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In the age of Social Media, clickbait and TMZ-style “news” has devoured the Journalism industry. Music Journalism is dead. Or is it? One thing is for sure. Music deserves better analysis. Quality journalists and creatives deserve more praise and bigger platforms. Fans deserve to be intrigued and inspired by the content they read. And we all deserve more substance and passion in our lives. Join the CentralSauce Creative Collective as we discuss three pieces of great journalistic content and c ...
 
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On this episode of ISOS: Brandon brings a profile on redveil, host Miki brings a piece on the legend Chad Hugo & Tyler caps it all off with a piece on Bree Runway. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Brandon's Pick: (5:15) "First Look Friday: redveil is the DMV’s Next Great Hope" By Josh Svetz Miki's Pick: (20:17) "In Search of Chad Hugo" By Jeff Mao Tyler's Pi…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Host Elliot brings a video on Will Smith, Tyler brings a profile on PJ Morton, and Miki brings a piece he wished he wrote, covering Mastering Engineer Heba Kadry. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Elliot's Pick: (1:47) "TRAINWRECKORDS: Will Smith's "Lost and Found" By Todd In The Shadows Tyler's Pick: (18:29) "PJ Morton’s ‘Watch the S…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Ryan brings a piece on Festival posters and the politics of space on them amongst artists. Host Charlie brings a piece on the concept of "Eco-Vinyl". And Elliot goes meta and brings a piece on the recent Rocky-Rihanna break up rumours. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Ryan's Pick - (2:01) "Size Matters: Inside the Politics of Festiva…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Ryan brings in a piece about deaf DJs. Host Elliot brings a video essay on Drake and The "Death of Hip-Hop". And Brandon caps off with a piece on the 25th anniversary of the untimely passing of 2Pac & The Notorious B.I.G. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Ryan's Pick: (2:56) "Frequencies I'd Never Felt Before": How Deaf DJs Are Revolu…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Jashima brings a deep dive on the likes of 'Ye' & Snoop Dogg taking their music to new platforms, host Elliot brings an anniversary commentary of Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly", and Ryan continues the video agenda, bringing a video on the song "We Don't Talk About Bruno" from Disney's "Encanto". ARTICLES & TIMESTAMP…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Ryan brings a commentary on Epic Games acquiring Bandcamp. Miki brings a piece highlighting Stevie Wonder's production chops and Tyler brings an interview with EARTHGANG. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Ryan's Pick: (5:12) "Epic Games, Bandcamp, and fandom for the ‘me’ generation" by Mark Mulligan Miki's Pick: (23:55) "Stevie Wonder…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Host Ryan, Miki & Brandon bring pieces on producer Cash Cobain, the resurgence of Rave and a profile on Earl Sweatshirt. And if you're a regular listener, it's way too easy to guess who brought which piece. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Miki's Pick - (5:37) "I Made Beats With New York Drill Rap's Hottest Producer, Cash Cobain" By …
 
On this episode of ISOS: Tyler brings an essay penned by Saba on ownership and independent business. Brandon brings an interview with Pink Siifu. And host Miki continues the video agenda, highlighting choreographer Sean Bankhead. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Tyler's Pick - (5:42) "Art, Ownership, and Business: An Essay" By Saba Brandon's Pick - (21:07) "…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Miki continues the video agenda with a deep dive on "Quiet Storm" radio. Tyler brings a long read on Hip-Hop preservation and host Elliot brings a conversation starter on the odds to beat Jay-Z in a Verzuz. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Miki's Pick - (3:47) "Quiet Storm: How 1970s R&B changed late-night radio" By Vox Earworm Tyler…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Elliot makes his return with the news of The Grammys being postponed due to the Omicron variant. Host Tyler brings a piece that has Ari Lennox & Summer Walker succeeding in R&B but in different ways. And Jashima brings a profile on Moses Sumney. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS Elliot's Pick - (3:50) "2022 Grammys Postponed Due to Omi…
 
To end the year, hosts of the various 5EPN podcasts come together to reflect on the year that has been 2021, the podcasts themselves and finish with a fun team exercise. To everyone that has listened to a 5EPN Podcast this year, on behalf of everyone in the 5EPN, we thank you for your listenership, your time and we hope we can join you as you begin…
 
In this episode of ISOS: Brandon brings a piece on mental health in Punk & Metal circles. Host Ryan continues the video agenda with one on the Ringtone era. And Jashima brings a critique of a Drill Rap episode of "Law & Order: SVU". ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Brandon's Pick - (3:02) "A Look At Punk, Metal, Extreme Music And Mental Health" By David Kono…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Brandon brings a piece on Maxo Kream behind his new album drop "Weight of the World". Host Charlie brings a piece on Olivia Rodigo and her historical connection to Classical music. And Miki brings a retrospective on Incubus' "Morning View" turning 20. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Brandon's Pick: (4:54) "On 'Weight of the World,' …
 
On this episode of ISOS. Charlie brings stats on the current Streaming landscape. Ryan brings a piece on the introverted Ka. And Tyler brings the deep dive profile on Adele. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Charlie's Pick - (2:02) "‘Odds are against you’: the problem with the music streaming boom" By Mark Sweney Ryan's Pick - (25:41) "The Last Underground Ra…
 
It has been two years since ISOS began. So to celebrate. Brandon, Charlie, Jashima, Miki & Ryan come together for a little trivia where only one can win. Place your bets before you hit play. (Charlie hosts. Had to make it fair for the others.) And of course, an obligatory thank you to everyone that has tuned in so far. To another year. Thanks for l…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Jashima brings the first Podcast to the Podcast, Miki brings a piece on a producer who made a big break on a Drake cut & Ryan brings another video essay, this time on the music of Studio Ghibli film "Spirited Away". ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Jashima's Pick - (5:51) "The Business of Hip-Hop" By Hip-Hop Raised Me (Podcast By DJ …
 
On this 2nd edition of ISOS' VGM series: Tyler brings a piece on the way music shapes how we play video games. Ryan continues his video agenda with a piece on the concept of "indeterminate music". And host Brandon lightens the mood with a piece on apocalyptic soundscapes. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Tyler's Pick - (4:54) "How music shapes the way we pla…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Miki brings in a personal essay from Christina Lee, (Peep our interview with Christina here) intertwining with Bbymutha's "Muthaland". Ryan brings another video essay, this time on how André 3000 writes about love. And host Soma brings in a retrospective on Amy Winehouse. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Miki's Pick - (5:33) "Bbymuth…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Tyler brings in a profile on Isaiah Rashad off the back of his new album "The House Is Burning". Brandon brings in his own profile, covering The Weeknd. (Vs Abel Tesfaye) And host Ryan brings a video essay on Mac Miller's "Circles". TEXTS & TIMESTAMPS: Tyler's Pick - (3:56) "Isaiah Rashad Was Always TDE’s Secret Weapon — No…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Host Charlie brings in a piece on Whitney Houston's relationship with America. Miki brings a review on SAULT's new album "NINE". (Fun Fact: As of the day of this episode dropping, you have 66 days to spin until it leaves DSP's) And Brandon brings in a conversation starter about why albums are so damn bloated. ARTICLES & TIM…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Soma brings a dreamy profile on Norweigan Alt-pop artist AURORA. Miki brings a lengthy piece on Gucci Mane and Tyler gets a conversation-starting piece on the state of modern R&B. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Soma's Pick - (9:52) "'Inspired By The Light And The Dark' Clash Meets AURORA" By Jessica Fynn Miki's Pick - (28:49) "How …
 
On this episode of ISOS: Jashima brings an enlightening piece on MF DOOM and his battles with US Immigration. ISOS debutant Soma brings a review of Dean Blunt's new record "Black Metal 2". And host Miki brings a poetic piece on record collections and the trio talk about the vinyl they hold most dear. TIMESTAMPS & ARTICLES: Jashima's Pick - (12:45) …
 
On this special episode of ISOS, Miki, Jashima and Ryan interview Danyel Smith! Danyel is a legend of music journalism. She is the former EIC of Vibe magazine, the former culture editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated and the former editor of Billboard. Her writing has touched such publications as NPR, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Right no…
 
What would a Pulitzer Prize for Hip-Hop journalism look like? Brandon, Miki and Ryan dig into the answer on this episode. After having dissected the Pulitzer’s relationship with Hip-Hop last time out, we turn our attention to what the Pulitzers see as great music journalism. Each member picked a previous Pulitzer winner to research and to analyse w…
 
SAROS are a musical collective who have never met in person. Through the Internet, they have fostered personal friendships and deep musical understandings which form the basis of their musical movement. In this interview, Ryan looks to get to the core philosophy of this movement by documenting their journey to this point and where they hope to go f…
 
In our interview with Yoh Phillips last year, we discussed the possibility of winning a Pulitzer Prize for Hip-Hop journalism. Over the next 2 episodes, we will be breaking down what both Hip-Hop and journalism are in the eyes of the Pulitzers to determine what such a win would look like. In the first part of the series, we focus on Hip-Hop by taki…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Miki brings in a technical piece all about Solange's recording engineer Mikaelin "Blue" Bluespruce and the equipment she uses to record. Host Brandon brings a piece on the recent litany of deaths that have happened in Hip-Hop. And Ryan brings in a piece about Academy Award-winning "Sound of Metal". ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Mi…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Miki introduces a piece on Genre and how the litany of subgenres and the loose lines between them all are starting to blur the more mainstream genre labels. Ryan brings in a piece on fanbases and how their propensity to be toxic lives as long as the artist who 'leads' those fanbases say nothing about it. And lastly, Jashima…
 
To hype you up for SauceFest, you’re about to hear 6 short interviews that we think really highlight how unique and incredible these emcees, producers, musicians and singer/songwriters are that we’re platforming on SauceFest. You’re about to hear from Donnie Durag, Fika, Imp, Nora Toutain, Otis Mensah, and STORRY. We weren’t able to connect with Ab…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Tyler, making his hosting debut drops a personal piece on a relatable relationship with video games. Ryan comes through with a video essay on the "invisible" sound design of "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild". And Brandon caps off the episode talking about the unique elements of the soundtrack to "Persona 5". ARTICLE…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Host Brandon brings in a profile on pop superstar Dua Lipa. Tyler brings in a piece on "Japanese City Pop" that has been the latest abstract genre to swell in Internet popularity. And Miki brings in an interview with upcoming versatile British-Nigerian artist Odeal. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Brandon's Piece - (8:03) "Dancing i…
 
In another bonus episode of "In Search of Sauce": Ryan, Miki and Brandon interview a staple of Hip-Hop Journalism, Navjosh! The founder of the legendary HipHopnMore blog. Navjosh has been reporting on Hip-Hop news and interviewing influential figures in the industry for over a decade. He spoke to the guys about the inception of the blog, the challe…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Host Miki brings an interview with Mustafa The Poet ahead of his debut project "When Smokes Rises". Tyler brings an interview with R&B duo VanJess, coinciding with their EP "Homegrown" that dropped in the past week. And Jashima brings a piece talking about Questlove's directional debut "Summer of Soul". ARTICLES & TIMESTAMP…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Jashima brings a piece on TikTok and how the Music Industry is getting real cosy with the booming platform. Ryan brings a piece on UK artists and how the end of Visa-free travel threatens their livelihoods. And host Miki brings an interview with Your Old Droog. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Jashima's Pick - (14:58) "How More TikTo…
 
With the recent news of MF DOOM's passing, there wasn't really anything that hosts Brandon, Miki & Ryan wanted to talk about. So, all three pieces are about MF DOOM in one way or another. So strap in for some catharsis. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Miki's Piece - (14:09) "Hip-Hop Needs No Other Supervillain After MF DOOM" By Craig Jenkins Brandon's Piece…
 
If you listened to The 5EPN Special last week, you know that there was more that we recorded past the 20 minutes on the Special. So, as promised, here is the extra recording, continuing on from the Special cut. Enjoy! Regularly scheduled programming is back next week. Thanks for listening! Be sure to help support the show by sharing, rating, review…
 
In this special episode of ISOS, everyone from the 5EPN, including Brandon, Jashima, Miki, Ryan & Tyler come through to talk to Charlie about the year 2020 in this two-hour Special. You will get words from the ISOS gang as well as hosts of the other 5EPN shows. If you like what you hear from other shows, go peep their work! Support the Network. But…
 
On this episode of In Search Of Sauce Ryan, Brandon and Miki interview music journalist Thomas Hobbs! Thomas is a freelance extraordinaire having written for The Independent, The Guardian, the BBC, Okayplayer, Vice, Dazed and so many more. The guys discuss Thomas’ new podcast, Exit The 36 Chambers, as well as how he navigates the journalism industr…
 
On this episode of ISOS, Ryan brings in a piece on the MP3 and how it may be more important than any other modern form of audio. Jashima brings a piece on recent voice chat/conference/platform Clubhouse and the reverberations it's already made. And host Brandon brings a piece on IDK going to Harvard to teach a crash course on music business that gi…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Tyler brings in a piece on the new "Slowed & Reverb" & how it potentially may be the next trend akin to "Lo-Fi" Hip-Hop. Host Ryan brings in a wide-ranging piece on the simple question "What Is An Industry Plant?". And Miki brings a retrospective on Sade's "Diamond Life" and the woman that holds the name. ARTICLES & TIMESTA…
 
For the fourth instalment of our ISOS journalist interview series Miki, Ryan, & Brandon trade words with LEVEL Magazine’s Editor In Chief, Jermaine Hall. Hall is the definition of a veteran in the game of music and cultural journalism heralding jobs at publications and companies like Vibe, The Source, BET, KING, and now LEVEL under the umbrella of …
 
Welcome to “Stirring the Sauce,” an ISOS spin-off by the Central Sauce squad. Hosts Jashima Wadehra and Miki Hellerbach connect with writers to discuss sensational or timely topics, the intention of their piece and their reader’s reactions. Covering critiques, commentary and the implications of “headline culture,” Jashima and Miki break down the in…
 
On Ep.20 of ISOS: Host Brandon brings in a measured rant on "SEO Journalism" and how it waters the whole game down. Tyler brings an examination on artist/celebrities' roles in social movements, in this case, the continuing #EndSARS movement in Nigeria. Lastly, Miki brings a cover story on the rising star, Flo Milli. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Brandon's…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Jashima brings in a piece on SoundCloud and its bleak future as the hyped 'SoundCloud Rap' scene of the late 2010s starts to lose steam. Host Ryan brings in a piece on the price of an album and how some artists have taken it upon themselves to set their own market for their own music. And Miki brings in an interview with su…
 
In the continuation of our bonus series, where we get the sauce directly from the source. Miki, Ryan and Brandon interview Southern Hip-Hop specialist and podcasting pro Christina Lee. They discuss Christina’s emphasis on Southern Hip-Hop and her experience moving to Atlanta and studying cultural icons like OutKast. Through a conversation that span…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Elliot brings in a (two) piece on how labels get radio stations to play their music. (Spoiler alert: Money) Jashima brings a piece on the late Pop Smoke and how he repped New York and shaped the NY Drill scene. And host Miki brings in a review of 21 Savage & Metro Boomin's "Savage Mode II" by a young writer with bags of abi…
 
On this episode of ISOS: "Debutant" Tyler brings a fascinating piece on Flying Lotus, Miki brings a piece on Women and what they deserve from Hip-Hop. And host Brandon gets his holy grail: A Rolling Stone piece all about Spillage Village. ARTICLES & TIMESTAMPS: Tyler's Pick: (9:53) "The Future According to Flying Lotus" By Jeff Weiss Miki's Pick: (…
 
On this episode of ISOS: Brandon brings in a profile on 03 Greedo and his rise in the ranks, even though he's in jail. Ryan brings a sobering meditation on posthumous albums. And debutant Jashima brings a quick but efficient dissection on the discourse surrounding "WAP". Brandon's Pick - (4:27) "03 Greedo is running west coast rap from prison" By T…
 
For our second ISOS journalist interview Miki, Ryan, and Brandon traded words with the goat, the legend, and Tidal’s current Chief Content Officer Elliott Wilson. The guys chopped it up first about the transition from the print magazine era (where Elliott was famously Editor in Chief at XXL) to the Internet or blog era (co-founder Rap Radar). Then …
 
On this bonus episode of ISOS: Ryan Gaur conducts an interactive interview with producer Chris Keys. This podcast works in tandem with a piece Ryan wrote about the interview so be sure to check out the accompanying article here. Planting your feet into the ground and trusting your artistic vision is a difficult position to maintain in a landscape d…
 
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