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This is not a Drake podcast


Breaking down seminal moments in Drake's career to explore the broader history and evolution of hip-hop, R&B, gender dynamics, and Black culture. Hosted by Ty Harper.

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Jul 7 • 12:04

Ep 1: Toronto was always a hip-hop city

Jul 7 • 47:50
Drake is the poster boy of Toronto, although the city's hip-hop scene was thriving long before it became known to his fans as 'The 6ix.' But the Canadian music industry’s history with its homegrown hip-hop talent is long and fraught—this is a look at that relationship.

Plus, the fight for the first Black-owned radio station in Canada, which turns 20 this year.

Artists menti...

Ep 2: How the mixtape went digital

Jul 7 • 37:02
Even as its popularity grew, hip-hop was ignored by most commercial radio. DJs and artists intervened and underground mixtapes became *the* medium for distributing new music and gaining clout — But then, a raid by the FBI in Atlanta changed hip-hop distribution forever.

Plus, how Drake’s So Far Gone mixtape fits into this digital evolution.

Some artists and DJs mentioned in ...

Ep 3: The rise of the Nice Guy rapper

Jul 7 • 44:25
This episode contains explicit lyrics.

Hip-hop feminists took the alpha male rapper and his critics to task in the 90s and 2000’s. Guest host Anupa Mistry finds out why. She goes on a journey with three Black women, to see how Drake's Nice Guy persona reveals the complexity of gender in hip-hop.

Some scholars and artists mentioned in this episode: Treva Lindsey, Jenessa Will...

Ep 4: The rise of the singing rapper

Jul 7 • 55:12
It's pretty common to hear rap and R&B influences on the same track, but that wasn’t always the case. Hip-hop was not received with open arms by many in the R&B establishment. Still, rappers found creative ways of being heard on the radio, while others pushed beyond stereotypes of Black masculinity to find a new voice.

Some artists mentioned in this episode: Kwamé, DJ Frank...


Jul 7 • 13:41

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