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Snobbish taste. Outrageous takes. Welcome to the podcast where your favorite music lovers discuss, debate, and deconstruct the music and musicians who fascinate and frustrate them.

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  • The 35th Anniversary of Janet Jackson’s Control

    January 19th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 54 mins
    80’s, flyte tyme, janet jackson, jimmy jam, new jack swing, r&b, terry lewis

    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.

  • Can Music Live Without Live Music?

    November 24th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 35 mins
    aretha, covid-19, guest snob, live music, public enemy

    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.

  • Bill Withers

    September 21st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 28 mins
    bill withers, blues, folk, soul

    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, and often managed to break through. He turned complex emotion into simple truth. Bill Withers was the personification of Black music. Join The Music Snobs as we explore his genius and look at the future of his legend.

  • Does God Make Better Music?

    July 2nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 17 mins
    aretha, chance, church, gospel, kanye, ray

    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.

  • A Tribe Called Quest

    May 11th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 30 mins
    actq, history, q-tip

    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?

  • The Music Snobs on Film

    September 7th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 17 mins
    beyonce, disney, film, hitchcock, hollywood, music, prince, soundtrack

    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 audience the most. The ensuing debate inevitably leads to a wild roundtable: What movie soundtrack do you absolutely love even though you have no desire to ever see the movie again?

  • Stevie Wonder and the 6 Wonders That Changed the World

    July 23rd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 19 mins
    classic period, masterpiece, stevie wonder

    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 between 1971 and 1976 so classic, and how can we explain the undeniable impact they’ve had on music ever since? Join TMS in paying tribute to a musician whose work helped to shape our lives and forever changed our world.

  • Will the REAL Artists Please Stand Up?

    June 20th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 4 mins
    frank ocean, kanye, kendrick, madonna, solange, tyler the creator

    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? Sh*t 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 a notch by calling out the fakers and questioning why "keeping it real" is so important in black music. Before the episode ends, the Snobs get even realer during the roundtable by admitting: what universally beloved artist, album, or song is—in your opinion—actually terrible?

  • Are You A Stan?

    May 23rd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  53 mins 21 secs
    beyonce, eminem, fandom, insanity, michael

    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 obsession.

  • OutKast 25

    April 24th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  59 mins 35 secs
    hip-hop, rap, snobs, talk

    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 dive deep into the legacy of André Benjamin and Antwan Patton. Join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of OutKast.

  • Let’s Be Frank—You Don’t Know Sinatra

    March 20th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  44 mins 31 secs
    gangster, jay-z, sammy, sinatra

    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.

  • Media Assassins: Music Journalism in 2019

    February 20th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 12 mins
    critics, journalist, okayplayer, rolling stone, vibe

    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?