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Renaissance Soul was originally a Detroit hip hop website started in 2001 by your host Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier that first centered around the discography of legendary producer Jay Dee aka J. Dilla before it branched out to all Detroit hip-hop and music. In many cases, Renaissance Soul was the first place you heard many Detroit music artists that you love today. With it's revival as a podcast, each episode will focus on specific topics (an album, an era, a legacy, etc) from Detroit music of all genres from the past and present from a historical perspective. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/renaissancesoul/support

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Renaissance Soul was originally a Detroit hip hop website started in 2001 by your host Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier that first centered around the discography of legendary producer Jay Dee aka J. Dilla before it branched out to all Detroit hip-hop and music. In many cases, Renaissance Soul was the first place you heard many Detroit music artists that you love today. With it's revival as a podcast, each episode will focus on specific topics (an album, an era, a legacy, etc) from Detroit music of all genres from the past and present from a historical perspective. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/renaissancesoul/support

    Renaissance Soul Podcast: The Sponge "Rotting Piñata" 25th Anniversary Episode with Vinnie Dombroski (S01E02)

    Renaissance Soul Podcast: The Sponge "Rotting Piñata" 25th Anniversary Episode with Vinnie Dombroski (S01E02)

    For this episode, we are taking a deep dive into the debut studio album, Rotting Piñata, from the Detroit rock band Sponge with the band’s vocalist Vinnie Dombroski. Sponge is celebrating its 25th anniversary of Rotting Piñata with a big show at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit on Wednesday, November 27th. What a better time to reach out and get the dirt on the making of Rotting Piñata and its impact on 90s rock music with huge hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)”.

    Released in August 1994, Rotting Piñata was a bit of a slow burn for Sponge finally hitting the Billboard 200 until May 1995 with the success of “Plowed”. Rotting Piñata would eventually be certified gold by the RIAA and be Sponge’s most successful album and still feel relevant 25 years later.

    Vinnie Dombrowski shares with us a track-by-track breakdown of his thoughts and the making of each song on Rotting Piñata, along with the band’s critical impact (or lack there of in some instances) during this time. While songs like “Plowed” and “Molly” were huge for the band and were defining for 90s rock, comparisons to other bands of the 90s like Stone Temple Pilots were noted in the media, but Dombrowski gives us his thoughts on how Sponge differed from them.

    Members of Sponge on Rotting Piñata:
    Vinnie Dombrowski – vocals
    Michael Cross – guitar, backing vocals
    Tim Cross – bass
    Joe Mazzola – guitar, backing vocals
    Jimmy Paluzzi – drums, backing vocals

    Follow Sponge:
    Web: spongetheband.com
    Facebook: facebook.com/Spongerocks
    Twitter: twitter.com/spongetheband
    Instagram: instagram.com/spongeville
    YouTube: youtube.com/user/Spongetheband

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    Renaissance Soul Podcast: The Big Shoes Episode with Big Tone

    Renaissance Soul Podcast: The Big Shoes Episode with Big Tone

    For the debut episode of Renaissance Soul, we go into a deep dive of the album Big Shoes from Detroit hip-hop emcee Big Tone produced entirely by House Shoes, released on June 7, 2019 on House Shoes' own imprint Street Corner Music. Joining us in this deep dive is Big Tone himself to talk about this collaborative album with House Shoes, where their history together as both friends and collaborators shine. Through Big Shoes, we get a glimpse into the world of Detroit hip-hop spanning back to the 90s with all the ups and downs of a city that is always struggling, but always moving.



    During our deep dive into Big Shoes, we go track-by-track and talk about stories, meanings, and inspirations behind each song on the album. Through those stories, we also talk about the many social and economical issues that have long faced Detroit hip-hop, the city itself, and the black communities.



    Purchase/Stream Big Shoes: smarturl.it/BigShoes



    Follow Big Tone:

    Twitter: twitter.com/AnthonyLarge313
    Instagram: instagram.com/anthonylarge313



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    Renaissance Soul Podcast Trailer - First Episode Drops November 7th

    Renaissance Soul Podcast Trailer - First Episode Drops November 7th

    Renaissance Soul was originally a Detroit hip hop website started in 2001 by your host Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier that first centered around the discography of legendary producer Jay Dee aka J. Dilla before it branched out to all Detroit hip-hop and music. In many cases, Renaissance Soul was the first place you heard many Detroit music artists that you love today. With it's revival as a podcast, each episode will focus on specific topics (an album, an era, a legacy, etc) from Detroit music of all genres from the past and present from a historical perspective. 

    To start things off, a few of K-Fresh's friends from Detroit give their thoughts about the importance of Renaissance Soul. 

    The Renaissance Soul Podcast starts November 7th with The Big Shoes Episode featuring Detroit hip hop artist Big Tone, followed by The Sponge "Rotting Pinata" 25th Anniversary Episode with Vinnie Dombroski, The Modern Tribe Records Era Episode with Wendell Harrison, and The Sincerely, Detroit Episode with Apollo Brown. New episodes every two weeks. 

    Subscribe everywhere podcasts are streamed. Brought to you by Fresh is the Word (freshisthepodcast.com).


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Customer Reviews

Petegoddamn ,

Great pod

If you want Detroit music stories from the people who created it, this is the spot for you. Hit that subscribe button right now.

TonySwish ,

No one knows Detroit music more than K-Fresh

When it comes to historical, deep knowledge and experience in the Detroit scene...there’s no one close to K-Fresh. From running the first Dilla website, to bring the first Detroit DJ to discover and spread the word about Danny Brown to his awesome work with Huffington Post and Real Detroit Weekly, K-Fresh is the definitive source for Detroit music coverage. Hearing him expand beyond hip hop to other classic Michigan music is a welcome adventure and the first episodes of this podcast are a treat.

Don’t sleep on this show!

Itsnametag ,

The city needed this...

I dig the podcast. Nostalgic and takes me back to the days of being eager to have my music posted on the Renaissance Soul website. Looking forward to seeing this platform get its proper due. Keep it going Fresh.

~ Nametag Alexander

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