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Every week we break down a hip hop track bar-by-bar in an effort to help listeners (and ourselves) get a better understanding of what it all means. One person chooses the song and researches it, while the others go in blind. At the end of each episode an arbitrary rating is given to the song, hence the title of the show.
 
The Spinoff presents a weekly pop culture podcast tackling everything from reality TV to real life here in New Zealand, hosted by Jane Yee with Duncan Greive and Alex Casey. Sign up to The Spinoff's Rec Room newsletter for weekly recommendations along with all our latest videos and podcasts.
 
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With her suitors dropping like flies Jane, Duncan and special guest Ben Thomas break down the last week of The Bachelorette NZ before Lexie hands out her final rose. From broken boats to broken hearts, team Real Pod leave no stone unturned as they reflect and dissect Lexie's journey to love. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information…
 
Join The Real Pod over Zoom this week as we learn the fate of That Vegan Teacher, discover a shocking fact about MAFS' Nasser and find out the truth about Michelle Visage’s L&P in Real News (3:48). Jane drops a bombshell about Squiggles in this week’s edition of Wayne’s World (12:18), Alex thinks Critter Corner (15:10) might need to find a new name…
 
In this bonus episode of the The Real Pod, Alex and Jane recap part one of the MAFS Australia reunion. Dinner is served and so is the drama as Nasser delivers his final speech, Cyrell loses her cool and her drink (all over Jessika's face) and Troy makes a play for Ashley with the frizzy hair. Join team Real Pod as they unpack it all and make a phon…
 
In the second instalment of this two part series looking at a relatively pacified rap feud between Noname and J Cole, we look at Noname's response to J Cole's 'Snow on tha Bluff'. Was it a coincidence that episode 33 of Rap Reviews is 'Song 33'? Absolutely, but we will take all the congratulations we can for showing some semblance of a well organis…
 
Team Real Pod gather around the pod table to bring you the latest in New Zealand reality telly and the stories that didn’t make the 6pm news. This week: Cats gone wild! Mittens gets kidnapped, Nero rides a train and Milo’s stealing fingerless gloves. In non-cat news, scientists work on the pressing need for veges to send emails, the powers that be …
 
When it comes to beasts of language, Aesop should be formally awarded the crown from Shakespeare. This week we look at one of Aesop's less lengthy, less lyrically dense pieces and still struggle at times to wrap our heads around one of hip hop's greatest underground stars. The bloke is undeniably a scholar of the genre. See omnystudio.com/listener …
 
We’re back, baby! Jane, Alex and Duncan return to the studio to revive all the classic segments of yore – and review the brand new season of The Bachelorette NZ. This week: the first Real News in ages includes a furious sex arse tycoon, a tempting sausage, a boy who found $5 in the sea and sold it for $500 and Duncan recalling a Trade Me lemon nigh…
 
In a Rap Reviews first, we try our hand at a serial. 'Snow on tha Bluff' represents part one in a two-part series looking at a rap beef between modern hip hop royalty J Cole and the critically acclaimed Noname. This track was released by Cole following a tweet that Noname put out in the wake of the BLM protests. See omnystudio.com/listener for priv…
 
A happy new year to you listeners. Waking up to the news that MF DOOM had passed back in October 2020 was a devastating way to kick the new year off. It is only right that we delve Metal Face Doom and pay him the respect he deserves. RIP to one of the greatest to ever don the mic in his right hand. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informatio…
 
Pour yourself some eggnog and join the hosts of The Spinoff’s podcast network for our annual Superpod round up of the year that was. Representing Gone By Lunchtime, Dietary Requirements, The Real Pod, Papercuts, The Fold and On The Rag our hosts dive into the key events, issues, heroes and villains of 2020. From National’s botched election campaign…
 
The year is 1991 and Gangsta Rap is the flavour of the moment. Materialism, vanity and a glorification of the gangster life are what hip hop's most prominent voices are talking about. Enter Geto Boys and the track we're annotating this week, which in contrast speaks of themes like paranoia, depression and the dark reality of the gangster life. List…
 
This week we take a look at a track from Injury Reserve's self-titled debut album. On 'Gravy n' Biscuits' we hear Richie with a T launch an attack on an internet troll, a keyboard warrior if you will, which may be broader criticism for all the trolls out there. RIP Stepa J. Groggs See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
The Rap Reviews team is back for Season 3! We're recording in a new location and in the new normal world that 2020 has thrust us into, but still committed to helping you (and us) better understand hip hop lyrics. This episode we dive into a track from Doja Cat's second album 'Hot Pink'. In 'Rules', Doja gives some simple instructions to follow for …
 
This week we look into simpatico MC Danny Brown. Smokin & Drinkin is a track about partying as the title suggests. Brown rattles off all the substances he's consuming in order to unlock party mode. Xannies were probably the most referenced drug of rappers in the 2010's, and considering this track came out in 2013, it does not surprise us that Brown…
 
Off a highly revered record, by two of the finest contributors to hip hop in recent times, this episode we look at the short but oh-so-sweet 'Scarface'. This track has Gibbs reminiscing on his early drug dealing days in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. This was one of the first tracks that Rap Reviews recorded, please excuse any reference to other un…
 
Ice Cube, a champion of West Coast Gangsta Rap, dials back on the more violent elements of his usual gangster rhetoric and instead reminisces on a day filled with small wins amounting to a joyous day. The track's length is 4 minutes and 20 seconds, so it is no coincidence that we release this track on the hallowed April 20, 2020. Based off clues gi…
 
Joey teams up with prominent South Central LA MC Schoolboy to discuss what the Rap Reviews panel sees the topic of continued inequalities faced by the two rapper's communities and the more discreet message of unity. We also make brief analysis of the business model of a successful organised crime contingent, the Bikies. See omnystudio.com/listener …
 
Welcome back to Season 2 of Rap Reviews. Covid-19 isolation has freed up some time for us to finally get around to editing episodes recorded over the past few years. In this episode, we look at Mercury Prize nominated Slowthai's second track off his well received first album 'Nothing Great About Britain'. This track details the MC's frustrations to…
 
The Real Pod assembles one more time to dissect the final week of The Bachelorette NZ, with special thanks to Nando’s. We've reached the end of our love journey in more ways than one, as this season of The Bachelorette NZ coincides with end of The Real Pod in it's current form. Lesina chose nobody, Lily chose Richie and Alex, Duncan and Jane have a…
 
The Real Pod assembles (virtually) to dissect the penultimate week of The Bachelorette NZ, except this time we are in a national lockdown. The lads on The Bachelorette NZ knew all about what it was like to be in lockdown, so in a lot of ways we should have been prepared for this. Coming at you via our individual houses on day one of national lockdo…
 
The Real Pod reassembles to dissect the seventh week of The Bachelorette NZ, with special thanks to Nando’s. The good news is that we are all back in the same country for the first time in a long time, the bad news is that it is definitely not because of The Right Reasons. In a snap decision, Jane left LAX for New Zealand 48 hours ago and recaps he…
 
The Real Pod reassembles to dissect the sixth week of The Bachelorette NZ, with special thanks to Nando’s. In this trying times of global chaos and social distancing, we welcome you to join our digital gratitude circle and recap the last week on The Bachelorette NZ. These were happier times when the swimming was synchronised, the chicken nibbles we…
 
The Real Pod reassembles to dissect the fifth week of The Bachelorette NZ, with special thanks to Nando’s. The boys have escaped jail for the Argentinian countryside this week, complete with rabbit hunting and a whole lot of prickles. Steve tries to serenade his way to a kiss, Liam goes on a jean short journey and Mike finally lets down those hands…
 
The Real Pod reassembles to dissect the cultured fourth week of The Bachelorette NZ with special thanks to Nando’s. This week on The Bachelorette NZ, a burrito bust-up ends in anaphylaxis, Steve chows down on some one ply and the Buenos Aires hostel goes full Lord of the Flies. It's become abundantly clear that that the show is less about two women…
 
The Real Pod reassembles to dissect the fourth week of The Bachelorette NZ with special thanks to Nando’s. Oi oi me homies, it's intruder week on The Bachelorette NZ and we are about as shook as a humble kūmara being wrenched from Dargaville's finest soil. Michael! Mac! Mike! Richie! Elliott (again)! The lad culture in the mansion is officially rui…
 
The Real Pod reassembles to dissect the nude and rude third week of The Bachelorette NZ with special thanks to Nando’s. Two wonderful women and a mixed bag of lads jetted off to Argentina this week, one which saw a serious culling of the meek set of the herd. Conor, Flynn and Mr Wedge all departed, nearly joined by Tavita, who was only saved after …
 
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