Queue Points Podcast

Queue Points Podcast

Queue Points is the Ambie Award-nominated music podcast that is dropping the needle on Black Music history and celebrating Black music through meaningful dialogue. The show is hosted by DJ Sir Daniel and Jay Ray. Visit https://queuepoints.com to learn more.


September 19, 2023 77 mins

On this hot topic episode, we discuss the recent announcement by the head of the Grammy Committee about AI in music. We explore the evolving rules surrounding AI songs and ponder who will be eligible for nominations in the future. We take a trip down memory lane to the empowering era of the 1980s, where music and visuals reflected themes of Black women's empowerment. We discuss the challenges faced by Black women of size in the mus...

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Dive into the vibrant history of Black music history with Queue Points - LIVE at “The Fitness Factor” taping! RSVP at https://qpnt.net/fitnessfactor.

For the very first time, in honor of International Podcast Day, we're hosting a live taping in Buckhead. But it's not just about the music. With our ethos rooted in health, wholeness and wellness, expect much more than a musical journey.

Our generation is living longer, and we owe it ...

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Navigating critical judgment and personal trials to releasing a soul-stirring album, Foxy Brown's journey is full of highs and lows, from health issues to career-defining moments we are asking the question “why is Foxy Brown not being celebrated during #HipHop50?”

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There was a rumble coming out of the UK in the early-1990s. With the heavy influence of hip-hop came new styles that changed the way many experienced the music they loved. From the early days of Jungle that birthed Drum and Bass to to Trip Hops genre bending sounds, the crew continues our musical journey to the UK with, guest, Jason Randall Smith of Radio BSOTS.

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The US and the UK have always talked to each other through our music - inspiring one another to create something new and innovative. On this episode we explore UK R&B and Hip-Hop. We reminisce on some of our favorite artists, and how they impacted the United States music scene. From Loose Ends to Neneh Cherry to Sade, and much more. Join us along with our special guest Jason Randall Smith for a lively conversation.

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There isn’t a time when the resilience of Black women hasn’t been a source of inspiration. The resonance in the singing voices of some of these women gave way to some of the biggest hits in House music history. Black women are the unsung heroines of the genre.

ABC recently aired a segment on Good Morning America called “Queens of 90s House Music,” and on this episode DJ Sir Dance and Jay Ray break the epis...

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In the lexicon of great rap voices - Snoop Dogg absolutely stands as one of a kind. From his beginning as a young, talented rapper on Death Row’s roster to becoming a staple on “Madison Ave.,” selling us everything from beer and wine to food, Snoop is the definition of a survivor. His journey and evolution is inspiring.

For #HipHop50 let's celebrate the icon, the legend, and the true embodiment of coolness...

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Black bodies have always been used to sell products. Fast food has embedded ourselves into our memories - the smells, the childhood nostalgia, the music. On this episode, our hosts DJ Sir Daniel and Jay Ray delve into the strategic ways in which the food industry has used marketing and music to insert itself into our lives.

Watch this episode on our website: https://qpnt.net/show-109

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On this episode of Queue points, in our ongoing #HipHop50 series, we spotlight the influential Idol Makers crew and the 1988 release, "Hurby's Machine." Our focus is Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, a prodigious and prolific producer and writer whose career seemingly froze in the late '90s, and who has remained largely silent in recent decades.

Join DJ Sir Daniel as he navigates us through this often overlooked chapt...

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In this bonus clip, guest Donovan X. Ramsey, reads from his book "When Crack Was King: A People’s History of a Misunderstood Era” highlighting the move from the use of crack to chronic. Ramsey reads from his chapter “Intervention” which explores how popular hip hop albums and songs of the late 80s and 90s played a significant role in shifting attitudes about crack, ultimately promoting an anti-drug theme. Films like "New Jack City,...

On this episode of Queue Points, we delve into the book, "When Crack Was King: A People's History of a Misunderstood Era” with author Donovan X. Ramsey. Donovan discusses the tragic legacy of the crack epidemic through the eyes of four individuals, illuminating the vulnerability and resilience of the Black community. We discuss topics like harm reduction, the vital role of community, and the significance of having auth...

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As part of our year-long #HipHop50 celebration, and to close out #BlackMusicMonth, Queue Points is going down memory lane to discuss the impact of the timeless Black youth coming-of-age film House Party. They are joined by special guest Jordan Clark, a comic book writer and co-host of the podcast White People Won’t Save You. The fellas discuss the impact of House Party on hip hop culture, highlighting its representatio...

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We’re back after a week off! In this thought-provoking podcast episode, we delve into a significant issue: the scarcity of songs about Black fathers. As the United States recently celebrated Father's Day, we couldn't help but notice the absence of such musical tributes.

Dr. Ed Garnes joins us as we unravel this phenomenon, analyze its underlying causes, and discuss actionable steps towards rectifying this disparity. Tune in to gain...

“She was Cinderella for Christ’s sake!” - DJ Sir Daniel

Join us on a journey as we delve into the remarkable and multifaceted career of “the vocal bible” Brandy Norwood, the renowned singer, songwriter, and actress who has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. During this show, we unravel the layers of Brandy's legendary early career, from her breakthrough as a teenage sensation to her evol...

Venture into the heart of music history as we explore 'Love to Love You, Donna Summer', the poignant documentary co-directed by Summer’s daughter Brooklyn Sudano. Summer’s accomplishments include an incredible 16 #1 Billboard Dance hits. DJ Sir Daniel and Jay Ray discuss the documentary, Summer’s career and lasting impact of her legacy.

Before that, the two discuss a range of hip-hop topics from Kali’s new...

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Tina Turner is a legend of the highest order. That term is thrown around a lot, but Ms. Turner has put in the work and the sweat to BE it. With a career that spanned more than 60 years, Ms. Turner did it all from dance to TV to Rock to Soul to Disco. She is forever the Queen of Rock & Roll, and on this Queue Points, we’re honoring the legacy of the one and only Tina Turner.

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Black queer women are leading the way in 2023 by both releasing new and compelling music and visuals, and also being part of the pop culture conversation. From Janelle Monae’s “Lipstick Lover” to Da Brat’s pregnancy, we’ve been inspired watching the moves these ladies are making. Join us as we discuss some history of Black queer women in music and the foundation they laid for today’s artists.

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Can you all believe it? We certainly can’t! It’s been two years since we started Queue Points and 100 official episodes of the show! On this episode we are going to reflect on this milestone, play some shoutouts from some of our listeners and discuss the documentary Marley.

Join us, reminisce, and share your memories with us.

Watch Marley: https://youtu.be/uDJ5l28C_v8

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It’s been a while since we’ve done a weekly round up show, and here’s one for you! A lot has been happening in the world of music including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2023 announcement. We discuss that along with the importance of honoring our artists while they are here. We catch up on The Met Gala and we discuss Queue Points’ top episodes of all time, so far!

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We hear it all the time - “is (insert artist here) the next Michael Jackson?,” “I wish we had another Whitney Houston.” The question we’re asking all of us is “is it possible to have another artist who are one of one?” Why do we keep searching? Join us for this discussion about ar...

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