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Missing the golden era of hip hop? The Crate 808 podcast travels back to the 1990s with lively debates around classic albums, arguments over Top 5 GOATs and interviews with instrumental people from the culture. Every week, join Kambi Thandi, a long-time hip hop head and pod producer, as he interviews insightful guests to provide a healthy dose of nostalgia, and a fresh look on the decade that shaped the genre.
 
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This week we welcome back on a true rap GOAT for the THIRD time - yes, we complete our hat-trick of episodes with the incomparable Pharoahe Monch. Talking on his group Th1rt3en with Daru Jones and Marcus Machado, Pharoahe breaks down their new album ‘A Magnificent Day for an Exorcism’, being inspired by Black Sabbath and rock and remembers his expe…
 
We return to our series discussing who had the best three-album run in ‘90s hip hop, and this week we speak on A Tribe Called Quest’s People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders 😱🔥 Bringing the argument for these incredible records, we have DJ, promoter and writer from Southern Hospitality, Rob Pursey…
 
‘Ay yo yo, you can’t stand right there…’ This wasn’t the start to a new year anybody wanted, and since the passing of MF DOOM hit the hip hop community so hard, we decided to get together with other DOOM fanatics to remember the man, the myth, the legend that was Daniel Dumile. So coming up we have writers, journalists, DJs, bloggers, YouTubers and…
 
In this second part to our summary of 2020 in hip hop we speak on our Rap MVP of 2020, Verse of the Year, Feature of the Year, Bangers of 2020 and so much more! Catch the first part where we break down our top five favourite albums of the year right here: https://bit.ly/2KWjUNw. Drop us your thoughts on 2020 via email crate808@gmail.com or on our s…
 
We wrap up a historic year with a two-part special breaking down hip hop in 2020. For the first part, we’ll be diving into our personal top five favourite albums of the year (despite someone bringing a 2019 mixtape to the table 😭). Drop us your thoughts on 2020 via email crate808@gmail.com or on our socials 🙌 Show Notes Least hip hop thing in the l…
 
This week we take a dip into our overflowing mailbag of correspondence from the listeners - pretty mad how many of you got in touch on our list of subjects! So big up everyone who emailed crate808@gmail.com or hit us up on our socials…this episode is light on the cultural dives, but an incredibly fun journey into the minds of our audience 😂 So stra…
 
We get back to our series discussing who had the best three-album run in ‘90s hip hop, and this week we have Gang Starr’s Daily Operation, Hard to Earn and Moment of Truth on the table 🔥 To talk through these immense albums, we have music journalist, author, historian, lecturer, and general all-round hip hop matrix Dart Adams in the house! We talk …
 
This week we bring you one of our biggest guests yet - The Talented Mr. Trotter, Black Thought jumped in the Crate 808 hot seat 😱🐐 As a living rap GOAT and founding member of The Roots, we had a LOT to talk about with the legend himself, including… Show Notes Least hip hop thing in the last 24 hours? (01:30) Reaction to ‘Streams of Thought: Vol. 3’…
 
This week we’re joined by one of our favourite MCs in the game - Detroit legend and former member of Slum Village, Elzhi is in the house 🔥 Talking on his storied solo career as well as working with the likes of J Dilla and Kanye West, while touching on… Least hip hop thing in the last 24 hours? (01:14) Starting rhyming at the age of eight...and dro…
 
This was a big week for us. When we started this podcast we had certain dream guests in mind…and amazingly we made that happen with this episode right here…yes, hip hop radio legends Bobbito Garcia and Stretch Armstrong sat down to talk with us! 😱 Speaking on their historic radio show that showcased GOATs of 1990s rap (breaking acts such as Wu-Tang…
 
We continue our series discussing who had the best three-album run in ‘90s hip hop with another incredible collection - this week we dig into De La Soul’s De La Soul is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate and Stakes is High ⭐️ And making De La’s case is author, former editor of Hip Hop Connection and Fat Lace magazines, Andrew Emery. The rest of the series in…
 
We continue our series discussing who had the best three-album run in ‘90s hip hop with an absolute behemoth collection - yes, we dive into 2Pac’s Me Against the World, All Eyes on Me and Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory 🔥 And making Pac’s case is the man who helped break the likes of Chance the Rapper and Chief Keef, the founder…
 
This week we kick off our new series, where we discuss…who had the best three-album run in ‘90s hip hop? 🐐 Yes, we’ll be diving into the cases for eight different rap acts with eight of the strongest voices in hip hop to figure out who has the best claim 🍿 We start with the argument for one of the most important MCs that’s ever lived - Ice Cube. Br…
 
We return with our final part of this week’s debate - diving into OutKast’s incredible ‘Aquemini’ album. In part one we heard Jon Bass’ (The Notorious P.O.D.) case for why Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous' should get into our Hall of Fame, Crate 808. Now it’s the turn of our resident Boom Bap Crusader, Ray Ridge, to make his case for why OutKast deserves …
 
The Crate 808 squad return to talk classic 90s albums with fellow rap podcaster, Jon Bass (The Notorious P.O.D.), to see which record we can put into our very own Hall of Fame - Crate 808. This is part one of a two-part episode, discussing Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous' and OutKast’s ‘Aquemini’ - but the whole thing is up on YouTube for the people that…
 
This week we revisit a 90s cult classic - Ras Kass’ ‘Soul on Ice’. 🔥 To break it all down with us is founder of B-Boy Document magazine, Andy Cee, discussing why he loves this record so much. Before the chat, host Kambi Thandi and resident Boom Bap Crusader, Ray Ridge, give their reactions to new music from Arrested Development, Paris, SAULT and Ra…
 
This week we’re honoured to bring one of our most insightful chats yet… and it’s all centred around The Pharcyde! Founding member, Slimkid 3, sits down to talk through the classic rap group’s history, as well as celebrating the sheer quality and variety of hip hop music in the 90s. Along the way we touch on… 🎧 Being into techno, new wave acts like …
 
This week we’re joined by the first Asian woman of hip hop, Sophia Chang - author of ‘The Baddest Bitch in the Room’ and former manager of rap legends such as RZA, ODB, GZA, Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest (to name a few). We dive into her storied past in the music industry told through her new book, touching on… 🐝 Being raised by Wu-Tang 👐 Her jour…
 
This week we dive into another classic rap record from the 90s - A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Midnight Marauders’ - with music industry mogul, Kwame Kwaten. Having worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones and Seal, as well as discovering Shola Ama at a London tube station, Kwame brings his deep insight into the incredible production, vivid…
 
This week we’re joined by underground rap legend Evidence. One half of Step Brothers with The Alchemist and member of Dilated Peoples, EV is a man who’s carved out his own space while produce with the likes of Kanye West (and win a Grammy while doing so). The conversation got deep and insightful, touching on… ⚾️ Being good at baseball as a kid (3:3…
 
This week we’re joined by a legend of turntablism, DJ Yoda - a man who loves to push the craft into new areas constantly. Before the chat, host Kambi Thandi and resident boom bap crusader, Ray Ridge, give their reactions to our instant-classic episode with Boldy James (complete with Westside Gunn cameo), speak on what music we’re feeling at the mom…
 
This week we got an exclusive sit down with one of the hottest rappers of 2020, as well as an inside look at the world for Griselda - the label that all of rap is looking at right now. Yes, Boldy James gave us some time to talk 90s hip hop, his incredible run of projects with the likes of The Alchemist, Sterling Toles and Griselda (Westside Gunn x …
 
The Crate 808 crew get together once again to bring their top five rap albums of 2020 so far, as well as list their favourite hip hop tracks of the year… needless to say, there was some heated debate! Host, Kam Thandi, is joined by the resident boom bap crusader Ray Ridge and Newquay rap nerd James Midwinter, as they also dip into the Crate 808 mai…
 
This week the Crate 808 crew drop a track-by-track review of one of the albums of the year - Run the Jewels’ RTJ4. Don’t worry, at the same time as breaking down El-P and Killer Mike’s dope new record, we keep it 90s with a needless amount of Arnie quotes, chat about the music in Robocop 2 and much more, including… 🥇 Why Killer Mike is 2020 MVP 🧠 D…
 
This week we were truly honoured to have returning guest, Pharoahe Monch, back on the pod for one of our most meaningful and deep chats yet. The incredible MC gave us his insight on the state of 2020, touching on some important subjects like getting introspective while coming to terms with yourself during a global pandemic, and at the same time see…
 
This is a big one, because this week we were truly honoured to speak with a rap legend - Masta Ace stepped in the house to talk all things hip hop! The former member of The Juice Crew sat in the hot seat for a deep dive into his career, and along the way we touched on… 🎭 Working on a hip hop musical, with characters from his last 3 albums (02:36) 🏋…
 
This week we’re honoured to have on a bars behemoth from New York, a man who’s spat with the best of them - R.A. the Rugged Man steps in to talk all things 90s and speak on his new album, ‘All My Heroes Are Dead’. Along the way we touch on things such as… 🔎 Breaking down his new album (04:08) 💰 The perils of dropping an album during a pandemic ❌ Ha…
 
This week we’re joined by UK rapper MysDiggi to talk about managing our anxiety levels, why we need to question the powers that be, and try to make sense of a crazy 2020. All this with some added chat about which rap music we’ve been listening to. Twitter: https://twitter.com/crate808 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crate_808 Facebook: https:/…
 
Wu-Tang Clan. Mobb Deep. Big Pun. Xzibit. MOP. Dead Prez. Three Six Mafia. We talk to the man who helped break these artists (and many more) on his legendary Loud Records and SRC labels - Steve Rifkind. The hip hop pioneer talks all things 90s, as well as… 💥 What made Loud Records stand out in the 90s (04:58) 💪 Rooming with Tupac (09:23) 🔥 Signing …
 
This week we are honoured to sit and talk with UK hip hop legend, Blak Twang. Taking a break from our regular 90s shows, we hope to listen, learn and act during this chaotic times, where tackling racism and providing good public healthcare are of upmost importance. Twang speaks on all these issues, including the death of fellow Kingdem member and l…
 
This week we break from our regular programming to focus of the biggest issue in hip hop right now - racism and the George Floyd murder. We welcome on hip hop artist and co-host of the ‘Breaking Atoms’ podcast, Chris Mitchell, to sit, listen and learn. If you would like to donate to the Black Lives Matter causes in America, here are just a few to g…
 
This week we welcome ‘the spirit’ of A Tribe Called Quest, Jarobi White. He’s a man who doesn’t do many interviews, but we managed to sit down with him and talk all things Tribe, as well as… 😂 Least hip hop thing he’s done in the last 24 hours (01:48) 💪 Being inspired by Run-DMC, LL Cool J and why rap spoke to him (08:18) 😤 Why he laughs at people …
 
This week we welcome Just Blaze to the show, a long-time collaborator for the rap alumni including Jay-Z, Eminem, Jay Electronica and many, many more. We sat down for a dive into topics like… 😷 Dealing with COVID-19 lockdown (00:44) 📲 Why he’s moving to Twitch (02:43) 👀 Participating in Swizz and Timbaland’s Instagram ‘Verzuz’ battles...but trying …
 
The final episode in our 3-part debate focuses on Nas’ ‘It Was Written’ - the team argue for why Escobar’s record should or shouldn’t get into Crate 808, ahead of Notorious B.I.G.'s ‘Life After Death’ and Dr. Dre’s ‘2001’. Expect the usual categories and more, as we chat ‘90s hip hop. Show Notes: 11:50 - It Was Written intro 1:33:30 - Album conclus…
 
The Crate 808 team drop their second episode of this week’s ‘Sophomore Special’ debate - this time focusing on Dr. Dre’s seminal ‘2001’ album. The squad break down the record and make their arguments for why it should or shouldn’t get into Crate 808 ahead of Notorious B.I.G.'s ‘Life After Death’ and Nas’ ‘It Was Written’. Expect the usual categorie…
 
The Crate 808 team gear up for a ‘Sophomore Special’ debate - pitting three 90s rap classics up against one another, to see which gets into Crate 808. This is part one of a three-part episode, discussing Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Life After Death', Dr. Dre's 'Chronic 2001' and Nas' 'It Was Written'. Kambi Thandi plays host, with regular heads Ray Ridge a…
 
This week we’re joined by former contributing editor for Hip Hop Connection, co-founder of Fat Lace magazine, DJ and promoter, Rob Pursey. Taking a DEEP dive into Jay Elec’s debut album, this track-by-track review soon turned into a full on geek-out session! Talking about everything stemming from this record (as well as our usual staples), we debat…
 
We revisit the 1995 classic with former Editor-in-Chief of HipHopDX and creator of the famous DX Breakdown - Justin Hunte. We talk all things Bone, as well as… 💬 How Bone’s style impacts rap today 👑 Why Layzie is his favourite out of group 😂 How the album is all murder and marijuana ⏪ Most rewindable cut: Mr. Bill Collector 🔥 Hottest bars on the pr…
 
This week we welcome living hip hop GOAT, Prince Paul, for a deep dive into topics such as… 🌼 His journey with De La Soul 💀 Gravediggaz and Eazy E 🐝 His relationship with RZA 😂 Winning Grammys with Chris Rock 😳 Asking De La to play crackheads 👐 Witnessing Wu-Tang’s birth 🎭 MF DOOM’s early days 🎈 Behind-the-scenes of ‘Buhloone Mindstate’ 🙏 Wanting t…
 
Crate 808 duo, Kambi Thandi and Ray Ridge, go digging in the crates while in quarantine due to COVID-19. Pulling out cuts from the Crate 808 Bangers Spotify playlist (https://spoti.fi/2U8MQE4), they talk the resurgence of live streaming, the least hip hop thing you’ve done in the last 24 hours, as well as… 🤣 Lil Wayne’s new lyrics 💥 Run the Jewels …
 
The Crate 808 crew go digging in the crates while in self-isolation due to the coronavirus, pulling out hits from the Crate 808 Bangers Spotify playlist (https://spoti.fi/2U8MQE4). Along the way, Kambi Thandi and Ray Ridge touch on subjects such as… 🤔 Which 90s rapper would you isolate with? 🥁 Thoughts on Jay Electronica’s new album 🧼 What to rap w…
 
The Crate 808 crew dive into their biggest debate so far - pitting three stone cold 90s classics up against one another. Kambi Thandi hosts the mass convo with regular heads Simon Ward, Ray Ridge and James Midwinter, who break down each record while touching on wild claims that RBX used to eat in morgues; deciding whether Nas only has two flows; an…
 
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