Welcome back to my weekly list of things I love that you should love too for the week of May 16, 2016.
1. Super Duty Tough Work Podcast: The Super Duty Tough Work (SDTW) podcast is a hip hop podcast hosted by Columbus, OH indie rap stalwarts Blueprint and Illogic, that tackles the state of modern rap music through current events. Each week this dynamic duo looks to the rap news of the day and tackles them with humor and insight. I honestly didn't know what I was getting into with SDTW, despite knowing both of these fellows for well over a decade. One never knows what one will get when indie rappers are addressing mainstream rap news, it could be hating for the sake of hating, praise for the sake of distancing one's self from their indie roots, or just a mishmash of fucked up opinions. Blueprint and Illogic have found the right tone and voice to tackle the ludicrous nature of hip hop news. Additionally they will sprinkle you withe episodes on any number of topics, from favorite verses, best innovations, Kanye, etc. I especially recommend the episode dedicated to Phife Dog. You will fall in love with Phife all over again. Follow them on twitter.
3. Homeboy Sandman: I am of the school of thought, that great artists make the everyday and mundane transcendent. Homeboy Sandman is that kind of artist. He takes the things that we all take for granted and explores the beauty, causing the listener to reexamine their worldview and appreciate the beauty all around us. He does this while being perhaps the most technically skilled MC I have ever heard. He is probably the rapper I am most jealous of.
4. Metal Evolution: I grew up a metal head. Until 1988 the year that Yo! MTV Raps came into my life, it was all that I listened to. The other night I discovered a VH1 documentary series called Metal Evolution, which is a spin off of the excellent metal documentary, Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, which followed athropologist Sam Dunn's attempt to classify the entire history/culture of metal. Metal Evolution, expands on Sam's documentary and breaks down the subgenres and their connectivity in greater detail. If you have ever loved metal, this show will tickle your taint.