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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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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.

    Black Thought Interview: Rap GOAT, Founding Member of The Roots | Ep. 77

    Black Thought Interview: Rap GOAT, Founding Member of The Roots | Ep. 77

    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’ (02:30) Breaking down his rapper/producer collaborations (05:10) Using Dave Chappelle’s work on his latest album (07:13) What he would like to add to his legacy (10:50) Breaking down the artwork to each ‘Streams’ project and behind The Roots’ classic covers (13:45) How he hits up other MCs (Roc Marciano, Royce, Yasiin Bey, Monch, Common and Griselda) for advice (17:05) Latest on the Black Nickel project with Royce Da 5’9” (19:40) How Big Pun was supposed to feature on ‘Adrenaline!’ and working on ‘Super Lyrical’ (20:40) Which songs and verses people ask him about the most (25:37) The legendary Funkmaster Flex freestyle (26:45) How he settled on the name Black Thought, and what The Roots were previously named (28:40) How seeing LL Cool J at the After Midnight changed his life and made him want to rap (33:16) Future music including tons of features on ‘Streams: Vol. 4’ and ‘Dangerous Thoughts’ with Danger Mouse (37:40) New work with DJ Premier and Q-Tip, including a supergroup of Preem, Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Cassandra Wilson working on a new project tentatively called ‘Dopamine’ (40:08) Talks The Roots and ‘Things Fall Apart’ (42:37) How he found living in London in 1994 (45:00)  
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    Be sure to check out our merch - jump on crate808.com to buy a tee or a hoody (or have a look at our Instagram shop), and help support the pod please. It all goes back into the pot for us to try make even more great content for you! 🙌
     
    For the next mailbag episode, we’d love to hear from you guys, so email us at crate808@gmail.com with your takes on…
     
    🔲 The weirdest dream you’ve had about a rapper
    🔲 Is Posdnuos the most underrated MC in rap history?
    🔲 Where’s the weirdest place you’ve met a rapper?
    🔲 The most ludicrous lyrics you’ve ever heard?
    🔲 What’s the worst merch you’ve ever bought?
    🔲 Least hip hop things you’ve done in the last 24 hours?
     
    Catch all our Spotify playlists here…
    Slept-On DJ Premier Bangers Playlist: https://spoti.fi/3iw4yun
    Slept-On Wu-Tang Bangers Playlist: https://spoti.fi/32QtAQG
    Sample Corner Playlist: https://spoti.fi/3eYfhMd
     
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/crate808
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crate_808
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crate808
    Website: https://www.crate808.com

    • 49 min
    Elzhi Interview: Detroit Rapper, Former Member of Slum Village | Ep. 76

    Elzhi Interview: Detroit Rapper, Former Member of Slum Village | Ep. 76

    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 drops the first bars he ever wrote (01:50) How Rakim blew his mind (04:45) Making ‘Out of Focus EP’ in 1998 (10:00) Linking up with JR Swift on new album ‘Seven Times Down Eight Times Up’ (11:10) Working with Griselda, wanting to work with Just Blaze (15:00) Making the banger ‘Jason’ (17:33) Breaking down the cover of the new record (23:30) Storytellers who influenced him: Slick Rick, Nas, Ice Cube, Tarantino (27:30) How he made ‘Thugged Out Zombies’ (28:40) Talks on potential super group with Black Milk, Royce Da 5’9” (30:35) His thoughts on his ‘Europass’ record (32:30) Debuting on J Dilla’s ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’ and witnessing Jay Dee make a beat in FIVE minutes (35:30) Making ‘Jericho Jackson’ with Khrysis (41:20) Why he loves Thom Yorke and Radiohead (43:25) Why he’d have loved to sit in on the Souls of Mischief studio sessions (45:47) Working with Kanye West (49:00) Touring in South Africa…and getting robbed (51:00)  
    🚨 REMEMBER TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER 🚨 We’re trying to build this community, so to keep you informed with our updates, we’d love for you to sub to our newsletter. Simply head to crate808.com and throw in your email! Many thanks peeps!
     
    Be sure to check out our merch - jump on crate808.com to buy a tee or a hoody (or have a look at our Instagram shop), and help support the pod please. It all goes back into the pot for us to try make even more great content for you! 🙌
     
    For the next mailbag episode, we’d love to hear from you guys, so email us at crate808@gmail.com with your takes on…
     
    🔲 The weirdest dream you’ve had about a rapper
    🔲 Is Posdnuos the most underrated MC in rap history?
    🔲 Where’s the weirdest place you’ve met a rapper?
    🔲 The most ludicrous lyrics you’ve ever heard?
    🔲 What’s the worst merch you’ve ever bought?
    🔲 Least hip hop things you’ve done in the last 24 hours?
     
    Catch all our Spotify playlists here…
    Slept-On DJ Premier Bangers Playlist: https://spoti.fi/3iw4yun
    Slept-On Wu-Tang Bangers Playlist: https://spoti.fi/32QtAQG
    Sample Corner Playlist: https://spoti.fi/3eYfhMd
     
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/crate808
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crate_808
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crate808
    Website: https://www.crate808.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Stretch and Bobbito Interview: Hip Hop Radio Legends | Ep. 75

    Stretch and Bobbito Interview: Hip Hop Radio Legends | Ep. 75

    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 Clan, Nas, Big L, Big Pun, The Fugees and many more), Stretch and Bob also broke down their new series of EP releases and their Apple Music Hits radio show. Along the way we touch on…
     
    Least hip hop thing in the last 24 hours? (02:15) Why Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me isn’t a kids song (03:55) Celebrating 30 years of The Stretch and Bobbito Show (04:55) New EP series with Biggie, Jay-Z, Big L, Ghostface, Method Man freestyles (06:50) They have interviews left to publish from last podcast inc. Monica Lynch (Tommy Boy) and DJ Clark Kent (13:00) Reliving the atmosphere and spirit of the legendary 90s radio show (16:00) Being the first ever to play Wu music with Protect Ya Neck Having a rap artist throw Stretch’s flight case full of records How technology has lead to these new EPs and a album in 2021 (21:10) Hoping to work with DJ Premier and Buckwild (25:20) Wanting to make an exhibition about their work which features VR (27:00) Last great thing they heard…are the Bee Gees hip hop or not? (29:00)

    🚨 REMEMBER TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER 🚨 We’re trying to build this community, so to keep you informed with our updates, we’d love for you to sub to our newsletter. Simply head to crate808.com and throw in your email! Many thanks peeps!
     
    Be sure to check out our merch - jump on crate808.com to buy a tee or a hoody (or have a look at our Instagram shop), and help support the pod please. It all goes back into the pot for us to try make even more great content for you! 🙌
     
    For the next mailbag episode, we’d love to hear from you guys, so email us at crate808@gmail.com with your takes on…
     
    🔲 The weirdest dream you’ve had about a rapper
    🔲 Is Posdnuos the most underrated MC in rap history?
    🔲 Where’s the weirdest place you’ve met a rapper?
    🔲 The most ludicrous lyrics you’ve ever heard?
    🔲 What’s the worst merch you’ve ever bought?
    🔲 Least hip hop things you’ve done in the last 24 hours?
     
    Check Stretch and Bob’s latest work…
    New Freestyle EP 1: https://spoti.fi/2U2Wvva
    No Requests with The M19s Band: https://spoti.fi/3p8vl4q
    Must-watch documentary Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives: https://stretchandbobbito.com/film
     
    Catch all our Spotify playlists here…
    Slept-On DJ Premier Bangers Playlist: https://spoti.fi/3iw4yun
    Slept-On Wu-Tang Bangers Playlist: https://spoti.fi/32QtAQG
    Sample Corner Playlist: https://spoti.fi/3eYfhMd
     
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/crate808
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crate_808
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crate808
    Website: https://www.crate808.com

    • 36 min
    De La Soul’s 3-Album Run with Andrew Emery | Ep. 74

    De La Soul’s 3-Album Run with Andrew Emery | Ep. 74

    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 includes…
     
    Ice Cube with Shawn Setaro (https://bit.ly/3kaYfOq)
    Tupac with Andrew Barber (https://bit.ly/2HGr3QT)
    Gang Starr with Dart Adams
    Outkast with Justin Hunte
    A Tribe Called Quest with Rob Pursey
    Mobb Deep with Breaking Atoms Podcast
    Redman with Take it Personal Radio
     
    🚨 REMEMBER TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER 🚨 We’re trying to build this community, so to keep you informed with our updates, we’d love for you to sub to our newsletter. Simply head to crate808.com and throw in your email! Many thanks peeps!
     
    Be sure to check out our merch - jump on crate808.com to buy a tee or a hoody (or have a look at our Instagram shop), and help support the pod please. It all goes back into the pot for us to try make even more great content for you! 🙌

    Show Notes:
    Least hip hop thing in the last 24 hours? (01:01) Opening argument (02:10) De La Soul is Dead (04:05) Buhloone Mindstate (23:50) Is Posdnuos the most underrated MC in hip hop history? (27:15) Stakes is High (34:50) Conclusion (53:20)  
    For the next mailbag episode, we’d love to hear from you guys, so email us at crate808@gmail.com with your takes on…
     
    🔲 The weirdest dream you’ve had about a rapper
    🔲 Is Posdnuos the most underrated MC in rap history?
    🔲 Where’s the weirdest place you’ve met a rapper?
    🔲 The most ludicrous lyrics you’ve ever heard?
    🔲 What’s the worst merch you’ve ever bought?
    🔲 Least hip hop things you’ve done in the last 24 hours?
     
    Catch all our Spotify playlists here:
    Slept-On DJ Premier Bangers Playlist https://spoti.fi/3iw4yun
    Slept-On Wu-Tang Bangers Playlist https://spoti.fi/32QtAQG
    Sample Corner Playlist https://spoti.fi/3eYfhMd
     
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/crate808
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crate_808
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crate808
    Website: https://www.crate808.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Tupac Shakur’s 3-Album Run with Andrew Barber | Ep. 73

    Tupac Shakur’s 3-Album Run with Andrew Barber | Ep. 73

    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 of Fake Shore Drive and the best follow on Rap Twitter - Andrew Barber.
     
    The rest of the series includes…
     
    Ice Cube with Shawn Setaro (https://bit.ly/3kaYfOq)
    De La Soul with Andrew Emery
    Gang Starr with Dart Adams
    Outkast with Justin Hunte
    A Tribe Called Quest with Rob Pursey
    Mobb Deep with Breaking Atoms Podcast
    Redman with Take it Personal Radio
     
    🚨 REMEMBER TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER 🚨 We’re trying to build this community, so to keep you informed with our updates, we’d love for you to sub to our newsletter. Simply head to crate808.com and throw in your email! Many thanks peeps!
     
    Be sure to check out our merch - jump on crate808.com to buy a tee or a hoody (or have a look at our Instagram shop), and help support the pod please. It all goes back into the pot for us to try make even more great content for you! 🙌

    Show Notes:
    Least hip hop thing in the last 24 hours? (02:30) Opening argument (03:09) Me Against the World (6:30) All Eyez on Me (22:00) Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory (39:35) Conclusion (55:35)  
    Catch Andrew Barber and Fake Shore Drive right here: https://twitter.com/fakeshoredrive. For the next mailbag episode, we’d love to hear from you guys, so email us at crate808@gmail.com with your takes on…
     
    ◼️ Would you rather go against Cube or Pac on wax?
    ◼️ Where’s the weirdest place you’ve met a rapper?
    ◼️ The most ludicrous lyrics you’ve ever heard?
    ◼️ What’s the worst merch you’ve ever bought?
    ◼️ Least hip hop things you’ve done in the last 24 hours?
     
    Catch all our Spotify playlists here:
    Slept-On DJ Premier Bangers Playlist https://spoti.fi/3iw4yun
    Slept-On Wu-Tang Bangers Playlist https://spoti.fi/32QtAQG
    Sample Corner Playlist https://spoti.fi/3eYfhMd
     
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/crate808
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crate_808
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crate808
    Website: https://www.crate808.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    ‪Ice Cube’s 3-Album Run with Shawn Setaro | Ep. 72

    ‪Ice Cube’s 3-Album Run with Shawn Setaro | Ep. 72

    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. Bringing the heat to back his case - musician, journalist, writer and podcasting legend, the man who gave us The Cipher, Shawn Setaro.
     
    For the rest of the series we’ll be bringing you episodes including…
     
    Tupac with Andrew Barber
    De La Soul with Andrew Emery
    Gang Starr with Dart Adams
    Outkast with Justin Hunte
    A Tribe Called Quest with Rob Pursey
    Mobb Deep with Breaking Atoms Podcast
    Redman with Take it Personal Radio
     
    Also, 🚨 REMEMBER TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER 🚨 Sorry for shouting, but we’re trying to build this community, so to keep you informed with our updates, we’d love for you to sub to our newsletter. Simply head to crate808.com and throw in your email! Many thanks peeps!
     
    Be sure to check out our merch - jump on crate808.com to buy a tee or a hoody (or have a look at our Instagram shop), and help support the pod please. It all goes back into the pot for us to try make even more great content for you! 🙌

    Show Notes:
    Least hip hop thing in the last 24 hours? (02:11) Opening argument (04:05) Amerikkka’s Most Wanted (13:02) Kill at Will EP (20:39) Death Certificate (24:40) The Predator (45:40) Conclusion (1:04:20)  
    If you want more Ice Cube episodes, check these in our library:
    🎙 Amerikkka’s Most Wanted with MysDiggi https://bit.ly/3nTdduC
    🎙 The Predator vs. Capital Punishment vs. Black on Both Sides https://bit.ly/37fM672
     
    For the next mailbag episode, we’d love to hear from you guys, so email us at crate808@gmail.com with your takes on…
     
    ◼️ What’s Raekwon’s best verse ever?
    ◼️ What is the worst beat of 1995?
    ◼️ Where’s the weirdest place you’ve met a rapper?
    ◼️ The most ludicrous lyrics you’ve ever heard?
    ◼️ What’s the worst merch you’ve ever bought?
    ◼️ Least hip hop things you’ve done in the last 24 hours?
     
    Catch all our Spotify playlists here:
    Slept-On DJ Premier Bangers Playlist https://spoti.fi/3iw4yun
    Slept-On Wu-Tang Bangers Playlist https://spoti.fi/32QtAQG
    Sample Corner Playlist https://spoti.fi/3eYfhMd
     
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/crate808
     
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crate_808
     
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crate808
     
    Website: https://www.crate808.com

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

oldmatejonno ,

90's hip-hop nostalgia

If you used to listen to hip-hop in the 90s with your mates, you'll love this.

elbee24 ,

My go to

Love this podcast. Great interviews and awesome guests. Keep up the good work. Would love to see a live video interview one day.

Threedegrees ,

Surprisingly entertaining for some middle class UK mfs

I gotta be honest, I was like, "Why would I wanna know what the least hip hop thing you've done is?" but it gives background to these cats and you know what? They know what they're talking about, I dont agree with all of it but I enjoyed the debates,loving the format I'm looking forward to hearing where this goes, five stars!

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