This week, Comprehensive Beatdown celebrates its 10th episode of the podcast with a little classic album retrospect. The end of April from 1992-1995 was a monster each year. Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G will take a listen to and discuss songs from Beastie Boys’ “Check Your Head,” Mobb Deep’s “The Infamous,” and Outkast’s “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.” The centerpiece of this week’s episode is “Innercity Griots” from Freestyle Fellowship. “Innercity Griots,” the Fellowship’s second full length, was released on April 28, 1993. The album in many ways served as a counterpoint to their West Coast hip hop colleagues who tended more toward the hardcore stylings of groups like Eazy-E. Freestyle Fellowship’s influence can be seen and heard through groups ranging from Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, Hieroglyphics, Anticon and many, many others. The guys listen to the album and talk about pretty much everything in this chattiest episode yet.
In this week’s episode of Comprehensive Beatdown, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G check out the newest album from Tal National, a band that neither of the guys was familiar with before this week (embarrassingly so). Hailing from Niger, Tal National juggles being the country’s most popular band with working to differentiate their sound from their Afrobeat contemporaries in Nigeria while also navigating life as a secular band in a fundamentalist Muslim country. “Zoy Zoy” is their second international album and will make a great summer soundtrack.
The guys also listen to a new track from Tyler, the Creator and a classic track from Crooked Lettaz in celebration of the 16th anniversary of the release of “Grey Skies.” As if all that weren’t enough, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G offer a whole lot of unsolicited NBA playoff analysis and bad Tim Tebow jokes. Thanks as always for the support.
Comprehensive Beatdown is back this week with some more good new music to check out. Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G focus on “What For,” the newest offering from Toro y Moi, who is often, against his will, categorized in the Chillwave scene. It is debated amongst music fans whether or not Chillwave is even a genre, as most artists associated with the genre do not claim it on their own. Either way, Toro y Moi is a dynamic artist who has steadily progressed since his first release in 2010. The guys also play music from Aceyalone, Freestyle Fellowship, Tycho, and Jackson, MS artists Coke Bumaye (happy birthday!) and Rene Lee. Thanks for listening and supporting.
For this week of Comprehensive Beatdown, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G listen to the newest offering from Young Fathers, “White Men are Black Men Too,” which was released on April 7 on Big Dada Recordings. Young Fathers continues pushing boundaries and challenging listeners, not only with their unorthodox approach to production but also with provocative topics covered in the lyrics. The group has found itself at the center of a little bit of controversy over the title of the album, and the guys will discuss that a little bit this week.
In this week’s episode, you’ll also hear music from J-Live, Potatohead People, Hoffman, and Theory Hazit. “Shitty Tracks From Our Friends” returns this week, as well as a local track from Tira D, which was submitted by the Hood Hippie Blog.
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Comprehensive Beatdown is back with a special episode. This week, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G take a look back to 1995 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Old Dirty Bastard’s “Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version,” which was released on March 28, 2015. “Return to the 36 Cambers” was the second Wu Tang solo release, and is in some ways lost in the mix, considering it fell between Method Man’s “Tical” and Raekwon’s “Only Built For Cuban Linx,” two albums most Wu Tang fans consider classics. The guys listen to and discuss the album, share some old stories, talk in some depth about associated Wu Tang acts, and try to decide where in the pantheon of not just Wu Tang, but pop music in general, “Return to the 36 Chambers” belongs.