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38 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Stream Dreams: Deluxe Editions, Dance Challenges, and Making Hit Records
How have streaming services and social media changed how hit records are made? If Hip-Hop now moves at the speed of the internet, how does that change our relationship to traditional radio? We break it all down with our kinfolk, the legendary B High (aka RADIO SHAWTY) of Hot 107 radio station in Atlanta.
45 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Yeek, Not Yeet: Archives, Museums, and Documenting the Culture
Southern Hip-Hop is making its way into mainstream museums and archives, but how do we address what belongs in these hallowed spaces? What's the difference between collecting and curating a living culture? Plus, super producer Floyd Hall joins us as a guest to talk about his current roles as an arts writer and curator.
47 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Size Ain’t Shit: The Ballad of Bushwick Bill
We chat with Dr. Charles L. Hughes, author of “Why Bushwick Bill Matters”, about the complicated legacy of rapper Bushwick Bill and the intersection of race, sex, and disability in pop music.
14 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Regina’s Interlude: The Cookout Rules (Get on My Level)
Are you ready for summer cookout festivities? Our very own Gina Mae breaks down the all-important tier system for a successful social culinary experience. And it all starts with knowing your place.
40 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Food for the Soul: The Goodie Mob Interview
Goodie Mob has been a beloved musical force for more than a quarter century. In this episode we discuss the group’s legacy with the members themselves, plus dive deep into notions of spirituality, feminism, and Southern representation.
37 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
The World in our Heads: Exploring Mental Health in Southern Hip-Hop
From songs like “Mind Playing Tricks On Me" to “SAD!”, Southern Hip-Hop has always addressed the range of emotions, vulnerability, and conditions of the mental health experience, even when traditional language surrounding mental health may not always be present. In this episode, we dive into the ways the music reflects these expressions of mental health, and how it connects to (and confronts) some of the real-life stigmas we face in our communities.
38 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Joy in the Mourning: Pushing through Parallelograms and Paninis
How did you make it through the pandemic? As we think back to 2020, a new year, and a new normal, we turn to Southern Hip-Hop to help us sort out mourning and remembrance, and finding ways to celebrate in the days ahead while not forgetting what we’ve lost.
7 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
The Goodie Mob Survival Kit: A Bottom of the Map Preview
Why be modest? With 25 years in the game, Goodie Mob is one of the best to ever do it, and they’ll tell you that themselves. With their latest album, Survival Kit, these four horsemen are still giving us timeless music for the extraordinary times we live in, even a quarter-century after their debut album, Soul Food. In this Bottom of the Map Preview, all four members of Goodie Mob drop in to share their thoughts on the new album, plus Super Producer Floyd shares some major news about the future of Bottom of the Map. Tap in!!
40 minutes | Jun 7, 2020
Know Justice, Know Peace: A BOTM Replay
Black Lives Matter…then, now, and in the future. In the wake of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks, we decided to revisit one of our past episodes (S1E11: “Know Justice, Know Peace: Hip-Hop as Protest”) that investigates how Hip-Hop has influenced the world as a platform for Civil Rights, and how Southern Hip-Hop artists continue to create space for Civil Rights messages in their music.
48 minutes | May 10, 2020
Space is Still the Place: A BOTM Replay
While we get ready for Season 3, we’re excited to share some of our favorite past episodes while we're on break! As we think about how Southern Hip-Hop provides a safe emotional place for experimentation, escapism, and exploration of new worlds and sounds, this episode (S1E15 “Culture in the Cosmos: AfroFuturism, Hip-Hop, and Black Joy”) feels necessary as we navigate some uncertain times in the real world.
52 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
Embracing the Fire In Little Africa: On the Road in Tulsa
How does Hip-Hop help us re-imagine the real Black Wall Street? With the upcoming “Fire in Little Africa” project, Tulsa’s Hip-Hop scene is preparing to acknowledge the 100-year commemoration of the city’s 1921 Race Massacre. Bottom of the Map was invited to “The Town” to see firsthand how Tulsa artists are building community around this moment, embracing their historic foundation, and representing the South in their own unique way.
48 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
A Peek Inside the Mind of Big Rube: A BOTM Extended Play
Big Rube is Southern Hip-Hop royalty; when he speaks, people listen. For over 25 years Big Rube has been delivering classic monologues on Southern Hip-Hop albums that stir the soul and spark the mind, including legendary performances with OutKast, Future, Goodie Mob and Offset. Big Rube visited BOTM last season to talk about growing up in Atlanta during the Atlanta Child Murders, but of course he gifted us with so many more stories and behind-the-scenes perspective on his contributions to the Dungeon Family. This is the extended version of that conversation.
44 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
Survive and Advance: A BOTM Extended Play
André 3000 stands out as a luminary figure in Southern Hip-Hop, and his commitment to memorializing Atlanta’s Missing & Murdered Children (1979 - 1981) deserves deeper reflection. Dr. Michelle Hite helps us understand André’s collaborations with Goodie Mob and Travis Scott as an example of using Hip-Hop as a space to explore the context and complexities of surviving trauma and communicating across generations.
35 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
Welcome to the Sir Foster Show: A BOTM Extended Play
From the sounds of HBCUs to the NBA, Sir Foster is building a unique Hip-Hop brand. Most people have heard Sir Foster play before they actually meet him. As the resident organist for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and past All-Star Games, Foster has been a trailblazer at integrating the latest Hip-Hop tunes into in-game experiences. Last year he stopped by BOTM to talk about growing up in HBCU music culture, the importance of HBCU marching bands to how Southern Hip-Hop is celebrated, and how social media helps him bring the hottest music from the streets into the stadiums. This is the extended version of that conversation.
50 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
Story time with Ms. Peaches: A BOTM Extended Play
Dee Dee Murray (aka Peaches) is always in the right place at the right time. From her classic intro on OutKast’s first album,Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, to managing and influencing the careers of Atlanta’s music royalty, she’s had a front row seat to Hip-Hop history in the South. These days she spends her time helping attract major film and television projects to Atlanta, but last year she visited BOTM to talk about her early days in the music industry, the impact of the Atlanta Child Murders on the Dungeon Family, and why she still loves this culture. This is the extended version of that conversation.
40 minutes | Mar 15, 2020
Forever is Now: Big K.R.I.T. & the American Standard
Should we throw the labels away? In this episode we discuss how Big K.R.I.T.’s musical explorations of Blues, Folk, Gospel, Jazz, and Rock help us to reconsider how we view the concept of Americana and Southern music stereotypes
34 minutes | Mar 8, 2020
A Black Woman Created This: Our Roses for Rapsody
How can you deny a powerful woman? In this episode we discuss North Carolina rapper Rapsody and her 2019 release, “Eve”, including our favorite significant moments from the album and its questionable omission from Grammy consideration.
39 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
Grab Your (Trap) Passport, We Found a New Plug!
Does Southern Hip-Hop still “own” trap music? While trap music started in the American South, its influence has become global, as artists all over the world are putting their spin on the genre. In this episode we define the waves of trap music over the last few decades and get some help from Trap Music Museum co-curator DL Warfield, then take a deep dive into the expansion of Latin trap music with journalist and music critic Gary Suarez.
49 minutes | Feb 23, 2020
Pitching The Woo (Properly): The Case for Consent
Are the lines still blurred? In this episode we discuss how ideas of consent show up in Southern Hip-Hop, and revisit the controversial “Tip Drill” music video with one of the video's featured performers for a conversation on how women’s bodies—and voices—are critical to how the music is performed, perceived, and ultimately remembered.
44 minutes | Feb 16, 2020
Virgil Abloh Been Trill: Bottom of the Map LIVE
Recorded live at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Christina and Regina dig deep into the museum’s exhibition, “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech” and explore how Southern hip-hop artists such as 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, and Gucci Mane relate to Abloh’s notion of “Tourist vs. Purist.”
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