The What?! Hip Hop, Questions, Legends and Lists

The What?! Hip Hop, Questions, Legends and Lists

Each week The What?! poses an unanswered, yet nagging, question discussed in hip hop circles, barber shops and street corners; and each week our hosts, Mouse and Nyla help you find the answers. New episodes dropping every Monday.

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September 19, 2022 39 min

Mouse and Nyla discuss the RAP Act with NY Congressman Jamaal Bowman. The law, co-written by Rep. Bowman, is designed to stop rap lyrics from being used against rap artists on trial.

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Jay-Z and J. Cole make Mouse and Nyla’s list for Verse of the Year, but who else is in the discussion? Feat. Chris from Critics of Culture 

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The esteemed comedian stopped by The What?! to chop it up about her journey in comedy, speaks on a few headlines, who's some of the worst rappers of all time, her Top 5+ comedians of all time and more.

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The Black Effect Presents... The What?!

Who is the best producer in rap music? Dre Dre? Pharrell? Kanye? DJ Premier? Join Nyla, Mouse and legendary DJ/Producer Clark Kent for great convo on who's in the upper echelon of rap production.

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Nyla and Mouse talk about the unplugging of AI virtual rapper FN Meka and what’s next for the future of algorithm based rap featuring Jacques Morel.

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August 22, 2022 54 min

Our own supreme team Nyla and Mouse break down the recent documentary about the Queens drug syndicate. Also they discuss their Mount Rushmore of documentaries.

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August 8, 2022 64 min

This week Nyla and Mouse breakdown Beyoncé’s newest album Renaissance and some of the recent controversy that has come with it. Also we ask the question how important is Beyoncé?

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This week on The What?! author, activist Marc Lamont Hill talks to Nyla and Mouse about pressing politic issues and how to affect change on the local level. We also get into hip hop, politics and what music inspires him.

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July 25, 2022 44 min

This week on The What?! TV writer Charles McBee (Hell of a Week and Tha God’s Honest Truth) joins Nyla and Mouse to talk the top 5 TV shows of all time! Find out where Martin, Fresh Prince and The Wire and more make the lists.

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July 18, 2022 49 min

On this week's episode This week Nyla and Mouse look back at the first half of the year in Hip Hop. What's the best and worst songs and albums so far. Also, the trends we like and don’t like.

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In part 2 of our conversation with Brooklyn DJ/Producer Clark Kent we discuss the greatness of Biggie, Jay Z, Nas, Kendrick, Eminem, J. Cole, why New York hasn't lost its crown and much more.

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June 20, 2022 38 min

This week Mouse and Nyla talk to Maino about the Lobby Boyz album, the RICO arrests of Young Thug and Gunna, staying healthy in hip hop and more.

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May 30, 2022 55 min

With Memorial Day weekend here, Nyla Symone and Mouse Jones prepare you for the summer with their favorite tours and movies to see; Plus our top 5 songs to hear at the summer cookout.

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May 23, 2022 84 min

This week we discuss Kendrick Lamar’s new album and discuss who had more impactful first 5 albums, Kendrick or Kanye.

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Ralph McDaniels joins Nyla and Mouse to discuss which borough represents hip hop the most from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island of Manhattan. Ralph also talks about his creation Video Music Box and Kendrick Lamar’s latest video.

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This week Nyla and Mouse discuss the Chappelle attacker, new ASAP & RiRi video, whether or not the Rock & Roll HOF matters, and Jack Harlow’s new album “Come Home the Kids Miss You”. We also discuss if Harlow is the current top 10 or 20 of rappers.

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This week Nyla Symone and Mouse Jones with special guest DJ Steph Cakes talk about the recent Meg Thee Stallion interview and their experiences dealing with toxic masculinity in the hip hop biz.

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April 25, 2022 72 min

Mouse and Nyla recap the biggest stories in hip hop and then bring on on guest Barry Hefner and ask if the album format is fading away. Over the years artists from Saweetie to SZA have dropped multiple hit singles with no album plan in sight, we explore why.

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This week on The What?! Nyla and Mouse discuss the upcoming 2022 XXL Freshman list, the prospects, their picks, and poses the question: "Does The XXL Freshman List Matter?" Also joining the discussion is the 2021 XXL Freshman nominee, Rubi Rose.

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We all know Atlanta artists have been dominating the Hip Hop waters for a little while now but this week, Nyla and Mouse, with help from Atlanta group EarthGang, pinpoint the time ATL took the crown from NYC.

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