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40 minutes | 6 months ago
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 | 7 months ago
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 | 7 months ago
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 | 8 months ago
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 | 8 months ago
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 | 8 months ago
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 | 8 months ago
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 | 8 months ago
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 | 9 months ago
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 | 9 months ago
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 | 9 months ago
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 | 9 months ago
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.”
42 minutes | 10 months ago
Once Upon A Time in Memphis
Is it still hard out here for a pimp? We revisit the 2005 movie “Hustle & Flow” to explore the significance of the film to the city of Memphis and its Hip-Hop identity. Plus, we highlight Three 6 Mafia’s epic Oscar win—one of our favorite Hip-Hop moments—to think about where that accomplishment fits into the group’s current legacy.
57 minutes | 10 months ago
Staying Power: Dirty South in a Digital Era
What’s in a name? Everything. We trace the origin of the term "Dirty South" and explore how it still echoes throughout Southern Hip-Hop today, and discuss why this branding is important to how we will remember (and pay for) “Hot Girl Summer” for years to come. Plus, we talk to the founders of the Grits & Biscuits touring party to learn how they carve out space for Dirty South newness and nostalgia for audiences across the nation.
2 minutes | 10 months ago
Season 2 Trailer
Bottom of the Map Season 2 is back on February 3rd! Southern Hip-Hop: Explored. Explained. Exalted.
44 minutes | a year ago
A BOTM Freestyle - Respect, Plus a (Bigger) Check
How does the culture get paid what it’s worth? In this live episode we partnered with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for its public arts program ELEVATE, where we talked with Ryan Wilson (co-owner of A3C Hip-Hop Festival and The Gathering Spot) and Janeé Bolden (Managing Editor of Bossip) about the value of Cultural Capital in the mainstream marketplace.
46 minutes | a year ago
A BOTM Freestyle: Elevating the Power of Cultural Capital
Can Cultural Capital combat Gentrification? For this episode we partnered with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for its public arts program ELEVATE, where we had a chance to talk about how Hip-Hop’s Cultural Capital is in conversation with Political Capital and Financial Capital when big neighborhood change is on the way. First up, we had a conversation with Renaldo Nehemiah, who is a curator and stylist to hip-hop celebrities from Ludacris to Migos to Jermaine Dupri. Later, we sat down with Ryan Gravel and Heather Infantry of the non-profit Generator, about how a city blends culture, ideas, and development to maintain a sense of place for everyone.
52 minutes | a year ago
Self Care Motivation 101
How do we overcome the grind and get to the hustle? In this episode we discuss the origins of Self Care and how that is reflected in the artists and music of Southern Hip-Hop. Regina and Christina share personal reflections on how they’ve tried to take better care of mind, body and spirit as they navigate their careers. Lastly, we visit Local Green Atlanta to learn how this restaurant is creating healthier Hip-Hop food culture.
35 minutes | a year ago
A BOTM Freestyle: Between the World and Atlanta
Some bonus content this week. The stage adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me is kicking off its national tour in Atlanta this October! So, we’re taking a moment to discuss the significance of the book, its adaptation for the stage and its connections to hip-hop culture. The show is being brought to Atlanta by The Collective Culture (Ronald B. Williams, J. Carter and Erin White). We sat down with Erin and Ron for this conversation..
46 minutes | a year ago
Diggin' in the (Goodie) Grab Bag
Is Drake stealing Southern sauce? Did Nelly cross the line? What if Ceelo never sang again? This week we address these and other burning questions as we revisit some segments of past episodes that kept our heads spinning, plus answer some fan questions from social media! We start it off by touching on our “Sounds of Multiple Souths” episode and address Drake’s connection to Southern Hip-Hop and how that reflects in his music…and his beard (just as important). We also highlight a segment from our strip club episode (“Strip du Soleil: Make It Reign”) that was left out: Nelly and the “Tip Drill” controversy. To add to this, our “Black Ole Opry” episode was all about Lil Nas X, so it was only right to revisit the year he’s had and touch on a few new points. Lastly, our #askBOTM Q&A had us pondering Southern Supergroups, Ceelo, and a few topics for the future!
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