Heat Rocks
Heat Rocks
Scorching guests and sizzling records: join music writer Oliver Wang and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes each week as they invite their favorite artists, critics and scholars for in-depth conversations about the albums that shape our lives. Each week our special guests will take you deep into their heat rocks from the world of hip-hop, soul, dance, jazz, funk and more. Get with us!
DJ Soul Sister on The Meters' "Rejuvenation" (1974)
DJ Soul Sister AKA The Queen of Rare Groove, joins Oliver and Morgan to discuss the funkiness of The Meters, the New Orleans music scene, and what it's like to DJ at George Clinton's birthday.
Jan 14
53 min
Brittany Spanos on Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (2005)
Music writer Brittany Spanos sits down with us remotely to discuss the tough road that led to this album, the timelessness of some of the singles, and where Mariah belongs in the current music landscape.
Jan 7
53 min
Our Heat Rocks of 2020
Oliver and Morgan discuss their personal favorite records of 2020 and talk about their hopes for the new year. Thanks for sticking with us through this year, Heat Rockers!
Dec 31, 2020
52 min
Phonte on Intro's "Intro" (1993)
We are re-airing one of our all-time favorite episodes. It's our discussion with Phonte about Intro's self-titled album from way back in 2017.
Dec 24, 2020
40 min
Heat Rocks Holiday Music Special 2020
Oliver and Morgan sit down with music supervisor Jocelyn Brown to discuss their favorite holiday songs, Christmas trap music, and the tightrope novelty songs must walk to become a great holiday classic.
Dec 17, 2020
1 hr 1 min
Take Two #6: Drake's "Scorpion" (2018)
In this installment of Take Two, we’re looking at two albums from the one and only Drake. Last week, we talked about Nothing Was The Same and this time around, we're chatting about the 2018 double album Scorpion.
Dec 10, 2020
42 min
Take Two #5: Drake's "Nothing Was The Same" (2013)
In this installment of Take Two, we're looking at two albums from one of the biggest and most prolific rappers of the 2010s, Toronto's very own Drake. Next week, we'll be diving into his 2018 double album Scorpion, but for now, we're talking about Nothing Was The Same from 2013.
Dec 3, 2020
52 min
Bonus Beats: Formative Songs with G Yamazawa
Oliver invites G Yamazawa back on the show to talk about three songs that shaped his life and rap style
Dec 1, 2020
19 min
Soulquarian Medley
This week, we're giving thanks and replaying our three episodes on albums produced by the Soulquarians, all of which turned 20 this year: Ill Camille on Common's "Like Water for Chocolate," Bosco on Erykah Badu's "Mama's Gun," and Tall Black Guy on D'Angelo's "Voodoo"
Nov 26, 2020
46 min
Bonus Beats: Discovering Music Through Samples with Joseph Schloss
Oliver sits down with ethnomusicologist Dr. Joseph Schloss to discuss the origins of sampling in hip-hop and a few of their favorite music discoveries through samples.
Nov 24, 2020
42 min
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