Sound Only

Sound Only

By The Ringer

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss their deepest, darkest thoughts about the millennial lifestyle: rap music, video games, anime, Youtube, social media, etc. and their underlying themes.

Episodes

How Netflix's 'Lupin' Steals the Show | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss the newly added French Netflix show ‘Lupin’ (0:40). They weigh in on the stylistic approach this show takes and why they are hooked (14:00), before comparing it to other shows such as ‘Lupin the Third’ (31:20). For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the 'Sound Only' syllabus here. Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
13/01/2151m 35s

Why Is 'Wonder Woman 1984' Like This? | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ the latest DC film to hit the big screen. They weigh in on the movie's execution (0:30) and dive deeper into what makes adapted superhero films succeed or flop (19:40). They then strategize solutions for the process of adapting comic books to film, starting with ‘Batman’ (31:38). For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the 'Sound Only' syllabus here. Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
06/01/2150m 6s

A 'Sound Only' Mailbag About 'Cyberpunk 2077,' Anime, and More | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss their most recent thoughts about ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ before opening up the mailbag and answering your questions about all things anime, video games, music criticism, and much more! For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the 'Sound Only' syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KPKujGyjm0w0Gni8zDNqtNTN-9xNUsNv4G_ZfUlRjEY/edit Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
23/12/201h 7m

Game Over for Cyberpunk 2077 | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss the release of the highly anticipated, 100+ hour-long video game, ‘Cyberpunk 2077.’ They address the glitches and problems users are encountering and discuss their own experiences playing the game (0:45). They then break down games such as ‘Death Stranding,’ ‘The Evil Within,’ and ‘Metal Gear Solid V,’ to discuss their appeal (14:00) and the dynamic of one’s relationship with their favorite video game (37:05). For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the 'Sound Only' syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KPKujGyjm0w0Gni8zDNqtNTN-9xNUsNv4G_ZfUlRjEY/edit Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
16/12/2055m 46s

The Serial Excellence of Steve McQueen's ‘Small Axe’ | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters are breaking down Steve McQueen's anthology series, 'Small Axe.' They discuss the films ‘Mangrove,’ ‘Lovers Rock,’ and ‘Red, White and Blue,’ and express the series' success covering the nonfiction stories about the West Indian communities of Britain in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the 'Sound Only' syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KPKujGyjm0w0Gni8zDNqtNTN-9xNUsNv4G_ZfUlRjEY/edit Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
09/12/2050m 18s

Why Do Artists and Fans Crave Validation From the Grammys? | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters are talking about rappers and respect. They address Young Thug criticizing André 3000 on T.I.’s ‘expediTIously’ podcast (1:00) before discussing the ongoing cycle between award shows like The Grammys and their nominations (13:00) and why artists crave validation in the form of award shows (24:30). For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the 'Sound Only' syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KPKujGyjm0w0Gni8zDNqtNTN-9xNUsNv4G_ZfUlRjEY/edit Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
02/12/2042m 21s

The Sound Only Guide to ‘Cowboy Bebop’ | Sound Only

The 'Sound Only' guide to ‘Cowboy Bebop’ is here! Justin Charity and Micah Peters are breaking down the legacy, story structure, writing, production, and sound design of 'Cowboy Bebop' and much more! They then weigh in on the future live-action Netflix adaptation that may be released in 2021.  For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the 'Sound Only' syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KPKujGyjm0w0Gni8zDNqtNTN-9xNUsNv4G_ZfUlRjEY/edit Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
25/11/201h 8m

Is Tekashi 6ix9ine Interesting Enough for a Documentary? | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss the surprise documentary ‘69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez.’ They weigh in on how the documentary captures the image of Tekashi 6ix9ine: his persona vs. the person described by his peers (1:30), his music and how he compares to rappers such as 50 Cent and Eminem (18:15), and his unique provocations (42:30). For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the ‘Sound Only’ syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KPKujGyjm0w0Gni8zDNqtNTN-9xNUsNv4G_ZfUlRjEY/edit Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
18/11/201h 4m

Dave Chappelle During the Trump Years | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss the role that comedian Dave Chappelle has found himself in as our society looks to him for guidance through his political and racial commentary. They examine his role as a Black comedian in moments such as Donald Trump's election, the George Floyd protests, and Joe Biden's victory last week (1:00) while further discussing the expectations his audience has (16:20) and whether or not he remains up to the task (29:10). For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the ‘Sound Only’ syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KPKujGyjm0w0Gni8zDNqtNTN-9xNUsNv4G_ZfUlRjEY/edit Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
11/11/2050m 25s

Star Wars Talk: 'The Mandalorian,' Squadrons, and Relitigating 'The Rise of Skywalker' | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss 'The Mandalorian' and its role in the Star Wars franchise. Charity and Micah also talk about Squadrons, the latest Star Wars video game (20:30), and Charity complains about 'The Rise of Skywalker,' which he only recently forced himself to watch for the first time (23:00). Micah and Charity then discuss the future of Star Wars in movies and TV (37:50). For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the ‘Sound Only’ syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KPKujGyjm0w0Gni8zDNqtNTN-9xNUsNv4G_ZfUlRjEY/edit Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
04/11/2056m 14s

No Country for Lovecraft | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters argue about the HBO series 'Lovecraft Country.' They discuss the show's unusual appeal (1:00), its polarized reception (17:00), and its political imperatives as a story about Black characters and racist violence (41:10). For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the ‘Sound Only’ syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KPKujGyjm0w0Gni8zDNqtNTN-9xNUsNv4G_ZfUlRjEY/edit Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
28/10/201h 7m

Donald Trump, Ice Cube, and Other Rappers | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters break down the political themes embodied in celebrities' contribution to politics. They discuss Ice Cube's cooperation with the Trump campaign and his contract with Black America, Killer Mike's meeting with Brian Kemp, and the leading Black celebrity contrarian, Kanye West. For episode guides and further readings and recommendations, check out the ‘Sound Only’ syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KPKujGyjm0w0Gni8zDNqtNTN-9xNUsNv4G_ZfUlRjEY/edit Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
23/10/2054m 29s

Do We Need Another Batman | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss the set photos from Matt Reeves's forthcoming 'The Batman,' the superhero movie attention economy, the "essence" of superhero movies, and how that "essence" may lead to critical exhaustion. Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
14/10/2056m 16s

The Music and Mythmaking of Jay Electronica | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss Jay Electronica. They talk about the release of his second album, 'Act II: The Patents of Nobility (The Turn)' (1:25); compare it to his previous album, ‘A Written Testimony’ (21:38); and consider the rapper's bewildering trajectory in the past decade (32:38). Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
07/10/2052m 34s

'TFW No GF' | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss documentarian Alex Moyer and her new documentary 'TFW No GF,' which profiles disaffected young men online. They break down the documentary (3:30), movies and shows that evoke similar discourse (28:45), and the subculture ingrained in the content (44:15). Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
30/09/201h 0m

PlayStation 5, Console Wars, and the Battle of Best Buy | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss the release of the Playstation 5. They break down the pre-order fiasco involving hackers and scalpers (0:45), the hype that surrounds a new gaming console (21:25), and the end of the previous console generation (40:25). Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
23/09/2058m 40s

This Is How Travis Scott Dunks His Fries | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss McDonald’s newest partnership with rapper Travis Scott. They talk about his collaboration with McDonald’s, which includes merch, as well as the Travis Scott meal with a Quarter Pounder (0:13). Then they discuss the type of celebrity Travis Scott is (13:25), and what attracts millennials to this type of artistry and persona (43:43). Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
16/09/201h 7m

Avatar, Anime, and Animated Action | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters talk about 'Avatar: The Last Airbender,' a mid-2000s American animated TV Series that has made its return to Netflix. They discuss their personal relationship with the animation (0:35), the show's enduring popularity (20:30), and what makes a particular animation feel "American" (47:58). Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
09/09/201h 12m

Revisiting Chadwick Boseman's Wakanda | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters remember actor Chadwick Boseman. They talk about his sudden death (1:00), some of his most iconic roles (17:15), and the impact he had on so many (39:10). Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
02/09/2055m 18s

Megan Thee Stallion, Tory Lanez, and the Trivialization of Celebrity Violence | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters talk about the incident in which Megan Thee Stallion says Tory Lanez shot her (3:00). They break down the tendency to trivialize violence among celebrities, such as Chris Brown and Rihanna (13:50). Then, they talk about the distinction between street business and fan content (32:15). Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
26/08/2052m 5s

The State vs. Slowed + Reverb | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters compare the emergent musical-remix style slowed + reverb to its formative influence, chopped and screwed (1:30), discuss the new style's resonance on TikTok (16:20), and break down the critical distance between millennials and Zoomers. (26:40). Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
19/08/2041m 30s

Charity vs. Peters | Sound Only

Justin Charity and Micah Peters discuss the popular web video series 'Verzuz,' which pits two musical acts against one another in a livestream cipher. Charity and Micah break down the recent 2 Chainz vs. Rick Ross matchup and then discuss the larger significance of 'Verzuz' reinvigorating hip-hop during an otherwise dismal, restrictive year. Hosts: Justin Charity and Micah Peters
11/08/2049m 46s

Introducing 'Sound Only' With Justin Charity and Micah Peters

Ringer staff writers Justin Charity and Micah Peters are back with their podcast, 'Sound Only,' now airing weekly. Follow along as they discuss their deepest, darkest thoughts about the millennial lifestyle: rap music, video games, anime, YouTube, social media, and more.
04/08/201m 24s

Introducing ‘The Road Taken With CT and Baio’ — A New Podcast on The Ringer

Available now: Join Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson and Chris Baio as they discuss the highs and lows of touring through conversations with friends, peers, idols, and rivals. Find the first two episodes of ‘The Road Taken With CT and Baio’ on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
09/10/192m 38s

'The End of Evangelion' | Sound Only

Finally, we discuss 'The End of Evangelion' in comparison with the TV series finale and the modern temptation to discount the show’s characters and sexuality as “problematic.” Episodes discussed: 27 - 28 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
09/07/192h 0m

'The End of Evangelion' | Sound Only

Finally, we discuss 'The End of Evangelion' in comparison with the TV series finale and the modern temptation to discount the show’s characters and sexuality as “problematic.”   Episodes discussed: 27 - 28   Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
09/07/192h 0m

Kaworu Nagisa | Sound Only

We discuss the final episodes of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ which introduce the final pilot as well as the final Angel before ending the series on a cathartic if bewildering final note. (Don’t worry, we’ll cover ‘The End of Evangelion’ in the sixth and final episode of 'Sound Only.') Episodes discussed: 22-26 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
03/07/191h 55m

Kaworu Nagisa | Sound Only

We discuss the final episodes of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ which introduce the final pilot as well as the final Angel before ending the series on a cathartic if bewildering final note. (Don’t worry, we’ll cover ‘The End of Evangelion’ in the sixth and final episode of 'Sound Only.')   Episodes discussed: 22-26   Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
03/07/191h 55m

Toji Suzuhara | Sound Only

We discuss episodes 15 through 21 of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ which puts Toji in the cockpit of the brand-new Unit-03. Meanwhile, Kaji leads a dangerous investigation of NERV, the Angel in Terminal Dogma, and the real cause of Second Impact. Episodes discussed: 15 - 21 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
02/07/192h 32m

Toji Suzuhara | Sound Only

We discuss episodes 15 through 21 of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ which puts Toji in the cockpit of the brand-new Unit-03. Meanwhile, Kaji leads a dangerous investigation of NERV, the Angel in Terminal Dogma, and the real cause of Second Impact.   Episodes discussed: 15 - 21   Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
02/07/192h 32m

Asuka Langley Soryu | Sound Only

We discuss episodes 8 through 14 of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ which introduce us to Asuka Langley Soryu, the hot-headed pilot of Unit-02, and which also begin to grapple with the intriguing backstories for Misato, Ritsuko, and Kaji. Episodes covered: 8 - 14 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
28/06/192h 6m

Asuka Langley Soryu | Sound Only

We discuss episodes 8 through 14 of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ which introduce us to Asuka Langley Soryu, the hot-headed pilot of Unit-02, and which also begin to grapple with the intriguing backstories for Misato, Ritsuko, and Kaji.   Episodes covered: 8 - 14   Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
28/06/192h 6m

Rei Ayanami | Sound Only

We talk about the arrival of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ on Netflix and the changes that accompanied the new release (00:00) before breaking down episodes three through seven, which introduce us to Rei Ayanami, the pilot of Evangelion Unit-00 (08:42). Episodes covered: 3 - 7 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
25/06/192h 30m

Rei Ayanami | Sound Only

We talk about the arrival of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ on Netflix and the changes that accompanied the new release (00:00) before breaking down episodes three through seven, which introduce us to Rei Ayanami, the pilot of Evangelion Unit-00 (08:42).   Episodes covered: 3 - 7   Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
25/06/192h 30m

Who Is Shinji? What Is Eva? | Sound Only

In the first episode of our six-part miniseries on the 1995 classic ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ we break down the context of the show, explain its importance and impact in both anime and the TV canon, and discuss the show's main character, Shinji Ikari (00:00). Then we analyze the first two episodes, “Angel Attack” and “The Beast” (32:43). Episodes covered: 1 - 2 Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
21/06/191h 23m

Who Is Shinji? What Is Eva? | Sound Only

In the first episode of our six-part miniseries on the 1995 classic ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ we break down the context of the show, explain its importance and impact in both anime and the TV canon, and discuss the show's main character, Shinji Ikari (00:00). Then we analyze the first two episodes, “Angel Attack” and “The Beast” (32:43).   Episodes covered: 1 - 2   Hosts: Justin Charity, Micah Peters
21/06/191h 23m

The Trends That Shaped the Year In Music

Track 1: Outlaw Country, Female Rappers, and Memphis Sound Feat. Israel Daramola Track 2: Queer Pop and Singer-Songwriters Feat. Danny Chau Track 3: Mailbag Feat. Donnie Kwak Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
03/01/191h 13m

The Best Albums of the Year (That You Might Have Missed)

Track 1: Cardi B, Janelle Monáe, Parquet Courts, and More Feat. Rob Harvilla Track 2: The Pistol Annies and Garth Brooks Live Feat. Tyler Parker Further Reading: The Best Albums of 2018, Shea Serrano and Rob Harvilla Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
28/12/1836m 21s

Kanye vs. Drake Part Infinity and Underrated Rap Releases of the Year Feat. Alphonse Pierre

Track 1: Making Sense of Kanye and Drake’s (Twitter) Rap Beef Track 2: Revising The 10 Most Underrated Rap Albums of 2018 Further Reading: The Year in Drake: Did He Win or Lose 2018?, Alphonse Pierre The Best Rap Albums of 2018, Pitchfork How 2018 Marked a New Era of Trolling in Hip-Hop, Stephen Kearse Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
19/12/1829m 6s

Shad on His New Album and ‘Hip-Hop Evolution’

Track 1: Shad’s New Album, ‘A Short Story About a War’ Track 2: How Interviewing and ‘Hip-Hop Evolution’ Have Influenced His Music Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
12/12/1826m 51s

Free for All: Eminem, J.I.D., and the 1975

Track 1: Eminem’s Interminable Freestyle Feat. Donnie Kwak Track 2: J.I.D.’s “DiCaprio 2” Feat. Charles Holmes Track 3: The 1975’s “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” Feat. Justin Sayles Further Reading: Screaming F-ck the Free World: What If Life Were One Big Rap Battle?, Donnie Kwak The 10 Most Underrated Rap Albums of 2018, The Ringer Staff How J.I.D Got Better, Faster, and More Brutal, Charles Holmes A Brief Inquiry Into the 1975: Our Instant Reactions to One of the Year’s Best Albums, Justin Sayles Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
05/12/1841m 7s

You Do Know Her: Mariah Carey Is Back With ‘Caution’

Track 1: Mariah Carey’s ‘Caution’ Feat. Lindsay Zoladz Track 2: Music Recommendations Feat. Paul Thompson Further Reading: I Do Know Her: The Undying Diva Power of Mariah Carey, Lindsay Zoladz Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
29/11/1837m 50s

Visiting ‘Oxnard’ and Revisiting ‘The Black Album’

Track 1: Anderson .Paak’s “Oxnard” Feat. Danny Chau Track 2: 15 Years of Jay-Z's “The Black Album” Feat. Sean Fennessey Further Reading: Anderson .Paak Remains Great, Even If ‘Oxnard’ Is Only Good, Micah Peters Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
21/11/1849m 50s

The Rapture of Genre Blending: Smino's and Lil Peep’s New Albums

Track 1: Smino’s New Album 'NOIR' Feat. Hannah Giorgis Track 2: 'Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2' Feat. Justin Sayles Further Reading: Smino’s Funky Raps Soothe the Soul, Hannah Giorgis Lil Peep’s First Posthumous Effort Is a Monster of a Pop-Punk Album, Justin Sayles Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
14/11/1829m 7s

Vince Staples Is Back With a Bang

Track 1: Contextualizing Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ Feat. Rob Harvilla Track 2: Vince Staples’s ‘FM!’ Is the Rap Album of the Year Feat. Shea Serrano Track 3: Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life Feat. Rembert Browne Further Reading: Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Is the Sweetest, Most Cutting Diss Track of the Year, Rob Harvilla Two Reviews of Vince Staples’s ‘FM!,’ the Rap Album of the Year, Shea Serrano The Magnetic Charm of Mac Miller, Rembert Browne Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
07/11/1850m 18s

Robyn’s ‘Honey,’ Nicki’s Spice, and Cardi’s Venom

Track 1: Robyn’s New Album 'Honey' Takes Some Adjusting To Track 2: Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Are Still Going at It, We Guess Further Reading: Dancing on Her Own: The Exhilarating Singularity of Robyn Nicki Minaj Adopted Social Media Warfare, but Cardi B Was Born in It “Honey,” Reviewed: Robyn Has Returned, and She Has What You Want Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
31/10/1832m 59s

All Nostalgia Everything: 'Mid90s' and Greta Van Fleet

Track 1: How Did Skating Get to Be So Hip-Hop? Feat. AmirSaysNothing Track 2: Greta Van Fleet's 'Anthem of the Peaceful Army' Feat. Lindsay Zoladz Further Reading: Greta Van Fleet Just Want to Impress Their Parents Jonah Hill on the Personal and Powerful ‘Mid90s’ Those Were the Days: How ‘Mid90s’ Makes Good on the Promise of Its Title Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Zach Mack and Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
24/10/1832m 38s

Broncho > Huncho

Track 1: Quavo ... Solo? feat. Israel Daramola Track 2: Broncho’s Good ‘Bad Behavior’ feat. Nate Scott Further Reading: Drake Aired Out Kanye West to LeBron James on ‘The Shop’ There Is Nothing Left to Feel About Kanye West Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Zach Mack and Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
17/10/1833m 52s

Lady Gaga, Lil Baby, and Gunna: Drip HAAAAAAA-AAAAAAAAAHH-AH-AH-AAAAArder

Track 1: A Star Is Born ... But Is It Good? Feat. Rob Harvilla Track 2: Alphonse Pierre on Lil Baby, Gunna, and Sheck Wes Further Reading: Does ‘A Star Is Born’ Hate Pop Music? Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Zach Mack and Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
10/10/1834m 49s

Lil Wayne Finally Unveils 'Tha Carter V'

Track 1: Lil Wayne's Everlasting Career feat. Donnie Kwak Track 2: Chris Ryan Recommends ... Further Reading: Lil Wayne and ‘Tha Carter V’ Are Finally Free Lil Wayne Is Back … but Is Lil Wayne Back? Instant Reactions to ‘Tha Carter V’ Album Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Zach Mack and Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
04/10/1851m 22s

The Evolution of Leon Bridges

Track 1: Leon Bridges Aims to "Switch It Up" Track 2: Lindsay Zoladz Has Music Recs! Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Zach Mack and Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
26/09/1831m 43s

The Rap Beef Report

Track 1: Donnie's Guide to Rap Beef Track 2: Pell's Come Up Further Reading A Ringer Review of Eminem’s Song “The Ringer” by Donnie Kwak Drama ‘Queen’: The Walking Contradictions and Multiple Personalities of Nicki Minaj by Lindsay Zoladz Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Zach Mack and Bobby Wagner Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
20/09/1839m 43s

Mac Miller, 1992-2018

Track 1: Remembering Mac Miller feat. Peter Rosenberg Track 2: Mac Miller, the Collaborator, feat. Jon Tanners Further Reading Mac Miller, 1992-2018 by Rob Harvilla Mac Miller Was Unfinished by Micah Peters Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
11/09/1840m 3s

Syd Bennett of The Internet and Bill Simmons Stop By

Track 1: Syd Bennett Sounds Off Track 2: Bill Simmons Explains His Playlists Further Listening: Bill's Yacht Rock Playlist Bill's Post-Lithium Playlist Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
05/09/1844m 33s

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20 Years Later

Track 1: Lauryn Hill's Legacy With Joan Morgan Track 2: Recommendations With Matt James Further Reading: The Culture Isn’t Finished With ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’—and Neither Is She She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
29/08/1840m 3s

Paying Respect to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

Track 1: Highlights from Ariana Grande’s 'Sweetener' feat. Lindsay Zoladz Track 2: Young Thug’s 'Slime Language' feat. Shea Serrano Track 3: Remembering Aretha Franklin feat. Hanif Abdurraqib Further Reading: Lindsay on Ariana Grande Shea on Young Thug Hanif on Aretha Franklin Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
22/08/1845m 47s

2018’s Definitive Song of the Summer

Track 1: The Songs of Summer That Weren’t Feat. Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding Track 2: The Countdown to No. 1 Further Reading: Why Songs of the Summer Sound the Same  What’s the All-Time Best Song of the Summer? Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
15/08/1853m 0s

Welcome to Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’

Track 1: Travis Scott Figures It Out With ‘Astroworld’ feat. Michael Uzowuru Track 2: Listen to This Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
08/08/1821m 1s

Nicki Minaj, WYD?

Track 1: What is happening with Nicki Minaj? feat. Lindsay Zoladz Track 2: Music Worth Listening To feat. Rob Harvilla Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
01/08/1833m 55s

21 Years Later, Missy Elliott Remains ‘Supa Dupa Fly’

Track 1: Missy Elliott’s ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ Turns 21 feat. Justin Charity Track 2: ICYMI: The Releases You Missed This Year feat. Chris Ryan Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
18/07/1845m 3s

How a Song Becomes a Viral Hit

Track 1: How "Boo’d Up" and Other Hit Singles Become Hits (feat. Victor Luckerson) Track 2: Blue Racks and New Tracks Track 3: Music You Need Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
12/07/1838m 36s

How Much Drake Is Too Much Drake?

The Ringer's Micah Peters and music writer Amani Bin Shikhan discuss what Drake represents to black people in Toronto (2:27), the drama surrounding the 'Scorpion' rollout (10:45), and their ideal version of the album if they could cut the track list down from 25 songs to seven (20:35). More from The Ringer: Daddy Issues: On ‘Scorpion,’ Drake Is a Father of Many Styles—and Also a Child Yes, There’s More: the Literal and Spiritual Exhaustion of Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ The ‘Scorpion’ Exit Survey
02/07/1834m 32s

Kanye West’s No–G.O.O.D Month of Music

Track 1: Reflecting on G.O.O.D Music’s Five Albums in Five Weeks (feat. Justin Charity) Track 2: The Mismanagement of Teyana Taylor (feat. Hannah Giorgis) Track 3: The Music You Need to Listen to Right Now Bonus: When the GOOD Music Isn’t Good: The Sad, Crappy Demise of Kanye West’s Maximalism Teyana Taylor’s Music Has Matured, but Has Her Label? Into the Wild With Kanye West Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
27/06/1846m 31s

XXXTentacion’s Untimely Death and Complicated Legacy

Track 1: Grappling With XXXTentacion’s Death feat. Lindsay Zoladz Track 2: Gaslight Anthem’s 'The ‘59 Sound’ in Retrospect feat. Robert Mays Bonus: Odd Future: The Death of XXXTentacion and Rap’s Generational Crisis The Unsolvable Difficulty of XXXTentacion’s Death Can Spotify Solve the Art-vs.-Artist Problem? “A Strange Bolt of Lightning”: The Oral History of the Gaslight Anthem’s ‘The ’59 Sound’ Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
20/06/1839m 42s

It's a Bey-mergency (Featuring Jay-Z)

The Ringer's Micah Peters and writer Bolu Babalola discuss Beyoncé and Jay-Z's surprise joint album, 'Everything Is Love.' They talk about what it was like for Bolu to be at the On the Run II Tour when the album dropped (2:45), Beyoncé the rapper (11:11), and their favorite tracks (23:22). Bonus: How to Win Album Cycles and Upstage People: Presenting Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Triumphant ‘Everything Is Love’ Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
18/06/1834m 44s

Kid Cudi and Kanye West Exercise Restraint

Track 1: ‘Kids See Ghosts’ (and 404 Errors) Feat. Hanif Abdurraqib Track 2: Dissecting Frank Ocean With Cole Cuchna Track 3: Music You Need Right Now Bonus: Kid Cudi and Kanye West Bring Out the Best in Each Other on ‘Kids See Ghosts’ Kid Cudi and the pursuit of happiness Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
13/06/1848m 41s

The Kanye West Paradox

Track 1: ‘Ye’ Reviewed, Unpacked, and Dismantled (feat. The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey) Track 2: Leaving the Church of Kanye (feat. Judnick Mayard) Track 3: The Non-Kanye Recommendations You Need Bonus: Make ‘Ye’ Great Again: Kanye West’s New Album Is Not Worth the Mental Gymnastics It Demands The ‘Ye’ Exit Survey The Kanye West talk white people couldn't handle Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
05/06/1854m 59s

Rap Beef Emergency: Drake vs. Pusha T

Track 1: The Drake–Pusha T Rap Beef Just Got Really, Really Real feat. The Ringer's Donnie Kwak  Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
30/05/1820m 21s

Don't Call It a Comeback (Janet Jackson Is Still Killing It)

Track 1: Janet Jackson Is an Icon feat. Michael Arceneaux Track 2: Meek Mill Is Free. Now What? feat. The Ringer's Justin Charity Track 3: The Music You Need to Listen to Right Now Subscribe to our weekly playlist here. Bonus: Dreams and Nightmares, Deferred: The Unlikely and Extraordinary Freedom of Meek Mill by Justin Charity Justin Timberlake Claims He Made Peace With Janet Jackson, so Why Do I Still Want Michael Jackson’s Ghost to Haunt Him in Retaliation? by Micheal Arceneaux Micheal Arceneaux's 'I Can't Date Jesus' Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Theme song by: Pell Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
23/05/1828m 58s

Why Is Post Malone Dominating the Charts?

Track 1: The Post Malone Debate ft. the Ringer’s Donnie Kwak (1:18) Track 2: Spotify’s Slippery Slope ft. David Turner, Gizmodo Media Group Staff Writer (14:13) Bonus: Can Spotify Solve the Art-vs.-Artist Problem? by Rob Harvilla On the Sad Sweetness of André 3000’s Return by Micah Peters Penny Fractions, A Newsletter about Music Streaming by David Turner Check out our weekly playlist! Credits: Hosted by: Micah Peters Produced by: Agerenesh Ashagre and Zach Mack Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
15/05/1824m 11s

Introducing 'On Shuffle'

Hosted by The Ringer’s Micah Peters, ‘On Shuffle’ is a new music podcast covering a range of genres and artists. Every week, Micah will be joined by other Ringer staffers, music experts, and artists to discuss the ins and outs of what they’re listening to right now.
11/05/181m 1s
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