Kendrick Lamar

What’s next for The Breaks?

Confucius and Fresh reminisce on their journey so far over the past eight years and what to expect next before dissecting what makes LL Cool J such a significant figure in hip-hop history, plus an Unpopular Opinion on Drake’s status as a so called “culture vulture”.

Is Raunchiness in Rap really that new?

Inspired by discourse around the recent BET Awards, Confucius and Fresh discuss why some folks are reacting oddly to what’s perceived as uncouth behavior alongside an Unpopular Opinion Puerto Ricans’ place in the rise of Hip-Hop.

Interview with Dr. Rosalind Oliphant and Terry P. Mitchell

Confucius and Fresh sit down with Founder Dr. Rosalind Oliphant and Author Terry P. Mitchell to discuss the Austin African American Book Festival and The City We Built: Black Leaders of Austin, happening June 29th, plus Hip-Hop Facts, reactions to the latest headlines, and an Unpopular Opinion on Tyler the Creator’s role as a West Coast representative.

Do Ghostwriting Allegations Hurt Drake’s Reputation?

With the big beef behind us, how do ghostwriting allegations hurt Drake’s status among the GOATs? Hear what Confucius and Fresh have to say on that, plus Jay Electronica’s prospects on being the greatest rapper that never was and an Unpopular Opinion The Alchemist’s ranking in the world of production.

When Did R&B and Hip-Hop Become One?

After a quick postmortem on the Drake-Kendrick beef, Confucius and Fresh dissect how R&B crept into Hip-Hop’s sonic sector. Get that, an Unpopular Opinion around Kendrick’s de facto influence on the West Coast’s relevance, plus Hip-Hop Facts and Confucius’ reactions to the latest headlines right here.

Who’s Winning This Beef?

As the Kendrick-Drake beef escalates, Confucius and Fresh are joined by cultural strategist Keys and producer-DJ Mason Flynt for a rare, three-part roundtable discussion on the ongoing exchange. Hear everyone’s takes plus an Unpopular Opinion and Confucius’ reaction to university protests in the latest episode.

Is Adam22 Really That Big of an Authority?

Fresh does the show solo as he talks about Adam22’s place in media, Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited response to Drake, Hip-Hop Facts, and an Unpopular Opinion on “selling out”.

How Important is Weed to Rap?

Over the 4/20 weekend Confucius and Fresh hash out marijuana’s impact on hip-hop, the latest shots against Drake, and why the OGs aren’t always right. Hear that along with Hip-Hop Facts and Confucius’ take on the latest headlines.

J. Cole’s Apology /  Kendrick vs. Drake

It’s a two-parter of Kendrick Lamar clashes: J. Cole’s public apology and Drake’s ongoing affronts. Hear how Confucius and Fresh feel about the beef, Hip-Hop Facts, the latest headlines, and an Unpopular Opinion on hip-hop’s “health”.

The Drake-Future Feud / Sex Appeal

Confucius and Fresh cover the latest rap beef before weighing the importance of sex appeal in the modern era. Hear that, Hip-Hop Facts, Confucius Reads the News, and an Unpopular Opinion on industry politics.

Stop It Melle Mel!

Confucius and Fresh discuss Melle Mel’s comments about Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. Then they debate whether or not best-of lists are an attempt to keep New York hip-hop relevant.

You’ll hear a special “What If?” version of Hip-Hop Facts where they ask what would have happened to Method Man’s debut album if RZA’s basement hadn’t flooded, what if Pimp C hadn’t gone to jail, and more.

Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that Melle Mel was right that Kendrick Lamar being named as one of the greatest rappers of all time is a bit premature.

Confucius talks about how US music retail revenue is up, the House’s investigation of Twitter, Tucker Carlson’s real feelings about Donald Trump, and more in Confucius Reads the News.

 

 

 

Nas, Clickbait, and Relevance

The fellas start with a two-parter inspired by 21 Savage’s recent comments on Nas; how much of it is embedded in clickbait culture and past that, what really is relevance in hip-hop?
Hip-Hop Facts covers a ton of chance connections: From Babyface, Whitney Houston, and Dr. Dre to Nas and DJ Envy, DJ Toomp and T.I. and yes, even Jay-Z and Gorillaz.
Kendrick fans may disagree with the Unpopular Opinion, but according to Fresh himself, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers basically came and went. Listen to all that plus reactions to the latest headlines from Donald Trump, Atlanta, Nancy Pelosi, Elon Musk, and more.

The Return of Kendrick

Fresh and Confucius talk about the release of Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, and Young Thug’s recent arrest and racketeering charges.

This week on Hip-Hop Facts you’ll learn about Lil Boosie’s time on death row, Travis Scott’s time in a rap duo with OG Chess, why Jay-Z had a problem with A$AP Rocky, and more!

Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that despite his many missteps, Daniel Cesar is not, in fact, canceled.

Confucius discusses the failure of a bill in the Senate to protect abortion, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis,  Harriet Tubman, the recent fights between DaniLeigh and DaBaby and more in Confucius Reads the News.

5 Years of The Breaks

This week on The Breaks:

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Top 5 Hip-Hop Songs

This week on The Breaks:

  • Confucius and Fresh list their Top 5 Hip-Hop songs of all time.
  • the hosts discuss the TV show BMF and talk about the positive influence 50 Cent is having as a television producer at Starz.
  • In this week’s installment of Hip-Hop Facts you’ll learn interesting things about Method Man and ODB, 50 Cent and Young Buck, Kendrick Lamar, Biggie’s song “Sky’s the Limit,” and Pimp C.
  • Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion  that there is no best Hip-Hop record of 2021.
  • Confucius encourages listeners to let go of the idea that they can save the world in his Confucius Says segment.

You can hear the latest full broadcast of The Breaks Saturday night show.

The Breaks’ Mt. Rushmore of Rap

The week on The Breaks:

  • Fresh is out, so Confucius answers the question put forth by Rap Caviar — Who are the 4 best rappers of the 2010’s? For Confucius it’s Drake, Kendrick, Future and Nicki Minaj.
  • Confucius puts forth that of his top 4 hip-hop artists, Drake is hands down the biggest artist of them all.
  • Confucius discusses the release of DMX’s  posthumously released record “Exodus.”
  • In this week’s installment of  Random Hip-Hop Facts you’ll find out info about  Lil Jon, the writing of “Still D.R.E.,” why Jay-Z skipped the Grammys and what the most bootlegged album of all time is.
  • In his Confucius Says segment Confucius encourages listeners to be honest with themselves about who they are so that they can be true to themselves.

You can hear the latest full broadcast of The Breaks Saturday night show.

The Fall of Tekashi 6ix9ine

This week on The Breaks:

  • Confucius and Fresh discuss what the poor sales of Tekashi 6ix 9ine’s latest record, Tattletales, means for his career.
  • The hosts debate whether Jay-Z’s billionaire status is okay because of his place in the culture.
  • Confucius and Fresh talk about the intersection of hip-hop and branding, especially as it relates to Travis Scott’s partnership with McDonalds.
  • Fresh argues that the Drake Stimulus Package is not as important as everyone thinks it is in his Unpopular Opinion.
  • Confucius states that in order to grow together, people need to focus first on their own individual growth.

Be sure to Watch Summer Jam 2020 featuring performances by Mike Melinoe, J Soulja, Vintage Jay, TEDDYTHELEGACY & Chief Cleopatra.

You can watch Summer Jam 2020 Thursday, September 17th at 7pm on KUTX.org

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J.Cole vs Noname

This week on The Breaks, Confucius and Fresh

  • Touch on their memories of past Juneteenth celebrations and talk about what this year’s event might look like.
  • Discuss the criticism surrounding J.Cole’s new song ” Snow on Da Bluff” and the way he appears police the tone used by a Black woman activist (presumably Noname).
  • Talk about the Black Austin Matters mural and explain why grand public gestures can not replace policy addressing systemic racism.
  • Explore why Black Austin Artists are no longer willing to stay silent about systemic racism in the Austin Music Scene.
  • In his Unpopular Opinion, Fresh argues that fans do appreciate Kendrick Lamar and are ready for his next album.
  • In his Confucius Says, Confucius discusses the integral role of Black women in the struggle for Black liberation.
  • This week’s local song of the week is “RED” by MALIK.

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Celebrating Friday

This week on The Breaks, Fresh and Confucius:

  • Talk about the successful battle between Teddy Riley vs Babyface and a potential battle between Dr. Dre and Diddy.
  • Discuss the recent conflict between French Montana and Young Thug over Montana’s comments about Kendrick Lamar.
  • Touch on the lasting impact of Friday on its 25 anniversary.
  • In his Unpopular Opinion, Fresh defends Drake’s first album Thank Me Later.
  • In his Confucius Says segment Confucius explains how love is not always enough to get us though the hard times.
  • This week’s local song of the week is “Happy Hour” by Mélat.

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