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Consequence of Sound and Sony bring you an exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. Join host Jill Hopkins as she examines how masterpieces continue to evolve: shaping lives, shaking rafters, and ingraining itself into our culture. Maybe you’re a longtime fan who wants to goRead more

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Ten: The Final Show of Pearl Jam's First Tour Heralded Future Stardom

Sep 2 • 24:41

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament once stated that "essentially Tenwas just an excuse to tour."...

The Best Songs on Pearl Jam's Ten Aren't the Singles

Aug 26 • 31:54

Ten yielded (no pun intended, Pearl Jam fans) three enduring hit singles: "Alive," "Even Flow," and "Jeremy." But here on Consequence Podcast Network and Sony’s The Opus, we focus on the legacy of the entire album -- and the real meat of Ten is on the non-single tracks....

Ten: Jeff Ament's Art Helped Define Pearl Jam

Aug 19 • 19:36

While Season 16 of the Consequence Podcast Network and Sony’s The Opus focuses on the unparalleled musical legacy Ten, it's important to note of Pearl Jam has been defined as much by their visuals as their sound. On Episode 2, we explore how bassist Jeff Ament not only contributed to the band's sonics, but their imagery as well....

Ten: Pearl Jam Is Alive Because of an Unlikely Series of Events

Aug 12 • 28:50

The series of events that had to happen to have Ten even exist is wild....

Cypress Hill’s Weed Rap Changed Cannabis Culture

Aug 5 • 17:54

Season 15 of Consequence Podcast Network and Sony’s The Opus comes to its conclusion on a high point as we explore how Cypress Hill put weed rap on the map.

Within a few months of its release, the impact of Cypress Hill and the subject matter of some of the raps therein was apparent. Other rappers started writing songs that expanded more on the glory of marijuana. While we ...

Cypress Hill Revolutionized Hip-Hop via Hard Rock and Latin Funk

Jul 30 • 21:35

On the previous episode ofConsequence Podcast Network and Sony's The Opus Season 15, we explored the chemistry between the voices ofCypress Hill’sB-Real andSen Dog. In Episode 3, we look at the unique alchemy of their beats....

Cypress Hill’s Chemistry Made for Explosive Hip-Hop

Jul 22 • 18:43

Consequence Podcast Network and Sony’s The Opus Season 15 continues as we explore the unparalleled chemistry between Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Sen Dog. B-Real’s high-pitched, nasal rap style played off the boom of Sen Dog’s authoritative baritone for a sound unlike anyone else....

Cypress Hill: Southern California Was a Cultural Powder Keg

Jul 15 • 17:18

Season 15 of The Opus, presented by the Consequence Podcast Network and Sony, travels back to the Southern California in which Cypress Hill’s sound exploded onto the scene....

Just As I Am: Bill Withers’ Songs and Booker T. Jones’ Mind Were a Match Made in Soul Heaven

Jun 3 • 27:33

The production on Just As I Am is just as tight as you’d expect an album made with Booker T Jones to be. Bill Withers may have been a rookie singer/songwriter, but the plates on this album were definitely not.


In this episode, we speak to folks who help Withers discover and perfect his signature sound. We also discuss the album’s sonic legacy with people whose sound has be...

Just As I Am Episode 3: Bill Withers' Just as I Am Was Populist Soul for Complicated Times

May 27 • 22:51

Amir “Questlove” Thompson, in Rolling Stone in 2015, called Bill Withers the “last African-American Everyman … the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen.”...

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