Beats, Podcasts + Life (7.29.19)

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“Beats, Podcasts + Life” is my new weekly series featuring the music and podcasts that have been inspiring my life lately. I’m surrounded by so many dope emcees and singers, beat producers, and content producers that you need to know. If you hear anything you like, show some love with a follow, a download and tell a friend. Let’s get started!

Sure Shot

I came across Sure Shot — an emcee from Amityville, Long Island — on Twitter. (You know how algorithms be.) Sure Shot’s pinned tweet is a video for “18 GSW (96 Bulls Pt. 2)” — those drums, jazz keys and his flow in the pocket got me. Listen to ‘Designer Tapes: Vol. 2’ on Bandcamp here.


Sunshyne Chit Chat

Sunshyne Chit Chat from So Cal reeled me in with “Let Me In” when the song started playing on SoundCloud after I listened to something familiar and similar. SoundCloud is great for music discovery.


Benny The Butcher

Benny the Butcher is back with The Plugs I Met. When the beat dropped on the opening track “Crowns for Kings” it brought me back to the days I spent at my grandma’s crib, staring at Al Green in all white, sitting in the wicker chair with his leg crossed on some G shit. The up-and-coming emcee from Buffalo, NY did his thing alongside the Philly Hip-Hop veteran Black Thought.



Hosted by my girl Iveriani, the iTipReport© channel features vinyl album reviews from a Black woman’s perspective. Check out the most recent vinyl vintage review of Genetic Walk by Ahmad Jamal.



I first heard of Sh4mel on Twitter after I posted Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By” video. A fan pointed me to a song Sh4mel wrote and produced with the Dionne sample — been following his movement ever since. The Boston emcee has some exciting new projects on the way. Listen on iTunes.


this, that and the 3rd!

Over the years, Cuurlzzz from Philly has blessed me with her artwork, and the rest of us with her mixes and now this, that and the 3rd! — an all-vinyl podcast discussing three records from her personal collection.


Dart Against Humanity

For those who don’t know, Dart Adams is a music writer and sports aficionado with Boston hometown pride. Although he just released Ep. 57 of the Dart Against Humanity podcast, I’m still stuck on “Ep. 54: Music in TV/Film.” For one, I can’t wait for Dart to begin working on music for TV and film. Plus, as the music supervisor for the Weldon Irvine documentary (in post-production), I can relate to Dart geeking out over featured music.


That’s all she wrote for this week. Sign up for my newsletter to receive music updates. Playlists coming soon.

Tasha Digital