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Call Out Culture

Call Out Culture

By Tim
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.
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Megalithic Monuments: Smif-n-Wessun's Dah Shinin'
This week we discuss the epic album from Bootcamp Clik affiliates Smif-n-Wessun.  
February 25, 2021
The Worst Era of Rap feat. Infinity Knives and Brian Ennals
This week we discuss the worst era(s) in rap music history and we are joined by Infinity Knives and Brian Ennals. You can get their amazing album Rhino XXL here. 
February 19, 2021
Rap Half-Life feat. Marq Spekt
This week we discuss why rappers fall off as they get older. We are joined by the legendary Marq Spekt! You can find Marq's music here. Join our Patreon for more of our conversation with Marq.
February 11, 2021
Best Rap Duets Feat. Stan Ipcus
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. You can join our patreon here. 
February 5, 2021
Scorcese Memorial Feat. Alex Ludovico and Jason Griff
This week we are joined by Alex Ludovico and Jason Griff to talk about Scorcese who tragically passed away.   If you have the means please donate to his families Go Fund Me page.
January 29, 2021
Best Beats for Freestyling feat. Fatboi Sharif and Roper Williams
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: Be sure to join our patreon as well for early access to episodes as well as exclusive content and private episodes!
January 21, 2021
MF Doom Eulogy Roundtable Feat. Blockhead, Cryptic One, Doof, PremRock
This week we are joined by Blockhead, Cryptic One, Doof and PremRock to discuss the importance and impact of MF Doom. 
January 11, 2021
Call Out Cult Classics 2020
This week we discuss some of our favorite under the radar projects and artists from 2020.
January 6, 2021
Live from the Liner Notes: BRASS - Feat. Moor Mother and Billy Woods
This week we are joined by Moor Mother and Billy Woods to discuss their excellent album BRASS which can be found here: and Don't forget to join that Call Out Culture Patreon page as well.
December 30, 2020
Lineage of Greatness: Mary J. Blige - Feat. Chanel Ali
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.  Also be sure to join our patreon!
December 22, 2020
Skating, Shroomz and Beat Machines w/ DOOF
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. Don't forget to subscribe to our patreon
December 16, 2020
Lineage of Greatness: Aesop Rock - Feat. Premrock
This week we are joined by Premrock for a discussion about the greatness of Aesop Rock. For exclusive content and early releases please join our patreon.
December 10, 2020
Rammellzee, Rasheed Wallace & Tity Boi feat. Moor Mother
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.  As always for bonus content and early drops subscribe to our Patreon page 
December 3, 2020
Live from the Liner Notes: Midnight Sons feat. Chong Wizard
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: If you like COC and want additional content, early drops, exclusive COC Patreon only meet-ups, then go on to our Patreon page and sign up!
November 20, 2020
Beginning of Greatness w/ Theravada
This week we are joined by Queens/Long Island MC Theravada. You can find his works here and here.  Don't forget to subscribe to the patreon for additional content. 
November 13, 2020
We Need to Talk About Busta Rhymes feat. Defcee
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! 
November 6, 2020
Ninja Scroll, Flatlinaz & One Man Gang w/ Open Mike Eagle (Anime, Trauma, & Divorce Included)
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!
October 29, 2020
Indie Hustle with special guests Blueprint and Illogic from the Super Duty Tough Work Podcast
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.
October 22, 2020
Megalithic Monuments: Souls of Mischief's 93 Til Infinity with Special Guest Tajai
This week we discuss the landmark album 93 Til Infinity by Souls of Mischief and talk with group member Tajai. 
October 15, 2020
Live from the Liner Notes: Griff/Scorcese - Midnight Express
This week we are joined by Griff/Scorcese to talk about their amazing new album Midnight Express which you can purchase here:
October 7, 2020
Live from the Liner Notes: Cargo Cults - Nihilist Millennial
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:
October 3, 2020
Listener Mailbag Part 2
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.
September 25, 2020
Listener Mailbag Part 1
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:
September 23, 2020
Zilla and Alaska are Hanging Out
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:
September 18, 2020
Ignorant Rap Appreciation Society feat. Blockhead
This week we are joined by our friend Blockhead who you may know as the super producer who has worked with the likes of himself, Aesop, Billy Woods, Hangar 18 and more. 
September 9, 2020
Dispelling the Myth of So-Called Safe/PC Rap
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:
September 4, 2020
Live from the Liner Notes: An Unknown Infinite by Amani + King Vision Ultra feat. Scorcese
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:
August 28, 2020
Cappadonna and Hip Hop Eccentrics
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.
August 20, 2020
The Wee Bee Foolish Interview
This week Castro and Alaska are joined by Brooklyn hip hop group Wee Bee Foolish and we talk about their storied career as legends of the late 90s early 2000s indie hip hop scene. 
August 15, 2020
Lineage of Greatness: Raekwon - Feat. Scorcese
This week we are joined by friend of the podcast Scorcese to discuss the legend Raekwon the Chef.
August 5, 2020
Live from the Liner Notes: Bluu Edwards Feat. Small Pro and iAlive
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:
July 31, 2020
We Need to Talk About Vordul Mega feat. Cryptic One and Geng PTP
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) Scream Phoenix: You can find Cryptic here: You can find Geng PTP here:
July 17, 2020
Hip Hop Movies feat: the Zebras in America Podcast
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" Freestyle Fellowship "Innercity Boundaries" Gil Scott Heron "Home is Where the Hatred is" Blackalicious "Deception (Don't Let Money Change You)"
July 10, 2020
Rawkus Vs. Def Jux
This week we celebrate our 50th episode with a marathon session comparing the late 90s/2000s powerhouse indie labels Rawkus and Def Jux. 
July 2, 2020
Lineage of Greatness: Prodigy - Feat. Geng PTP
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: 
June 25, 2020
Call Out Culture: Megalithic Monuments - Organized Konfusion's Stress: The Extinction Agenda
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
June 18, 2020
Live from the Liner Notes: Armand Hammer's Shrines with special guests Armand Hammer
Armand Hammer (Billy Woods and Elucid) join us to discuss their monumental new album Shrines.  You can listen to and purchase Shrines here:
June 9, 2020
We Need to Talk About the Police feat Blueprint
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:
June 1, 2020
We Need to Talk About Griselda feat. Wrecking Crew (Premrock and Small Pro)
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. 
May 29, 2020
Megalithic Monuments: Company Flow's Funcrusher Plus w/ Special Guest Myke C Town
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.  
May 21, 2020
Lineage of Greatness: Ghostface Killah
This week we discuss the greatest rapper of all-time, Ghostface Killah. Also we started our own twitter feed Follow us.
May 14, 2020
Concept Albums feat. Mr. Lif
This week we are joined by legendary MC Mr. Lif and we discuss concept albums. 
May 8, 2020
Call Out Culture vs. Dad Bod Rap Pod - The Takeoff Part 2
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.
May 1, 2020
Live from the Liner Notes: Rowhouse Whispers feat. Ray West
This week Ray West joins us to discuss his new project with our very own Zilla Rocca.
April 23, 2020
Bonus Episode: Call Out Culture Roundtable pt. 2
Part two of a two part roundtable episode with our folks Scorsese, Geng, Roy C, GBattle, Alex Ludovico and Wally Clark.
April 20, 2020
Bonus Episode: Call Out Culture Roundtable Pt. 1
Part 1 of a two part roundtable episode with our folks Scorcese, Geng, Roy C, GBattle, Alex Ludovico and Wally Clark.
April 18, 2020
Roundtable Recap of the DJ Premier vs RZA Battle
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.  Premier/RZA Playlist:
April 14, 2020
Jay Electronica and the Slacker A$$ Rapper Syndrome
This week the crew discuss Jay Electronica and rappers who don't make music.
April 10, 2020
The Call Out Culture Roundtable!
This week we are joined by our friends Prem, Nate from Dad Bod, Scorsese, Geng, Roy C and more.
April 2, 2020
Live from the Liner Notes w/ ShrapKnel
This week we talk with Backwoods Studios' Recording Artist ShrapKnel about their amazing new album.  You can purchase the album here:
March 19, 2020
Fly Vs. Dope
This week the boys get esoteric and break down the difference between Fly and Dope. 
March 9, 2020
Hip Hop Fashion
This week the gang discusses the long arc of hip hop fashion.
February 28, 2020
Do Rappers Need Albums?
This week the gang discusses the debate of whether or not rappers need albums which was spawned by Jay Electronica announcing that he was going to drop a record.
February 18, 2020
Dropping Names
This week the gang talks about collaborations that they did and how they came to work with said artists. 
February 10, 2020
We Need to Talk About - White Rappers
This week the gang addresses white rappers and all that entails. 
January 24, 2020
How did that get there?
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. 
January 16, 2020
Albums of the Decade
This week the gang discusses their favorite albums of the past decade.
December 23, 2019
Artists of the Decade
This week Alaska, Castro and Zilla talk about their top artists of the decade!
December 12, 2019
What really grinds my gears
This week we go full on what's in your craw old man style complaining bout stuff.
November 22, 2019
The Hardest Verses
This week we talk about those verses that make us feel like we can kick over buildings, beat up god, rule the world.
November 14, 2019
We Need to Talk About The X-Men with Open Mike Eagle
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.
November 8, 2019
Slept on Producers
This week we talk about producers that we feel do not get their proper due. 
October 18, 2019
Lineage of Greatness - Billy Woods
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: 
October 9, 2019
Lineage of Greatness: Black Thought
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)
September 26, 2019
Disappointing Verses from Great Rappers
This week we examine the worst, corniest, just utterly inexplicable verses from some of the genre's greatest artists including: Cannibal Ox Ab Soul Big Daddy Kane Starange Wondah Asher Roth Common KRS-One
September 20, 2019
We Need to Talk About AND Talk to Breeze Brewin
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:
September 13, 2019
Guilty Pleasures
This week the gang talks about their favorite musical guilty pleasures,.   As mentioned in the episode you can find the Regal Beagle playlist here:
September 6, 2019
How to Finish an Album
This week we are joined by the one and only DJ Chong Wizard and we discuss how to go about finishing an album!
August 30, 2019
We Need to Discuss Length
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:
August 9, 2019
The Grab Bag Episode
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:
August 1, 2019
Lineage of Greatness: Nas
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:
July 25, 2019
Lineage of Greatness: Andre 3000
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:
July 17, 2019
We Need to Talk About Capitalism with special guest Blueprint
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:
July 10, 2019
Top Ten BBQ/Summah Jams Part Two
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: Youtube: Spotify: Additionally you can get the new song from the Call Out Culture crew that is featured at the end of the podcast here:
June 28, 2019
Are Artists Ripping Off Their Fans?
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: Zilla Rocca: Curly Castro: Alaska:
June 21, 2019
Top Ten BBQ/Summah Jams Part One
Part one of a of our two part BBQ/Summer Jam count down.  This week we count down numbers 10-6. 
June 14, 2019
Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein/Def Jux Talk
This week we go back to February 26th, and discuss the classic Def Jux album The Cold Vein by Cannibal Ox.  
June 6, 2019
Disappointing Albums/Questionable Classics
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.  
May 31, 2019
We Need to Talk About Wu-Tang
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. 
May 22, 2019
Call Out Culture: I hate rap but I love "Artist X"
This week we discuss people who claim that they hate hip hop but love a specific group.  
May 18, 2019
Call Out Culture: An Interview with Roy Christopher the Author of Dead Precedents
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:
May 10, 2019
We Need to Talk About Kanye
In this week's episode the gang starts by talking about Kanye West's latest attempts at redemption and ends with a discussion about online begging. 
May 3, 2019
Call Out Culture: The Intro Episode
The intro episode of Call Out Culture, an almost weekly podcast about rap and rap related goodness. Hosted by Alaska, Curly Castro and Zilla Rocca.
April 4, 2019