Musical Youth – The Youth of Today (LP)
For many, Bob Marley is their introduction to Reggae (and rightfully so) – and for some, like @jonnygofigure, Musical Youth helped deepen that relationship growing up with the genre.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
All the way from BK to CA, we welcome JonnyGo Figure to the podcast! It’s a Reggae history lesson – as we get into his upbringing as a young selector, his love for vinyl, and his current digging habits/approach. We discuss the moment he decided to temporarily ditch the decks for the mic – his Reggae/Hip Hop influences, and what it was like to work on his own record, the Crucial Showcase EP. Lastly, we put Jonny on the spot as he accepts The Fox Crate Vinyl Challenge, and preps his dream DJ sets for Crrruuucial Fest!
Let’s talk about the elephant (or horse, or kangaroo) in the room…that is cancel culture. We tackle the complex issue of knowing when, where, and how to “cancel” your problematic ex-favorite artist, record, and/or song. SPOILER ALERT – we’re just as confused about it as the rest of ya’ll – as the lines can get blurred from a music fan’s perspective.
if only more LPs like this were made today. The “novel” concept of pitting two dope emcees/deejays vs each other – as they take turns flashing their stylee, tune by tune, and letting the listener be the judge – is one that makes for a great listen. Personally, I think Little Harry won this clash – but in the spirit of back 2 skool week – Billy Boyo’s “Going Back To School” tune is 🔥🔥. These cats were 13-15 years old when this album dropped – and Junjo Lawes did his damn thing in producing this classic. – Sonny
In the spirit of back-to-school week – we felt the urge to share a small handful of records that elicit that feeling of learning, bettering one-self, and/or reminding the world that you’re back and ready to roll for the new school year (for scholars of all ages!). This @officialblackalicious LP is a lesson in poetry and word play, and a reminder that hip hop is beautiful. 20 years later this 2xLP still holds up and is still very relevant and necessary. – Rick⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
From the hoods of SGV, to the streets of Japan, our guest – DJ Spiñorita – always holds it down for her music craving peeps. She joins us to talk about her DJ upbringing, early struggles, and how it all came together for a DJ who now spins across the globe. We talk about her recent trip to Japan and her own vinyl-digging club, Club Diggies. We also speak to her passion for pushing new artists – via the decks and her NTS radio show, Casual Play. She stresses the importance of paying it forward in this DJ hustle and what it means to represent the culture as she moves forward. Lastly, it’s show-and-tell with some of her favorite records, as she puts together her dream set list.
Beastie Boys, The Roots, Steve Loria, A Tribe Called Quest, Biz Markie, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jaydee, Sharon Redd, Sergio Mendes, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Bobby Oroza, Ethereal, XL Middleton, Zackey Force Funk, La Sonora Ponceña, Mark De Clive Lowe, Steven Julien, Dego & Kaidi, Gary Gritness, Loose Ends, Snoop Dogg
As we discussed during episode 12 of The Fox Crate Podcast (link in bio), Electric Circus has aged nicely since its release back in 2002. Sonny makes the case for it being Common’s most slept-on album, and also his best full-length album. With production from @questlove and @jamespoyser, including J Dilla and The Neptunes – this album was ahead of its time, but one that we loved from day one. The amount of talent on this record is crazy. @common has a new record dropping at the end of this month, and one that we fully anticipate grabbing on wax. #hiphopvinyl#electriccircus#underrated#common⠀⠀⠀
We get into the evolution of the digger, and how our own taste in music has evolved – reminding us that we’re getting old AF in this music discovery game. We debate and review the work of one of our Hip Hop superheroes, Common – and highlight his most slept-on record, Electric Circus (7:30). There’s a breakthrough in figuring out where Rick made a left turn on Rock music (19:50). Plus, we discover why Sonny started collecting Reggae on wax (31:10). Lastly, Sonny re-collects his Hip Hop encounter with Michael Keaton (34:28).
Ras G, JonnyGo Figure, Apollo Brown, Blink 182, A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Milo, Kings of Leon, Mars Volta, At The Drive-In. Alien Ant Farm, Franz Ferdinand, Lila Downs, Mano Negra, Mana, Bush, De La Soul, Kanye West, Eric B. & Rakim, Third World, J Balvin, King Tubby.