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More than three decades ago, Janet Jackson dropped an album that changed us all without changing anything about itself. As we approach Control’s 35th anniversary, The Music Snobs wonder if this seminal work of art is the first unapologetically Black crossover that didn’t change a damn thing to appeal to the mainstream. Things get even more interest…
 
Your favorite music journalist’s favorite music Snobs are back—and this time, they brought a guest. Legendary journalist and author Nelson George joins Arthur, Scoop, Isaac, and Jehan to explore the perilous state of live music performance, its recent past, and its endangered future. Can the art of music evolve without the presence of live performa…
 
He was the everyman who spoke for Black men. He turned up his blue collar against the winds of change and remained a straight talker at every turn. He courted no glitz and evoked no glamor. His songwriting was threaded with the yarns of griots and represented the fabric of his people. His voice reverberated against the walls of love and longing, an…
 
On a very sanctified yet extremely secular episode of The Music Snobs, the crew sits down to discuss spirituality in music and whether or not God makes the greatest groove. From Soul and R&B, to Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, and Funk: the Snobs breakdown and debate about the influence a higher power can have over the power of music. Put on your Sunday best a…
 
In the 30 years since A Tribe Called Quest dropped their debut LP—People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm—the group’s iconic status has become unquestionable. But on this episode of TMS, Scoop, Isaac, Jehan and Arthur get together to explore a more controversial title: Is A Tribe Called Quest the most important group in hip-hop history…
 
For the first time ever, The Music Snobs meets Snobs On Film in one unforgettable episode to celebrate both podcasts’ season finales!!! Listen as the Snobs combine the two shows to go deep on the (im)perfect marriage of cinema and sound. The crew explores the natural relationship between music and movies while questioning which artform impacts the …
 
This is an episode you don’t want to miss. As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of his seminal LP, "Fulfillingness’ First Finale", The Music Snobs dedicate an entire ep to the incomparable Stevie Wonder. The crew examines a specific period of Stevie’s career long enough to ask a vital question: what is it that makes the albums Stevie released betwe…
 
What determines whether or not a musical artist is authentic? Are artists like Solange and Tyler, The Creator showing us who they really are, or are modern celebrities more manufactured than ever before? Sht gets real on the latest episode of The Music Snobs. The crew dives into the very definition of authenticity in the music biz, then takes it up…
 
On this episode The Music Snobs are asking our Stans to answer an important question: Are the superfans of today valued experts and a vital force for the world to hear new music, or are they a cancer on music appreciation? Get ready to confront your truths and admit your biases while we explore fandom in the age of online armies and off the rails o…
 
Have you ever wondered how an unknown Atlanta duo broke through a landscape dominated by the East and West coasts to become, arguably, the greatest hip-hop group of all time? So did The Music Snobs. To answer that question, and many more, we invited singer Keisha Jackson—an eyewitness to the rise of music’s favorite ATLiens—to sit-in with us and di…
 
Although he defines the term ‘iconic’, it’s a safe bet that you don’t know enough about the artist whose career has influenced everyone from Amy Winehouse to Drake. The Music Snobs dive into the style and legacy of Ol’ Blue Eyes and examine the impact of Sinatra’s cool on every aspect of pop culture.…
 
This is the episode only The Music Snobs could do. In this era of music streaming, corporate interests, and brand dominance, we take an uncomfortable look at the role of music journalism in the digital age. Guest-Snob and Vibe Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Datwon Thomas, joins us to ask some important questions. Is genuine music criticism still alive? …
 
Welcome to Season 1, Episode 1 of The Music Snob’s new format! To kick things off we’ve centered this episode around one of today’s most innovative and promising artists: Anderson .Paak. Join us as the Snobs discuss .Paak’s unique brand of music and his atypical rise to stardom. Then get ready for this season’s first roundtable: What great song by …
 
When Childish Gambino released This Is America he verified a burgeoning truth: sight is the new sound. With the recording industry now dominated by the visual appeal of online and mobile content, TMS asks: what does the power of YouTube, video albums, and Instagram branding mean for the future of actual music? Stick around for a picture-perfect rou…
 
In mid-February love is always in the air, but is it in the groove? Salaam Remi—producer behind hits for Amy Winehouse, Miguel, Nas and more—joins TMS to debate the past, present, and future of the ballad. From Sinatra's stylings and Miles's blues, to Marvin's longings and Drake's feelings, the Snobs dive into the heart of the love song only to dis…
 
The Music Snobs take a sonic trip across the pond to discuss the lasting love affair between U.K. artists and black music. From Soul II Soul to Sampha: what is it about the British that connects them so passionately to what’s commonly viewed as an American art form? Lastly, during an inspired Round Table, the crew gets the rare opportunity to right…
 
A special From the Vault episode of TMS: After his untimely death, just as it was during his unparalleled career, the mainstream has celebrated Prince’s purple pop while consistently ignoring his black funk. During this special and previously unreleased 'From the Vault' episode of TMS, Scoop, Isaac, Jehan, and Arthur give the man who may well have …
 
The Music Snobs take on the future by examining one of the present’s most talked about artists: Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. With his 2016 album “Awaken, My Love”, the creator of TV’s “Atlanta" elevated himself from hip-pop prodigy to neo-funk pioneer—or did he? Scoop, Isaac, Jehan, and Arthur question the impact of Childish on the current s…
 
Join us for a very special episode of The Music Snobs as the crew welcomes the multi-talented singer, songwriter, and musician Van Hunt and debuts a brand new TMS segment. With the advent of online ‘crowdfunding’ becoming a regular occurrence in the music industry, the Snobs plus their Guest Snob debate the pros and cons of moving the crowd in the …
 
2015 gets the ultimate side-eye when your favorite Snobs take a moment to reminisce over the past 12 months in music. Join Scoop, Isaac, Jehan, and Arthur as they sound off about the return of R&B's undeniable influence over Pop music in 2015 then take time to resurrect the "8-Track" by naming their 8 favorite songs of the year. And just to set the…
 
The Music Snobs dive into 2015’s most talked about release, "To Pimp A Butterfly", and wonder aloud about the social, political, and religious undertones of Kendrick Lamar’s rare artistry, while bluntly asking: is this album a contemporary masterpiece or an overrated critical darling? Later, Scoop, Isaac, Jehan, and Arthur kick off a surprising rou…
 
In the latest episode of The Music Snobs the past and present of R&B is given an odd future. While discussing the landscape of soul, the crew wonders if O.F.’s The Internet stands alone as the only artists to capture and evolve classic rhythm and blues. Afterwards, the Snobs kick off a round table discussion by asking what band from any given album…
 
You wanted more so we’re giving you as much as you can handle. The Music Snobs return with guest-snob Phonte, co-founder and lead vocalist of The Foreign Exchange, for their second installment and look at the legacy of R&B supergroup Jodeci. Scoop, Isaac, Jehan, Arthur, and Tay ask the question: how critical to their trailblazing success was their …
 
What’s worse than a Music Snob? A Grammy-nominated guest-Snob crazy enough to get on the mic and talk sh-t with Scoop, Isaac, Jehan, and Arthur.* Little Brother MC and Foreign Exchange lead vocalist Phonte joins us for this special episode of TMS to discuss the Misunderstanding of Lauryn Hill and her responsibility to her fans. Afterwards, ‘Te and …
 
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