Call Out Culture is a podcast about rap music hosted by Alaska, Curly Castro and Zilla Rocca - three long time practitioners and lifetime fans. These dudes know what the hell they are talking about. Every episode is a deep dive into an artist or a concept. With close to 50 years of artistry and 70 years of fandom combined in the three hosts, it is safe to say, that you are going to get perspectives that you will not find in other podcasts about the genre.
This week we discuss our favorite rap duets with MC, producer, journalist and children's book author Stan Ipcus.
You can find Stan's new album here and order his children's book here.
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This week we are joined by Fatboi Sharif and Roper Williams to discuss the best beats to freestyle to which was inspired by this Nicholas Craven Tweet. We also discuss their amazing new records Gandhi Loves Children which you can find here:
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This week we are joined by Moor Mother and Billy Woods to discuss their excellent album BRASS which can be found here:
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This week we talk about the queen of hip hop soul Mary J Blige with our special guest comedian Chanel Ali!
You can find Chanel on twitter and listen to her comedy here.
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This week we are joined by DOOF to talk Skating, Shroomz and Beat Machines. You can find DOOF's music here and follow him on twitter here.
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This week we are joined by the amazing Moor Mother for a wide ranging discussion covering topics as diverse as Rammellzee, Rasheed Wallace and 2 Chainz aka Tity Boi.
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This week we discuss Midnight Sons, the amazing new album from COC co-host Zilla Rocca and producer extraordinaire Chong Wizard. You can get your Midnight Sons album and merch here:
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This week Busta Rhymes dropped the excellent ELE 2, so we thought what better way to celebrate than with a WNTTA Busta Rhymes.
Defcee, an excellent MC in his own right has just dropped the stunning Throne for Loops ep grab a copy.
If you are so inclined, Call Out Culture just launched a new patreon page!
This week we are joined by Open Mike Eagle whose new album Anime, Trauma and Divorce is out now.
Additionally, we just launched a new Patreon, which included access to extra footage of OME. Support the crew!
This week we are joined by our friends Blueprint and Illogic from the Super Duty Tough Work Podcast. This week Blueprint dropped his 4th book 10 Traits of Successful Hip Hop Artists and Illogic dropped his new album Autopilot.
This week the gang talks about Cargo Cults, the new group that features Zilla Rocca on production and Alaska on vocals, their new album Nihilist Millennial is out now:
Part two of our listener mailbag. In this episode we discuss the rap characteristics of the 5 boros, the allure of Mach Hommy, bitcoin vs. Griselda Physicals as an investment, going DIY vs. signing to a label, favorite 80s rap album, favorite non-hip hop album, and favorite Aesop Rock album.
This week we reached out to our listeners for mailbag questions. We received so many that we needed to break this into a two parter. We plan to drop part 2 on Friday.
In Part 1 we discuss redrafting the Wu-Tang Clan and Def Jux rosters, the biggest rap "what ifs", God Father Don, Onry Ozzborn, top 5 indie rappers MCs vs. Mainstream.
Additionally we share a snippet of Joe MacMIllan, a new song from the forthcoming Cargo Cults album which drops on 10.2. You can preorder CDs and Merch here:
Castro took a much deserved rest this weeks so Zilla and Alaska decided to wing it. The conversation lead to a meandering discussion on indie rock, 90s rap, HBO's Bored to Death and Covid Jams. Additionally they leak a snippet of Great Rap Duo from their forth coming album Nihilist Millennial which can be pre-ordered here:
This week we talk about the hypocrisy of so-called safe/PC rap.
We also premiered a new song from Cargo Cults (Zilla and Alaska) forth coming album Nihilist Millennial which can be pre-ordered here:
This week we are joined by Amani and King Vision Ultra aka Geng PTP to discuss their stunning new album An Unknown Infinite. You can get the album here:
This week we discuss the greatness of the oft misunderstood Cappadonna and then dig deeper into some of our favorite hip hop eccentrics like N.O.R.E., Pan Amsterdam, Phil Da Agony, Thirstin Howl the 3rd, Windnbreeze and DaWeirdo.
This week we talk about Castro's new project with Small Professor Bluu Edwards. We are joined by Small Pro and iAlive who mixed the album.
You can get Bluu Edwards here:
This week we are joined by former Atoms Family members Cryptic One and Geng PTP to discuss the lyrical and stylistic wizardry of Vordul Mega.
Music used in this episode includes:
Not for Promotional Use:
Let Me Atom:
Battle of Asgard:
Small Sample of the Sperm (Never before released)
You can find Cryptic here:
You can find Geng PTP here:
This week we talk about hip hop movies with Marcus Pinn and Scott Thorough who are the hosts of the wildly enjoyable movie podcast Zebras in America.
You can find their podcast at the following locations:
Follow Marcus here:
Follow Scott here:
Links to the music in this week's podcast:
Kid N Play "The Battle"
Monie Love "It's a Shame"
Gil Scott Heron
"Home is Where the Hatred is"
"Deception (Don't Let Money Change You)"
This week we discuss the greatness of Mobb Deep/Queens legend Prodigy and we are joined by our friend Geng PTP.
You can follow Geng here:
And find his music here: https://purpletapepedigree.bandcamp.com/
This week we are joined by friends of the podcast Skech185 and John Morrison to discuss the monumental album STRESS: The Extinction Agenda from Organized Konfusion.
Check out this amazing article about the making of Stress here:
And the great Microchop piece on Paul C
This past Saturday we sat down with our friend Blueprint to discuss the fall out from the murder of George Floyd.
Harvard Business Review: Organizational Reasons Police Depts. Don't Change:
Combat Jack and Corey Pegues:
This week the gang talks about the Buffalo NY supergroup Griselda (Westside Gunn, Benny the Butcher and Conway the Machine). They are joined by Premrock and Small Pro who along with Castro and Zilla are collectively known as Wrecking Crew.
Alaska was busy being a nerd and taking summer courses so he sat this one out.
This week we launch a new concept for the podcast, the Megalithic Monuments, these are the albums that changed the way we view everything. It is only right that the first album we feature is Company Flow's Funcrusher Plus. This week we are joined from our friend and your's Myke C Town from the Dead End Hip Hop podcast.
This week marks part two of our first ever crossover episode with our good friends at the Dad Bod Rap Pod. It is a battle royale of spicy rap takes and feelings will be hurt!
You can find part one on always amazing Dad Bod Rap Pod.
Be sure to subscribe to the Dad Bod feed as well. You can follow Dad Bod on Twitter.
We were joined by our folks Jedi Bateria, Jihad Scorsese, Small Pro, Defcee, Premrock, Chum Zilla, Skech185 and Geng to discuss the historic DJ Premier and RZA battle.
This week we discuss songs that are out of place on an album. Whether it is a great song on an awful album or a terrible song on a great album, we discuss the head scratching decisions that some artists make.
This week Castro and Zilla are joined by LA (by way of Chicago) rap legend Open Mike Eagle and they have a rip roaring conversation about the new X-Men books.
Alaska had to skip this one because he had to work and because of his pro sentinel stances.
This week we discuss the brilliance of Billy Woods and then have a conversation about his music, old New York, and the Christian Slater vehicle Pump Up The Volume. Mr. Woods dropped two stunning albums this year and you can get them both here:
Additionally Castro and Zilla dropped the new Grift Company album which features everyone's favorite grumpy old man Alaska:
This week we discuss legendary rapper Black Thought who is the most recent entry into Lineage of Greatness in regards to both this episode and his turn possessing the spirit of greatness. Starting with his Funk Flex freestyle Thought made the leap from great to greatest at the moment.
Additionally we premiere two new tracks. Two by Four by Grift Company (Castro and Zilla) and Dagger & Cloak (small professor Remix) by Shrapknel (Castro and Prem Rock)
This week we examine the worst, corniest, just utterly inexplicable verses from some of the genre's greatest artists including:
Big Daddy Kane
This week we discuss the music of a true legend, Breeze Brewin. Breeze has obtained god like status with those in the know, and chances are if you like indie hip hop, he is your favorite rapper's favorite rapper.
After we break down the music, we are fortunate enough to speak with Breeze about his process and his career.
You can get all the music we discuss and so much more at the Juggaknots' bandcamp page:
Pre-Order the Grift Company record here:
This week the gang talks about their favorite musical guilty pleasures,.
As mentioned in the episode you can find the Regal Beagle playlist here:
This week we discuss album lengths and how the length of project changes as mediums do.
Get the new Grift Company single Company Dro here:
Get Alaska's music here:
Get Curly Castro's music here:
Get Zilla Rocca's music here:
This week we talk about a trio of topics.
Albums we made but ended up hating
Artists that we wished had a larger catalog/stuck around longer
And artists that we wish would go away
Additionally we mention the situation with friend of the indie community Paten Locke, you can find his gofundme here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/planet-locke-fund
This week we discuss the greatness of Nas as part of our Lineage of Greatness series. As mentioned in the podcast, Alaska goes next gen stats on Nas and fully nerds out. You can find the spreadsheets here:
Additionally we mention the situation with friend of the indie community Paten Locke, you can find his gofundme here:
Lineage of Greatness is a new series from Call Out Culture where we trace the elusive spirit/muse that possesses an artist for a period of time making him or her the greatest. It is temporary state, the muse is flighty and cannot be possessed forever. We felt that Andre 3000 was the perfect artist to start this series with as his rain of greatness is otherworldly, he truly is one of the rare few to gain the greater understanding of the muse and managed to hold on to the mystical powers, seemingly growing stronger with greatness as the years go on. In many ways Andre is like Qui Gon Jinn, almost a force ghost growing stronger and stronger.
You can find Curly Castro's music and merch here:
You can find Zilla Rocca's music and merch here:
And You can find Alaska's music, including the Alkast project here:
This week the gang is joined by famed rapper/author/producer/podcaster Blueprint and they discuss the merits of capitalism.
You can find Blueprint's podcast Super Duty Tough Work here:
And his music/books here:
Part two of a of our two part BBQ/Summer Jam count down. This week we count down numbers 5-1
We have created two playlists that include the songs featured on the podcast:
Additionally you can get the new song from the Call Out Culture crew that is featured at the end of the podcast here: https://wreckingcrew.bandcamp.com/track/summah-stoop
This week we discuss the practice of artists charging exorbitant prices for their projects and whether or not such practices are ripping off fans.
Support the rappers of Call Out Culture at the below links:
This week the gang discusses albums that left them wildly disappointed, questionable classic albums, and which rapper had the best "I am on the scene verse" Nas on Live at the BBQ or Redman on Headbanger.
On the heels of the new Wu Tang documentary "Of Mics and Men", our hosts, Alaska, Curly Castro and Zilla Rocca, discuss the legacy and the complicated feelings they all have for the greatest rap group ever.
This week the Alaska, Castro and Zilla sit down with author Roy Christopher who recently released his book Dead Precedents: How Hip Hop Defines the Future. We discuss Roy's book, his theory that we are living in an age created by hip hop, and what current trends will define the future 20 years from now.
You can find Roy Christopher here:
You can purchase Dead Precedents here:
You can order Wu Tang Pulp Here:
Pre-order 96 Mentality Here:
Pick up Castro's latest here:
And Find Alaska's Music Here: