The episode title of the latest Shots Fired is “Mazel Tov, My Nigga.” I don’t feel comfortable writing that in a headline and I barely feel okay with typing it in the body of a blog post. I suppose that’s the underlying point of an episode devoted to race in hip-hop and the awkward moments that ensue. Nocando came up with the title and you can do those sort of things when you are a rapper who grew up in South Central. I barely have my Bar-Mitzvah pass, thanks to dropping out of Hebrew school. But I barely knew any music other than rap existed until I was 22. That’s how it was when you grew up in LA in the 90s. Our guest is Andrew Ti, host of the excellent “Yo, Is This Racist” podcast, also on Earwolf. He drops science. That is not a racist comment but a Wu-Tang one. I SWEAR. The episode summary is below:
“Fellow Earwolf podcaster Andrew Ti joins MC Nocando & Jeff Weiss this week to talk about racial issues in Hip-Hop. The guys discuss rappers of other races using the n-word, who can rap about what, and the idea of a post-racial America. They also look at Ice Cube’s “Black Korea,” Blood of Abraham’s “Niggaz & Jewz,” Professor Griff’s departure from Public Enemy after making anti-Semitic remarks, Action Bronson’s “Growin Up,” and ScHoolboy Q’s performance of “Blessed” at the Pitchfork Music Festival. L’Chaim!”
MP3 below the jump.