27 episodes

Welcome to The Breaks podcast where hosts Confucius and Fresh talk all things hip-hop -- Texas hip-hop, hip hop news, hip-hop history -- they cover it all. Both men were born and raised in Austin, Texas and want to let the world know about the city's vibrant hip-hop and R&B scenes. They also want to give people a window into their own lived experience in the Live Music Capital of the World. This podcast is a compilation of insight, opinion and highlights from their Saturday night hip-hop show on KUTX 98.9 FM in Austin.

The Breaks – KUTX Confucius and Fresh

    • Music Commentary
    • 5.0, 24 Ratings

Welcome to The Breaks podcast where hosts Confucius and Fresh talk all things hip-hop -- Texas hip-hop, hip hop news, hip-hop history -- they cover it all. Both men were born and raised in Austin, Texas and want to let the world know about the city's vibrant hip-hop and R&B scenes. They also want to give people a window into their own lived experience in the Live Music Capital of the World. This podcast is a compilation of insight, opinion and highlights from their Saturday night hip-hop show on KUTX 98.9 FM in Austin.

    Lana del Rey vs The Breaks

    Lana del Rey vs The Breaks

    This week on The Breaks, Fresh and Confucius respond to Lana del Rey's comments to the culture following four black female artists topping the Billboard Chart, celebrate The Notorious B.I.G.'s birthday and explore his impact on hip-hop, and discuss Tekashi 6ix9ine's comments surrounding the rise of "Stuck on U" by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber's to Billboard's No.1 spot. In his Unpopular Opinion, Fresh defends Lil Wayne as the third in the rap equivalent of the trifecta of Michael Jordan, Lebron and Kobe. In his Confucius Says, Confucius encourages people to remember what they learned during lockdown as we all come out of quarantine.

    • 42 min
    Nelly vs Ludacris

    Nelly vs Ludacris

    This week on The Breaks Confucius and Fresh discuss the most recent Verzuz battle between Nelly and Ludacris. They talk about their own verzuz style battle on Saturday, May 23rd at 8pm when they face off about which was a better year in hip-hop — 1998 or 1999. Watch on the Instagram on the @KUTX account or the @TheBreaksKUTX account. They discussHow history was made when Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix featuring Nicki Minaj reached number one on the Billboard charts, and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” remix featuring Beyonce reached number two. This is the first time that four black female solo artists have held top two spots on the chart. In his Unpopular Opinion, Fresh defends the Netflix show Black AF and tells us why he thinks the show's critics are being too harsh. In his Confucius Says segment, Confucius argues that the music industry in the United States and the Austin music scene in particular need to accept hip-hop and R&B as mainstream and not hold them to a higher standard than artists in other genres. The Local Song of the Week is "Do You Mind" by Nayome

    • 42 min
    Tekashi Breaks the Internet

    Tekashi Breaks the Internet

    This week on The Breaks Confucius and Fresh discuss Tekashi 6ix9ine’s return to music and social media after his time in jail. They talk about the recent deaths of legendary producer Andre Harrell, rock n' roll icon Little Richard and R&B singer Betty Wright. The breaks down the Verzuz battle between Eryka Badu and Jill Scott. They talk about their next Verzuz style battle for the better year in hip-hop — 1998 or 1999. In an Unpopular Opinion inspired by The Last Dance, Fresh argues that Michael Jordan’s first three championships were against weak teams. In his Confucius Says segment, Confucius encourages people to celebrate their mothers not only on Mothers Day but every day. The Local Song of the Week is "Introvert" by CP Loony.

    • 36 min
    The Breaks: 1996 vs 1997

    The Breaks: 1996 vs 1997

    Talk about Megan Thee Stallion’s new Savage remix featuring Beyoncé. They touch on Drake’s new record Dark Lane Demo Tapes.  They also discuss their Instagram versuz battle between hip-hop of 1996 vs 1997. In his Unpopular Opinion, Fresh defends 1997 as a better year for hip-hop than people give it credit for. And in his Confucius Says segment, Confucius urges everyone to accept other people’s experiences even if you weren't a part of them.

    • 30 min
    Celebrating Friday

    Celebrating Friday

    This week on The Breaks, Fresh and Confucius talk about the successful battle between Teddy Riley vs Babyface and a potential battle between Dr. Dre and Diddy. They discuss the recent conflict between French Montana and Young Thug over Montana's comments about Kendrick Lamar. They also touch on the lasting impact of Friday on its 25 anniversary. In his Unpopular Opinion, Fresh defends Drake's first album Thank Me Later. In his Confucius Says segment Confucius explains how love is not always enough to get us though the hard times. This week's local song of the week is "Happy Hour" by Mélat.

    • 44 min
    The Breaks: Babyface vs Teddy Riley vs Technology

    The Breaks: Babyface vs Teddy Riley vs Technology

    This week on The Breaks, Fresh and Confucius talk about the decrease in streaming during the pandemic and what it means for the music industry, touch on the continuing beat battles, including the technical difficulties in the battle between Babyface and Teddy Riley. In his Unpopular Opinion, Fresh says that Diddy would smoke Jermaine Dupri in a beat battle and that Dr. Dre would beat, but not annihilate, Diddy in a beat battle. Confucius reminds people to stick by their values especially in this time. This week's Local Song of the Week is TEMPLO by Angélica Rahe.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Shaneek107 ,

Stop The New York Slander!

As a lifelong New Yorker - y’all be killing me with the New York slander, lol. But I still love y’all. The show is awesome and as a hip hop lover, it’s much appreciated. Keep up the good work!

SGT-73 ,

Great show

Always enjoy listening to the podcast. Wish I could listen on Sat nights to the show but my schedule doesn’t currently allow. Only thing that would improve the podcast for me is if more music was part of the format.

VM Valadez ,

KEEP IT COMING!

For those in Austin TX that don’t know about this Saturday night gem on KUTX, please get near a radio and educate yourself ASAP. For those that live outside of Texas (bless your heart) and need to get schooled on hip-hop, here’s your best entry. Confucius and Fresh are fantastic DJs on a mission to raise up rap, hip-hop, and R&B, particularly of the local variety which is much needed here in our ever-gentrifying little city. (Not to mention they promote female artists too—how about that?!)

I am an avid podcast listener and this is the first review I have ever written for ANY show. I love The Breaks that much, and hope it never goes away! Keep on representing, y’all!

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