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Missing the golden era of hip hop? The Crate 808 podcast travels back to the 1990s with lively debates around classic albums, arguments over Top 5 GOATs and interviews with instrumental people from the culture. Every week, join Kambi Thandi, a long-time hip hop head and pod producer, as he interviews insightful guests to provide a healthy dose of nostalgia, and a fresh look on the decade that shaped the genre.

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    • Jan 2, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Ghostface Killah's ‘Bulletproof Wallets' Album Review (Patreon Clip)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 11:25

    Full episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/bonus-episode-wu-60536507   Our last Patreon outing for 2021 was a dip back into the Wu-Tang Chronicles series - looking at every Ghostface Killah solo album

    UGK's ‘Ridin' Dirty' Album Review + 90s Rap Chat with Shea Serrano | Ep. 121

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 59:40

    Talking Eazy E, DJ Muggs, House of Pain, Anderson .Paak, Good Life Cafe with Adrian Miller | Ep. 120

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 61:16

    This week we're joined by record exec and manager to Anderson .Paak, Adrian Miller - a man who helped build the LA hip hop scene and work with Good Life Cafe, Easy E, Ras Kass, RZA, DJ Muggs, House of Pain, Freestyle Fellowship and many more.   We spoke on a whole host of subjects, including…  

    Why I Love MF DOOM's ‘Figaro' (Patreon Clip)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 14:02

    Full episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/bonus-episode-i-59753050   Subscribe to our Patreon for more dope rap chat: https://www.patreon.com/crate808

    Cappadonna Interview: Talking Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface, Raekwon and More | Ep. 118

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 52:48

    Black Star's ‘Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star' Album Review with Alexander Fruchter | Ep. 117

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 67:26

    Why I Love J Dilla's 'Shake it Down' and ‘Nag Champa' (Patreon Clip)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 12:23

    Full episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/58614806 Crate 808 Patreon

    Best Rap Songs from 1993/1995 Livestream Chat + Mailbag | The 808th Chamber Ep. 116

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 67:21

    We kick off our first ever Patreon livestream chat (called The 808th Chamber) with a dip into the mailbag, and more shouts for our alien playlist - 100 90s Songs You'd Play to An Alien to Define Hip Hop (full list https://www.crate808.com/alien-playlist). It got heated but the crew had such a laugh with the patrons, talking on songs from Masta Ace, Onyx, Souls of Mischief, Tupac and Digital Underground, De La Soul, Smif-N-Wessun, The Coup…and Montell Jordan?!!

    Wu-Tang Chronicles: Ghostface Killah's ‘Ironman' Album Review (Patreon Clip)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 12:38

    Get your Wallys on and your eagle wrist-pieces cleaned - Crate 808 is kicking off it's Wu-Tang Chronicles series by looking through every Ghostface Killah album…and we start with the classic record, ‘Ironman'

    Eve's ‘Let There Be Eve' Album Review with Joelah Noble | Ep. 115

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 59:25

    This week we dive into the Ruff Ryders canon with a superb guest - TV presenter and actress, Joelah Noble brings Eve's 1999 album,‘Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders First Lady', to the Crate 808 table. Such a wicked chat touching on Eve, The Roots, Swizz Beats, DMX, Jay-Z, dreams about Puff Daddy and even tongue scrapers

    Blu and Exile Interview: Talking ‘Miles', Tribe vs. Gang Starr and Much More | Ep. 114

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 37:09

    This week we're joined by two rap legends - Blu and Exile are in the hot seat talking about their storied careers, their 2020 album ‘Miles', KRS-One, Tribe vs. Gang Starr and Exile becoming a Ghostface flasher (yes, it got strange

    Why I Love MF DOOM's ‘One Beer' (Patreon Clip)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 4:31

    Yes, it's here, you can now subscribe to our Patreon right now! Link is below if you fancy bonus episodes, early access, fun polls and more live chats heading your way! https://www.patreon.com/crate808   So, kicking off our new Patreon 'Why I Love' series, we dive into MF DOOM's 'One Beer' with Shotgun the Aux's Tom Comey. So expect some diving into those brilliant lyrics, gushing over Madlib beats and finally testing Tom's love for this classic cut in our new section: 'How Deep is Your Love'.   Drop your comments to us on your thoughts on 'One Beer', DOOM or anything else that takes your fancy...and please help spread the word by letting people know what we've got going on our Patreon. Enjoy!   For people trying to figure how to hear it on your podcast player, you can grab all Patreon content via this RSS feed link: https://www.patreon.com/rss/crate808?auth=no5QiTGdKgxRPjzEyq8XTFyRa25T3Yo8 I know, RSS?! What's one of them?!

    Kurupt, Ras Kass, Kxng Crooked Interview: Talking HRSMN and Much More | Ep. 112

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 68:13

    Mos Def's ‘Black on Both Sides' Album Review with Kipp Stone | Ep. 111

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 56:38

    This week we sit down with one of our favourite new artists out there - Ohio's very own, Kipp Stone is in the house to speak on a stone-cold 90s hip hop classic…Mos Def's 1999 record, ‘Black on Both Sides'

    MC Serch Interview: Talks MF DOOM, Illmatic, Tupac, Woodstock 99 and More | Ep. 110

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 75:21

    This week we welcome on the Forrest Gump of hip hop, the legend that is MC Serch is in the house to talk all things MF DOOM, KMD, Subroc, Tupac, Nas, Illmatic, Eminem, UK's Cookie Crew, Del the Funky Homosapien, Woodstock 99 and SO much more!

    DJ Shadow's ‘Endtroducing' Album Review with Sean Murray | Ep. 109

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 52:33

    Debate Pt.3: The Pharcyde's ‘Labcabincalifornia' Album Review | Ep. 108

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 64:46

    Debate Pt.1: Ironman (Ghostface) vs. Vol.2 Hard Knock Life (Jay-Z) vs. Labcabincalifornia (The Pharcyde) | Ep. 106

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 108:02

    The Crate 808 squad FINALLY returns to talk classic 90s albums, and see which record we can put into our very own Hall of Fame - Crate 808. This is part one of a three-part episode, discussing Ghostface Killah's ‘Ironman', Jay-Z's ‘Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life' and The Pharcyde's ‘Labcabincalifornia'

    Del the Funky Homosapien's ‘No Need for Alarm' Album Review with Uncommon Nasa | Ep. 105

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 61:56

    Kool Keith aka Dr. Dooom's ‘First Come, First Served' Album Review with Gary Suarez | Ep. 103

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2021 63:11

    Evidence Interview: Talking ‘Unlearning Vol. 1', Al Pacino, Phil Collins and More | Ep. 102

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 37:33

    Suga Free and DJ Quik's ‘Street Gospel' with Jeff Weiss | Ep. 101

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 89:12

    This week we're joined by one of the best culture writers out there to talk on a true 90s cult classic record - Jeff Weiss steps in to speak on Suga Free's brilliant ‘Street Gospel' album from 1997

    Best 3-Album Runs in Rap with Dead End Hip Hop | Ep. 98

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 56:28

    To cap our first series on the best three-album runs in 90s hip hop we had to reach out to one our favourite rap channels out there for a roundtable chat - we’re delighted to bring on the Dead End Hip Hop crew

    Jeru the Damaja’s ‘The Sun Rises in the East’ Album Review with Call Out Culture | Ep. 97

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 64:27

    This week we dive into one of the best New York rap records ever with one of our favourite podcasts out there - Curly Castro, Alaska and Zilla Rocca bring the Call Out Culture podcast flavour to talk Jeru the Damaja’s 1994 classic ‘The Sun Rises in the East’

    Big L’s ‘Lifestylez ov da Poor and Dangerous’ Album Review with Thomas Hobbs | Ep. 95

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2021 58:13

    This week we dive into a stone cold 90s classic hip hop album with freelance culture journalist for the likes of The Guardian, VICE, Dazed, Financial Times, BBC and creator and co-host of the Exit the 36 Chambers podcast - Thomas Hobbs.

    Armand Hammer Interview: Billy Woods and Elucid Talk 'Haram', The Alchemist and More | Ep. 94

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 58:17

    This week we welcome on a duo that have been killing the underground scene for years - Billy Woods and Elucid jump on to speak their new album ‘Haram’ with The Alchemist

    Remembering DMX ft. Justin Hunte, Dart Adams, Zilla Rocca, Ill Will + More | Ep. 93

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 166:07

    This week we pay tribute to DMX after his recent passing, and as he’s one of the biggest musical icons ever, we had to do it right. So we got together a host of some of the best writers, journalists, rappers, podcasters and cultural commentators to look back at Earl Simmons’ incredible life and legacy, including…   Justin Hunte (https://bit.ly/32cYKQL) Dart Adams (https://amzn.to/3sjPp4e) Zilla Rocca from Call Out Culture podcast (https://apple.co/3giOBtM) Will ‘ill Will’ Lavin (www.illwill.co.uk) The Crate 808 crew (crate808.com) Jon Bass from The Notorious P.O.D. podcast (https://bit.ly/3wSS6gy) Yemi Abiade from Rhymes Like Dimes podcast (https://bit.ly/3wZoAWG) Luke James (https://bit.ly/2QqWJOh)   So get ready for some incredible stories, brilliant takes and a celebration of the man’s stunning legacy.

    Rapper Big Pooh Interview: Rapper, Manager and Member of Little Brother | Ep. 92

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 93:43

    Ghostface Killah vs. Raekwon Verzuz Reaction and Mailbag | Ep. 91

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 106:13

    Roc Marciano’s ‘Marcberg’ Album Review with Nicholas Craven | Ep. 90

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 79:54

    This week we break our usual mould of 90s hip hop to focus on a classic album that’s roots run deep into the golden era - Roc Marciano’s seminal debut ‘Marcberg’. Bringing this album to the table is one of the hottest underground rap producers going - Nicholas Craven

    Mobb Deep’s 3-Album Run with Chris Mitchell (Breaking Atoms Podcast) | Ep. 89

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 68:15

    This week we wrap up our series looking at the best three-album runs in 90s rap…and what a way to finish, with Mobb Deep

    OutKast’s ‘ATLiens’ Album Review with Sa-Roc | Ep. 88

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2021 64:21

    This week we dive headfirst into OutKast’s brilliant second album, ‘ATLiens’, with one of our favourite MCs on the scene - Sa-Roc!

    Kool G Rap’s ‘4,5,6’ Album Review with Juga-Naut | Ep. 87

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 68:09

    OutKast’s 3-Album Run with Justin Hunte | Ep. 86

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 69:43

    We continue our series talking who had the best three-album run in ‘90s hip hop, and this week we dive into OutKast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, ATLiens and Aquemini with friend of the pod, former editor-in-chief of HipHopDX, nationally broadcast TV producer and founder of Company Man Media - Justin Hunte. Except some dope insight into the run and big love for rap’s David Bowies ⭐️   The rest of the series includes…   Ice Cube with Shawn Setaro (https://bit.ly/3kaYfOq) Tupac with Andrew Barber (https://bit.ly/2HGr3QT) De La Soul with Andrew Emery (https://bit.ly/324LJJn) Gang Starr with Dart Adams (https://apple.co/2Vlx9t1) A Tribe Called Quest with Rob Pursey (https://bit.ly/3oS73uX) Redman with Take it Personal Radio (https://bit.ly/3tYFUcL)   Show Notes Least hip hop thing in the last 24 hours? (01:04) Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (02:20) Why Crumbling Erb is a 4-tier song (08:55) ATLiens (13:55) Why Elevators is pivotal (15:15) How Big Boi kept OutKast ‘accessible’ (24:25) Aquemini (33:30) Why Aquemini showcases their best rapping ever (36:30) Why Dave Chappelle is in an amazing space x Mamacita (44:05) Where did OutKast go after this run? Stankonia chat (53:30) How did Southern hip hop become so big and overtake New York and LA? (59:29)  

    Redman’s 3-Album Run with Take It Personal Radio | Ep. 85

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2021 65:36

    This week we continue our series discussing who had the best three-album run in ‘90s hip hop, and we’re diving into the world of the Funk Doctor Spock - yes, we’re going Redman heavy. And to dig into ‘Whut? Thee Album’, ‘Dare Iz a Darkside’ and ‘Muddy Waters’, we welcome on one of the dopest rap podcast crews in the game - Take it Personal Radio

    Pharoahe Monch Interview: Talking Th1rt3en, Exorcising America’s Demons and MF DOOM | Ep. 84

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2021 48:11

    This week we welcome back on a true rap GOAT for the THIRD time - yes, we complete our hat-trick of episodes with the incomparable Pharoahe Monch. Talking on his group Th1rt3en with Daru Jones and Marcus Machado, Pharoahe breaks down their new album ‘A Magnificent Day for an Exorcism’, being inspired by Black Sabbath and rock and remembers his experiences with MF DOOM.   Show Notes Least hip hop thing in the last 24 hours? (01:26) Breaking down Th1rt3en’s new album ‘A Magnificent Day for an Exorcism’ and merging hip hop with rock music (02:28) What the thinking was behind the album title (08:05) Breaking down the song ‘Fight’ and working with Cypress Hill (15:00) Being inspired by Black Sabbath on ‘666’ (20:53) The making of ‘Scarecrow’ and playing it for Talib Kweli and Common (25:05) Getting advice from peers and talking to Posdnous about this new project (29:00) Has he ever been offered the chance to sell out? (29:43) Remembering MF DOOM and the time they both talked technically about rapping in Paris (32:30) Remembering Paul C and his pure love for making music (37:30) Playing a game of word association with his classic cuts (39:15)

    A Tribe Called Quest’s 3-Album Run with Rob Pursey | Ep. 83

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2021 83:14

    We return to our series discussing who had the best three-album run in ‘90s hip hop, and this week we speak on A Tribe Called Quest’s People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders

    Remembering MF DOOM (1971-2020) | Ep. 82

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 124:05

    ‘Ay yo yo, you can’t stand right there…’   This wasn’t the start to a new year anybody wanted, and since the passing of MF DOOM hit the hip hop community so hard, we decided to get together with other DOOM fanatics to remember the man, the myth, the legend that was Daniel Dumile.   So coming up we have writers, journalists, DJs, bloggers, YouTubers and historians in the mix to speak on DOOM, including Shawn Setaro, Dart Adams, Andrew Barber, Rob Pursey, Andrew Emery, Luke James, Yemi from Rhymes Like Dimes, Tom Shotgun the Aux and Chris from Breaking Atoms.   Get ready for some incredible love for KMD, remembering so MANY memorable lines and mesmerising beats, amazing stories of Doombots in Chicago and THAT Mass Appeal magazine cover (which may not be MF DOOM at all?!

    Rap MVP of 2020, Hip Hop Verse of the Year and More (Summary of 2020 Part 2) | Ep. 81

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2020 56:17

    In this second part to our summary of 2020 in hip hop we speak on our Rap MVP of 2020, Verse of the Year, Feature of the Year, Bangers of 2020 and so much more! Catch the first part where we break down our top five favourite albums of the year right here: https://bit.ly/2KWjUNw. Drop us your thoughts on 2020 via email crate808@gmail.com or on our socials

    Top 5 Albums of 2020 (Summary of 2020 Part 1) | Ep. 80

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 83:16

    Mailbag: Raekwon’s Best Verse, Worst Beat of ’95, Awful Rap Merch | Ep. 79

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2020 41:33

    This week we take a dip into our overflowing mailbag of correspondence from the listeners - pretty mad how many of you got in touch on our list of subjects! So big up everyone who emailed crate808@gmail.com or hit us up on our socials…this episode is light on the cultural dives, but an incredibly fun journey into the minds of our audience

    Gang Starr’s 3-Album Run with Dart Adams | Ep. 78

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2020 73:52

    We get back to our series discussing who had the best three-album run in ‘90s hip hop, and this week we have Gang Starr’s Daily Operation, Hard to Earn and Moment of Truth on the table

    Elzhi Interview: Detroit Rapper, Former Member of Slum Village | Ep. 76

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2020 62:12

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