sweet as the scratch

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consistent inconsistencies

We're bringing y'all 10 hot tracks on our first regular podcast of 2020. Do we know what episode we're on? Kind of. Are we going to pronounce anything correctly? Absolutely not. Can we spell yet? No chance. But we got tunes. We listen to a bunch of rap from all over, then finish up with some tracks to get you ready for Carnival.

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2019 Songs of the Year

We take some time to look back on our top tracks of 2019. The first segment is mostly tracks from outside the U.S., and the second segment is U.S. rap, so there's something for everyone. As always, we're showing love to songs and artists that you won't find on other end-of-year lists. We also talk about trends we want to leave in 2019, and trends that need to start or continue on into the new year and decade.

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what's going to happen to all the books?

Special guest Santiago joins us for a new episode! Worldwide music as usual. We've got music videos of protest, freeing the prisoners, and Santi brings a super rare video from Argentine cumbia band Yerba Brava you don't want to miss. Soccer is involved, of course. We also make some plans to bring some of our favorite Malian artists to the US in the future. At the end of the show, we talk about what will come of printed books in our age of instant information.

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changes

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The boys are traveling and moving, but that doesn't stop us from delivering a bunch of hot tracks for your summer playlists. Check out the new South African house special episode of Bert's radio show and Zach's reggae mix for more heat!

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podcast for sale

This new format is wonderful, yall! You still get the hot tracks and stunning music videos, but you don't have to look at us live talking about stuff. You DO get to look at two trashy pictures of us boys and the fantastic (and liberated) Buju Banton. We talk tenuous Jamaica-China relations, urban horse culture, and finish with a South African reggae track with a heavy message.

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Real or CGI?

It's episode 72, but it's really more like episode 1A. We've had a brief hiatus, and we're coming back with a different format. We talk about 9 songs that show the amorphous nature of rap music in 2019. Aaron joins as we talk about horses, and debate whether a video is real or CGI. In the words of Andre 3k, "virtual reality? virtual bullshit!" and we are definitely back on our virtual bullshit.

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legwork

We're back covering the hottest new Nigerian dance of 2019, the Zanku. We hear a good mix of rap, afrobeats, desert synth, and some experimental Korean hip-hop. We also look back on those weird money machine things from school carnivals where you get in and grab fake money.

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songs of the year 2018

We look back on the top tracks of 2018, with a huge mix of music that is probably our rarest list ever. This year's list went big on international music as we dug into more soca, dancehall, afrobeats and electronic music from Africa and the Carribean. We didn't have videos for all tracks, so we added some visuals of our own choosing. Special guest star Aaron joins us for the second half, and we make predictions for 2019.

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Top Golf controversy

There is a controversy about the building of the new Top Golf in Louisville, KY. Some oppose it, some are for it, and in the end it will likely be built. We give our own two cents on the topic: mocking the world that produced such an excessive social institution, rather than getting depressed by it.

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La Vie est L

We got 6 fresh tracks for yall and some seemingly off topic yet essential commentary as always. Episode 67!! We can't stop we won't stop.

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TsingTao

We drink some beers, listen to gangster rap, and listen to our vote for 2019 soca monarch king GBM Milko. Check out the video for the HQ stream!!

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a trip to flexico

We're back with our second podcast in the last two weeks! This is probably the most consistent we've ever been. Peaches, Aaron, and Bert listen to an assortment of electronic-y tunes in the first set, then some rap in the second set. It's all new stuff, and there are some great videos this week, too. We also talk about dogs, because some are barking in the background for like 60 percent of the episode.

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tokin

In episode 64, Peaches, Bert, and Aaron select the best tracks from August 2018 thus far. Worldwide music from the US West Coast to New York to Nashville to Florida to New Orleans to Jamaica to Portugal to Israel. Brought to you live on our most bootleg connection yet. Enjoy and check us out for another episode coming at you soon.

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live from chicago

Recording on fb live in chicago. Shut down by the feds half way through. but we got the uncensored footage up for you. With the vintage filter. See you next week!

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the world cup is dramatic

The World Cup is going on, so we have music from a bunch of countries involved in the tournament. We talk about colonialism, island connections between Jamaica and Japan, and low-budget music videos.

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back at it

We took a hiatus, but we're back and the music is better than ever. Bert kicks it off with 4 rap releases from May that go from Baton Rouge to South Africa, and then plays a beautiful Malian song you won't want to miss. Peaches hits us with some Detroit techno courtesy of sweet as the scratch day one rider Mandy, and follows it up with some dub and Andre Nickatina. There are some fun videos in this one too.

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Thunder

This episode was recorded on the greatest night of the year, Thunder over Louisville. While we couldn't make it to Louisville for the show, we kicked off Derby season right with our own audio fireworks and some explosive visuals.

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Mating Season

It's mating season and just like the birds, we're chirping. We listen to more Malian hip-hop, some afrobeat-calypso springtime tunes, plus some cathartic raps. We also talk about vertical forests and the US Postal Service. Be on the lookout for a promotion where we'll be sending a bunch of music to a few lucky listeners! No video this episode, old school audio-only this time.

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Ujamaa

We partied too hard on the Carnival and had to take a month-long break, but we're back! We listen to a bunch of artists we haven't played on the show before, hear American and West African rap, and zone out to some deep house. We also had some awesome talk about Tanzania, Rastafarianism, and African Socialism.

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Carnival Spectacular!

On Fat Tuesday, we got together to indulge in the sounds of Carnival! We played a bunch of soca and a few rap songs about Mardi Gras. There are some incredible videos from Trinidad, Haiti, Louisiana and Alabama on this episode. The point of the Carnival season is to go as hard as possible before you give something up for Lent and get your life together. Obviously, we aren’t giving up shit for Lent, but we are going to party hard, and these are the tunes to soundtrack that party. Definitely watch until the end, because we finish the celebration with a video and some commentary on Trinidad and Tobago's legendary victory over the United States soccer team from October.

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bite-sized episode 56

We decided to do a brief episode this week, because we're bringing lots of heat for our Carnival Spectacular episode coming up soon! So this episode has 6 songs, starting with 4 new ones. We talk dancehall and reggae and listen to some Midwest rap.

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sweet as the scratch episode 55 !LIVE!

After suffering technological and potential copyright issues, we are back with an episode recorded live on facebook. We recorded this episode Thursday, January 25th. We've got music from Mali, Korea, Nigeria and Louisville, plus more. A combination of videos and songs you won't find anywhere else. Rap, reggae, dancehall, everything you need.

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Episode 54
Podcasting in the Age of Net Anti-Neutrality

We're back with our first show of 2018! Episode 54! We tried and failed multiple times to record video for this episode, but we ended up with a great episode even if the video didn't work out. You can just imagine the videos in your head as you listen. We've got some music to get you pumped for Carnival, rap from Detroit, Baton Rouge, Houston, Nigeria and Korea, plus some innovative dance music from Chicago and Brooklyn.

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2017 Songs of the Year

It was 2017. Now it's 2018. Let's keep rocking in spite of it all. Above is the video from part 1 of our 2017 Songs of the Year. Its tracklist is below. Shouts out to y'all who tuned in live! Part 2 was unfortunately lost in the ether of net anti-neutrality. So we got the YouTube page embedded with the full Songs of the Year list, with the exception of "People" - Muzi. To see all the tracks in the playlist, click on the little playlist tab in the upper left-hand corner of YouTube video, or toggle through with the left and right arrows next to the Play button. They're trying to shut us down y'all! We not gonna let em though.

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Episodes 52 + 53
Primetime; late night! nothing but trouble

Some episodes from 2017 that we never got around to posting. The video for episode 52 is the full session; the video for episode 53 was shut down by the man half way through, so check the links in the tracklist to hear the tracks they didn't want y'all to hear. Peace to each and every one of y'all!

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Riding around the Ville

We rode around the Ville, taking in the architecture and culture and listening to some fye music. Forreal we were on some innovative technology breaking the machines with the way we were using them type shit. That's why the video is so scrubby haha. We killed the battery with a few tracks left so check out their links in the tracklist.

Respect to the homeland and all its inhabitants! We do it all for y'all!

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lil bit of everything

This episode has something for everyone, as we listen to everything from Croatian shoegaze to some bangers out the Bay. We also check in on some new dancehall, talk about the disaster that is the legal marijuana industry, and hear a concert review from Mdou Moctar's show in Chicago.

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Introducing DJ BasedGod

We selected some big tunes for y'all on this episode of the sweet as the scratch podcast, bringing you music from Salvador Bahia Brazil, Chicago, Sacramento, Tampa Bay, the Bay Area, and Akashi Japan. Mainly we talk about the new Lil B album, Black Ken, which was made for you and me. We highly recommend that you listen to the whole 27-track album from start to finish; it's a journey! It's also available for free on pretty much all music platforms for free. There are also 46 more tracks from July and August in a playlist on our soundcloud. It's all about getting y'all the music you need to hear!

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the frankfurter school

In episode 47, we really went worldwide. Detroit, NYC, the Philippines, LA, South Korea, South Africa and Angola are all represented. We got rap, deep house, dancehall and styles in the margins of all of those. We also have a brief discussion about some writing by early cultural critics about museums and how people interact with art!

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inaudible boys

It's hard to hear us in this episode, with peaches recording over a tenuous wifi conection in an alley full of trash, compost, recycling bins, and a noisy vent, and bert still getting used to the levels on our voicemeeter virtual sound board. But the tracks are hot! Especially this track "Nah Know Dem" by Capleton better known as King Shango cause fuck a birth name!

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bedroom boyz

Episode 45 features a whole bunch of rap music from the last two weeks made by a healthy mix of relative unknowns and popular artists. We also listen to a couple tracks from Africa, and talk down on tempurpedic and landlords.

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new international music from may and june; for the few

Checking in mid-way through 2017 with this two-part episode featuring new international music from may and june. Bert and peaches select rap, hip hop, afrobeats, electronica and experimental electronic music from Nigeria, South Africa, Korea, US, Jamaica, Canada, Ghana and Kenya; by and for haters, migrants, global citizens, natives, bums, rebels, refugees and local heads. RIP Grip Plyaz. Fuck Cancer

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Thunder

In Episode 42, we hear 9 really good songs and one clip of Black Panther Bobby Seale talking about cooking. All of that is enough to make your mouth water. We also hear peaches review a book and bert talk about some of his favorite highlight videos on youtube. House, rap, lo-fi, all on this episode. Check it out and peep our further recs below!

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Flake Culture

In episode 41, peaches and bert have some things to say about the American prison industrial complex and flake culture. In regards to the latter: Stop signing up for shit you don't want to do people! Except when it comes to dating, which we both agree is a completely acceptable flaking scenario. On top of all that, Kodak Black, Tee Grizzley, Kay Bellz and Que Almighty all come through will some great fresh music from the last two weeks. Check it!

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Star Wars Logic

This episode has it all! Music from Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Nigeria, South Africa, Chicago, Baton Rouge and Cali, plus conversation about the annoying pervasiveness of Star Wars, opera and drivers licenses. As usual, high culture and low culture collide in a wonderful way.

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day ones in the big city talking about fresh new music from the past two weeks

We get a visit from special guest host Mark, who is out in L.A. with peaches. We listen to some of our favorite rappers, jam to some dancehall vocals via Gappy Ranks and talk about house and related music from Japan and South Africa. The show closes with two selections from Mark, including a track from our fellow Louisvillians Otis Junior and James Lindsey.

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Highs and Lows

In episode 38, we listen to some afrobeats and related afro-carribean sounds in the first segment with some music sure to uplift you. Then in the second half, we get into some rap and deep house, including a track from Starlito and one from Norm Talley that will do the opposite of uplift you. Some Malian rap and a Japanese dub-inspired track close us out.

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two zero one seven underground raps and tracks

It's 2017 and the only thing that doesn't make us want to give up on humanity is this music! We start off with some artists we've never featured on the show before Lil Kayla and Getemtree. The first segment features three new songs out of the Bay Area and an obligatory Baton Rouge contribution. The second part of the show has three hot duos, with Bibby and Herbo, Ralo and Gucci and Fredo and Chief Keef. We close our new music segment with South African electronic duo Kajama. OMB Peezy's Lay Down should have been on our 2016 songs of the year list, but we were late on it, so it's on here instead. Finally, we pay homage to the Nigerian funky electronic technician and speaker of truths William Onyeabor.

Check out some more great songs from the last month in our recs playlist

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episode 36, 2016 in review

In this two-part episode, bert and peaches select and review 30 of their favorite tracks from 2016. Make sure you also check out our honorbale mentions and projects of year below, as well as our youtube playlist aka all of the music on this page. This is the best end of the year post on the web #nocompetition

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LA boys, music from November and December

The boys get together in LA to record a podcast spanning from mid-November through December. Hot tracks include: "Nguwe" by Clap! Clap! and Bongeziwe Mabandla, "Tired" by G Herbo, and "Million Dollar Mission" by G Perico.

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Episode 34: Who is Justin Bieber?

We listen to 8 tracks from the first couple weeks of November, talk upcoming mixtape and album releases and fail to recognize that the Gahm song we played is the Justin Bieber "What Do U Mean" beat. Atlanta/Chicago producer Von Vuai gets his first play on the show, as does Las Vegas rapper James West and French legend Booba.

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the sats spooktacular 2k16

Peaches and bert got together (virtually) on Halloween night to share some new music! We talk 2 Chainz' Hibachi For Lunch, NBA Youngboy's new mixtape and hear songs from three Chicago artists we haven't featured on the show before. We took the opportunity on All Hallows Eve to play a Lord Infamous track as well as a track from Chief Keef's Back From The Dead 2, which peaches (correctly) calls the best Halloween release ever. Listen below and check out our recommendations.

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old eps

Check out all our old eps! Lots of history! FYI there's some bad formatting that we aint trying to deal with :)

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