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Episode 59: Thou Shall Not Pass

This episode is all about gatekeepers and critics in an ever changing media landscape. Tyler and I debate the role of the critic and shoutout our favorite youtube reviewers from TheNeedleDrop to DeadEndHiphop. The Warming Store – Looking for a new outfit up at the chalet? Or maybe you just need better clothing to layer up for the wintry nights – Conquer the Cold with the Warming Store.


Episode 58: Does Three 6 Mafia Worship the Devil?

This week's episode is all about Three 6 Mafia. We explore the Mystic Stylez album back when Three 6 Mafia were considered a horrorcore group from Memphis, then known as the triple 6 mafia. This episode explores the alleged rumors of their satanic worship.We try to definitively answer the question if they are satanists or not. Also, we talk rappers' rebranding efforts over the last few years. The show is sponsored by: FreshBooks - Freshbooks is the easy to use software designed to help...


Episode 57: The Variety Show

This episode features our hot takes on several subjects. We discuss how China has decided that Hiphop is immoral and is banning hiphop culture and tattoos on television in an attempt to save moral decency, Tom Hardy's mysterious mixtape from 1999 that seems to have disappeared from the net and Erykah Badu's conversation with David Marchese. This week's sponsors are: Shopify – Try Shopify free for 14 days. No risk, and no credit card required. Visit Shopify today....


Episode 56: Collective Action

This episode is all about hiphop collectives. From Native Tongues to the Wu-tang and OddFutureKillThemAll. We are celebrating when groups and crews make it to the booth. A good collective effort from a group can help increase interest for a brand - but it takes collective action!


Episode 55: New Year, New Beef: Biting Not Allowed

Major news alert! We’re now on the podcast network Girth Radio. The latest episode is all about biting and the beef that comes with it. Joe Budden vs Eminem, Uncle Murda aka Lenny Grant vs Mad Skillz, and Cardi potentially taking another person's flow. The show is sponsored by: Audible - Try 30 days free! Shopify - Try Shopify free for 14 days. No risk, and no credit card required. Visit Shopify today.


Episode 54: Problematic Faves

Happy Holidays everybody! Tyler and I return for one last episode before the holidays where we discuss the recent controversy surrounding Post Malone, the untimely death of Lil Peep and XXXtentacion as a controversial figure in hiphop and the Joyner Lucas I’m Not Racist video. This episode is sponsored by: Grammarly Grammarly’s AI-powered products help people communicate more effectively. Grammarly helps you write mistake-free on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and nearly anywhere else...


Episode 53: The Gay Rapper Episode/ Queer Hop

We take a look at the sub-culture of LGBTQ hiphop. Our conversation features a discussion on Cakes da Killa, Myki Blanko, Leif, and Cazwell. And discuss a little-known rapper named Caushun from the early 2000s who was dubbed to the first openly gay rapper who never put out an album. We start off with the mainstream Macklemore song, Same Love, as a touchpoint to discuss homophobia within the genre. We talk about homophobia, male rompers, and gay sex in lyrics. Then bridge the discussion to...


Episode 52: Nazis are NOT GOOD

Disclaimer: This episode features us working through our thoughts. These are not long held beliefs but us processing the violence that occurred during the rally at Charlottesville that claimed the life of Heather Heyer. For this reason I have uploaded it ahead of Episode 51 and does not feature any sponsors. The track featured in this episode is Anti Fa by Unknown Mizery off of Sacred Soils 2 (ANT MONOLOGUES).


Episode 50: Special Guest Chev Dot

This week we interview Chev Dot, a former dance choreographer and creative director now taking on hiphop producing. Chev Dot details how he went from a kid with a passion for dance to making it to the big time. His involvement with the Ottawa dance scene and being a part of Culture Shock and his take on legendary dance crew the Jabbawockeez. Now, that he’s mastered dancing, he’s looking to branch out as a producer and we discuss his production influences and what kind of marketing they’re...


Episode 49: The Role of the Elder Statesmen

This week we discuss Jay-z’s 4:44 album and the role of the elder statesmen in hiphop. It’s been said many times before that hiphop is a young man’s game. But with Jay-z dropping one of the best albums of the year and (possibly of his career), he demonstrates that older hiphop acts can, in fact, age gracefully. So tune in and hear our thoughts on the role of the next generation of hiphop acts and legends in the making. This week’s episode is sponsored by: – Vinyl Me, Please Vinyl Me,...


Episode 48: MindBender Supreme

So we missed an episode last week but that's because we wanted to bless y'all with the 2-hour epic interview we had with Toronto rap legend and cult personality, MindBender Supreme. We covered a lot of ground. We spoke to MindBender at length about several subjects; The moral standards of battle rap, his pornstar career, about writing for NOW and XXL magazine, the future of technology and sex work; the history of homophobia in Jamaica, the state of Journalism today and the revisionist...


Episode 46: GO HYPHY

A retrospective look at the Hyphy movement. We take a look back the hyphy movement, as the influences of bay area culture in hiphop can be seen today. We discuss Thizz ( drug culture), other Oakland slang, ghostriding the whip and key Hyphy albums like E-40's My Ghetto Report Card. This week's sponsors: - Vinyl Me, Please Vinyl Me, please offers exclusive pressings of records right to your doorsteps. They'll even throw in a 12x12 album inspired art print for you to throw on your wall. To...


Episode 45: White Rappers

An ongoing debate in hiphop is the place of white rappers within the genre. Tyler and I discuss a recent Fader article and whether or not white rappers are their own sub-genre. We also discuss voicemails as a device within hiphop and the overlying place of skits. And some wacky weird hiphop news!


Ep.44: pHoenix Pagliacci

Join us for a great discussion with pHoenix Paglliacci. We discuss her music, political activism and the current state of rap. As a mainstay Toronto emcee we ask her what the climate is like as a working musician as the city continues to close music venues, her thoughts on trap music and her criteria to be considered top 5 and so much more!


Ep 43: Special Guest – Plus MO

This week’s episode features friend of the show, and local Toronto artist Plus MO and his producer Stevie Beats. Plus Mo seems to be having a moment right now with songs like Blessed and Blue Skies blowing up all over my social media.


Episode 42: Sellout/Supreme

Often after receiving commercial success, there is much talk about whether or not an artist sells out. But a more interesting notion here at The Freeze is the process of which an artist can “un-sellout” as they tether the line between compromising their persona and positioning themselves for future opportunities. The same can be said about capital B-Brands. In this episode, we discuss both the process of un-selling out and whether or not Supreme clothing is capitalizes on their...


The Lost Episode: A Cultural Analysis of the Lil Yachty Phenomenon

After reading an article in the New York Times (of all places!) about Lil Yachty, I became intrigued with him and his Summer Songs 2 mixtape. Is Lil Yachty a rapper? A singer? Well, no. He’s a self-proclaimed product. He calls his musical style “bubble gum trap”, and has managed to anger a lot of heads. That’s why I wanted to explore the phenomenon of Lil Yachty this past summer. In doing so, we dissected the 1night video, hair and identity in black culture, artistry and marketing and...


Part 2 of the Remy-Ma and Nikki Minaj Beef

Here’s our discussion of Nikki’s response. We discuss the longevity of both emcees and their approach to music.


Episode 29: Part 2 of BLM Discussion with special guest, The Voyce

Here is part 2 of our Black Lives Matter discussion. This episode features, Mario Murray aka The Voyce; rapper, activist and community member. We talk about the public consultation with John Tory, what measures can the police take, black-owned businesses, and how economics affects adversity.


Episode 27: We Discuss Black Lives Matter

A lot has happened in the news recently. I felt it necessary to comment as we are doing a hiphop podcast, which of course is black culture. The video of Philando Castille’s girlfriend filming the police officer that shot him with his daughter in the backseat of the car enacted a visceral reaction within me. The debate gets kind of heated but it’s important to have different perspectives.


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