On a recent episode of the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast, Gillie Da King and cousin Wallo Pooh Shiesty conjured up the fragility of life and challenged him to do his best to avoid trouble. Wallo, who previously served a 20-year prison sentence, spoke to Pooh with a passion only someone there could.
Her openness in the now viral clip was reminiscent of the game Fat Joe wanted to offer on his Coca Vision Tidal podcast 6ix9ine in 2018. These moments are the promise for rapper-led interview shows that offer an experience that many rapper journalists cannot. As we’ve seen in other industries, especially the sports world, peer discussion can lead to a special kind of convenience that would otherwise not be possible. This dynamic is particularly true in rap, where many artists step out of their shells only for artists they respect.
Whether it’s podcasts, YouTube shows, or whatever you want to classify as Instagram Live discussions, many rappers have flipped the paradigm and moved from respondent to interviewer.
There have been some setbacks in dynamics, especially with entertainers just coming out to speak to other celebrities for discussions that don’t touch the topics people want to know. Trained journalists will research their subjects, ask the tough questions, and have conversations that won’t stall by cutting or pausing respondents to self-center, as is the main complaint with artist-run platforms.
But disdain for celebrity debates as the norm shouldn’t make people feel like they’re of no use. Joe Budden is good at using personal anecdotes as a catalyst to get artists to educate themselves about how they feel about their place in the industry. Artists like Fat Joe and NORE have a knack for getting their peers to share memories with them. The Open Mike Eagle and Prince Paul podcast is the kind of historical preservation we’d love to hear more about.
Traditional interviews are necessary to get the 5 Ws from artists, but informal conversations are always fun. We decided to list some of the most talked about shows in no particular order. Huge Qualifications: We are realizing that some of these shows have hosts and sponsors that are a no-go for many potential listeners, and we thought about not mentioning them, but picking and choosing would have created a circumstance for that there weren’t even enough shows on a list.