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Shots Fired!: The Indie Episode

Stones Throw rapper Jonwayne & Hellfyre Club rapper Milo join MC Nocando & Jeff Weiss this week to talk about everything independent. Milo and Jonwayne discuss being influenced by independent rappers such as MF DOOM & Open Mike Eagle, the benefits of being on an independent label, and the pros and cons of coming up in the digital age of rap music. Also, Nocando tells us a funny Australia story, we learn why gangsters love Dragon Ball Z, and we are treated to some music from Jonwayne & Milo.

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Shots Fired!: The 22 2-Step

Producer Paul Salva and rapper Marcel Carrion join MC Nocando & Jeff Weiss to discuss the greatest and worse dance songs in rap history. They talk about Rapper’s Delight, Planet Rock, Egyptian Lover, 2 Live Crew, N.W.A’s “Panic Zone,” Good Vibrations, Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is In The Heart,” The Jungle Brothers, Technotronic, The Dogs’ “You Mama’s On Crack Rock,” Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control,” Kanye West’s “Stronger,” The Black Eyed Peas, and Azealia Banks. The guys also talk about Hip house, G-funk, the rise of trap music, and of course the Harlem shake. Plus, Jeff tells us about going to a porn star attended funeral. Don’t go into a K-hole!

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Shots Fired!: Chicago

Chicago Reader’s Tal Rosenberg and Chicago bred rapper Open Mike Eagle join MC Nocando and Jeff Weiss this week to discuss everything Chicago. The guys talk about the history of Chicago rap starting with rappers like Common & Twista all the way to Chief Keef & King Louie, how House & R&B music dominated Chicago radio, and why rappers rarely blow up in Chicago. Plus, Open Mike Eagle defines words from the Urban Dictionary and we learn how to do the percolator.

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Shots Fired!: Battle Rap

Battle rappers Dizaster & Cadalack Ron join MC Nocando & Jeff Weiss today to talk about the art of battle rap. They discuss the origins of battle rapping, the transition between battling over beats to battling acapella, and how YouTube brought battle rapping to a world wide audience. Dizaster & Cadalack Ron also tell us about how they got into battle rapping, their most important moment in their battle rap careers, and their thoughts on ghostwriters.

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Yo, Is This Racist?: Self-Identitiy

The Yo, Is This Racist?/Shots Fired crossover week ends today as Andrew Ti, Jeff Weiss, and MC Nocando discuss self-identification. They explain how your upbringing defines your self-identity, race being a social construct, and people claiming to be transracial. Let us know if you think something is racist at (323) 389-RACE.

This Week’s Topics:

Radio Voice

Pickup Basketball

What’s Up Brother?

Making Fun of ESL Students

Self-Identity

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Yo, Is This Racist?: Making Fun of ESL Students

Andrew Ti and Shots Fired hosts Jeff Weiss & MC Nocando answer a teacher’s question about making fun of Japanese ESL students. They are given no examples as to why this teacher finds their work so amusing, Jeff shares a story from his teaching days, and the gang send a message out to all the teachers out there. Keep your questions coming by calling us at (323) 389-RACE.

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Shots Fired!: Four Thousand and Eighty

Dan Weisman (Elitaste Inc. and former manager of Wale & Mike Posner) and Leeor Brown (FoF Music and manager of Salva & Shlohmo) join MC Nocando & Jeff Weiss to talk about the record industry. The guys discuss why it takes time for certain artists to gain a following, why having copycats is good promotion, and the ways the internet has drastically changed the music industry. Dan tells us how he started to work with Wale, Leeor tells about his first time meeting Salva, and they both explain why it’s harder today to get up on artists early. Plus, Nocando & Jeff talk about the music of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

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Yo, Is This Racist?: What’s Up Brother?

Andrew Ti and Shots Fired hosts Jeff Weiss & MC Nocando explore the use of the word brother. They talk about how racist professional wrestling is and whether or not white people saying brother is racist. Leave us a question about racism at (323) 389-RACE.

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Yo, Is This Racist?: Pickup Basketball

Andrew Ti and Shots Fired hosts Jeff Weiss & MC Nocando talk about the stereotype of black people being good at basketball, why positive stereotyping can lead to negative stereotyping, and that one episode of Family Matters where Steve Urkel plays basketball. Chill out on the stereotyping and leave us a message at (323) 389-RACE.

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Yo, Is This Racist?: Radio Voice

Jeff Weiss and MC Nocando of Shots Fired join Andrew Ti to discuss the concept of radio voice and figure out if it’s racist. Fuck the status quo and leave us a message at (323) 389-RACE.