Scoop Jackson has written for basketball and hip hop magazines for at least 25 years, executive editing SLAM and XXL magazines. He is currently a producer and contributor at ESPN. Before joining ESPN, Jackson worked as a copy writer and author for Nike, where he helped create the “LeBron James: Chambers of Fear” ad campaign.
Scoop is the recipient of several awards for his work, including the Peter Lisagor Award for Sports Journalism (1999) and the National Rainbow Coalition Sports Journalist of the Year award (2001). In 2017 he won the New York International Television & Film gold medal award for Sports Coverage for his ESPN feature on the anticipation of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.