The Vinyl Collective podcast

The Vinyl Collective

The Vinyl Collective

Join Jon and Tope for their weekly insights into the Hip-Hop and R&B landscape at large. Follow us on Instagram @vinylcollectivepod and on Twitter @TVCpod to keep up to date with the latest content!

53 épisodes

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    52: "It's like we're inside NAO's brain" - And Then Life Was Beautiful Album Review (ft. Oreviews)

    1:50:08

    This week we get Ore back into the fold to discuss the third album from Hackney's very own NAO. Be sure to check out Ore's work on her website here! Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (03:58) Spotlight Series #52: Ojerime (08:05) New releases (08:41) Juls’ new album (10:56) James Blake’s new album (14:38) Alchemist new EP (15:46) Jesy Nelson (26:30) Tech N9ne x The Rock (31:15) Oreviews intro (34:28) NAO background (48:37) General thoughts on “And Then Life Was Beautiful” (54:33) Songwriting (59:58) Antidote (01:04:56) Woman (ft. Lianne La Havas) (01:06:49) Features (01:10:59) Postcards (ft. serpentwithfeet) (01:14:47) Messy Love (01:20:22) Title track, album themes (01:26:16) Burn Out (01:30:05) Little Giants (01:31:55) Production (01:32:39) Wait (01:35:54) ATLWB’s place in 2021 and in her discography (01:44:01) Closing, Now and Then
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    51: The Vinyl Collective vs. Reddit

    1:30:39

    This week we take to Reddit and scrutinise some of the (often wild) takes from Redditors regarding some popular Hip-Hop/R&B topics. (00:00) Intro (02:05) Spotlight Series #51: Nicholas Craven (07:02) Expensive Pain (12:26) Too Loyal for My Own Good (17:05) Tope’s No Signal appearance (19:51) Summer Walker announces “Still Over It” (22:36) TVC vs. Reddit (01:27:52) Closing, Now and Then playlist
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    50: TVC 1 Year Anniversary Megasode (ft. Thandie & Mikes)

    1:58:41

    It’s our first birthday this week! So, we brought in editor-in-chief of Gen B Magazine Thandie and Slime Talk’s co-host Mikes to go over some of our favourite TVC moments thus far and have a roundtable discussion surrounding hiphop and R&B in 2021  Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (20:35) A2  (30:31) Mariah The Scientist  (43:44) UK R&B  (56:01) Rapper/Producer combinations  (01:10:18) Greselda  (01:20:48) Was R&B weak this year?/SZA
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    49: “Hip-hop’s Blueprint” - A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory” (30 Year Anniversary)

    1:30:01

    This week we look back on the monumental sophomore album released by legendary hiphop group “A Tribe Called Quest”.  We also touch on Simz getting in her feelings regarding her media perception and the debut mixtape from M1llionz. Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (02:18) Little Simz's reactions to underrated talk/XXL list (07:30) Lianne La Havas wins the Ivor Novello (08:59) Spotlight Series #49: Billy Woods (14:00) M1llionz’s “Provisional Licence” (19:58) Injury Reserve’s (21:28) J. Cole’s “Heaven’s EP” (25:12) ACTQ Intro (29:57) The Hip-hop landscape in 1991 (33:41) Any misses? (37:15) General thoughts - why is it seen as such a classic? (42:22) The Infamous Date Rape (45:49) Excursions (48:16) Check The Rhime (52:38) Show Business (55:05) Buggin’ Out (59:45) What? (01:01:53) Skypager (01:03:25) Butter (01:06:52) Verses from the Abstract (01:11:08) Jazz (We’ve Got) / Tribe’s influence in the 90’s (01:15:09) Other thoughts, modern day influences of ACTQ (01:18:54) Ranking in discography (01:23:21) Closing, Now and Then
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    48: "The UK's new benchmark" - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert Album Review

    1:39:39

    Point and Kill!! Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (02:17) Spotlight Series #48: Deyah (06:47) The Melodic Blue (09:47) Vice Lord Poetry (11:44) Have Mercy/VMA performance (14:36) Headie One announcing new mixtape (15:32) 20 years of “The Blueprint” (19:13) Little Simz Intro (21:09) Surya Bonaly (25:30) GREY Area (29:04) Underrated??? (34:34) Inflo (47:16) Low/High points (01:03:00) Overarching album narrative/theme(s) (01:10:32) Other highlights (01:15:33) Listener question 1: Is it better than GREY Area? (01:21:21) Listener question 2: Is SIMBI getting a GRAMMY nomination? (01:23:04) Listener question 3: SIMBI the best rap album of 2021? (01:26:01) Listener question 4: Is she shunned due to being a black woman? (01:31:30) Where do Simbi and Inflo go from here? (01:35:58) Closing, Now and Then
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    47: "Drake Copium" - Certified Lover Boy Review (ft. Mikes from Slime Talk)

    1:46:42

    Oh boy... Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (04:30) Artist Spotlight #47: Destin Conrad (07:19) New releases (08:35) Long albums vs. short albums (15:38) Leaked Donda tracks (19:35) Mikes/CLB Intro (23:04) Rollout; album cover art (31:41) Album expectations and general thoughts (43:13) Champagne Poetry (49:37) Papi’s Home (51:35) Girls love Girls (55:16) Features (57:12) Love All (ft. Jay-Z) (59:41) Pipe Down, 7am in Bridle Path (01:08:35) TSU (01:16:27) Way 2 Sexy (01:20:12) Yebba’s Heartbreak (01:23:47) More general thoughts (01:27:16) IMY2, Fucking Fans, N 2 Deep, You Only Live Twice (01:28:54) Ranking in discography and in 2021 (01:38:59) Final thoughts (01:43:35) Now and Then playlist
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    46: "KANYE gave us 100 beats and said: 'Now go FIND YOUR ALBUM'" - Interview with Abstract Mindstate

    1:54:02

    This week we’re joined by special guests “Abstract Mindstate” (consisting of male and female rappers Olskool Ice-Gre and EP Da Hellcat respectively) to discuss their return to hip-hop after a 16-year hiatus with their latest album “Dreams Still Inspire”, produced entirely by Kanye West.  We get into their time spent during their hiatus, how it was working with Kanye and some of the messages/themes displayed on their latest album. Be sure to check out Abstract Mindstate on Instagram and their latest album Dreams Still Inspire! Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (01:25) Artist Spotlight #46: Ray Vaughn (04:47) Family Ties (06:47) Donda (10:34) AM Intro (14:38) What Chicago was like during their come-up (20:43) Why disband? Lessons learnt during the hiatus (33:39) Adapting to working with Kanye, Wyoming sessions (47:35) The purpose of the skits on “Dreams Still Inspire” (54:18) Finding a way to relate to the younger audience (01:02:32) Dreams Still Inspire artwork (01:07:48) A Wise Tale (01:13:04) I Know You (01:16:06) Move Yo Body (01:19:43) I Feel Good (01:22:23) Social Media (01:29:43) Elevation (01:36:37) Expository Mode (01:38:47) Thoughts on the current Chicago scene (01:46:44) Closing, Now and Then playlist
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    45: “It’s the same old product!” - Drake: Best to Worst

    1:42:42

    Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (02:43) Spotlight Series #45: Abstract Mindstate (09:22) Kendrick Lamar announces his leave from TDE (24:03) Anderson .Paak’s tattoo re. Posthumous releases (27:50) M1llionz’s debut project (30:33) Cleo Sol’s “Mother” (41:07) Intro to Drake discussion (48:19) Ranking of albums
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    44: "If Dave was focused, he'd be much better" - We're All Alone In This Together Review

    1:46:51

    This week we take a look at the sophomore album from the U.K.'s prodigal son Dave. We reflect on the success of his debut and how he has/has not succeeded it on his latest album. Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (02:29) Spotlight Artist #44: Mariah The Scientist (09:16) SL’s “Timezone” (ft. Tom Zanetti) (13:10) Zacari’s “Rainy Day” (ft. Isaiah Rashad and Buddy) (17:28) NAO’s “Wait” (19:48) Pip Millett’s “Motion Sick” (21:30) DONDA roll-out (29:13) Intro to WAITT discussion (34:58) Looking back on PSYCHODRAMA (37:30) Has the WAAITT discussion dried up too fast? (41:42) Expectations prior to the release of the album and how did Dave meet/not meet them? (45:17) General thoughts on the album (51:53) Clash (ft. Stormzy) (56:00) In The Fire (01:03:05) Overall production and replay value (01:09:59) Heart Attack (01:13:32) Skits (01:17:27) Why doesn’t Dave’s light-hearted songs resonate with his fans? (01:20:41) Verdansk (01:25:10) Survivor’s Guilt (01:30:11) Law of Attraction (01:32:23) Three Rivers (01:36:16) What we want Dave to unlock in his music (01:43:07) Closing Remarks, Now and Then playlist
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    43: "Too INCONSISTENT To Be A Classic" - Watch The Throne, 10 years later

    1:51:47

    This week we take a look at the monumental collaboration between Hip-Hop behemoths Jay-Z and Kanye West and its importance despite its shortcomings. Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (01:55) Spotlight Series #43: The Koreatown Oddity (08:12) Isaiah Rashad vs. Fantano (27:27) Injury Reserve new album (29:30) Skepta’s All-In EP (32:12) King’s Disease II (38:37) Fredo’s Independence Day (40:39) Possible Aaliyah posthumous album (45:09) Intro to WTT discussion (53:08) Did this collaboration have to happen? (55:53) How WTT has aged over time (01:02:54) No Church In The Wild (01:08:12) N****s In Paris; WTT’s classic eligibility (01:15:17) Songs that aged the worst; WTT’s production (01:20:59) Deluxe songs you’d swap for main songs (01:25:03) Samples as features (01:29:35) Best treadmill song, best song for drives and most memorable verse (01:3747) Murder to Excellence (01:40:43) Why Tope said WTT aged like bread (01:43:59) That’s My Bitch (01:47:38) Should WTT 2 happen? (01:29:37) Closing, Now and Then playlist

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