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Season Five — Episode Five (Feat. Regina Cho)

Season Five — Episode Five (Feat. Regina Cho)

June 9, 2019

We're halfway through season five, and today we're joined by prolific hip hop journalist Regina Cho, known for her work with Billboard, Genius, Hot 97, and more. 

Cho delivers with two local NYC artists — an explosive young lyricist named Asoh Black! & a smooth, subtle vocalist named Jus.

We discuss up-and-coming Chicago wordsmith Brittney Carter, left field England five piece AlaskaAlaska, as well as the track "Road Safety," a piercingly sweet offering from Boston-based Cehryl.

Amongst much more.

01 "Hooligan" by Brittney Carter
02 "Slow Down" by Jus 
03 "Bitter Winter" by ALASKALASKA 
04 "Road Safety" by Cehryl 
05 "Do Better" by Halima 
06 "Foolie" by Asoh Black
07 "Yerrrrr" by L.E.A.N.
08 "Anything (I Got You)" by Huey Briss 
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Amuse Pick: "Sorta" by Sivonyia 

Art: Bianca "Bonk" Rivera 

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Season Five — Episode Four (Feat. Kristin Corry)

Season Five — Episode Four (Feat. Kristin Corry)

May 26, 2019

For our second episode live from Noah NY we welcome Noisey and Vice Music staff writer Kristin Corry.

Corry introduces LA-based Dijon and his rich, daring brand of RnB. We play “Mockingbird,” the deeply personal, graceful debut delivery from London’s Uma

We discuss Kwaku Asante’s infectious new single  “Say Goodbye,” as well as introduce budding Chicago’s collective Dial Up and their journey of a track “Promo/Lyft Home,” amongst much more. 

01 "Fine" by Urbanation
02 "Bad Luck" by Dijon
03 "Mockingbird" by Uma
04 "Scars" by TEGA 
05 "Say Goodbye" by Kwaku Asante 
06 "Let Up" by YMTK
07 "Life's A Pretty Bitch" by J-Hop
08 "Promo / Lyft Home" by Dial Up
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Amuse Pick:"Thug Prayer" by Cocaine Carii

Art: Clara Kirkpatrick

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Season Five — Episode Three (Feat. Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins)

Season Five — Episode Three (Feat. Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins)

May 12, 2019

Today's episode is a special episode, featuring a new team and a new home. Dave has gone on sabbatical in Sweden and we’ve welcomed back our friend and former guest, Def Jam publicist Genesis Garcia, to hold his seat. We've also found ourselves a new home, recording live from the Noah store in Soho. 

Today we’re joined by Brandon Jinx Jenkins, a multi-hyphenate creative and influential cultural voice.

We talk East & West coast hip-hop styles with Villain Park, Solomon Faye, and Maxo.
 
We parse apart the subtle multi dimensions of Emawk, and ride the raw energy of Heno, amongst much more. 
 
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Art: Jennings McCarthy 

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Season Five — Episode Two (Feat. Chidi Himself)

Season Five — Episode Two (Feat. Chidi Himself)

April 28, 2019

This is a special episode of Not 97, featuring an artist who we played on season one episode one — Chidi Himself.

Chidi shares an unreleased track with us, as well as introduces London-based friend and frequent collaborator MTMBO. He also plays a Soundcloud find of his own, California's own Denyah.

We discuss Berlin's J. Lamotta's and her playful, dynamic delivery "Back In Town," as well as the shadowy raps of unknown UK artist Saxon.   

Joy Crookes croones through the instant classic "Don't Let Me Down," and Haviah Mighty turns heads left & right on the marathon rap track "In Women Colour."

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Art: Devin Hobdy

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Season Five — Episode One (Feat. Brandon Payano)

Season Five — Episode One (Feat. Brandon Payano)

April 15, 2019

We're kicking off our fifth season New York's own Brandon Payano—a writer, editor, and the US A&R for the influential Youtube show Colors.

Yano introduces a bold, mesmerizing track from Toronto's Adria Kain, as well as an intricately woven delivery from up & coming rapper Myquale.

We debut the raw, subtle sounds of Riverside, California's Brandon, an explosive new song from soon-to-be pop sensation Destiny Rogers, and dip into the time-worn tradition of Americana blues from Canada's Cat Clyde.

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Art: Jake Buhler

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Season Four — Episode Ten (Feat. Captain Kirk Douglas)

Season Four — Episode Ten (Feat. Captain Kirk Douglas)

February 17, 2019
Season four finishes strong, featuring one of our biggest guest yet — The Roots' own Captain Kirk Douglas!
 
Kirk introduces us to his own flesh and blood, the 13-year-old Yung Ski Mask, along with his childhood friend: San Fransisco folk force Alabaster Adams. 
 
We dive into the deep soul of Kingsley Ibeneche, dig through the multi-faceted sounds of lyricists like Cain Casket and Serious Klein, as well as ride with the street-wise words of Granata. 

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Season Four — Episode Nine (Feat. “Juicy” Jackie Carrasco)

Season Four — Episode Nine (Feat. “Juicy” Jackie Carrasco)

February 4, 2019

Today's episode is a special one. Featuring "Juicy" Jackie Carrasco — a project manager at Lola Media Group and the founder of For The Creatives gallery — we're recording live from Kinfolk 90.

Jackie digs deep with a young man from Maine named Sam Knight and his ear-catching brand of left field pop. RaShaad follows that up with the like-minded Public Library Commute and their East Coast dreams of "California."  

We ride with Lex Amor's "Mood," get lyrical with Rae Khalil, and hear the wildest "Mambo Number 5" flip by Young Croc, amongst much more.
 
 

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Season Four — Episode Eight (Feat. Vira Byramji)

Season Four — Episode Eight (Feat. Vira Byramji)

January 21, 2019

Vira Byramji joins us on today's episode. Vira was formerly assistant manager at the legendary Electric Lady Studio. She’s an audio engineer and the founder of the music industry networking event Now What!

Energy starts high with an explosive young lyricist named Zhalarina. Vira introduces beat-maker and producer Space People with his collaboration with NY-bred spitter Nasty Nigel. 
 
We dip back to London with Nine8 Collective’s “No Smoke,” go big with Cumulus’s “Retreat,” float off with Melanie Charles’ “Be On My Side” and ride out with “Rico” by Jobii.

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Season Four — Episode Seven (Feat. Gabe ‘Nandez)

Season Four — Episode Seven (Feat. Gabe ‘Nandez)

January 7, 2019

Gabe 'Nandez—the raw New York rapper—joins us on today's episode. Those that attended our Not A Showcase in October already know 'Nandez's sharp talent. The multi-cultural rapper discusses growing up around the world and the craft of creating music as a bilingual artist. 

Gabe introduces us to his longtime friend and frequent collaborator Ibekelia, as well as the street wise Rochester rapper Rigz. We sample London's young, genre-bending scene with captivating tracks from Osquello, KiLLOWEN, and Isabelle Brown. 
 
And we tackle the opposite poles of hip-hop through Velvet Negroni's untraditional delivery to Tanner Molique's mainstream sensibilities. 
 
Gabe also plays his own song, Conneries, from the album Cliquetape
 

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Season Four — Episode Six (Feat. Nigil Mack)

Season Four — Episode Six (Feat. Nigil Mack)

December 24, 2018

We're joined today by Nigil Mack, Republic Records' Vice President of A&R, who has spent years in the industry and played a critical role in the careers of Kid Cudi, DRAM, and more.

Nigil introduces Virginia-born crooner Marco McKinnis and Queens-bred up and comer Deem Spencer

We talk through the dynamic, ever expanding sounds of global hip hop with artists like Ireland’s Biig Piig and London’s Deji Okeze. And Berlin’s Gianni Mae stuns in her latest “They Say.” Amongst much more. 

01 "Raze : Plan B" by Biig Piig (feat. Benny Mails)
02 “Is” by Deem Spencer 
03 "019 Bonnie and Clyde" by Deji Okeze 
04 "They Say" by Gianni Mae
05 "Cargo" by Fade Em All 
06 “Another Love” by Marco McKinnis 
07 "Pressure" by RiverKinn
08 "Amen" by EMAN8 

Art: Matthew Wolff 

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