Chicago bred rapper Open Mike Eagle joins MC Nocando and Jeff Weiss this week to discuss Mount Rapmore AKA Biggie, 2pac, Nas, and Jay-Z. The guys define each rapper’s style, talk about the importance of street anthems & pop singles, ask who had the best sense of humor, and describe which was the most impactful rapper. Plus, Open Mike Eagle breaks down what he thinks Gangnam Style means and MC Nocando tells us about the mean streets of Osaka.
I like having the guest involved throughout the whole episode, and Open Mike Eagle was a lot of fun.
As a very much rap outsider, it's nice hearing a conversation about what, to people who are deeper entrenched, must be foregone conclusions about who is great and why. I had no idea about the importance of "Illmatic", for example, but I went and listened to it mid-episode and feel that much more educated. I would love, like, a "Hip-Hop 101" list of albums that the hosts think we should absolutely be familiar with. Sure, I could look up "best-of" lists anywhere online (and probably will later), but everybody has their own influences so I'd like to know what Jeff and Nocando hold in esteem. I am listening to -their- podcast, after all!
I can't speak for anyone else in the Earwolf audience but, regarding authors, I am pretty much hand-in-hand with Jeff on those truly-great-but-also-funny authors. Needs some Vonnegut in there, though! And if Jeff did want to draw some legitimate parallels between Whitman and 2Pac, I'd sure listen.
On the subject of Gangnam Style, first of all it's a pet peeve of mine when people pronounce it "Gang-um" (I'm looking at you, Nocando!) but such things are ultimately fleeting and inconsequential. I love crossover success like that, and I genuinely enjoy the song. Imports have been a huge part of my music collection over the past decade and a half. Lots of Japanese but some Korean and a few Chinese bands. I would be interested to hear what level of exposure Nocando has to the Japanese scene, and his thoughts on rap and hip-hop as an export that has been widely embraced outside the US.
On that note, here are the first two Japanese hip-hop songs I ever heard: