February 28, 2013

The idea for the latest Shots Fired episode was to invite Milo and Jonwayne on to partake in a 30-year survey of the history of independent rap. After all, they are two of the best 90s babies rappers on independent labels. Then we decided to use the hour to talk about strippers, Dragon Ball Z, Edan and Doom. I also insisted that we play the Lady Gaga version of “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” As Kurt Vonnegut, who I believe originally recorded for Def Jux said, “So it goes.”

We also premiered a new song from Jon’s forthcoming Stones Throw album, which promises to be the greatest thing since I sliced up a Bread album in a thrift store fit of rage. No Macklemore. Below the jump is the episode description, the episode itself, and a new song from the Wayniac. I’m also posting both of Milo’s EP’s, which came out on Hellfyre last month. I originally wrote about his post-hoc, post-hop here, but if you missed the actual release of the records, you actually missed out. I’ve been meaning to review them for weeks, but they are dense and complicated and smart and that makes it difficult. However, I will offer the lame shorthand that if you like the music of Open Mike Eagle, Serengeti, Busdriver, and Nocando, you will really like them. I do.

Good times and free THC cotton candy below.

MP3: Shots Fired Episode 18 – The Indie Episode Ft. Jonwayne & Milo

“Stones Throw rapper Jonwayne & Hellfyre Club rapper Milo join MC Nocando & Jeff Weiss this week to talk about everything independent. Milo and Jonwayne discuss being influenced by independent rappers such as MF DOOM & Open Mike Eagle, the benefits of being on an independent label, and the pros and cons of coming up in the digital age of rap music. Also, Nocando tells us a funny Australia story, we learn why gangsters love Dragon Ball Z, and we are treated to some music from Jonwayne & Milo.”

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