On Monday (November 13), the Drink Champs host joined Talib Kweli for a chat on People’s Party that spanned nearly three hours. During the back-and-forth, the rap veterans discussed the importance of podcasting in the culture and how Jigga has been noticeably absent from that space.
During a recent CBS segment on the Book of Hov exhibition, the New York legend discussed a range of subjects, from the viral $500,000 dinner scenario to writing lyrics to his favorite albums. According to N.O.R.E., these subjects would’ve been a better fit elsewhere.
“I love JAY-Z,” he began. “He sat down with Gayle King, it’s a great relationship … would I rather him sit with the People’s Party? Would I rather him sit with Joe Budden’s podcast or Drink Champs or Million Dollaz Worth of Game? Of course.”
He explained: “Because we’re finally in the space of us owning our own everything, and podcasts is help for that.”
Watch the rapper-turned-podcaster explain the significance of platforms like his at the 2:18:03 mark below:
For similar reasons, Offset’s recent interview with comedian Bobbi Althoff wasn’t received well by many, including Jemele Hill. In late September, the sports reporter shared a clip from The Really Good Podcast episode with her own thoughts about its broader implications for Hip Hop media.
“I don’t find these types of interviews particularly enjoyable or interesting,” she wrote. “Instead it just sadly points out how real Hip Hop journalism has been practically erased.
“Some of the media teams behind these artists aren’t interested in them sitting down with credible people who know how to tell stories and do quality interviews. Then they wonder why an artist’s real story goes untold, neglected or that artist is misunderstood.”
Over the summer, Elliott Wilson expressed similar concerns and called out Drake for snubbing Hip Hop media after he sat down for off-beat interviews with Barstool Sports’ Caleb Pressley and Althoff.
“Moment of clarity: No disrespect to Lil Boat,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Yachty’s convo with The Boy was comfy and had some cool moments. I was more so clowning the comedy shenanigans with outsiders to our culture. It would be great to hear Drake speak to us again. Even if it ain’t me.”