I find myself having to commute 30 minutes from Bocconi to the dorm where I live, and to make this commute “productive” I find that listening to podcasts adds value to it thereby making it less boring and informative. This is a list of things I play whenever new episodes are available; in no particular order.
1 – Dissect Podcast
This podcast puts modern artists in the same pedestal as classical masters. Cole Cushna, applies the things her learned from studying music theory to analyse albums from Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and more. It focuses on the meaning of lyrics, the origin of chords and the samples of tracks but provides information on everything related to how an album was made. It was very surprising when i found out that Cole did the first two seasons on his own while having a full time job. Spotify took over the podcast from season 3 which allowed Cole to take Dissect as a full time job, and gave him more resources. Season 3 of Dissect took on Frank Ocean’s Blonde and brought to light his immaculate attention to detail and uncanny writing ability; while for season 4, it took on Tyler The Creator’s Scum Fuck Flower Boy. The meticulousness of the analysis is impressive and I guarantee you will learn more about these artists than you imagine and you will grow to love them even more than you do now.
2 – Broken Record (warning, I will be using the word legend a lot)
Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin. That’s it. That’s the end of the sentence. For those of you that still need an introduction to these two. Malcolm Gladwell is the author of Freakonomics and Outliers among other amazing books. He sees patterns and trends among things that other can’t and i encourage you to look up his work. Rick Rubin is a Hip Hop legend. He Co-Founded of Def Jam And has production credit an astounding amount of artists’ projects; brace yourself this is going to be a bit long: The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Public Enemy, The Wu Tang Clan, AC/DC, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Nine Inch Nails, Jay Z, Kanye West, EMinem, Adele, Linkin Park, Lana Del Rey, and James blake. I wasn’t even close to naming everyone and I didn’t mention other legends he has worked with. The point I was trying to make is that few people in the music industry have the range and longevity that Rick Rubin has proven to have. So imagine the stories and insight that this podcast is going to have. In Addiction They have guests, such as Questlove from The Roots, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Nile Rodgers..etc
3 – The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal
Joe, Rory, Mal and Parks are 4 friends having a conversation about something they’re passionate about. If you take the podcast at face value that’s what it is. Except Joe is veteran rapper, Rory has worked in the music for years, he started as an intern for Def Jam and then worked for MTV as Production Coordinator and after that moved on to be Marketing Manager for Sony Music Entertainment, he is now running one of the most successful parties in the US “Dusse Palooza”. Mal is the brother of Rockafella cofounder Kareem “Biggs” Burke, he is highly connected among industry insiders and has been around music his entire life. And lastly, Parks, he used to be Joe’s engineer and still works on music full time. These guys come together to talk about events that happen in modern music but drift to roast each other and and do stuff like reviewing Game of Thrones, make fun of the NBA and and reminisce on stories like when Mal and Joe went to jail together. They have literally made me laugh in the tram so hard that got weird looks from other people. This podcast feels like a giant inside joke that 2 million people are in on. Oh and the tweets. The tweets are a cherry on top.
I hope that any of these will add to value to your commute and I hope you enjoy them.