While some people listen to podcasts for news, updates, and for the latest episodes of their favorite shows, some still tune in for music. Not to be mistaken with “radio channels,” music-related podcasts are expanding how music lovers view, or rather listen, to music. There are big personalities are hosting their own podcasts, and then there are podcasts that cater to the information-loving neo critic and jolly music fan.
Below are some music-related podcasts worth checking out.
1. Snoop Dogg’s own podcast: GGN
The title GGN takes after the rapper’s famous way of spelling his name “Double G Network.” Streamable through Audioboom, Snoop Dogg’s show features musicians and comedians in his show, two of the things he considers himself as. The rapper has been featured in several Comedy Central roasts, including one featuring Justin Bieber. The rapper uses modern-day cultural references which he twists into his liking. For instance, he coined the phrase “Game of Cones,” in reference to the shape of a marijuana joint.
In one episode, the rapper invited actor, writer, and director, Seth Rogen, in which he showed the world what it’s like to sit down “with Snoop Dogg” and actually “talk” about things. Aside from discussing Rogen’s projects such as “Neighbors,” the pair also got busy with rolling a proper “cross joint,” much to the entertainment of the rapper and comedian’s fans. Another famous episode featured Slink Johnson who plays “Black Jesus,” a show in Adult Swim that gained worldwide acclaim because of its modern day depiction of Jesus Christ in Compton. Swedish chart-topping band, Little Dragon appeared on GGN as well to talk about their latest album, Nabuma Rubberband. If there’s something quite special about GGN, it’s the kind of humor that Snoop Dogg puts into it. Though there’s an abundance in pot-related discussions, obviously, the podcast is engaging, funny, culturally-relevant, hilarious and controversial. GGN shows how personalities can have total creative control over their material without censorship.
2. Trust issues: A podcast about Drake
R&B sensation Drake is a frequent topic on gossip news sites, and his fans couldn’t seem to get enough information about him. To comically satiate their thirst for all things Drake, a podcast called “Trust Issues” was launched by Complex website writer, Rawiya Kameir. Kameir felt that she is becoming a “Drake expert” since she writes so much about him. To help her co-host the podcast, Kameir sought the help of comedian Lauren Mitchell. “Rawiya emailed me one day, asking me if I wanted to start a Drake podcast, and I was like, ‘I’m listening to Drake RIGHT NOT, so, yeah. Of course, “ said Mitchell in a post by Inquisitr.
Both Kameir and Mitchell are considered to be experts in Toronto’s hip hop culture, and with their writing backgrounds, the two lend the podcast a comedic flair. In one episode, Kameir said “He’s so hilarious and fascinating and everything he touches turns to meme.” When asked to describe the podcast for potential listeners, Kameir stated that they go beyond gossip. “We’re both fans, and approach it from a place of respect that makes it more than gossip fadder. Even though we make fun of him and his friends a lot, we’re not in it just for that.”
3. WTF With Marc Maron
Unlike the two previous podcasts, WTF With Marc Maron is a podcast for the austere music fan who wants more information about their favorite musicians. In this show, the guests get intimate with the audience with personal stories about themselves and their work. Episodes are uploaded twice a week. The comedian is not afraid to ask his guests about deeply personal questions, and surprisingly, they seem to be more than willing to answer his questions. Some of the big names that have sat down with Marc Maron include Radiohead’s front man, Thom Yorke, Nick Cave, Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, Tenacious D, and Chris Cornell. The podcast debuted in September 2009, way before the current podcast boom so the show’s episode archive is massive. The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly have given rave reviews on the quality of Maron’s content. An episode of WTF With Marc Maron usually gets 220,000 downloads on average.