37 episodes

Open Mike Eagle Sits down with the legendary creators in hip-hop to discuss their life, impact, and legacy over the course of a season. Season one covers DJ Prince Paul (De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School). Season two covers El-P (Company Flow, Run the Jewels). Season three features legendary hip-hop A&R/producer Dante Ross. Brought to you by Stony Island Audio.

What Had Happened Was Talkhouse

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    • 4.9 • 101 Ratings

Open Mike Eagle Sits down with the legendary creators in hip-hop to discuss their life, impact, and legacy over the course of a season. Season one covers DJ Prince Paul (De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School). Season two covers El-P (Company Flow, Run the Jewels). Season three features legendary hip-hop A&R/producer Dante Ross. Brought to you by Stony Island Audio.

    Season 3 Premiere: Dante Ross's Adventures at the Dawn of Hip-Hop's Golden Age

    Season 3 Premiere: Dante Ross's Adventures at the Dawn of Hip-Hop's Golden Age

    In the premiere episode of Season 3, Open Mike Eagle sits down with Dante Ross as they begin to unpack his journey in hip-hop at the very beginning of the culture's expansion into the mainstream in 1980s New York City. Dante goes from being a witness to the explosion to working alongside some of the genre's essential artists including his friends from the punk scene, the Beastie Boys.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Don't Call Him a Scrub

    Don't Call Him a Scrub

    Dante's first job after leaving Rush Productions was becoming A&R for the famed Tommy Boy Records in 1987. The first project he was assigned was the debut album from soon to be legendary rap group De La Soul. In this episode Dante tells the story of how De La put the album together, the reason the infamous lawsuit happened and the origin of the nickname Dante the Scrub
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    • 59 min
    All Hail the Queen: Introducing Queen Latifah

    All Hail the Queen: Introducing Queen Latifah

    In this episode our guest Dante Ross tells the story of signing and developing a young black female rapper from New Jersey that would introduce herself to the world as the legendary Queen Latifah. From hearing her initial demos to developing her debut album All Hail the Queen to booking her first shows all around the country, Dante takes us back to the late 80s where he witnessed the birth of a bona fide star.
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    • 59 min
    Brand Nubian: One For All

    Brand Nubian: One For All

    After leaving Tommy Boy, Dante Ross began working at Elektra Records and ushered in an amazing roster of legendary rap artists. This epic run would begin with Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar, collectively known as Brand Nubian. In this episode Dante talks about transitioning into working with a major label and working with Brand Nubian to create their debut album One For All
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    • 58 min
    Brand Nubian Break-up

    Brand Nubian Break-up

    Coming off the slow burn success of their debut album, divisions begin to form in Brand Nubian and Grand Puba decides to go solo. Puba goes on to make his debut solo album Reel to Reel and Brand Nubian build their second LP In God We Trust with Sadat X and Lord Jamar holding the flag. All of New York was watching to see which side would come out on top and Dante Ross was the A & R for both albums. In this episode he tells the story of the break-up, the albums and the legacy of all involved.
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    • 49 min
    Leaders of the New School and Busta Rhymes

    Leaders of the New School and Busta Rhymes

    Dante Ross's next big signing at Elektra Records was the Long Island based Leaders of the New School including Charlie Brown, Dinco D, Milo and a young Busta Rhymes. Overseen by Dante the group releases two albums (A Future Without a Past and T.I.M.E.) but their journey was plagued by in-fighting almost from the very beginning. In this episode we cover the creation of the group and their classic albums and then their evenutal break-up which sets the stage for the solo career of Busta Rhymes.
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

kevin79cfc ,

Quality show

Great hip hop stories

Robangus ,

Most excellent

In depth, funny, sensitive. 3 Stella series deep and I can’t wait for more. I’m going back over the old episodes. Thanks !

TomPpta ,

A real treat

Just brilliant, Mike is a great interviewer - he makes each episode seem like a conversation rather than an interview and you feel privileged to hang out with them all. As a huge fan of the musicians covered it is great to get a lot of backstory to the various projects.

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