Southern Hip-Hop: Explored. Explained. Exalted. Music journalist Christina Lee and hip-hop scholar Dr. Regina N. Bradley delve into passionate explorations and paradigm-shifting critiques of the culture that they love, and its undeniable impact on the world that clearly loves it. We make Bottom of the Map for all the ratchet intellectuals of the world. You know who you are. And we see you, because we are you. From Southern hip-hop’s connections to self-care, civil rights, marching bands, faith, feminism, business, fatherhood, strip club culture, and so much more, we’re having dope conversations that explore, explain and exalt Southern hip-hop. This is Bottom of the Map from WABE and PRX.
The Goodie Mob Survival Kit: A Bottom of the Map Preview
Why be modest? With 25 years in the game, Goodie Mob is one of the best to ever do it, and they’ll tell you that themselves. With their latest album, Survival Kit, these four horsemen are still giving us timeless music for the extraordinary times we live in, even a quarter-century after their debut album, Soul Food. In this Bottom of the Map Preview, all four members of Goodie Mob drop in to share their thoughts on the new album, plus Super Producer Floyd shares some major news about the future of Bottom of the Map. Tap in!!
Know Justice, Know Peace: A BOTM Replay
Black Lives Matter…then, now, and in the future. In the wake of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks, we decided to revisit one of our past episodes (S1E11: “Know Justice, Know Peace: Hip-Hop as Protest”) that investigates how Hip-Hop has influenced the world as a platform for Civil Rights, and how Southern Hip-Hop artists continue to create space for Civil Rights messages in their music.
Space is Still the Place: A BOTM Replay
While we get ready for Season 3, we’re excited to share some of our favorite past episodes while we're on break! As we think about how Southern Hip-Hop provides a safe emotional place for experimentation, escapism, and exploration of new worlds and sounds, this episode (S1E15 “Culture in the Cosmos: AfroFuturism, Hip-Hop, and Black Joy”) feels necessary as we navigate some uncertain times in the real world.
Embracing the Fire In Little Africa: On the Road in Tulsa
How does Hip-Hop help us re-imagine the real Black Wall Street? With the upcoming “Fire in Little Africa” project, Tulsa’s Hip-Hop scene is preparing to acknowledge the 100-year commemoration of the city’s 1921 Race Massacre. Bottom of the Map was invited to “The Town” to see firsthand how Tulsa artists are building community around this moment, embracing their historic foundation, and representing the South in their own unique way.
A Peek Inside the Mind of Big Rube: A BOTM Extended Play
Big Rube is Southern Hip-Hop royalty; when he speaks, people listen. For over 25 years Big Rube has been delivering classic monologues on Southern Hip-Hop albums that stir the soul and spark the mind, including legendary performances with OutKast, Future, Goodie Mob and Offset. Big Rube visited BOTM last season to talk about growing up in Atlanta during the Atlanta Child Murders, but of course he gifted us with so many more stories and behind-the-scenes perspective on his contributions to the Dungeon Family. This is the extended version of that conversation.
Survive and Advance: A BOTM Extended Play
André 3000 stands out as a luminary figure in Southern Hip-Hop, and his commitment to memorializing Atlanta’s Missing & Murdered Children (1979 - 1981) deserves deeper reflection. Dr. Michelle Hite helps us understand André’s collaborations with Goodie Mob and Travis Scott as an example of using Hip-Hop as a space to explore the context and complexities of surviving trauma and communicating across generations.