Blake's Takes brings you in depth discussions on hip hop, sports, politics, social issues, and much more. Every week, we sit down to discuss recent events and examine the broader contextual meaning behind the most talked about occurrences in today's world while also chopping it up about the best new music out. We are your one stop shop for hot takes on all things relevant to the culture.
Episode 79: October Concerts Recap (Gates, Rapsody, K.R.I.T, EarthGang + More)
Waddup y'all! This past month, myself and Trey had the privilege of being at some pretty special concerts. We peeped Rod Wave & Kevin Gates at Express Live in Columbus and Rapsody & Big K.R.I.T at the House of Blues in Cleveland, plus I caught EarthGang at Skully's! Listen to our recap of some incredible moments & performances from a wild month of shows.
Episode 78: Impeachment
Trump's attempt to seek assistance investigating the Bidens from Ukraine (and others) has led to this...we may ACTUALLY get an impeachment hearing y'all!
We discussed how Trump's privilege led to him making such moronic mistakes in these events, how we see the political world on both sides going on from here, and if we might actually see this idiot actually removed from office. Myles also put out possibly the best conspiracy about the whistleblower that's been hypothesized.
Episode 77: #DaytonStrong - A "Gem City Shine" Recap
On Sunday, we were absolutely honored and privileged to be able to attend multiple historic events that took place in Dayton in honor of the victims of the mass shooting that took place there a year ago. We attended Kanye West's "Sunday Service," as well as Dave Chappelle's "Gem City Shine" block party featuring surprise appearances from Stevie Wonder, Chance The Rapper, Jon Stewart and many more.
While the performances themselves were absolutely incredible, what was more impressive was the beautiful environment that was created by the people of Dayton showing why #DaytonStrong is more than a saying. The infectious love and hope that was in the air was something truly special, and we want you to hear why.
Episode 76: New Summer Music Pt 1 (DaBaby, Stunna 4 Vegas, Tobi, YG, + More)
We had a whole lot of music to catch up on since the last time we talked new projects, so we broke it down into a few episodes for y'all! In this first part we talked DaBaby's project and his legendary ass whoopin he handed out on IG live, as well as new work from Stunna 4 Vegas, Tobi, YG, Money Man, Rico Nasty, Young Thug, J. Cole, & more!
Episode 75: NBA Rundown (Kawhi, Warriors, AD, Lebron, + More)
We're back y'all!
After a brief hiatus to edit my SXSW video (go peep if you haven't already!), we're back to talk about all the drama that has unfolded in the NBA world in a matter of weeks. We talked about the Raptors victory, Kawhi's decision, whether the Warriors are done, AD's trade to the Lakers, and many more storylines that are all in play for what is already stacking up to be a crazy offseason.
We also touched on some random topics that came up along the way including whether or not all fan bases are a-holes, the best duos in NBA history, the psychology of being an emotionally invested fan, and I share my experience growing up as a fan of a player instead of a team and discuss why I don't care at all if you don't like it.
Episode 74: South By Southwest Recap Pt 2 (Days 7-10)
As some of you know, I recently had an absolutely life changing experience down in Austin for South By Southwest 2019. I got the privilege of officially covering the event for iHeartRadio and SXSW itself, and I am SO excited to get my documentary out to y'all soon!
Until then, I decided that a recap more from my perspective as an acting member of the press who is actually a superfan would be a great way to offer some context on how all of this craziness played out while also giving you a taste of the content that will be featured in my movie!
In part 3, I recapped days 7-10 which included:
- DMX's show at Revolt House (And how I finessed my way in to the super exclusive event)
- Carnage's "Heavyweight Royal Rumble"
- Nardwuar's Video Vault
- Comedy Central's "Backyard Bash"
- The Ohio State-Xichigan rivalry being relevant even in Austin
- SX Takeover Night 2 featuring DaBaby, Reason, J.I.D, Valee, + more
- My dope conversation with Andrew Barber
- Jam In The Van
- And much more!
Stay tuned for my full South By Southwest documentary, coming June 1st!