Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Good Things Come In Twos...Day: Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg

I am incapable of doing just one thing at once. I can not focus on anything without some noise around me. You would think that listening to music would help, but I start going through my vast iTunes library and playing DJ. Shortly thereafter, I am going through blogs trying to find random material that I do not have (last night I downloaded Crunk Juice & the Lil Scrappy & Trillville double disc...why? I am not really sure...). So in order to get my work done, I like to listen to the radio.

I know you're thinking "...but the radio plays music..." True, because it is love talk and slow jams time before I even start my work, but I am talking about radio podcasts. Entertaining talk, few songs, no commercials. I think the best in the business are Hot 97's Cipha Sounds & Peter Rosenberg. They upload their daily morning show (minus the commercials) everyday & it is great to listen to while trying to get something done. Topical humor from a Puerto Rican from the Bronx & a Jew from suburban Maryland. Gotta love it. Their diverse backgrounds would make you think that they have nothing in common, but at the end of the day, they both have cynical senses of humor & a love for hip-hop. Plus, they record special Juan Epstein Podcasts every now & then where they sit down with hip hop legends, such as Big Daddy Kane, Q-Tip, Mister Cee, Large Professor, etc., & ask in-depth eye opening questions about their careers. For example, Pete Rock going into detail about how he made the beat for Biggie's Juicy, but because he did not understand the business side of the music business, Diddy basically stole it from him. Yep, its true. Honestly, listening to Pete Rock's Juan Epstein & Mister Cee's Juan Epstein make watching NOTORIOUS almost unbearable becasue they give that much information.

Everyday's podcast is full of hilarious conversation between a Puerto Rican & a Jew from suburban Maryland. The Juan Epstein podcasts are like a history class that you would actually want to go to everyday. If you want to, you can subscribe & iTunes will automatically download Juan Epstein podcasts to your computer. Somehow their personalities work together. I have no idea how, but they do & that is all that matters to me. Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg, good things come in twos...

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