Dan Charnas wrote the incredible hip-hop history book, The Big Payback and given all the stories he collected, I thought it’d be fun to combine our summer songs theme with his wealth of anecdotes about the key artists behind some of hip-hop’s greatest summer anthems. What more you need – summer jams + hip-hop history = a good combination.
The Sidebar #13: Dan Charnas
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Music in this episode:
- ATCQ: Show Business
Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock: It Takes Two
Dan Charnas: The Return of Rob Base
Public Enemy: Fight the Power
Cypress Hill: How I Could Just Kill a Man
De La Soul: Eye Know
Jay-Z: Can I Get A…
Drake: Best I Ever Had
Big Sean: My Last
Related links to podcast content:
- Black Sheep’s opening song/skit, “U Mean I’m Not”
Brian Coleman’s Check the Technique
Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
And here’s that De La Soul/Tommy Boy ad Dan mentions in the podcast:
I’d be interested in hearing your rebuttal, if you have one, of Charnas’s assertion that Cypress Hill and “How I Could Just Kill A Man” were the beginning of the end to the golden age of Hip Hop. The start of nihilistic lyrics and a-political content. It was a startling comment, and his use of the words Hollywood and Hipster when referring to ’91 era Cypress Hill were things I’ve never heard in the 20 years since their debut.
Great episode. Hopefully Charnas will be a return guest.
O-Dub — Fantastic. Simply fantastic.