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Shots Fired is a weekly look into the world of hip-hop with music journalist Jeff Weiss, underground hip-hop star MC Nocando, and special guests. New episodes premiere Thursdays.

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Episode 98: G Perico
01:33:37
With the news of Greedo going in, Nocando and Jeff sit down to discuss the recent renaissance of LA rap, gang culture, and the systemic and historic fuckery of the LAPD. Then starting at the 34 minute mark, Jeff talks to the young Broadway legend, G Perico about everything from The Doors to cultural appropriation, his desire to create a timeless of body of work to growing up on The Hot Boys. Listen to G Perico: https://soundcloud.com/g-perico-1 Listen to Nocando https://soundcloud.com/nocando Listen to POW Recordings https://soundcloud.com/pow-recordings
Jul 02, 2018
Episode 97: Pusha T Vs. Drake
01:05:43
Because the show is called Shots Fired, we had to devote an entire episode to Pusha T Vs. Drake beef: the origins, winners, losers, baby hiding, and its place in hip-hop history. Keep an eye out for Nocando's next album "Coyote" dropping June 12 Twitter: @mcnocando @passionweiss IG: @mcnocando @passionweiss Soundcloud: @soundcloud.com/nocando @soundcloud.com/pow-recordings
Jun 06, 2018
Episode 96: Zaytoven
01:29:36
For the latest episode of Shots Fired, Nocando and Jeff debate the absurdity of Kanye's latest MAGA moves, bizarre behavior, and whether it's possible to listen to his new music with objectivity in the wake of his Trump endorsement. In the second half, Jeff talks to Zaytoven about his roots in the Bay area, his work in pioneering trap music, collaborations with Future and Gucci and much more. The interview was recorded a while back but this is Shots Fired and you can deal with us being late all the time. New episode next week though. We promise.
May 31, 2018
Episode 95: The Boys Are Back in Town
01:46:28
After a two-year hiatus, Nocando and Jeff Weiss are back with a reunion episode of Shots Fired. They talk about what they've been up to in the last two years -- including leaving Low End Theory, starting POW Recordings, Boycott LA Weekly, Rap Music in 2018, and Nocando's string of excellent new music projects. Listen to his latest "M.O.T.H." https://soundcloud.com/nocando/sets/moth Follow Nocando on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nocando Follow POW Recordings on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/pow-recordings Boycott LA Weekly: http://boycottlaweekly.com Nocando on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MCNocando Jeff Weiss on Twitter: https://twitter.com/passionweiss Nocando on IG: https://www.instagram.com/mcnocando Jeff Weiss on IG: https://www.instagram.com/passionweiss
Mar 13, 2018
Episode 94: Boogie
01:13:42
For the 94th episode of Shots Fired, Nocando and Jeff welcome the great Compton rapper, Boogie. We talk about navigating the major label system, the greatness of 05-09 era Lil Wayne, why Compton has produced most of LA's greatest rappers, and much more. In addition, Jeff and Nocando talk about battle rap, the importance of co-signs in rap, Max B, waves, and why no one will ever buy a Heineken on purpose. Listen to Boogie: https://soundcloud.com/boogieofficial Follow Boogie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ws_boogie
May 31, 2016
Episode 93: Dam-Funk
01:22:24
After their traditional three-month hiatus, Shots Fired has resurrected to bring you a conversation taped earlier this year with modern funk legend-in-the-making, Dam-Funk. They talk about the nature of the contemporary music industry, Todd Rundgren, what it means to be original in the post-modern world, and of course, all things funk-related. In addition, Jeff and Nocando mourn the loss of Prince. You can and should pre-order Dam-Funk's new DJ Kicks compilation coming out on May 27. http://www.amazon.com/Dam-Funk-DJ-Kicks/dp/B01EDH70DU Follow Dam-Funk on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaMFunK
May 02, 2016
Episode 92: DJ Trackstar of Run the Jewels
01:22:45
For the first episode of the New Year, we're excavating the last one from 2015. Our guest is DJ Trackstar of Run the Jewels, a renowned turntablist and one of the best mixtape DJs of the last decade. They talk about how he joined Run the Jewels, his roots in the St. Louis hip-hop world, the best rap groups, the Atlanta rap scene and much more. (Interview starts at the 38 minute mark) In addition, Jeff and Nocando talk horror-core, pimping, tamales, one-hit wonders, Future, Drake and Hellfyre Club, See Also: djtrackstar.com/
Jan 06, 2016
Episode 91: Saul Williams
01:27:45
After a near-death experience, Shots Fired has once again returned with glorious malice. They welcome the legendary slam poet, actor, and musician, Saul Williams. They discuss meeting Leonard Cohen and Allen Ginsberg, religion, 2Pac, the late 90s hip-hop scene in New York, and his forthcoming album, MartyrLoserKing (due out 1/29). In addition, Jeff and Nocando talk about darts, Drake Vs. Meek and ghostwriting, and the greatness of Young Thug. Check out more of Saul Williams here: saulwilliams.com/
Nov 23, 2015
Episode 90: G-Eazy
00:59:28
After taking a break to track down Octogenarian poets and burn down stages, the Shots Fired duo are back in Dash Studios with their guest, Oakland rap star, G-Eazy. They talk about his roots selling mixtapes in the Bay, the early days of the Hyphy movement, the legend of Mac Dre, and the many times he tried to explain Bay Area rap to confused Southerners during his college days in New Orleans. G-Eazy also charts his rise from hawking mixtapes on Telegraph to selling out tours across America. (Interview starts at the 23:40 mark) In addition, Nocando and Jeff talk about the pros and cons of growing Afros, Jared Leto playing the Joker, and why the most important rule of parenthood is making sure that your kids don't snitch.
May 27, 2015
Episode 89: Scroobius Pip
01:26:19
Last Fall, Scroobius Pip traveled from Essex to LA to record his new album and pay a visit to Shots Fired. The British rapper and poet talks about his roots in punk, spoken word, going from the HMV to being one of the UK's big rappers, British hip-hop, major labels versus indies and miscellaneous cultural differences. (Interview starts at the 20:18 mark) In addition, Nocando and Jeff talk about scurvy, jazz, and old Scandinavian folk songs. The usual. Subscribe to Scroobius Pip's Distractions Pieces Podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/distraction-pieces-podcast/id929136539 Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Scroobiuspipyo
May 01, 2015
Episode 88: Hodgy Beats
01:20:24
With the release of his "Dena Tape 2," Hodgy Beats comes through Dash Studios to talk to Shots Fired about growing up in Pasadena, parenthood, Odd Future, his new music, and his anti-marriage stance. (Interview starts at the 17:40 mark) In addition, Nocando and Jeff talk about whipped coffee beverages, drugs, Big Sean, and comics. Note: Nocando couldn't make the interview w/ Hodgy Beats, so Paul Thompson was the guest co-host. Download Hodgy Beats' "Dena Tape 2:" http://www.datpiff.com/Hodgy-Beats-Dena-Tape-2-mixtape.686957.html Follow Hodgy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/niggurache
Apr 17, 2015
Episode 87: Aceyalone
01:52:31
In advance of his new album "Action," the legendary Aceyalone of Freestyle Fellowship came by Dash Studios to tape an episode of Shots Fired. (The interview begins at the 35:19 mark) The innercity griot touches on everything from the early days of LA hip-hop (Egyptian Lover, Mixmaster Spade) to the roots of The Good Life, Project Blowed and how Freestyle Fellowship formed. The conversation spans from his personal views on art, media misperceptions, dealing with major labels, "The Book of Human Language," and his evolution over the last two decades. You don't want to miss this one. In addition, Nocando and Jeff talk "To Pimp a Butterfly." Pre-order Aceyalone & Bionik's "Action" here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/action/id972391757 Follow Aceyalone on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aceyalone
Mar 24, 2015
Episode 86: Martin Kierszenbaum (Chairman Of Cherrytree Records)
01:33:58
The Shots Fired squad return to the Cosmic Zoo for an episode with Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree Records, Senior VP of A&R at Interscope, and the producer known as Cherry Cherry Boom Boom. The episode covers the twists and turns of Kierszenbaum's career from the Michigan rap duo Maroon (http://www.fresherthanthis.com/maroon_current.html) to his work as A&R and record executive who played a vital role in the discovery and eventual stardom of artists such as Lady Gaga, Far East Movement, Feist, and Disclosure. It's a must listen for anyone interested in the inner-workings of the music industry and the backstory behind the come-ups of some of the biggest pop artists of the last decade. In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss Drake, Sam Smith, Blossom, and the art of flocking. Only on Shots Fired.
Mar 09, 2015
Shots Fired Episode 85: SPEAK!
01:50:58
Last fall, the charismatic hair god from the Moreno Valley, Speak! came through the Cosmic Zoo to chop it up with Nocando and Jeff about Suga Free, hip-hop's messiah complex, hookers in Tijuana, the San Fernando Valley, the categories on XVideo, the online music peanut gallery, and what it means to "make it" in the music industry. Once you listen to this episode, you won't ever need to go to summer school or grad school. You can just play it for the administrators and they'll give you a diploma. But first get a copy of SPEAK'S! Sexquest EPs on Bandcamp. Available now. http://momporn.bandcamp.com/album/sex-quest-ep
Jan 30, 2015
Episode 84 (Part II): Kevin Martin (The Bug)
01:06:35
Shortly before the year ended, The Bug (Kevin Martin) stopped by the Cosmic Zoo amidst his U.S. tour for his latest stellar album, "Angels & Devils." Over the last two decades, Martin has cut one of the most singular and innovative paths in electronic music, grime, and UK hip-hop. If none of that makes any sense to you: think the British analogue to El-P. During this one-hour interview, he talks to Nocando and Jeff about moving to Berlin, contemporary music culture, the time he almost worked with M.I.A., his love of The Weeknd, and other great stories and insight from his legendary career. Listen to The Bug: https://soundcloud.com/ninja-tune/sets/the-bug-angels-devils-tracks Follow The Bug on Twitter (https://twitter.com/thebugzoo) Purchase "Angels & Devils:" https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/angels-devils/id888302987
Jan 12, 2015
Episode 84: (Part I)- The Return For 2015
00:56:53
After a nearly two-month break which Nocando and Jeff spent embroiled a hot air balloon contest around the world (separate balloons), the Shots Firedians are back with a two-part episode. Yes, a 2-part episode. Think of it as like a very special "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," but with more Carlton dancing. In this hour-long mini-episode, Jeff and Nocando catch up and talk about their holidays, Nocando's recent tour, Utah strip clubs, snitching, cops, and the movies -- including "Inherent Vice" and "Birdman." There's more but you probably should just listen.
Jan 12, 2015
Episode 83: Souls Of Mischief
01:38:19
After a brief hiatus, Shots Fired returns with the legendary Souls of Mischief crew. They talk about Oakland, the roots of Hieroglyphics and their Hiero Imperium imprint, their stylistic evolution and their new collaborative album with Adrian Younge, "There is Only Now." Plus, much more. (Interview starts at the 30 minute mark) In addition, Nocando and Jeff catch up about the latter's trip to Lil Wayne's island mansion in Miami and Ferguson. Buy: Souls of Mischief & Adrian Younge's - "There is Only Only Now" https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/there-is-only-now-deluxe/id890335149 Recorded at the Cosmic Zoo Studios in Atwater Village
Nov 26, 2014
Episode 82: Perfect Hair With Busdriver
01:38:30
For his third appearance on Shots Fired, Nocando and Jeff welcome back Busdriver, the LA art rap impresario, perfect hair icon, and Hellfyre Club Secretary of State. Topics discussed include: Iggy Azalea's whiteness, regional rap vis a vis Young Thug and Kevin Gates, Busdriver's long-standing ties to the LA bass music scene, the early days of Project Blowed, Barack Obama, Hellfyre Club, the meaning of "perfect hair" and his new album with the same title. In addition, Nocando and Jeff (finally) discuss Kendrick Lamar's "i." They are not fans. Recorded at the Cosmic Zoo Studio in Atwater Village. Buy Busdriver's "Perfect Hair": https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/perfect-hair-bonus-track-version/id889170746 Subscribe to Shots Fired YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCbd7VXWPG13AbTiL8BSV5jg Follow Shots Fired Instagram: instagram.com/shotsfiredpodcast
Oct 30, 2014
Episode 81: Live From Minnesota Ft. Dam-Funk, P.O.S, And Open Mike Eagle
00:54:36
Thanks to the mighty squad at Greenroom Magazine, Shots Fired took a trip out to the Twin Cities to do a live podcast with P.O.S., Open Mike Eagle, and Dam-Funk. The episode covers everything from the Minneapolis sound of Prince to the underground movements of Rhymesayers and Doomtree -- it circles back to LA to cover the origins of Hellfyre Club and the broader world surrounding Dam-Funk's Funkmosphere. There are stories about day jobs, the difficulties and benefits of running indie labels, and the artist's different ways in which they to try influence and motivate people. This is one that won't want to miss unless you were there, in which case, carry on. You can check out Greenroom Magazine here: http://greenroommagazine.com/ Listen to Dam-Funk: https://soundcloud.com/damfunk Listen to P.O.S. http://www.doomtree.net/p-o-s/ Listen to Open Mike Eagle: https://soundcloud.com/open-mike-eagle
Oct 08, 2014
Episode 80: The Legend Of Jody Highroller Ft. Riff Raff
01:26:01
FOR THE MOST HiGHLY ANTiCIPATED AND NEON TANGERiNE SCENTED PODCAST IN THE HiSTORY OF PODCASTDOM, RiFF RAFF, AKA JODY HiGHROLLER, AKA THE RAP GAME HUCKLEBERRY FiNN, STEPS iNTO THE COSMiC ZOO. TOPiCS DiSCUSSED iNCLUDE HiS iCONOGRAPHY, FREESTYLiNG, DRUGS, HATERS, CHRIS FARLEY'S GENiUS, JEFF BAGWELL AND CRAiG BiGGiO, BRiTiSH KNiGHTS, JODY HUSKiE, CREATiVE DiVERSiTY, AND WHEN AND WHEN NOT TO THROW THE RiCE OUT. iF YOU MiSS THiS EPiSODE, YOU WiLL BE SENTENCED TO LiVE IN THE KALAHARi DESERT AND BARRED FROM WEARING VERSACE JORDANS, VERSACE JEWELRY OR VERSACE HABERDASHERY. (iNTERViEW STARTS AT THE 23 MiNUTE MARK) iN ADDiTiON, NOCANDO AND JEFF DiSCUSS ATTENDiNG THE DRAKE VS. WAYNE SHOW, THE RiSE OF iLOVEMAKONNEN, AND MORE. BUY RiFF RAFF'S "NEON iCON": https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/neon-icon/id879705653 Subscribe to Shots Fired YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbd7VXWPG13AbTiL8BSV5jg Follow Shots Fired Instagram: instagram.com/shotsfiredpodcast
Sep 16, 2014
Episode 79 Liner Note Celebrity -- Dawaun Parker
01:51:10
One of the most versatile and impressive producers of the last decade, Dawaun Parker, entered the Cosmic Zoo to discuss working with Dr. Dre, producing for Eminem, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Phil Beaudreau; attending the Berklee School of Music, Providence hip-hop and much more. He even drops a little knowledge about the status of "Detox." Interview starts at the 37:00 minute mark. In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss Ferguson and racism, KCon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Taylor Swift. Listen to Dawaun Parker's Music: https://soundcloud.com/d-park Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DawaunParker Come see a live episode of Shots Fired in Minneapolis on Friday, Sept. 12 for the Greenroom Magazine Release Party. Ft. guests Dam-Funk, Open Mike Eagle, and P.O.S. (http://greenroommagazine.com/lifestyle/issue-003-release-party/) Subscribe to the Shots Fired YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbd7VXWPG13AbTiL8BSV5jg
Sep 03, 2014
Episode 78: Dark Comedy With Open Mike Eagle
01:30:02
The art-rap baron Open Mike Eagle made a return visit to the Cosmic Zoo around the time of the release of his excellent new album "Dark Comedy." We talked about racism in the South, our inability to understand soccer, popular rap, unpopular rap, funny rap, not funny rap, the art of comedy, and esoteric 90s sitcoms. (Interview starts at the 26:00 minute mark). In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss EDM and their recent experiences attending Jay Z and Beyonce's "On the Run" and Eminem and Rihanna's "The Monster" tours. You can purchase "Dark Comedy" here: http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/dark-comedy Follow Shots Fired on Instagram here: http://instagram.com/shotsfiredpodcast Subscribe to the Shots Fired YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbd7VXWPG13AbTiL8BSV5jg
Aug 21, 2014
Episode 77: The Personal Journalist -- Sage Francis
01:35:32
In which Sage Francis takes a break from his "Copper Gone" tour to come to the Cosmic Zoo and discuss everything from his early years discovering rap in Providence, RI, to Scribble Jam and Slam Poetry, running an independent label (Strange Famous) and various personal and professional trials that have shaped his two-decade career. In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss the Yung Lean phenomenon, ballet and what kind of weed they bought as teenagers. You can purchase Sage Francis' new "Copper Gone" album here: http://www.strangefamousrecords.com/news/sage-francis-copper-gone/
Jul 28, 2014
Episode 76: Front Desks To Rap Checks Ft. Chanel West Coast
01:16:23
In which Chanel West Coast (https://twitter.com/chanelwestcoast) comes to the Cosmic Zoo to discuss being a white female rapper growing up in the Valley, signing to Young Money, working with Lil Wayne and French Montana, starring on Rob Dyrdek's "Fantasy Factory" and "Ridiculousness," the ins and outs of Instagram, and much more. In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss the growing rupture in Maybach Music and the Instagram/Twitter feud between Wale and Meek Mill.
Jul 15, 2014
Episode 75: Only That Real Ft. IAMSU!
01:13:22
Richmond's own IAMSU! heads down Interstate 5 to make his second appearance in the Cosmic Zoo. The co-founder of the HBK Crew talks about basketball, the based God, buying weed brownies in Berkeley, Bay Rap, and of course, his new album, "Sincerely Yours." In addition, Nocando and Jeff talk about line dancing, Bar-Mitzvah's and the saga of Shia Labeouf. You can purchase "Sincerely Yours" here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sincerely-yours-bonus-track/id861195068
Jul 01, 2014
Episode 74: Respect The Architect Ft. Blueprint
01:21:10
The venerable Ohio architect, Blueprint steps into the Cosmic Zoo to tell stories about the early days of Columbus hip-hop with Camu Tao, RJD2 and MhZ, computer programming, the travails of running an independent label, and his artistic evolution from The Greenhouse Effect and Soul Position to his solo career. In addition, Jeff and Nocando talk about hookahs, Tyga, and Tyga's new album executive-produced by Kanye (that Jeff somehow heard). Purchase Blueprint's latest album, "Respect the Architect" and other music here: http://printmatic.net
Jun 24, 2014
Episode 73: The Low End Theory ft. Daddy Kev, The Gaslamp Killer, Nobody & D-Styles
01:13:19
In advance of this weekend's inaugural Low End Theory Festival, all five residents of the world-renowned beat mecca gather for their first-ever interview together. In turns, Daddy Kev, Gaslamp Killer, Nobody, D-Styles, and Nocando tell stories about the genesis of Low End Theory, the beat scene sound, back-stories behind appearances from Odd Future and Thom Yorke, plans for the club's future, and much more. Recorded at the Cosmic Zoo Studio in Atwater Village.
Jun 13, 2014
Episode 72: The History Of Jin
01:24:22
After several years spent becoming a household name in Hong Kong, Jin is back on U.S. soil and a guest in the Cosmic Zoo. The first Asian-American rapper to ever release a major label solo record waxes philosophical about growing up in Florida, the fleeting nature of fame, his legendary wins on BET's Freestyle Friday's, working with Kanye West, his time on Ruff Ryders, battle rapping, and what he's learning in the process. Amounted together, it makes for one of the most insightful and interesting episodes of Shots Fired yet. In addition, Nocando and Jeff talk about Apple's purchase of Beats by Dre and the T.I and Floyd Mayweather feud. You can make a pledge to support Jin's new album, "14:59" here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mcjin?utm_campaign=project7921&utm_medium=post_pledge_share&utm_source=twitter
Jun 05, 2014
Episode 71 Bay Bridged Ft. Clyde Carson
01:23:15
Oakland's Clyde Carson ("Slow Down)" steps into the Cosmic Zoo to discuss everything from the early days of hyphy and his come up with The Team, to gambling, his favorite Playboy playmate, car culture, and living in LA. In addition, Nocando and Jeff (and intro guest, LA Weekly Music Editor Ben Westhoff) discuss Aguas Frescas, "Street Fighter 2," Macklemore's possibly anti-Semitic incident, and Weezer's "Pinkerton." You can purchase Clyde Carson's "Playboy EP" here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/playboy/id820519680
May 28, 2014
Episode 70: Radio Heads Ft. The Baka Boyz
01:25:26
For the 70th episode, LA hip-hop radio legends, The Baka Boyz rolled through the Cosmic Zoo to tell stories about their roots as DJs in Bakersfield, hosting the first-ever live hip-hop mix show on Power 106, Latin rap, and producing for Volume 10, Yo-Yo, and The Whooliganz. In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss the Solange Vs. Jay Tae Bo elevator fiasco of 2014. Follow The Baka Boyz on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheBakaboyz
May 20, 2014
Episode 69: So It Goes Ft. Ratking
01:30:25
The New York rap trio Ratking (Wiki, Hak, & Sporting Life) run up through the Cosmic Zoo shortly after their Coachella performance. They discuss their excellent new XL album, "So It Goes," taking inspiration from grime, Big Pun, and Dipset, the Eminem comparisons, Kurt Vonnegut, and how New York factors into their aesthetic. In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss the Donald Sterling saga, why rappers are getting seizures all of a sudden, and the XXL Freshmen Cover. You can buy "So It Goes" here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/so-it-goes/id811237362 Nocando's "Jimmy the Burnout" is still live: https://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/album/jimmy-the-burnout
May 08, 2014
Episode 68: Shamans & Furries ft. Meg Myers & Dr. Rosen Rosen
01:07:39
In which Meg Myers and producer/podcaster Dr. Rosen Rosen ("Totally Laime") enter the Cosmic Zoo to discuss everything from life in Tennessee to signing to Atlantic Records, to furries and shamans. Other topics tackled include the impact of "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" and random Halloween costumes. In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss Nocando's short career as a wrestler, veganism, punching old people on airplanes, and hipsters who heart hip hop. You can and should listen to Meg Myers' music here: https://soundcloud.com/meginthedark Nocando's "Jimmy the Burnout" is still in stores: https://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/album/jimmy-the-burnout Never trust shamans.
Apr 29, 2014
Episode 67: It's Not About a Salary ft. Open Mike Eagle & D.C. Pierson
01:21:58
Jeff and Nocando welcome Open Mike Eagle and author/comedian D.C. Pierson for one of the most candid and real episodes of Shots Fired. They discuss the struggle of making it as a creative person from the depressed lows to drunken highs. They discuss what American culture values in an artist and the absurdity of the Internet world. It's funnier than it sounds. In addition, Nocando and Jeff talk about Outkast at Coachella among other random banter. Recorded at the Cosmic Zoo Studio in Atwater Village.
Apr 18, 2014
Episode 66 The Jimmy The Burnout Episode Ft. Daddy Kev
01:16:52
After a brief hiatus, Shots Fired is back for its Burnout Episode. Daddy Kev, co-founder of Low End Theory and founder of Alpha Pup, joins Nocando and Jeff to discuss Nocando's career and new record. Jeff interviews Nocando about his battle years, his early love of B-Legit and Yukmouth of Luniz, and his evolution as an artist. In addition, they discuss new albums from YG, Vince Staples, and MadGibbs, the gospel of Suga Free, and Benzino getting shot. Go purchase "Jimmy the Burnout" so Nocando can purchase a Bentley with Naruto's face emblazoned on it. https://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/album/jimmy-the-burnout Recorded at the Cosmic Zoo Studio in Atwater Village.
Apr 07, 2014
Episode 65 Pusher Men Ft. Audio Push
01:16:36
Interscope's Audio Push enter the Cosmic Zoo to talk to Jeff and Nocando about their career evolution from their jerkin' days to recording with Lil Wayne on his tour bus last summer. In between, Oktane and Price talk about the highs and lows of the industry: how they dealt with label turmoil, re-ignited their career on Hit Boy's HS87 imprint, and why they have the Inland Empire on lock. In addition, Nocando calls Jeff from the road for an impromptu banter about Mexican food and the release of Lil Boosie. You can listen to Audio Push's "Come as You Are" mixtape here: http://www.datpiff.com/Audio-Push-Come-As-You-Are-mixtape.529033.html Catch Hellfyre Club on tour and at SXSW this weekend. Dates and times here: http://hellfyreclub.tumblr.com/post/79295075819
Mar 12, 2014
Episode 64 Fuck Time W House Shoes & Quelle Chris
01:13:09
In which House Shoes and Quelle make return visits to the Cosmic Zoo to discuss pro wrestling, Mexican strip clubs, pop music, Detroit techno, selling out, DJ Khaled, and of course rap music. In addition, Nocando calls from the road to give an update on the Hellfyre Club tour and Jeff discusses his displeasure with the new Socialist NBA Slam Dunk format. You can listen to music from House Shoes' Street Corner Music here: https://soundcloud.com/houseshoes You can listen to Quelle Chris here: http://quellechris.bandcamp.com/ Catch Hellfyre Club on Tour Now: http://mikeeaglestinks.tumblr.com/post/76027764873/dvttour-buy-a-presale-ticket-and-get-the-deleted
Feb 27, 2014
Episode 63 Over Everything Ft. Mibbs Of Pac Div
01:25:07
For the latest Shots Fired, Mibbs of Pac Div visits the Cosmic Zoo to talk about his new solo music, how the Antelope Valley shaped Pac Div, dealing with the major label shuffle, and coming up in the LA rap scene circa 08-09. In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss cures for scurvy, "The College Dropout" at 10 years, and the Hellfyre Club Tour. You can listen to Mibbs latest tunes here: https://soundcloud.com/mibbsoe Be sure to go see Hellfyre Club on tour now. Dates here: http://www.songkick.com/artists/7621129-hellfyre-club
Feb 19, 2014
Episode 62 Cooking From Scratch -- DJ Qbert
01:10:28
San Francisco turntablist legend, DJ Qbert steps into the Cosmic Zoo to discuss aliens, the Illuminati, trips to the porn store with a young Kool Keith, and the evolution of his career. Tune in for stories about his early years working with Mixmaster Mike, the formation of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, and his classic "Wave Twisters" movie/album. In addition, Nocando and Jeff talk about attending an Action Bronson show, pogs, and why DMX should not have fought George Zimmerman. You can contribute to the Kickstarter for Qbert's new album here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thudrumble/dj-qbert-extraterrestria-new-album-pre-order
Feb 10, 2014
Episode 61: The Maestro of Modern Funk -- Dam-Funk
01:26:25
Dam-Funk makes a return trip to the Cosmic Zoo to talk modern funk, the story behind his new "7 Days of Funk" album with Snoop Dogg (Snoopzilla), social media, independent music, and the idea of stardom. In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss the Grammy's and what it's like to live in a world post-Macklemoorish takeover.
Feb 03, 2014
Episode 60: TDE From Tennessee -- Isaiah Rashad
01:30:44
For this week's episode, Nocando and Jeff welcome Isaiah Rashad, the newest member of LA's Top Dawg Entertainment. They discuss Tennessee rap, the glory years of No Limit, how he got signed to TDE, and his debut EP, "Cilvia" (due out Jan. 28). In addition, Nocando and Jeff run down the list of Grammy nominees and outline their respective fear of a post-Grammy world ruled by the Macklemoors. Recorded at the Cosmic Zoo Studio in Atwater Village.
Jan 24, 2014
Episode 59: An Afternoon with El-Producto (El-P)
01:31:15
Nocando and Jeff welcome El-P to the Cosmic Zoo. Over the course of a one hour conversation they discuss pop stars, running an indie-rap label, the greatness of Bell Biv Devoe, his Run the Jewels partnership with Killer Mike, the early years of Company Flow, and more.
Jan 17, 2014
Episode 58: The Truth is Out There: Conspiracy Theories Fired ft Open Mike Eagle & Quelle Chris
00:58:26
In which Jeff and Nocando welcome back Quelle Chris and Open Mike Eagle to discuss a wide range of conspiracy theories include the Illuminati, lizard people, aliens, aliens eating pizza, who shot 2Pac and Biggie, the CIA spreading crack, and who shot JFK (probably 2Pac). In addition, they ramble about yoga and fistfights, the Lakers ongoing futility and the enduring longevity of African Dad. Recorded at the Cosmic Zoo Studio in Atwater Village.
Jan 10, 2014
Episode 57: It's Always Sunny On Shots Fired Ft. Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro & Prem Rock
01:02:48
For their latest episode of errant gunfire, Nocando and Jeff welcome Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro, and Prem Rock for a discussion on Philadelphia hip-hop, noir-rap, their "otherground collective" and the occasional reggaeton digression. In addition, Nocando and Jeff talk about what they did for New Year's and pour out a little hummus for James Avery of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and Benjamin Curtis of The Secret Machines. Recorded at the Cosmic Zoo Studio in Atwater Village.
Jan 05, 2014
Episode 56: Shots Fired Merry Christmas Brrr (And The Top Rap Songs of 2013)
01:02:20
For the last episode of the year, Nocando and Jeff do a "Holiday Themed" episode. Sadly, no Christmas Trees are smoked nor is any Lean Nog sipped. But there is seasonal discussion including Christmas as a Jew, weird family interactions and hater uncles. They also run down the Top 50 songs of the year -- with tracks from Kevin Gates, Chance the Rapper, Migos, Nas, Tyler and Earl, IAMSU! & Juvenile.
Dec 25, 2013
Episode 55: Hellfyred ft. Busdriver & Milo
01:47:18
Nocando and Jeff welcome back Busdriver and Milo for a very special Hellfyre Club episode in honor of the release of "Dorner Vs. Tookie." They talk about the rise of light-skinned rappers, assess Future and Rich Homie Quan, discuss the making of Hellfyre's compilation record, and record their highs and lows of 2013. In addition, Jeff and Nocando discuss the recent revelations surrounding R. Kelly's sex scandals, Future, Drake and Juicy J's "Shit Remix," and Wale's phone call freak-out to Complex Magazine. You can download "Dorner Vs. Tookie" here: http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/album/dorner-vs-tookie Recorded at the Cosmic Zoo Studio in Atwater Village.
Dec 19, 2013
Episode 54: The Far Eastie Boys ft. The Far East Movement
01:19:41
For their second episode in the Cosmic Zoo, Nocando & Jeff welcomed the Far East Movement ("Like a G6," "Girls on the Dance Floor.") They discussed the viral origins of their #1 hit, their roots in the underground K-Town music world, the first time they met Riff Raff, what it's like to be huge in Slovakia, and their new EP with Kurupt, "Murder was the Bass." In addition, Nocando and Jeff discuss the time that Eric Andre made an audience member drink Kreayshawn's breast milk, the return of Kobe, and the Death of Nelson Mandela (and why Jay Z should have picked a better song than "Young Forever" to dedicate to him).
Dec 12, 2013
Episode 53: Homecoming (The Return) Ft. Problem And Bad Lucc
01:36:29
After a six week hiatus in which Jeff and Nocando were imprisoned in an third-rate Malaysian jail cell, Shots Fired has returned with 25 percent more references to friendship bracelets. For our first episode in our new home, The Cosmic Zoo Studios, we welcomed Problem and Bad Lucc of Diamond Lane Entertainment. Topics covered included sampling Young Bleed on their hit single, "Like Whaat," how Problem got his start writing for Snoop Dogg, rapping about Molly, and the pros and cons of staying independent. Jeff and Nocando also discuss Kanye's recent binge of insanely quotable interviews, Jay-Z and Beyonce's decision to go vegan, and why Weedology may be an inaccurate science.
Dec 05, 2013
52 LIVE from A3C Atlanta 2 Ft. Do or Die
00:43:37
Jeff &amp; Nocando had the pleasure to interview Chicago's own Do or Die (Belo Zero, N.A.R.D. &amp; AK-47) in another special episode recorded LIVE from the Atlanta A3C Hip Hop festival. They discuss their early days selling records independently, getting signed to Rap-A-Lot, recording the first album on a farm outside of Houston, R. Kelly’s basketball skills, the story behind their break out hit “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJOvp7xxoTQ">Po Pimp</a>,” and their upcoming solo &amp; group projects. Plus, Jeff &amp; Nocando discuss the future of the podcast. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” and Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>.
Oct 24, 2013
51 LIVE from A3C Atlanta w/ Pharoahe Monch
01:10:37
After revisiting some classic Pharoahe Monch tracks, Jeff &amp; Nocando interview Pharoahe in a special episode recorded LIVE from the Atlanta A3C Hip Hop festival. They discuss Organized Konfusion, East coast hip hop producer Paul C, the Rawkus era, Pharoahe's first retail job at a Macy's, getting served while mowing the lawn due to “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Fy5w2klbg">Simon Says</a>” sample issues, writing rhymes for Puffy, working with Nate Dogg, and being majorly influenced by Jazz musicians such as John Coltrane. Also, Jeff &amp; Nocando talk about the Future &amp; Drake beef, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7cQ3b0iqLo">Eminem's "Rap God,"</a> and Kanye West's leather jogging pants. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff's book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” and Nocando's mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>.
Oct 17, 2013
50 Jenkem (w/ Eric Andre, Open Mike Eagle)
01:06:54
Jeff, Nocando, and Open Mike Eagle welcome The Eric Andre Show’s own Eric Andre to talk about <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX_erPsthGo">Bootsy Collins’ son Dru Down</a>, Steve-O disrespecting O.D.B. at a Wu-Tang concert, what Da Brat has been up to, the many sightings of Skee-Lo, and Jenkem. Eric also tells us about interviewing Jay-Z &amp; Beyonce on his show, what he thinks of Miley Cyrus, and why he recently got arrested. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, Open Mike Eagle’s latest EP “Sir Rockabye” at <a href="http://openmikeeagle.bandcamp.com/">http://openmikeeagle.bandcamp.com</a>, and tune in to The Eric Andre Show on Thursdays at 12:30 am on Adult Swim!
Oct 10, 2013
49 Detroit (w/ Black Milk, Quelle Chris, Denmark Vessey)
01:26:39
Detroit MC/producer Black Milk &amp; Motown’s Quelle Chris &amp; Denmark Vessey join Jeff &amp; Nocando to talk about Detroit music on this week’s Shots Fired! They discuss early Motown, Detroit techno, the Hip Hop Shop, and rappers from Esham to Danny Brown. Plus, they talk about <a href="http://www.negativland.com/news/?page_id=17">Steve Albini’s “The Problem with Music."</a> Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, Black Milk's new album “No Poison In Paradise” at <a href="http://blackmilk.biz/">http://blackmilk.biz/</a>, Quelle Chris’ latest album at <a href="http://quellechris.bandcamp.com/">http://quellechris.bandcamp.com</a>, and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Oct 03, 2013
Episode 48 -- The Ratchet World of Ty$
01:12:36
LA rapper, singer, producer Ty Dolla $ign joins Jeff &amp; Nocando to talk about his single “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGd-nuaQmDQ">Paranoid</a>,” being compared to Nate Dogg, working with Juicy J, his dad being in the all time great Funk band Lakeside, J Dilla being his favorite producer, and writing/producing “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWlMhiEL9Mc">Toot It and Boot It</a>.” Plus, Nocando responds to an Earwolf forum commenter, Jeff tells us about being stood up by Nicki Minaj, and we hear a shot from an overseas listener. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, Ty Dolla $ign’s latest mixtape “Beach House 2” at <a href="http://www.datpiff.com/Ty-Dolla-ign-Beach-House-2-mixtape.494390.html">http://www.datpiff.com/Ty-Dolla-ign-Beach-House-2-mixtape.494390.html</a>, and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Sep 26, 2013
46 Guns and Monsters (w/ Pistol McFly, Snubnose Frankenstein)
01:29:32
Jeff &amp; Nocando are joined by rappers Pistol McFly &amp; Snubnose Frankenstein on this week’s episode of Shots Fired! They talk about <a href="http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2013/09/riff_raff_real_story.php">RiFF RaFF’s LA Weekly cover story</a>, Gucci Mane’s Twitter rant, Atlanta rappers, train life, 2 Chainz’s new album “ B.O.A.T.S II My Time,” <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab9176Srb5Y">Eminem’s latest Beastie Boys inspired video</a>, and The Weeknd. Plus, we find out what is everyone’s most played iTunes track. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, Snubnose Frankenstein’s latest album at <a href="http://snubnosefrank.bandcamp.com">http://snubnosefrank.bandcamp.com</a>, Pistol McFly’s latest album at <a href="http://mars2.bandcamp.com">http://mars2.bandcamp.com</a>, and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230! Trap Lord in stores now!
Sep 12, 2013
45 Adopt A Puffin (w/ Nobody, Busdriver)
01:17:53
Jeff &amp; Nocando welcome Low End Theory DJ/Producer Nobody and returning guest Busdriver on today’s episode of Shots Fired! They’ll talk about bear meat, adopting puffins, Lil Wayne’s new mixtape, Juicy J’s writing process, incidental rappers, street DVDs, and Lil B’s Bitch Mob. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, Nobody’s latest album “<a href="http://www.alphapuprecords.com/releasepage.php?UPC=669158524884">Vivid Green</a>,” and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230! Look out for the Hellfyre Club compilation album “Dorner Vs. Tookie” in October!
Sep 05, 2013
44 White People Gone Wild (w/ Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle)
01:29:55
Jeff, Nocando, and Open Mike Eagle welcome Stones Throw rapper Homeboy Sandman on this week’s episode of Shots Fired! They discuss Kanye West’s “Kris” interview, Martin Luther King Jr. being compared to Macklemore, Miley Cyrus acting a fool, and various music based websites. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, Open Mike Eagle’s latest EP “Sir Rockabye” at <a href="http://openmikeeagle.bandcamp.com/">http://openmikeeagle.bandcamp.com</a>, Homeboy Sandman’s latest album “All That I Hold Dear” at <a href="http://www.stonesthrow.com/store">http://www.stonesthrow.com/store</a>, and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Aug 29, 2013
43 The Return of BEeFF
01:25:12
BEeFF (Bertran, Evan and every fucking female) returns to talk about Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse, some of the many responses, and whether it will have a positive impact on Hip-Hop. They also discuss Earl Sweatshirt’s new album “Doris,” what makes a hit record, and A$AP Ferg. Plus, Jeff talks about speaking at a high school Career Day and Nocando tells us about his time on the Low End Theory Europe tour. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Aug 22, 2013
Good/Bad New Music
01:11:49
On this week’s episode of Shots Fired, Jeff &amp; Nocando discuss good/bad new music from Yung Lean, Spark Master Tape, Forest Swords, Drake, and Breezy Lovejoy. Plus, Jeff tells us about his recent experience at a Phish concert, he has a mini ep of <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/analyze-phish/">Analyze Phish</a> with Nocando, and they both show some love to the late George Duke. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Aug 15, 2013
41 Stones Throw: Peanut Butter Wolf
01:17:13
Head of Stones Throw Records and well known DJ/producer, Peanut Butter Wolf joins Jeff &amp; Nocando to explain how he would describe Stones Throw to people on a plane, talk about discovering Madlib, the Stones Throw philosophy, living with Madlib &amp; DOOM for a time, and how he ended up meeting J Dilla. Plus, Jeff &amp; Nocando share their thoughts on social media, discuss the current state of Nocando’s weekly Sunday hip-hop party Daylight, and respond to some of your shots. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, and keep firing shots by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Aug 08, 2013
Marci Beaucoup: Roc Marciano
01:14:46
Long Island bred rapper/producer Roc Marciano joins Jeff &amp; Nocando to talk about growing up in Hempstead, when he started recording music, what he learned from working with Pete Rock, his collaborations with Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, and GZA, and producing his entire upcoming album “Marci Beaucoup.” Plus, they discuss the Death Row incident at the 1995 Source Awards and its aftermath. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, and keep firing shots by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Aug 01, 2013
39 Unexpected Influences (w/ Zeroh, Milo)
01:28:44
LA based rapper Zeroh &amp; Hellfyre Club rapper Milo join Jeff Weiss &amp; MC Nocando to talk about their unexpected influences such as Ludacris, Nas, and B-Legit. They also talk about R. Kelly, Beats by Dre, skinny jeans, and art rap. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” &amp; Milo’s latest EP “Calvacade” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, Zeroh’s latest EP “Bred” at <a href="http://horez.bandcamp.com/">http://horez.bandcamp.com/</a>, and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Jul 25, 2013
38 Hoodies Up! (w/ Dessa, Open Mike Eagle)
01:22:22
Jeff, Nocando, and Open Mike Eagle welcome Dessa of the Minneapolis indie hip-hop collective Doomtree on this week’s Shots Fired! They discuss how Dessa got involved with the Doomtree collective, the different kinds of literature she’s written, and all share their thoughts on the George Zimmerman verdict. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, Open Mike Eagle’s latest EP “Sir Rockabye” at <a href="http://openmikeeagle.bandcamp.com">http://openmikeeagle.bandcamp.com</a>, Dessa’s new album “Parts of Speech” at <a href="http://www.doomtree.net/dessa/">http://www.doomtree.net/dessa/</a>, and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Jul 18, 2013
Magna Carta...Holy Shots Fired!
01:07:01
Jeff &amp; Nocando reflect on Jay-Z’s career as they take a look at his latest album, “Magna Carta...Holy Grail” on this week’s Shots Fired! They’ll discuss his early Hawaiian Sophie days with Jaz-O all the way to his grown-up record that samples the likes of Gonjasufi, Adrian Younge, and Nirvana that is the Holy Grail. Plus, they tell us about their 4th of July weekend and Nocando explains why he’s never done molly. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Jul 11, 2013
36 AnnieRu'OTAy: Tee FLii
01:14:18
South Central LA based singer/producer/rapper/dancer Tee FLii joins MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to bring positive energy to Shots Fired! He talks about growing up two blocks from Nocando, krumping with his uncle at age 12, why he believes Michael Jackson is the best, what it means to get a co-sign from DJ Quik, and collaborating with DJ Mustard on his latest mixtape “Fireworks.” Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, and keep firing shots by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Jul 04, 2013
35 Manufactured Hip-Hop Day
01:14:44
On this week’s episode of Shots Fired, Jeff Weiss &amp; MC Nocando discuss Mac Miller’s “Watching Movies with the Sound Off,” J Cole’s “Born Sinner,” and of course Kanye’s “Yeezus.” Plus, they answer your questions regarding LA radio, 2Pac, and Hip-Hop artists defending their art. Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, and keep firing shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Jun 27, 2013
34 The Skeemix: DJ Skee
01:17:34
The following is a Shots Fired presentation. TV host, radio personality, and entrepreneur DJ Skee joins MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to talk about how he went from making mixtapes at 15 to working full-time at Loud Records at 16, why producing Game’s infamous “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtbHx7Hexow">300 Bars</a>” is one of his favorite accomplishments, the current state of DJing, running Skee.TV, which broadcasts worldwide along with being shown in various restaurants, gas stations, &amp; airports, and creating Skee 24/7, a live streaming internet radio. Plus, the guys share their thoughts on “Yeezus.” Be sure to get yourself a copy of Jeff’s book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>, and fire shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Jun 20, 2013
33 Korean Jesus: Dumbfoundead
01:15:04
Korean rapper, entertainer, and man behind Knocksteady, Dumbfoundead joins MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to talk about coming up through the battle rap scene, how Project Blowed taught him to not be shy while on the mic, finding out that he has a huge Nepalese fanbase, being compared to white rappers, and never straying away from his Asian roots. Plus, the guys go through some of the most amazing/ridiculous things Kanye West said in his recent <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/arts/music/kanye-west-talks-about-his-career-and-album-yeezus.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=1&amp;">New York Times interview</a>. Be sure to get a copy of Jeff’s new book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>/, and fire shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
Jun 13, 2013
32 Live From Lot 1-- 2Pac Vs. Biggie (w/Evan McGarvey, Leila Steinberg)
01:06:09
2Pac’s mentor and first manager Leila Steinberg & 2Pac Vs. Biggie: Rap’s Greatest Battle co-author Evan McGarvey join MC Nocando & Jeff Weiss for a LIVE episode from Lot 1 in Echo Park. Jeff explains why 2Pac can wear leather, Evan describes Biggie’s rhyme pattern and style, Leila tells us how meeting 2Pac ultimately changed her life, Nocando shares how both Biggie & 2Pac have influenced him, and everyone discusses the impact that both legendary artists have had on their lives.
Jun 05, 2013
31 All Hail The Queen (w/Snow tha Product, Rebecca Haithcoat)
01:18:58
Rapper Snow tha Product &amp; MySpace writer Rebecca Haithcoat join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to discuss female rappers and misogyny in Hip-Hop. They talk about the use of the word “bitch” in Hip-Hop, the difficulty of having to be careful of what to say as a woman, the sexualization of women in Hip-Hop, and female rappers having to deal with being looked down upon by male rappers. Be sure to get a copy of Jeff’s new book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>/, and fire shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230! If you’re listening to this on the day it drops come to a live taping of Shots Fired, Thursday, May 30 at Lot 1 in Echo Park. 8 p.m. 1533 W. Sunset Blvd. Featuring guests Evan McGarvey, co-author of 2Pac Vs. Biggie: Rap’s Greatest Battle, and 2Pac’s mentor and first manager, Leila Steinberg.
May 30, 2013
WorldStarHipHop: Q
01:11:51
<a href="http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/">WorldStarHipHop.com</a> gets around 4-6 million hits a day. Q is the man behind this juggernaut of a website and joins MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to talk about his early beginnings selling mixtapes online with DJ Whoo Kid, where he got his inspiration to make WorldStar a central hub for entertainment, when WorldStar started getting huge, which is the highest trafficked video, how rappers can get on WorldStar, criticisms the site has received from the fight videos, and the future ventures of WorldStarHipHop. Be sure to get a copy of Jeff’s new book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com/">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>/, and fire shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230! Also, come to a live taping of Shots Fired, next Thursday, May 30 at Lot 1 in Echo Park. 8 p.m. 1533 W. Sunset Blvd. Featuring guests Evan McGarvey, co-author of 2Pac Vs. Biggie: Rap's Greatest Battle, and 2Pac's mentor and first manager, Leila Steinberg.
May 23, 2013
29 Nothing But Net (w/ Wax)
01:34:56
Rapper, producer, and all around internet entity Wax joins MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to talk about having a number one hit in Europe with his song “Rosana,” the phenomenon of being big in another country, and the truth behind making something go viral. Be sure to get a copy of Jeff’s new book “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/2pac-vs-Biggie-Illustrated-Greatest/dp/0760343675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368666557&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=2pac+vs+biggie">2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap's Greatest Battle</a>,” check out Nocando’s mixtape “Tits ‘N Explosions” at <a href="http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com">http://hellfyreclub.bandcamp.com</a>/, and fire shots of your own by calling us at (424) 216-6230!
May 16, 2013
28 No Blacks, No Jews, No Asians (w/Oliver Wang, Open Mike Eagle)
01:24:54
Music writer/scholar/DJ Oliver Wang of soul-sides.com &amp; 3rd member of Shots Fired Open Mike Eagle join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss this week to discuss recent controversies in the Hip-Hop community. They talk about Open Mike Eagle being removed from a Hollywood Bar show the day before the performance due to their “no rap” policy, Dr. Boyce Watkins calling Tyler the Creator’s Mountain Dew commercial racist, Lil Wayne receiving backlash from his Emmett Till lyric, Rick Ross losing his Reebok sponsorship over his date rape lyric, and Scarface claiming that record executives are brainwashing a generation of Hip-Hop fans in a conspiracy against black people in Hip-Hop.
May 09, 2013
27 Psychedelic Rap (w/Alexander Spit)
01:35:43
West Coast rapper/producer Alexander Spit joins MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss this week to discuss Psychedelic Rap. They’ll get into the roots of Psychedelic music, what is considered Psychedelic Rap, and which rappers were influenced through the use of Psychedelics. Plus, the guys talk about the first time they got high, burning out on Psychedelics, and bad smelling hippies.
May 02, 2013
26 Lead Singer Syndrome (w/ Taurus Scott, Open Mike Eagle)
01:14:59
Hellfyre Club artist Taurus Scott &amp; rapper Open Mike Eagle join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss this week to talk about lead singer syndrome. They talk about rappers who live on their own time, how fame effects a rapper’s ego, and why conscious rappers sometimes have the worst case of lead singer syndrome. Plus, Taurus tells us about his time working with G-Unit, Open Mike Eagle shares lead singer syndrome stories from touring, and Nocando tells us about a rapper who had a meltdown while on tour in New Mexico.
Apr 25, 2013
What If? Ft. Intuition and Grantland's Alex Pappademas
01:26:46
Rapper/podcaster Intuition &amp; Grantland writer Alex Pappademas join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to talk about what if scenarios. They talk about what if Biggie were still alive, The D.O.C. never damaged his larynx, Death Row signed Freestyle Fellowship, Ice Cube never left N.W.A, rappers get into performing musicals, Max B never went to jail, Big Pun were still alive, 50 Cent never got shot 9 times, RZA’s basement in Staten Island did not flood, and 2pac were still alive. Plus, Jeff &amp; Nocando take a look at DMX reuniting with his son. Be sure to call and ask us questions at (424) 216-6230.
Apr 18, 2013
Live From The Cosmic Zoo w/ IAMSU!
01:16:09
Richmond, California rapper and producer Iamsu! joins MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to talk about the Bay area. They’ll talk about the history of Bay area rap, how Mac Dre changed everything for the Bay, and why you can’t hate on Lil B. Iamsu! also tells us which producers influenced him, how the Bay is coming back, and plays a track from his mixtape “$uzy 6 $peed.” Plus, the guys find out that Chris Brown made a “Shots Fired” song, take a listen to Ray J’s Kanye West diss, and are baffled by LL Cool J’s verse on Brad Paisley’s “Accidental Racist.”
Apr 11, 2013
And It Might Go Pop -- A History of Pop-Rap Crossovers (w/ Dr. Rosen Rosen)
01:26:20
I thought I told you that we won’t stop. Andy Rosen (Record Producer &amp; 1/2 of the Totally Laime podcast) joins MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to talk about the history of Pop Rap and crossovers. They’ll get into what makes something Pop, why certain rappers failed to maintain a stable career after having one crossover hit, and their thoughts on the modern era of Pop. Plus, the guys explain what ratchet is to Andy. Take that. Take that.
Apr 04, 2013
Don’t Call This Latin Rap Ft. Scoop Deville & Rheteric Ramirez
01:29:56
Producer/rapper Scoop Deville &amp; Hellfyre Club rapper Rheteric Ramirez join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss this week to discuss the history of latin contributions to Hip-Hop. They start off by talking about several Latin Hip-Hop pioneers such as DJ Disco Wiz, Prince Whipper Whip, The Mean Machine, and Prince Markie Dee of The Fat Boys. Then they explore the West Coast Latin rap boom by talking about Mellow Man Ace, Julio G, Kid Frost, Cypress Hill, Psycho Realm, MC BLVD, and A Lighter Shade of Brown. Next they bridge the gap between the West Coast &amp; East Coast by talking about Delinquent Habits, Big Pun, The Beatnuts, Fat Joe, and N.O.R.E. Finally, they make their way down South as they talk about Baby Bash, Chingo Bling, and South Park Mexican. Plus, we’re treated to some tracks by Scoop &amp; Rheteric.
Mar 28, 2013
Ballin' -- Freddie Gibbs Talks Rap and Sports
01:22:31
Rapper extraordinaire Freddie Gibbs joins MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to discuss athletes trying to rap. They talk about the Chicago Bears’ “Super Bowl Shuffle,” the LA Rams’ “Ram It,” Darryl Strawberry’s “Chocolate Strawberry,” Shaq’s “You Can’t Stop The Reign,” B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret, Kobe Bryant failed attempt at rap, Deion Sanders’ “Must Be The Money,” Tony Parker ft. Fabolous, Chris Webber ft. Kurupt, Allen Iverson’s “40 Bars,” Metta World Peace’s “Afghan Women,” Kevin Durant’s “Wired,” The Hyperizers’ “Don’t Criticize,” and Delonte West’s KFC Freestyle. Plus, the guys give their reasons for not going to SXSW this year.
Mar 21, 2013
Back In The Day W/ Self Jupiter of Freestyle Fellowship & Fatlip of The Pharcyde
01:15:16
Self Jupiter of Freestyle Fellowship &amp; Fatlip of The Pharcyde join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss this week to talk about their lives, their music, and what they’re doing now. Self Jupiter and Fatlip discuss early beginnings, the Good Life Cafe, and play some classic/current tracks. Plus, they talk about Drake’s trip to the strip club and MTV’s Hottest MC List.
Mar 14, 2013
Gorillas in the Mist: Bonobo
01:08:21
British musician/producer/DJ Bonobo aka Simon Green joins MC Nocando and Jeff Weiss to talk about the electronic music scenes in the UK, how Hip-Hop was his introduction into exploring other genres of music, and learning how to operate a dance floor by playing a bunch of shows in a jazz room in Brighton. Bonobo also tells us why he chose to name himself Bonobo, the birthplace of the original dub-step, and plays a couple tracks from his upcoming album “The North Borders.” Plus, Jeff gives us a quick lesson on moon rocks.
Mar 07, 2013
The Indie Episode Ft. Milo & Jonwayne
01:10:21
<div>Stones Throw rapper Jonwayne &amp; Hellfyre Club rapper Milo join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss this week to talk about everything independent. Milo and Jonwayne discuss being influenced by independent rappers such as MF DOOM &amp; 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 &amp; Milo.</div>
Feb 28, 2013
The 22 2-Step Ft. Salva
01:12:47
Producer Paul Salva and rapper Marcel Carrion join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to discuss the greatest and worse dance songs in rap history. They talk about Rapper’s Delight, Planet Rock, Egyptian Lover, 2 Live Crew, N.W.A’s “Panic Zone,” Good Vibrations, Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is In The Heart,” The Jungle Brothers, Technotronic, The Dogs’ “You Mama’s On Crack Rock,” Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control,” Kanye West’s “Stronger,” The Black Eyed Peas, and Azealia Banks. The guys also talk about Hip house, G-funk, the rise of trap music, and of course the Harlem shake. Plus, Jeff tells us about going to a porn star attended funeral. Don’t go into a K-hole!
Feb 21, 2013
Chicago Ft. Open Mike Eagle and Chicago Reader Online Editor, Tal Rosenberg
01:28:12
Chicago Reader’s Tal Rosenberg and Chicago bred rapper Open Mike Eagle join MC Nocando and Jeff Weiss this week to discuss everything Chicago. The guys talk about the history of Chicago rap starting with rappers like Common &amp; Twista all the way to Chief Keef &amp; King Louie, how House &amp; R&amp;B music dominated Chicago radio, and why rappers rarely blow up in Chicago. Plus, Open Mike Eagle defines words from the Urban Dictionary and we learn how to do the percolator.
Feb 14, 2013
Battle Rap Ft. Dizazter & Cadalack Ron
00:58:47
Battle rappers Dizaster &amp; Cadalack Ron join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss today to talk about the art of battle rap. They discuss the origins of battle rapping, the transition between battling over beats to battling acapella, and how YouTube brought battle rapping to a world wide audience. Dizaster &amp; Cadalack Ron also tell us about how they got into battle rapping, their most important moment in their battle rap careers, and their thoughts on ghostwriters.
Feb 07, 2013
Four Thousand And Eighty Ft. Dan Weisman (Elitaste) and Leeor Brown (Friends of Friends)
01:10:57
Dan Weisman (Elitaste Inc. and former manager of Wale &amp; Mike Posner) and Leeor Brown (FoF Music and manager of Salva &amp; Shlohmo) join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to talk about the record industry. The guys discuss why it takes time for certain artists to gain a following, why having copycats is good promotion, and the ways the internet has drastically changed the music industry. Dan tells us how he started to work with Wale, Leeor tells about his first time meeting Salva, and they both explain why it’s harder today to get up on artists early. Plus, Nocando &amp; Jeff talk about the music of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.
Jan 31, 2013
The Motherland Ft. Femi Kuti
01:11:29
This week Jeff Weiss and MC Nocando explore the connection between Hip-Hop and African music. The duo talk about the history of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, rappers who have sampled Fela Kuti songs, and finally play a Wale track. Legendary Afrobeat star Femi Kuti stops by to discuss the formation of Afrobeat, how he now must find a balance between Facebook, Twitter, and practicing his instruments, and the Afrobeat influence on Hip-Hop.
Jan 24, 2013
Mazel Tov, My N**a Ft. Yo! Is This Racist's Andrew Ti
01:19:02
Fellow Earwolf podcaster Andrew Ti joins MC Nocando &amp; 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 &amp; 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!
Jan 16, 2013
Alter Egos Ft. Blockhead & Open Mike Eagle
00:53:32
NY based producer Blockhead &amp; rapper Open Mike Eagle join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss this week to talk about alter egos in a special episode taped from Jeff’s apartment. The guys discuss Rammellzee, Positive K’s female vocals on “I Got A Man,” Bushwick Bill’s “Chuckie,” Kool Keith as Dr. Octagon, Eminem’s evil alter ego Slim Shady, the super villain MF DOOM, Madlib’s high pitched rapping alter ego Quasimoto, and Blockhead’s Party Fun Action Committee. Plus, they talk about the more recent alter egos such as Serengeti’s Chicago Bears fan alter ego Kenny Davis, Flying Lotus as the cartoon rapper Captain Murphy, and Snoop Dogg’s Rastafarian awakening as Snoop Lion.
Jan 10, 2013
Post Based Ft. Speak & Westside Ty
01:21:54
LA based rapper Speak, Westside Ty, and Young Corey join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss today for a very rare discussion about the Based God himself, Lil B. The guys talk about how he has influenced a number of rappers including Soulja Boy, Riff Raff, SpaceGhostPurrp, Kreayshawn, Odd Future, and Trinidad Jame$. Plus, they talk about why it’s hard to hate on Lil B, give their definitions of based &amp; based freestyles, and explain what the task force &amp; bitch mob are. TYBG.
Jan 03, 2013
Falling Off Ft. Paul Iannacchino, the director of "Adult Rappers"
01:14:59
Paul Iannacchino, the director of "Adult Rappers," who is also one of the founding members of rap group Hangar 18 (under the name DJ paWL) joins MC Nocando and Jeff Weiss this week to discuss why rappers fall off. They talk about which rappers they think have fallen off, the issue with branding, and which rappers have stayed relevant over time. DJ paWL also tells us how he got the idea to create his documentary “Adult Rappers,” what his definition of an adult rapper is, and why Hip-Hop is a genre that doesn’t age well.
Dec 20, 2012
Best of 2012
01:34:35
This week on Shots Fired, Jeff Weiss &amp; MC Nocando wind down 2012 with their favorite songs of 2012. The duo talk about their choices for Epic Fail of the year, countdown their Top Ten Hip-Hop songs of 2012, and the best producers of the year. It will get turnt up.
Dec 13, 2012
The Dub Anniversary of The Chronic Ft. Ben Westhoff (Music Editor, LA Weekly) & Marcel Carreon
01:11:47
Ben Westhoff (LA Weekly Music Editor) and rapper Marcel Carrion join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss to celebrate the dub anniversary of the classic West-Coast album The Chronic. The guys discuss what the album means to them, the cultural impact it had on fashion, and the never ending quotable lines such as that “Deeez Nuuuts.” They also talk about the iconic ”Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” video, how the album captured the reality of L.A. after the riots, and why some people still don’t like it.
Dec 06, 2012
Beef
01:21:51
BEeff (Bertran, Evan and every fucking female) join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss this week to talk about the great beefs in Hip-Hop history. They discuss the historic showdown between Kool Moe Dee and Busy Bee, KRS-One firing shots at The Juice Crew, Ice Cube annihilating N.W.A, Eazy-E &amp; Dr. Dre’s West Coast feud, Canibus recruiting Mike Tyson for “Second Round K.O,” 2pac’s most insulting diss, Eminem taking down Benzino &amp; The Source, 50 Cent ruining Ja Rule’s career, and Jay-Z’s “Takeover” versus Nas’ “Ether.” Plus, they talk about the real beef between Gucci Mane &amp; Young Jeezy, the multimedia beef between 50 Cent &amp; Rick Ross, and the light skinn'ded beef between Common &amp; Drake.
Nov 29, 2012
White Rappers Ft. House Shoes & Busdriver
01:31:02
Detroit DJ/producer House Shoes and LA rapper Busdriver join MC Nocando &amp; Jeff Weiss this week to discuss white rappers. The guys talk about the origins of the white rapper with Blondie, Beastie Boys being the white Run-DMC, 3rd Bass dissing Vanilla Ice, rapping actors, and Eminem’s long lasting impact. They also explain why white rappers getting a co-sign is important, describe what differentiates white rappers and black rappers, and vent on why certain white rappers get to places that they don’t deserve.
Nov 22, 2012
Ratchet
00:47:00
On this week’s episode of Shots Fired, Jeff Weiss &amp; MC Nocando discuss the phenomenon of ratchet. The duo talk about the many definitions of ratchet, Lil Boosie’s connection to the origin of ratchet, and countdown the Top 10 Greatest Ratchet Rappers of All Time. Plus, Jeff tells us his most ratchet story from his time covering Boosie’s murder trial in Baton Rogue. Free Boosie.
Nov 08, 2012
Sad Robot Music ft. Dam-Funk
01:02:14
This week Jeff Weiss and MC Nocando explore the epidemic of Sad Robot Music. The duo talk about Kanye West being the Christopher Columbus of the Sad Robot, how T-Pain branched the Sad Robot into R&amp;B, and ask who will kill the Sad Robot. Dam-Funk, the ambassador of modern Funk stops by to talk about the origin of Funk, what lead him to the Funk, which artists are funky, and plays some tracks of his latest EP “I Don’t Wanna Be A Star!”
Nov 01, 2012
Fanute The Coupe ft. The Gaslamp Killer
00:55:09
Welcome to the first episode of SHOTS FIRED, a weekly look into what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s weird in the world of hip-hop, hosted by music journalist Jeff Weiss and underground hip-hop star MC Nocando. Today the duo explore the meaning of the word “Fanute” coined by French Montana, talk about the history of Swag Dracula, and discuss the possibility of Nas using ghostwriters. Underground DJ (and co-founder of L.A. hip-hop mainstay The Low End Theory) the Gaslamp Killer drops by to tell us how he met Gonjasufi, describes getting his life together after hitting rock bottom, and plays some tracks off his latest album “Breakthrough.”
Oct 25, 2012