletes: LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick. Van and Whitlock break down their opposing viewpoints for each athlete as it relates to the political and social impact that they have established off of the field, while also discussing Whitlock’s career as a sports journalist.
Rank #15: 026 – Black Porn Matters w/ Nat Turnher
Van opens this week’s podcast with a commentary regarding Omarosa and her fallout from the Trump White House before diving into an episode with adult film star Nat Turnher. Nat opens up about what’s really going on with the adult film industry, the racism that exists and how he got involved in the porn industry.
Rank #16: 010 - Champagne GrandPapi w/ Drake's father Dennis Graham
Van Lathan sits down with Drake's father, Dennis Graham. The two discuss everything from Drake's music, putting to bed the rumors of Drake's ghostwriting and why you should never respond to negativity.
Rank #17: 032 – Silent Partner w/ Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke
Van sits down with hip-hop royalty and one of the three names behind the legendary Roc-A-Fella Records, Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke. Biggs discusses how he was able to change the culture of hip-hop, the struggles he went through as the silent partner, his stint in prison, the growth that followed and the one artist he wished he had signed while he was at Roc-A-Fella Records.
Rank #18: 049 – G.O.O.D. Talk w/ GLC
Van sits down with Leonard Harris aka GLC of G.O.O.D. music. They talk about his heavy involvement in the inner city community in Chicago, his close relationship with Kanye West, and what he thinks people get wrong about Kanye. We also get more insight on the reasoning behind Kanye wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat and how GLC is responsible for him no longer wearing it.
Rank #19: 055 – Natalie, Take the Wheel w/ Natalie Manuel Lee
Van sits down with former Fear of God Brand Manager and Hillsong Channel host Natalie Manuel to talk about her show Now with Natalie, how people’s perspective on religion has evolved in our modern times and how social media has shaped that narrative. They also talk about Van’s own reservations about attending church.
Rank #20: 003 - Worldstar Island w/ Charlamagne Tha God
Van is joined by Charlamagne tha God, host of The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 FM and co-host of The Brilliant Idiots podcast on Loud Speakers Network. Charlamagne breaks down the added pressure of being nationally synidcated voice on culture in America, why Danielle Bregoli will never get an invite to The Breakfast Club and how the Martin Luther King Dodge ad was blown way out of proportion.