18 episodes

It's bigger than hip hop...
Bringing together a love of 80s, 90s and 00s hip-hop and generally talking rubbish, Hostile Reconnaissance bring you a monthly podcast aiming to answer (none of) the biggest questions in hip-hop and rap culture, as seen from the UK.

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It's bigger than hip hop...
Bringing together a love of 80s, 90s and 00s hip-hop and generally talking rubbish, Hostile Reconnaissance bring you a monthly podcast aiming to answer (none of) the biggest questions in hip-hop and rap culture, as seen from the UK.

    #18 - Wow moments

    #18 - Wow moments

    We all love hip-hop, why else would you be listening to this podcast, but there are times when you hear something and go full Black Rob "like, Woah!"

    This episode is about all those moments when you've been shaken to your core by something so new or so amazing. Those moments change your life and make you see things differently. From albums, tracks, or even just a beat drop, these are the moments that stick with you forever. Sunny and Marcus pick some of their favourite wow moments and explain why it had the impact it did.

    The Spotify playlist for this episode is something special, and we can't wait to see what you add to the Collaborative playlist (or listen to it).

    Hit us up on Twitter or Instagram if you want to join the conversation.


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    • 1 hr 59 min
    #17 - Hip hop sporting XIs

    #17 - Hip hop sporting XIs

    Nope, this isn't episode looking at the sporting prowess of athletes turned hip hop stars, this is a weird thought experiment where we try to match the personalities, styles and technical abilities into our imagined hip hop football (soccer) and cricket (like baseball but with more cream teas) XI.

    Sunny and Marcus go through their criteria and thoughts to come up with their own XI, and eventually agree on a combined team for both sports. We know the Venn diagram for people who like hip hop, football and cricket is largely a bunch of independent circles, but we enjoyed it.

    Who will be our crazy left back? Who will be the star striker? Who will open the batting? Find out in this episode.

    Remember we have Instagram and twitter if you want to tell us we are wrong, and we've got Spotify playlists (ours and collaborative) for you to enjoy.


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    #16: Let's Get Free - hip hop's last great album?

    #16: Let's Get Free - hip hop's last great album?

    In this episode, we take a closer look at one of the most underrated and important albums in hip-hop, dead prez's 2000 debut 'Let's Get Free'. Although the lead single, Hip Hop, is well known - even making it into a VW advert - but the rest of the album is embarrassingly slept-on.

    Sunny and Marcus pick through the tracks and explore some of the themes within what is initially a straight-forward album, and discover layers of complexity and depth.

    Let's Get Free is dead prez's debut album, released in 2000 by Loud Records. It is unapologetically militant, socialist and pan-Africanist in nature. It is also a complicated, sometimes contradictory album. Although it could be argued that sometimes the music lets it down, and M1 and stic.man are not the best MCs (note: they're still damn good), this album is one of the most important releases in music. Of all genres.

    Don't agree, or want to join the conversation, then let us know on twitter or Instagram (@hostilerecon). And check out the album in full on Spotify.


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    • 1 hr 30 min
    #15: Place and space in Hip-Hop

    #15: Place and space in Hip-Hop

    Following on from episode 14, where we looked at Small Town Rap, we started to dig deeper into some of the reasons why there was such a paucity of rappers from outside the metropolises of the US. Sunny managed to mention all his favourite philosophers (including himself).

    This is a long one, but hopefully an enjoyable one.

    Hit us up on twitter or instagram, and remember to check out the Spotify playlist from this episode, or contribute to the collaborative Spotify playlist.


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    • 1 hr 52 min
    #14: Small town rap

    #14: Small town rap

    When we think of hip-hop and rap, it is often inextricably linked to place. Most often, these places are the densely populated urban areas in America; after all, hip-hop was born in those places, and they contain all the ingredients needed to create the environment for hip-hop to report on.

    In this episode, we look to those small towns, the ‘other’ places were hip-hop has grown and flourished. We are still limiting ourselves to USA, but we look at a number of artists from smaller towns and analyse their music and their impact.

    As usual, instagram and twitter are there to continue the conversation. Listen to the music from the episode or add tracks from your favourite ‘small town’ rapper to our collaborative playlist.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #13: Don’t call it a comeback

    #13: Don’t call it a comeback

    They fell off, they came back harder. This episode looks at artists whose careers took a turn and celebrates their triumphant return to form/status/notoriety.

    In this episode, we try to look beyond the typical examples of Nas, Common and Dr Dre, and focus on some less obvious examples. We hope you enjoy it.

    If you want to join in the conversation, remember that we have twitter and Instagram, we’d love to hear your feedback and comments.

    As always, we have our Spotify playlists too, one of the tracks in the episode (if you prefer the music without our voices over the top) and one where you can add your own comeback hits!


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    • 1 hr 3 min

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