The Almanac of Rap

The Almanac of Rap

The Almanac of Rap is a Webby award winning show that examines trends in hip hop and their impact over time and it's way more fun than that description makes it sound. Each week our our host Donwill asks a question, presents a theory and finds a guest to come to some sort of consensus about it. Simply put, it’s a show about rap by a rapper who loves rap music.

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November 21, 2023 76 mins
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Today's episode is a compilation of sorts. I asked Timmhotep and DJ R-Tistic (two past guests) two wild questions - which religion and which gang has had a bigger impact on hip hop. We also talk about rappers that have turned to religion. It's a fun one. And oh yeah subscribe to the new newsletter over at donwill.substack.com
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In this episode we discuss parody rap songs with none other than DIallo RIddle and Blake 'Luxxury' Robin. We also take a look at Russ Parr's history as a parody rap artist and track down The Rappin Duke to see what he's been up to. You can check out One Song hosted by DIallo RIddle and Blake 'Luxxury' Robin here. Visit donwill.me/aor to check out the show notes and sign up for our newsletter! Donwill: Twitter.com/donwill Instagra...
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October 24, 2023 6 mins
Do you have a comfort album? If so leave your response in the comments section of this Instagram post and I'll include them in an upcoming episode! I'll be back in your
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October 10, 2023 36 mins
In this episode we talkt to Will Miles about the distinct bond between rap and comedy. We look at a few comedians who have bars and talk about a few rappers that are actually hilarious You can find out more about Will Miles at his website Visit donwill.me/aor to check out the show notes and sign up for our newsletter! Donwill: Twitter.com/donwill Instagram.com/donwill The Almanac of Rap: Instagram.com/thealmanacofrap
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September 26, 2023 28 mins
On this episode we revisit an interview that I conducted in 2015 with Billy Woods and Elucid of the rap group Armand Hammer. They were fresh off of the release of their album Furtive Movements and preparing to release a set of solo albums. We talk about their origins as a rap group and their creative process. Their new album We Buy Diabetic Test Strips drops on 9/29 via Fat Possum Records. Visit donwill.me/aor to check out the sho...
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September 19, 2023 28 mins
On today's episode we talk to DJ R-Tistic about LA dance music, west coast rap and discuss a few fantasy DJ match-ups. DJ R-Tistic is an LA native who has DJ’ed events for everyone from Stevie Wonder to Issa Rae. You can find out more about him at his website. Visit donwill.me/aor to check out the show notes and sign up for our newsletter! Donwill: Twitter.com/donwill Instagram.com/donwill The Almanac of Rap: Instagram.com/thealman...
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September 12, 2023 19 mins
In this episode I try to wrap my head around the co-relation between Pussy Rap and the conversation about rap being boring or uninspired or whatever and lean on my friend DJ Tara for support. You can tune in to her radio shows and find out where in the world she's spinning next at her website. Visit donwill.me/aor to check out the show notes and sign up for our newsletter! Donwill: Twitter.com/donwill Instagram.com/donwill The Alma...
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September 5, 2023 23 mins
In this episode Donwill talks to Moruf to figure out what exactly Jersey Club is. He also tries to figure out if Tik Tok dances are the new break dancing. You can find out more information about Moruf and Some Jazz Playing here  Visit donwill.me/aor to check out the show notes and sign up for our newsletter! Donwill: Twitter.com/donwill Instagram.com/donwill The Almanac of Rap: Instagram.com/thealmanacofrap
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In this episode Donwill talks to Dave Giles II to figure out what happened to the danceable hip-house style of rap music. He also brings up that time KRS-One battled KRS. You can find out more information about Dave and his many dope projects here For a list of 10 Chicago House & Hip House songs, Kool Rock Steady's music video, a short documentary on Hip House and more visit donwill.me/aor/hip-house Visit donwill.me/aor to sign up...
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August 11, 2023 5 mins
We are coming back August 2023! To check out past episodes, join my newsletter or get more information in general visit www.donwill.me/aor
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April 25, 2023 33 mins
The mix for this episode is available on Soundcloud. Kathy is an author and professor at NYU who’s written books with Lil Kim, Prodigy and T Pain. You can learn more about her work here Follow the us on social media: The Almanac of Rap - Instagram Donwill - Twitter / Instagram Visit Donwill.me to subscribe to my mailing list, book me for stuff or just find out more information in general.
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April 18, 2023 35 mins
The mix for this episode is available on Soundcloud. Timm is a writer and curator.who created Levels & The One’s for pitchfork. He hosted Squeeze Radio on the legendary 89.9 FM with Sucio Smash and currently has his own show on NTS radio. Follow the us on social media: The Almanac of Rap - Instagram Donwill - Twitter / Instagram Visit Donwill.me to subscribe to my mailing list, book me for stuff or just find out more informat...
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April 11, 2023 33 mins
The mix for this episode is available on Soundcloud. Petey is NYC comic who reps the Bronx thoroughly. He has credits on Comedy Central, That Damn Micheal Che and stages across the country. For more info check out his Instagram Follow the us on social media: The Almanac of Rap - Instagram Donwill - Twitter / Instagram Visit Donwill.me to subscribe to my mailing list, book me for stuff or just find out more information in gene...
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April 4, 2023 27 mins
The mix for this episode is available on Soundcloud. Tajai is a founding member of Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics. For more info check out their website. Von Pea is a founding member of Tanya Morgan. For more info check out their website Follow the us on social media: The Almanac of Rap - Instagram Donwill - Twitter / Instagram Visit Donwill.me to subscribe to my mailing list, book me for stuff or just find out more informat...
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March 28, 2023 26 mins
The mix for this episode is available on Soundcloud. Psalm One is a chemist turned rapper turned author (Her Word is Bond) and founding member of The Shift Cooperative, a Minneapolis based Mutual aid fund providing relief and support to disadvantaged and underserved communities. For more info check out her website Follow the us on social media: The Almanac of Rap - Instagram Donwill - Twitter / Instagram Visit Donwill.me to s...
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March 21, 2023 27 mins
The mix for this episode is available on Soundcloud. Phonte is a rapper, singer and producer who is a member of Little Brother & Foreign Exchange. He also co-hosts Questlove Supreme and does the music for Sherman’s Showcase. Follow the us on social media: The Almanac of Rap - Instagram Donwill - Twitter / Instagram Visit Donwill.me to subscribe to my mailing list, book me for stuff or just find out more information in general...
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The mix for this episode is available on Soundcloud. Wyatt Cenac is an Emmy award winning comedian, actor, writer & producer. For more information visit wyattcenac.com Follow the us on social media: The Almanac of Rap - Instagram Donwill - Twitter / Instagram Visit Donwill.me to subscribe to my mailing list, book me for stuff or just find out more information in general.
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March 7, 2023 26 mins
This episode originally aired on March 7, 2023 The mix for this episode is available on Soundcloud. Jean Grae is a writer, comedian and retired rapper. You can find out more about what she’s been up to at patreon.com/JeanGrae  Follow the us on social media: The Almanac of Rap - Instagram Donwill - Twitter / Instagram Visit Donwill.me to subscribe to my mailing list, book me for stuff or just find out more information in general.
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