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Scorching guests and sizzling records: join music writer Oliver Wang and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes each week as they invite their favorite artists, critics and scholars for in-depth conversations about the albums that shape our lives. Each week our special guests will take you deep into their heat rocks from the world of hip-hop, soul, dance, jazz, funk and more. Get with us!

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    • 4.9, 335 Ratings

Scorching guests and sizzling records: join music writer Oliver Wang and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes each week as they invite their favorite artists, critics and scholars for in-depth conversations about the albums that shape our lives. Each week our special guests will take you deep into their heat rocks from the world of hip-hop, soul, dance, jazz, funk and more. Get with us!

    Felicia Angeja Viator on Cypress Hill's "Cypress Hill" (1991)

    Felicia Angeja Viator on Cypress Hill's "Cypress Hill" (1991)

    Professor and author Felicia Angeja Viator sits down with us to discuss the LA rap scene, B-Reals unique singsong delivery, and Muggs' talent for finding the perfect loops.

    • 47 min
    Bonus Beats: Alphabet Soup - A

    Bonus Beats: Alphabet Soup - A

    On this week's bonus beats, Morgan plays her favorite music geek game and talks about her favorite albums that start with the letter A

    • 17 min
    Bonus Beats: Sly's "Small Talk" with Michael Barnes

    Bonus Beats: Sly's "Small Talk" with Michael Barnes

    Professor and DJ Michael Barnes joins Oliver to talk about Sly & The Family Stone’s final album, “Small Talk” and in particular the Time for Livin’ drum break that can only be found on a specific Canadian pressing of the album. Michael also gets into the tiny but significant differences between this version and the mainstream LP. Be ready, crate diggers, this is a deep dive.

    • 25 min
    Havoc on Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" (1995)

    Havoc on Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" (1995)

    The one and only Havoc of Mobb Deep sits down with us to talk about this groundbreaking album, RZA's masterful production and use of samples, and the New York rap scene at the time. Get ready, folks, this right here is a true heater of an episode.

    • 49 min
    Jarrett Hill on India.Arie's "Testimony Vol. 1, Life & Relationship" (2006)

    Jarrett Hill on India.Arie's "Testimony Vol. 1, Life & Relationship" (2006)

    Journalist Jarrett Hill (who cohosts FANTI here on Maximum Fun) joins us to talk about India's place in the neo-soul movement, what India's work meant to a college-aged Jarrett Hill, and what critics failed to understand when this album was first released.

    • 46 min
    Bonus Beats: Originals vs Covers and Crate Digging Stories

    Bonus Beats: Originals vs Covers and Crate Digging Stories

    On this week's Bonus Beats, Oliver talks about covers that are more famous than the original song and

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
335 Ratings

335 Ratings

mtharris78 ,

The best music podcast

The dynamic between Morgan and Oliver, the depth of information provided on the subject plus recommendations based on said subject are so helpful and enjoyable to listen to. And the guest selection is usually amazing. If you are a music nerd or casual observer who wants to learn more, this is the place!

Svensurge ,

One of the best music shows about music.

Such a wonderful show. I love the format of inviting another well-versed person to talk about a favorite album. Discussions are made with respect, grace, humility, passion, and reverence. A great mix of things familiar and unknown. The podcast catalogue has been a great way to discover by starting with albums that I agree with (validation) so that I can happily trust them to try something I know very little about (exploration). A variety of genres and eras. There is some historical and biographical perspective. Personal opinions and fangirling/fanboying abound. Flaws are not ignored, yet it does not turn sour nor snarky. Geeking out on details and moments is encouraged. It’s about the music then & now. Well done indeed.

Lindywasp ,

The Bodyguard

I love the show. It is one of the few podcasts I never miss. The two of you are as much fire together as the jams you explore.

You asked on The Bodyguard episode with April Wolfe who should play Kevin Costner to Rihanna’s Whitney Houston in a remake. Easy. Chris Pine. He’s got that Everyman ease, would be totally believable as ex-Secret Service, he’s fine and he can sing. As a twist he could sing the country rendition of I Will Always Love You. Think about it.

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