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The weird optics of Ariana Grande's "thank u, next", Stan Lee and hip-hop, and 15 years of 'The Black Album' | Podcasts | Musicphiles | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The weird optics of Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”, Stan Lee and hip-hop, and 15 years of ‘The Black Album’

We're back and discussing a lot of news happening in and around music like Kanye postponing Yandhi once again, Missy Elliott preparing her return to music, little known band, Threatin, pulling one the greatest dupes in rock history, and more. Then we discuss if we feel some type of way about Ariana Grande's now #1 hit, "thank u, next", Stan Lee's impact on hip-hop, and 15 years of The Black Album and it possibly being Jay-Z's best/most impactful album out of his whole discography. We close things out by breaking down recent album releases and the new music we can expect over the next couple of weeks....
Kanye off the rails (again), the Vic Mensa backlash, and 'Tha Carter V' | Podcasts | Musicphiles | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Kanye off the rails (again), the Vic Mensa backlash, and ‘Tha Carter V’

We're finally back and discussing all the major happenings in music like Lil Wayne's long, long-awaited Carter V album, T.I.'s best album since Paper Trail, more unnecessary collabs from the likes of Lil Baby and Gunna, Vic Mensa killing his own career, and Kanye going off the rails (again). Oh and we also throw in some talk about the McGregor vs. Khabib sh*t show and go on a far too long aside about Dragon Ball Super (it happens more than we'd care to admit). ...
Nicki Minaj goes self-destructive while Eminem goes 'Kamikaze' on hip-hop | Musicphiles | Podcasts | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Nicki Minaj goes self-destructive while Eminem goes ‘Kamikaze’ on hip-hop

We're back and discussing all of the recent tirades, outbursts, and backtracking that's been going on in hip-hop. From Nicki Minaj's post-launch assault on Travis Scott and everyone associated with him, to Eminem's vicious rebuttal to any and all of his critics, to Kanye West's recent apology to his fans and Drake. Then we close things out by talking about the latest projects from Ariana Grande, Bas, and Troye Sivan....
Best of the Month: June 2018 | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Best of the Month: June 2018

June had a ton of great new albums and music videos from the likes of Drake, Florence + The Machine, XXXTENTACION, and Beyoncé & Jay-Z; and it also featured some interesting trailers for A Star Is Born, Creed II, and Widows. We've highlighted some of the best drops over the month and now we're ready to crown the best album, movie trailer, and music video....
Who's the best of the month: June 2018 (VOTING) | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Who’s the best of the month: June 2018 (VOTING)

Another month down, another month's worth of content to vote on. We rounded up what we think represented the best of the month, so cast your votes and we'll announce the top picks after we take everything into consideration. If you don't see what you think was the best, then write it in. You can also go back and check out some of our reactions to the various nominees....
The tragic death of XXXTENTACION, 'Nasir', and Beyoncé & Jay-Z's 'Everything Is Love' | Podcasts

The tragic death of XXXTENTACION, ‘Nasir’, and Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s ‘Everything Is Love’

We're back and talking about the tragic news of XXXTENTACION's death at the young of 20 and the need for a mentality change in the culture and community at large. Then we touch on Nas' latest Kanye produced project, 'Nasir', and Beyoncé & Jay-Z's long rumored joint album, 'Everything Is Love.' We give our reactions and opinions and discuss if both projects lived up to the immense hype surrounding them....
Trump, Kanye West, and the End of “What About Rappers?” | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Trump, Kanye West, and the End of “What About Rappers?”

I’ve got a feeling Kanye’s MAGA period will be looked upon by future music historians as a bizarre, brief interlude in a great artist’s career, but I'm floored by the outpouring of support from the conservative right. But the election of Donald Trump has caused social conservatives to accept a level of in-your-face vulgarity simply unimaginable as recently as a couple of years ago. Once they've taken that leap, having nice things to say about rappers isn't such a big ask....
Are we giving Drake a pass for getting washed, was 'ye' Kanye's worst album yet, and Jorja Smith's perfect debut | Podcasts | Musicphiles | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Are we giving Drake a pass for getting washed, was ‘ye’ Kanye’s worst album yet, and Jorja Smith’s perfect debut

We are back and we are in the full blown midst of Yeezy season. But before we get into the new albums we discuss Drake apparently wanting no more smoke with Pusha T, then we get to 'ye' and 'Kids See Ghosts' and discuss where they stack up to everything Kanye's had a hand in putting out thus far. Specifically if 'ye' is his worst album yet? We give our expectations for the Nas album which had still yet to drop, talk about Jay Rock's best album yet full of bangers, and get hype over Jorja Smith's incredible debut. Check the full episode out above and tell us your thoughts, comments, and questions about the topics in the episode....
Kanye West - ye Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS
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Kanye West – ye Reaction

It's not a bad album - the production is good, although not as good as Daytona, and more of an extension of TLOP - but ye was a major letdown for anyone looking for something more behind the self-centered, PR shtick we've gotten for the past month....
Pusha T vs Drake...well that escalated quickly! | Podcasts | Musicphiles | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Pusha T vs Drake…well that escalated quickly!

The long simmering 'beef' between Pusha T has full on erupted with Drake responding to "Infared" with the appropriately hard "Duppy Freestyle" then Pusha T escalated things to a whole other level with one of the most disrespectful disses we've heard in years with "The Story of Adidon." We talk about who we think has the upper hand, what's Drake's next move, and did Pusha T go too far? Then we give our reactions to Pusha T's Daytona album as a whole, discuss A$AP Rocky's horrible, horrible timing with Testing, and give a perfect score to Arctic Monkey's Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino....
Royce da 5'9", Janelle Monáe, and Steve Angello get introspective, and Donald Glover, the greatest multi-talented artist we've ever seen | Podcasts | Musicphiles | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Royce da 5’9″, Janelle Monáe, and Steve Angello get introspective, and Donald Glover, the greatest multi-talented artist we’ve ever seen

In this week's episode we talk about Spotify removing R. Kelly and XXXTENTACION from their playlists, the ongoing Kanye roller coaster, and Donald Glover's (aka Childish Gambino) turn as a SNL host, his mind blowing new video for "This Is America", and question whether he should be considered the greatest multi-talented artist we've ever seen. Then we end things by talking about a bunch of new albums to drop from Desiigner, Post Malone, Styles P, Rae Sremmurd, Janelle Monáe, Steve Angello, and BlocBoy JB. With Royce da 5'9", Janelle Monáe, and Steve Angello, in particular, taking their careers in new and exciting new directions with their most introspective albums yet....
Meek Mill's finally free, Kanye West in the sunken place?, and is KOD J. Cole's best album yet? | Podcast | Musicphiles | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Meek Mill’s finally free, Kanye West in the sunken place?, and is KOD J. Cole’s best album yet?

We're back and talking about Kendrick Lamar becoming the first non-classical, non-jazz musician to win a Pulitzer prize for music, Meek Mill finally being released from prison and whether we'll get a Drake collab to capitalize on the moment, and give our expectations for Drake's recently announced next album, Scorpion. Then of course we talk about all of the madness surrounding twitter and Kanye West and his upcoming projects. Lastly, we breakdown J. Cole's latest album, KOD, whether it's his best album yet, and try to understand why he's such a polarizing yet wildly successful figure in hip-hop....
Bill F**KING Murray, Big K.R.I.T. still needs that definitive album, Chance the Rapper a fraud?, and rising UK hip-hop

Bill F**KING Murray, Big K.R.I.T. still needs that definitive album, Chance the Rapper a fraud?, and rising UK hip-hop

We're back and we're talking about all of the recent music and music news that has happened over the past couple of weeks. This week we talk about the iconic Tom Petty's recent passing, XXL turning 20, Big K.R.I.T making his return with an upcoming double album - whether or not we think he's had a definitive album yet, and other notable news like Bill Murray garnering a #1 album on the classical charts. Lastly we discuss whether we believe Chance the Rapper to be for real or a fraud, and our thoughts on UK hip-hop....
Volume 1: Our Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017 & Run the Jewels | Compilation 2

Volume 1: Our Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017 & Run the Jewels | Season 2

We kick off the first volume of Compilation 2 of our Musicphiles podcast by taking a quick look back at some of our favorite projects to drop in 2016 and giving our overall rating for the year. Then we list our top 10 most anticipated albums of 2017 from artists like Andre 3000, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Japandroids, Drake, Kanye West, and many more. We finish things off with a discussion about the latest release from Run the Jewels, Tory Lanez, and others....

How Action Hank and Black Dynamite Changed My Life Pt. 3 (Face the Fear)

I think before I can continue with this trilogy (Frodo not Neo) I need to clarify what makes something a fear. There's a lot of things out there that make people uncomfortable; for example, a lot of people feel uncomfortable doing public speaking but they don't necessarily fear it, they'd prefer not to do it but if push comes to shove they'd be able to get up there and get through it. Now for someone with an absolute fear of it, nothing short of the will of God could make that person do it and if that will does one day come to pass they may just faint, convulse, vomit (true story), really do anything other than look like public speakers. For me, the thought of being average doesn't just make me uncomfortable it down right terrifies me; I'm shaking right now just writing out you know what. The day I feel like I'm living average may just be the day I say goodbye to the world and all my unborn seeds because death would be a reprieve from that life of hell. See the difference? Good, now let's continue......

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