Welcome back to the Comprehensive Beatdown, Episode 11. This week, Silent G and Bloggy Bonilla tackle “The Good Fight,” the newest offering from Oddisee through Mello Music Group. Oddisee handles all the production and rapping on the record, as he continues to evolve his sound as well as his lyrical acumen. Guests on the record include Maimouna Youseff, Nick Hakim, Tranqill, and Gary Clarke Jr. The guys also check out a track from the most recent Oh No & Alchemist collaboration as well as songs from the new Blueprint and Nosaj Thing records. The local track for the week is supplied by Jackson, MS based artist Spook.
Thanks as always for listening. We will be taking a break next week, so look for us again in a couple weeks.
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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Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G change it up again this week, with their first foray into a non-hip hop album. The guys listen to Ibeyi’s self titled debut album. There is a lot to discuss here, as the women of Ibeyi fill their music, which is down-tempo beat driven for the most part, with spiritual messages and imagery. A couple of the normal segments return to the podcast this week. The guys bring back the track selection segment, with Silent G choosing a track from Nneka’s new album and Bloggy Bonilla playing a track from the latest Fae Simon album. The guys also bring back the “Local Music” segment and play a track from Jackson singer Tawanna Shaunte’s excellent new album, “Freedom Agent.” Finally, everyone’s favorite segment, “Shitty Tracks From Our Friends,” makes its triumphant return, but this time Silent G is dropping the shittiness on the podcast.
PURCHASE: IBEYI – IBEYI
PURCHASE: NNEKA – MY FAIRY TALES
PURCHASE: FAE SIMON – OUTROSPECTIVE
PURCHASE: TAWANNA SHAUNTE – FREEDOM AGENT
Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G bring you a special edition of Comprehensive Beatdown this week. The guys listen to the new Kendrick Lamar album, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” for the first time and offer their comments and discussion without any pre-work or notes. “To Pimp a Butterfly” was scheduled for a March 23 release, but a snafu with Lamar’s label, Interscope, led to the album being released for a short period of time on March 16. The album was pulled once the mistake was discovered, but the guys got their hands on an early copy and vowed not to listen until they could sit down and record the podcast. So, sit back and listen as Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G go through one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the year. The guys are left a little speechless on several occasions.
Comprehensive Beatdown will be back next week with a very special “Ladies Edition” of the podcast with the return of the regular segments. You won’t want to miss it.