#260 with Rishbha Bhagi: Razorcake Podcast

Apr 26, 2013

#260 with Rishbha Bhagi: Razorcake Podcast

Even though I grew up with punk rock, the background music in my house was always rap and hip hop, thanks to my older siblings. When I was younger, I hated rap just on principle – how could I like something that my brother and sister like?! That’s just wrong. As I got older and got a clue, however, I started appreciating the hip hop scene more, especially when I realized that there were actually more similarities between punk rock and hip hop than we seem to realize. Both subcultures are rooted in a fundamental DIY ethos. You got something to say? Say it. You have a statement to make? Make it. You didn’t need fancy equipment or a major label to get heard in the beginnings of rap – all you needed was passion. Early hip hop was also extremely socially conscious and political, tackling the same issues that punk loves to tackle – police brutality, corrupt governments, social events, gender issues, and a detestation for the corporate sellout. This week’s podcast is a collection of rap and hip hop tracks, both recent and classic, that deal with subject matters that are directly relatable to punk rock.

–Rishbha Bhagi

P.O.S., “De la Souls”
Lupe Fiasco, “Daydreamin’”
NWA, “Fuck Tha Police”
Public Enemy, “911 Is A Joke”
Gil Scott-Heron, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”
Atmosphere, “Scapegoat”
Immortal Technique, “3rd World”
Lupe Fiasco, “Around My Way”
Salt-N-Pepa, “None of Your Business”
Queen Latifah, “U.N.I.T.Y.”
Wale, “90210”
Nas, “Daughters”
Atmosphere, “GodLovesUgly”