Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (06/06/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (06/06/18)


In this week's episode, I provide an update on the Pusha T-Drake beef and discuss the eighth studio album by the controversial Kanye West. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 6/1- Black Thought & 9th Wonder-Streams of Thought Vol. 1
  • 6/1- Kanye West- TBA
  • 6/8- Kanye West & Kid Cudi- Kids See Ghost
  • 6/8- Jorja Smith- Lost & Found
  • 6/15- Jay Rock- Redemption
  • 6/15- Nas- TBA
  • 6/15- R+R=NOW- Collagically Speaking
  • 6/22- Teyana Taylor- TBA

Dig Deeper

Ye

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/30/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/30/18)


In this week's episode, I discuss the beef between Pusha T and Drake and how quickly it shifted from a few subliminal shots to some scathing verses! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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  • 5/25- Pusha T- Daytona
  • 5/25- A$AP Rocky- Testing
  • 6/1- Black Thought & 9th Wonder-Streams of Thought Vol. 1
  • 6/1- Kanye West- TBA
  • 6/8- Kanye West & Kid Cudi- Kids See Ghost
  • 6/8- Jorja Smith- Lost & Found
  • 6/15- Jay Rock- Redemption
  • 6/15- Nas- TBA
  • 6/15- R+R=NOW- Collagically Speaking
  • 6/22- Teyana Taylor- TBA

Dig Deeper

Where's The Beef?: Pusha T vs. Drake

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/23/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/23/18)


In this week's abridged episode, I debut the Song of the Week: Sampler Series and discuss what's new in hip-hop and R&B! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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 5/25- A$AP Rocky- Testing

5/25- A$AP Rocky- Testing

 6/15- Jay Rock- Redemption

6/15- Jay Rock- Redemption

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 5/11- BJ the Chicago Kid- The Opening Ceremony

  • 5/13- Afro Kitty Jones- Supa X

  • 5/18- KYLE- Light of Mine

  • 5/25- Pusha T- Daytona

  • 5/25- A$AP Rocky- Testing

  • 6/1- Kanye West- TBA

  • 6/8- Kanye West & Kid Cudi- Kids See Ghost

  • 6/8- Jorja Smith- Lost & Found

  • 6/15- Jay Rock- Redemption

  • 6/15- Nas- TBA

  • 6/15- Nicki Minaj- Queen

  • 6/15- R+R=NOW- Collagically Speaking

  • 6/22- Teyana Taylor- TBA

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/09/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/09/18)


In this week's episode, I discuss Donald Glover's "This Is America" video, Rae Sremmurd's triple album, SR3MM, preview Supa X by Afro Kitty Jones, and more. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 5/4- Desiigner- L.O.D.
  • 5/4- Rae Sremmurd- SR3MM / Swaecation / Jxmtro
  • 5/4- Royce Da 5’9”- Book Of Ryan
  • 5/13- Afro Kitty Jones- Supa X
  • 5/18- KYLE- Light of Mine
  • 5/25- Pusha T- King Push
  • 6/1- Kanye West- TBA
  • 6/8- Kanye West & Kid Cudi- Kids See Ghost
  • 6/8- Jorja Smith- Lost & Found

Dig Deeper

Supa X by Afro Kitty Jones

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/02/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (05/02/18)


In this week's episode, I discuss the release of Janelle Monae's stunning album, Dirty Computer. I also take the first steps in laying Mr. West to rest smh. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 4/27- Janelle Monae- Dirty Computer
  • 5/4- Rae Sremmurd- SR3MM / Swaecation / Jxmtro
  • 5/4- Royce Da 5’9”- Book Of Ryan
  • 5/18- KYLE- Light of Mine
  • 5/25- Pusha T- King Push
  • 6/1- Kanye West- TBA

Dig Deeper

Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (04/25/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (04/25/18)


In this week's episode, I discuss the release of J. Cole's fifth studio album, KOD. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 4/20- J. Cole- KOD

  • 4/27- Janelle Monae- Dirty Computer

  • April- Rae Sremmurd- SR3MM / Swaecation / Jxmtroduction

  • 5/4- Royce Da 5’9”- Book Of Ryan

  • 5/18- KYLE- Light of Mine

  • 5/25- Pusha T- King Push

Dig Deeper

J. Cole's KOD

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (04/18/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (04/18/18)


In this week's episode, I discuss the impressive debut by Cardi B as well as address this whole Cardi-Nicki drama. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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📀 JUNE 2018

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Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 4/5- Saba- Care For Me

  • 4/6- Flatbush ZOMBiES- Vacation In Hell

  • 4/6- Cardi B- Invasion of Privacy

  • 4/13- Tinashe- Joyride

  • 4/13- Glacier Boyz- TBA (Postponed)

  • 4/20- J. Cole- KOD

  • 4/27- Janelle Monae- Dirty Computer

  • April- Rae Sremmurd- SR3MM / Swaecation / Jxmtroduction

Dig Deeper

Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy

 

Cardi B & Nicki Minaj (Mini-Where's the Beef?)

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (04/04/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (04/04/18)


In this week's episode, the Kanye Madness bracket comes to an end as I finally pick a winner! Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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Joyride 4/13 + guess which track is coming out on Friday?

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Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 3/30- The Weeknd- My Dear Melancholy,

  • 3/30- Tink- Pain & Pleasure EP

  • 4/5- Saba- Care For Me

  • 4/5- Royce Da 5’9”- Book of Ryan

  • 4/6- Flatbush ZOMBiES- Vacation In Hell

  • 4/6- Cardi B- Invasion of Privacy

  • 4/13- Tinashe- Joyride

  • 4/13- Glacier Boyz- TBA

  • 4/27- Janelle Monae- Dirty Computer

  • April- Rae Sremmurd- SR3MM / Swaecation / Jxmtroduction

Dig Deeper

Kanye Madness Bracket

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Final Four / Championship Round:

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See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/28/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/28/18)


In this week's episode, Joe G joins the podcast as we narrow the remaining songs in the Kanye Madness Bracket from 16 to 4. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/1NLMABf

Spotify: http://sptfy.com/147N

Google Play: http://goo.gl/ZyVzA3

Pippa: https://shows.pippa.io/thinking-outside-the-boombox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/totbthepodcast/ 


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4/5- Royce Da 5’9”- Book of Ryan

Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 4/5- Saba- Care For Me

  • 4/5- Royce Da 5’9”- Book of Ryan

  • 4/6- Cardi B- Invasion of Privacy

  • 4/13- Tinashe- Joyride

  • 4/27- Janelle Monae- Dirty Computer

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Kanye Madness Bracket

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Sweet 16 / Elite 8:

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See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/21/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/21/18)


In this week's episode, my wife and I tackle the second round of the Kanye Madness Bracket, a tournament pitting Kanye's best songs against each other. The bracket is getting a lot harder! Check out the episode on Apple Podcasts or Pippa.

Also, the podcast is now available on Spotify! You can check that out here!


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Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 3/16- Bishop Nehru- Elevators: Act I & II

  • 3/16- Wale- It’s Complicated EP

  • 3/16- DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9”- PRhyme 2

  • 3/16- Snoop Dogg- Bible of Love

  • 4/5- Saba- Care For Me

  • 4/13- Tinashe- Joyride

Dig Deeper

Kanye Madness Bracket

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Round of 32:

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See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/15/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/15/18)


In this week's episode, I tackle the first round of the Kanye Madness Bracket, a tournament pitting Kanye's best songs against each other. Check out the episode on Apple Podcasts or Pippa.

Also, the podcast is now available on Spotify! You can check that out here!


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Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 3/2- Tory Lanez- Memories Don’t Die

  • 3/9- August Greene- August Greene

  • 3/16- Bun B- Return of the Trill

  • 3/16- DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9”- PRhyme 2

  • 3/16- Snoop Dogg- Bible of Love

Dig Deeper

Kanye Madness Bracket

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Round of 64:

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See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/01/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (03/01/18)


No new episode this week, but the news keeps coming. Check it out below!

Also, the podcast is now available on Spotify! You can check that out here!


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  4/27- Janelle  Monáe   - Dirty Computer

4/27- Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 2/23- Towkio- .WWW

  • 2/23- SOB X RBE- GANGIN

  • 2/23- EarthGang- Royalty EP

  • 3/2- Tory Lanez- Memories Don’t Die

  • 3/9- August Greene- August Greene

  • 3/16- Bun B- Return of the Trill

  • 3/16- DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9”- PRhyme 2

  • 3/16- Snoop Dogg- Bible of Love

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/21/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/21/18)


In this week's episode, I shine the artist spotlight on The Little Homies. Check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Pippa.

Also, the podcast is now available on Spotify! You can check that out here!


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Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 2/13- Cozz- Effected

  • 2/16- Nipsey Hussle- Victory Lap

  • 2/23- Towkio- .WWW

  • 2/23- EarthGang- Royalty EP

  • 3/16- Bun B- Return of the Trill

  • 3/23- Tory Lanez- Memories Don’t Die


Dig Deeper

Various Videos by The Little Homies:

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/14/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (02/14/18)


Happy Valentine's Day! In this week's episode, I discuss the good and the bad of Migos' latest album, Culture II. I also take a slightly deep dive into Black Panther: The Album by Kendrick Lamar & TDE. Check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Pippa.

Also, the podcast is now available on Spotify! You can check that out here!


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Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 2/9- Kendrick Lamar & TDE- Black Panther: The Album

  • 2/9- 2 Chainz- The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It

  • 2/9- Ravyn Lenae- Crush EP

  • 2/13- Cozz- Effected

  • 2/16- Nipsey Hussle- Victory Lap

  • 2/16- Towkio- .WWW


Dig Deeper

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/31/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/31/18)


Award season rolls on as I discuss the disappointing 60th Annual GRAMMY awards! Check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Pippa.


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Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 1/26- Migos- Culture II

  • 1/26- Lil Wayne- Dedication 6: Reloaded

  • 2/2- Justin Timberlake- Man of the Woods

  • 2/9- Kendrick Lamar & TDE- Black Panther: The Album

  • 2/16- Towkio- .WWW


Dig Deeper

60th Annual GRAMMY Awards Recap:

Eligibility Period: Oct. 1, 2016 - Sep. 30, 2017

Leading Nominations: Jay-Z (8), Kendrick (7), Bruno Mars (6), SZA (5), Khalid (5), No I.D. (5), Childish Gambino (5)

Winners: Bruno Mars (7), Kendrick (5), Childish Gambino, The Weeknd, Rihanna (1)

(Big 4)

Album of the Year (Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.)

  • “Awaken, My Love!” - Childish Gambino

  • 4:44 - Jay-Z

  • DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

  • Melodrama - Lorde

  • 24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Record of the Year (Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino

  • “Despacito” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber

  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z

  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar (Mike Will also wins)

  • “24K Magic” - Bruno Mars

Song of the Year (A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • “Despacito” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber

  • “4:44” - Jay-Z (No I.D. also wins)

  • “Issues” - Julia Michaels

  • “1-800-273-8255” - Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid

  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars (James Fauntleroy also wins)

Best New Artist (An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.)

  • Alessia Cara

  • Khalid

  • Lil Uzi Vert

  • Julia Michaels

  • SZA

(R&B)

Best R&B Performance

  • “Get You” - Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis

  • “Distraction” - Kehlani

  • “High” - Ledisi

  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars

  • “The Weekend” - SZA

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • “Laugh and Move On” - The Baylor Project

  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino

  • “What I’m Feelin’” - Anthony Hamilton, The Hamiltones

  • “All The Way” - Ledisi

  • “Still” - Mali Music

Best R&B Song (A Songwriter(s) Award)

  • “First Began” - PJ Morton

  • “Location” - Khalid

  • “Redbone” - Childish Gambino

  • “Supermodel” - SZA (Pharrell also wins)

  • “That’s What I Like” - Bruno Mars (James Fauntleroy also wins)

Best Urban Contemporary Album (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

  • Free 6LACK - 6LACK

  • “Awaken, My Love!” - Childish Gambino

  • American Teen - Khalid

  • Ctrl - SZA

  • Starboy - The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

  • Freudian - Daniel Caesar

  • Let Love Rule - Ledisi

  • 24K Magic - Bruno Mars

  • Gumbo - PJ Morton

  • Feel The Real - Musiq Soulchild

(Rap)

Best Rap Performance

  • “Bounce Back” - Big Sean

  • “Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B

  • “4:44” - Jay-Z

  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar

  • “Bad & Boujee” - Migos, Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap/Sung Performance (For a solo or collaborative performance containing both elements of R&B melodies and Rap.)

  • “PRBLMS” - 6LACK

  • “Crew” - Goldlink, Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

  • “Family Feud” - Jay-Z, Beyoncé

  • “LOYALTY.” - Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna

  • “Love Galore” - SZA, Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

  • “Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B (Kodak also wins)

  • “Chase Me” - Danger Mouse, RTJ & Big Boi

  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar

  • “Sassy” - Rapsody

  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z (No I.D. also wins)

Best Rap Album

  • 4:44 - Jay-Z

  • DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

  • Culture - Migos

  • Laila’s Wisdom - Rapsody

  • Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator

(Misc.)

Best Music Video

  • “Up All Night” - Beck

  • “Makeba” - Jain

  • “The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z

  • “HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar

  • “1-800-273-8255” - Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid

Damian Marley won Best Reggae Album

Dave Chappelle won Best Comedy Album

The Defiant Ones won Best Music Film

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/24/18)

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Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/24/18)


It's award season! The TOTB Hip-Hop and R&B Awards return in its second edition with an all new format. See who walks away with awards, voted by the new TOTB Academy! Check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Pippa.


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M A D E T H E C U T C U L T U R E I I

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Upcoming / Recently Released:

  • 1/16- Dave East, Paranoia 2
  • 1/19- SiR, November
  • 1/26- Migos, Culture II

Dig Deeper

The 2nd Annual TOTB Hip-Hop and R&B Awards:

Concept Album of the Year:

All Amerikkkan Bada$$ - Joey Bada$$

Best Rap Feature

Rihanna on “Lemon”

Best New Artist

SZA

Best Music Video

“DNA.” - Kendrick Lamar

“The Story of O.J.” - Jay-Z

Best R&B Album

Ctrl - SZA

Best R&B Song

“The Weekend” - SZA

Best Trap Banger

“Bodak Yellow” - Cardi B

Best Lyricist

Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Song

“DNA.” - Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Song of the Year

“The Weekend” - SZA

Record of the Year

“HUMBLE.” - Kendrick Lamar

Album of the Year

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Thank you to the academy! See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/10/18)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (01/10/18)


It's 2018! And in the first episode of the year, I discuss the most anticipated albums of 2018. Come find out which albums are going to monopolize your time this year! Check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


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Most Anticipated Albums of 2018:

This list will be updated throughout the year and you can find that here.

Albums w/ Release Dates:

January

1/16- Dave East- Paranoia 2

February

2/2- Justin Timberlake- Man of the Woods

2/9- Kendrick Lamar & TDE- Black Panther: The Album

Unknown Dates:

A$AP Rocky- TBA

Cardi B- TBA

Cozz- Effected

Cypress Hill- Elephants On Acid

Drake- TBA

Earl Sweatshirt- TBA

Future- TBA

Gucci Mane- The Evil Genius

Jay Rock- TBA

Kanye West- Turbo Grafx 16

Migos- Culture II

Nicki Minaj- NM4

PARTYNEXTDOOR- Club Atlantis

Pusha T- King Push

Rae Sremmurd- Sremmlife 3

ScHoolboy Q- TBA

The Internet- TBA

Tory Lanez- Memories Don’t Die

Travis Scott- Astroworld

Maybe?:

Beyonce- TBA

Chance The Rapper & Childish Gambino- TBA

Chance The Rapper- TBA

G.O.O.D. Music- Cruel Winter

Lil Wayne- Tha Carter V

Nas- TBA

Puff Daddy & The Family- No Way Out 2

Rihanna- TBA

Tinashe- Joyride

TWENTY88- TBA

 

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/28/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/28/17)


It has been a great year for Thinking Outside the Boombox! In 2017, I gave out awards in the inaugural TOTB Hip-Hop and R&B award show, I dug into three of 50 Cent's historic beefs, Gerald and Brandon were featured as new guests of the podcast, we discussed Chance The Rapper's independence, Lupe Fiasco's lyricism and so much more. I can't wait to see where 2018 takes us!

In the final episode of the year, I discuss the "Top 20 Albums of 2017." Check out the list below and check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


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Recently Released Albums:

  • 12/19- Chance The Rapper & Jeremih, Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama Re-Wrapped
  • 12/21- Quavo & Travis Scott, Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho
  • 12/22- Gucci Mane, El Gato the Human Glacier
  • 12/25- Lil Wayne, Dedication 6

Top 20 Albums of 2017

Like my "Top 40" list, this list attempts to represent my favorite albums of 2017*. But, I do try to rank the albums on this list based on my enjoyment of them, their popularity, and especially their merit. Back in July, when we did the "Mid-Year Review" episode, I said that Kendrick and Jay-Z would be standing tall as the top two hip-hop albums of the year. Well, as you can see below, things changed very quickly. Last year saw releases from Chance, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Drake, J. Cole, TWO releases from Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and much more. 2017 did the impossible, in my opinion, and stood toe-to-toe with 2016, delivering music that was just as incredible. Let's see if 2018 can keep the streak going.

  1. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar
  2. CTRL, SZA
  3. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, Big K.R.I.T.
  4. Laila's Wisdom, Rapsody
  5. 4:44, Jay-Z
  6. Freudian, Daniel Caesar
  7. More Life, Drake
  8. Flower Boy, Tyler, the Creator
  9. Morning After, dvsn
  10. SweetSexySavage, Kehlani
  11. H.E.R., H.E.R.
  12. Culture, Migos
  13. All Amerikkkan Bada$$, Joey Bada$$
  14. Fin, Syd
  15. I Decided, Big Sean
  16. The Autobiography, Vic Mensa
  17. Process, Sampha
  18. Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples
  19. Good For You, Aminé
  20. Wins and Losses, Meek Mill

Honorable Mentions

  1. At What Cost, GoldLink
  2. Paranoia: A True Story, Dave East
  3. Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, Calvin Harris
  4. Beach House III, Ty Dolla $ign
  5. Everybody, Logic

*The eligibility period for the list this year ended on November 30th, 2017.

See you next year!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/14/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/14/17)


It's that time of the year! In this week's episode I discuss the "Top 40 Songs of 2017." Check out the list below and download the Spotify and Apple Music playlists of the list as well. Check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


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Rumor Mill / Announcements:

                                                Revival  album cover - Eminem, 12/15/17

                                              Revival album cover - Eminem, 12/15/17

 Migos hire  Everyday Struggle  lookalikes for their  "Ice Tray"  music video. The beef continues.

Migos hire Everyday Struggle lookalikes for their "Ice Tray" music video. The beef continues.

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 12/08- Big Sean & Metro Boomin, Double or Nothing
  • 12/15- Eminem, Revival
  • 12/15- N.E.R.D., No_One Ever Really Dies
  • 12/15- Jeezy, Pressure
  • 12/12- Gucci Mane, El Gato the Human Glacier
  • 12/25- Lil Wayne, Dedication 6

Top 40 Songs of 2017

This is one of my favorite parts of the year as I get to look back at all the music we've received and pick my favorites. While the American Top 40 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts list the most popular and commercially successful songs in the country, my list is much more of a journey. Focusing solely on hip-hop and R&B, this list captures my favorite songs from those released in 2017. I think this was the easiest time I had choosing the top 5 as this year's choices dominated the charts and our hearts. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 40.

Apple Music Playlist: Link

Spotify Playlist: Link

  1. “DNA.”- Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

  2. “The Weekend”- SZA, Ctrl

  3. “Bodak Yellow”- Cardi B

  4. “The Story of O.J.”- Jay-Z, 4:44

  5. “Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)”- DJ Khaled, Grateful

  6. “HUMBLE.”- Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

  7. “Lemon (feat. Rihanna)”- N.E.R.D, NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES

  8. “XO TOUR Llif3”- Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 1.5

  9. “Passionfruit”- Drake, More Life

  10. “Love Galore (feat. Travis Scott)”- SZA, Ctrl

  11. “Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)”- Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

  12. “Chanel”- Frank Ocean

  13. “Blessed”- Daniel Caesar, Freudian

  14. “Nuh Time / Tek Time”- dvsn, Morning After

  15. “4:44”- Jay-Z, 4:44

  16. “Get Up 2 Come Down (feat. CeeLo Green & Sleepy Brown”- Big K.R.I.T., 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

  17. “If Time Is Money (Fly Navigation) (feat. Method Man)”- Wu-Tang, The Saga Continues

  18. “November”- Tyler, the Creator, Flower Boy

  19. “Family Feud (feat. Beyoncé)”- Jay-Z, 4:44

  20. “T-Shirt”- Migos, Culture

  21. “Blem”- Drake, More Life

  22. “Motor Sport (feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj”- Migos, Culture II

  23. “Emotional”- Keyshia Cole, 11:11 Reset

  24. “Best Part (feat. H.E.R.)”- Daniel Caesar, Freudian

  25. “Know”- Syd, Fin

  26. “Still Down”- H.E.R., H.E.R.

  27. “Mood”- dvsn, Morning After

  28. “Heaven On Earth (feat. The-Dream)”- Vic Mensa, The Autobiography

  29. “Bank Account”- 21 Savage, Issa Album

  30. “Drowning (feat. Kodak Black)”- A Boogie wit da Hoodie, The Bigger Artist

  31. “Heavy Heart”- Meek Mill, Wins & Losses

  32. “Crew (feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy”- GoldLink, At What Cost

  33. “FOR MY PEOPLE”- Joey Bada$$, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

  34. “Do Not Disturb”- Drake, More Life

  35. “Mask Off (Remix) (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Future

  36. “I’m the One (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne)”- DJ Khaled, Grateful

  37. “Set It Off”- Bryson Tiller, True To Self

  38. “Personal”- Kehlani, SweetSexySavage

  39. “Location”- Khalid, American Teen

  40. “Shether”- Remy Ma

  • Honorable Mentions: “AfricAryaN (feat. Neil DeGrasse Tyson & J. Cole)”- Logic, Everybody | “Insecure”- Jazmine Sullivan & Bryson Tiller, Insecure: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season 2 | “On My Mind”- Jorja Smith & Preditah | “Walk On By (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Thundercat,  Drunk | “Veggies (feat. Ty Dolla $ign”- Aminé, Good For You

See you next week!

-AO

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/06/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/06/17)


In this week's episode, I dive into the theories surrounding Chance The Rapper and whether or not he is actually an independent artist. Let's jump into the politics of the music industry! Tune into the episode on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud!


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Things To Check Out:

Rumor Mill / Announcements:

 12/15- Jeezy,  Pressure

12/15- Jeezy, Pressure

 12/15- Eminem,  Revival

12/15- Eminem, Revival

Upcoming / Recently Released Albums:

  • 12/01- Roy Woods, Say Less
  • 12/01- Miguel, War & Leisure
  • 12/15- Eminem, Revival
  • 12/15- N.E.R.D., No_One Ever Really Dies
  • 12/15- Jeezy, Pressure

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See you next week!

-AO