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June 27, 2022

Hip Hop’s Holdouts on House Music

The Breaks

By: Jack Anderson

Does the act of Beyonce and Drake putting their feet into the house music pool hurt the momentum of hip hop? Confucius & Fresh discuss the implications and ramifications of that argument, then react to Chris Brown’s comment that hip-hop’s dominance has made R&B obsolete.

Confucius’ Hip Hop Facts include an interaction between Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur on the set of Juice, Jay-Z’s still-unreleased Tupac diss track, and Grant Hill’s direct connection to ‘Pac’s footwear on All Eyes on Me liner photos. Fresh talks about how Wu-Tang Clan inspired Wyclef Jean’s “Maria, Maria”, how Moby got his start as a hip-hop DJ at legendary NYC venue Club Mars, and how the game-changing M1 Mixtape was actually preceded by the lesser-known Zoo York Mixtape.

Fresh’s Unpopular Opinion has a message to hardcore fans of all kinds: stop ruining the experience of your beloved series or franchise for yourself by setting personal expectations!

At the tail end, Confucius and Fresh share their thoughts about the FDA’s Marketing Denial for JUUL Vape Pods.

June 20, 2022

Stand Up Comedy and Juneteenth

The Breaks

By: Jack Anderson

In the first segment of this episode, Confucius and Fresh interview comedians Rochelle Genivive Clinton, Dasharae, Daniel West, and Jordan McDonald.

For Hip Hop Facts Fresh talks about Nick Cannon’s pre-Wildin’ Out backing by Will Smith, the myth that Naughty By Nature’s Treach left a reptilian surprise for Tommy Boy Records CEO Tom Silverman, and DJ Premier’s unexpected discovery of Travis Scott through his church community. Confucius discusses why Ice Cube passed on what later became Tupac’s role in the John Singleton film Poetic Justice, how Tupac invented the Humpty Dance, and what Master P said to Snoop Dogg after Snoop recorded an “F Death Row” album for Mack10’s label Hoo-Bangin’ Records.

Fresh’s Unpopular Opinion covers how he doesn’t care how people choose to celebrate Juneteenth, nor the notions of corporations pandering to black consumers, especially if you’re not from Texas!

Confucius wraps things up with the announcement of Beyonce’s album Renaissance: Act 1Anthony Fauci testing positive for COVID-19, and the granting of additional humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

June 13, 2022

Rolling Stone’s “200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time”

The Breaks

By: Jack Anderson

Confucius and Fresh react to Rolling Stone‘s “200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time” and inspired by 21 Savage, discuss the prospect of getting money and fame in a lower class community without inviting a RICO case or having your neighborhood turn your back on you.

You’ll hear Hip-Hop Facts about Yo! MTV Raps, the soundtrack to the 1997 film Booty Call, Fresh Fest, a celebrity ventriloquist, and more.

Fresh’s Unpopular Opinion covers the elitism of R&B fans and how our culture categorizes the genre at large.

Finally the fellas chat about Uvalde, the nepotism of Star Wars casting, the impending return of the Those Damn Comic Book Guys podcast, and Matthew McConaughey’s political prospects.