And we’re back! It’s been a long time, but Neil and Erik return with a discussion on Lupe Fiasco’s DROGAS WAVE and so much more. If you haven’t been down this particular internet wormhole, we provide some background to Lupe’s concept album (21:55). Erik compares Lupe to the Reddit age and shows like Westworld (34:00) while Neil compares Lupe to Eminem and The Force (41:35). We finish off discussing concept albums’ place in hip-hop (1:07:30). It’s a lot, but being down with the fish takes some time to explain.
This Ep is Part III of Must Not Sleep’s epic trilogy also known as Neil & Erik had a lot to say on this one. If you’ve listened to the other two parts, you know that this one is all about Lauryn Hill and the piece she wrote on medium.com a couple of weeks ago. We begin with some background on Robert Glasper’s interview, the importance of his sunglasses, and his accusations against Lauryn Hill (7:15). From there is a deep dive on Ms. Hill’s piece beginning with her decision to compare herself to Harriet Tubman (14:40). We also give our theories & opinions (30:45) on the L-Boogie rumors that her fellow performers over the years were not allowed to look her in the eye (something she denies) and instructed to call her “Ms. Hill” (something she confirms). We finish with some similarities between Lauryn Hill & Michael Jackson (43:35) and the importance of Black artists (& Black people) asserting personhood (50:50). There’s a lot in this one, and we still make sure to provide you some Must Not Sleep items (1:05:20). Action packed!
“It’s a very good pop album” is Part II of Must Not Sleep’s epic trilogy also known as Neil & Erik had a lot to say on this one. In this part of the trilogy we discuss Travis Scott’s Astroworld. We express complete surprise (not really) at the album going number one & give our first impressions (2:00), consider how Travis made an homage to Houston (15:35) as well as his many references to Kylie Jenner and the Kardashians (18:05) [those two things actually relate!], and then finish Astroworld with a nice dive into the final song on the album “Coffee Bean” (21:15). We’re not gonna lie, just like Houston’s chopped & screwed movement we chopped a few beats off this one, but also like the movement we think it came out pretty good in the end. Props to our new sponsor Sueños (30:35) for sponsoring all three parts!
“Nooooo growth” is Part I of Must Not Sleep’s epic trilogy also known as Neil & Erik had a lot to say on this one. In this part we go in on Eminem and his surprise album release Kamikaze. We give you some first impressions (13:35), consider all of the things wrong with his song “Normal” (24:10) as well as if he’s shown any growth since “Kim” (hint: read the title of the ep), look at how Em chooses to show vulnerability in “Stepping Stone”(36:28), and wonder why he seems to be obsessed with Grammy’s (41:25) all of the sudden. There’s a bunch more and excellent career advice for Em from both of us. Give it a listen!
As promised, the first edition of “Must Not Sleep Rocks the Classics” is back with Part Two of our discussion of Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet. We introduce the categories we’ll be using each time we drop a “Must Not Sleep Rocks the Classics” and cover this album from all angles. There’s even a controversial rating at the end. You should definitely listen to this one. It’s like The Godfather, the sequel is even better.
It’s “Must Not Sleep Rocks the Classics”! In what will be a reoccurring theme, the Must Not Sleep Podcast does a deep dive on an album that is considered by most to be a hip hop classic. For the inaugural ep, we chose Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet, and we go so deep that we had to divide it into two parts. No time markers for this one, so just trust us and listen. It’s a good one…or two actually.