ABOUT THE PODCAST

The Rap Scholars podcast is an hour-long, monthly podcast exploring contemporary rap music and culture. Hoping to contribute to a new generation of rap criticism, hosts Nasir Marumo and Temar France use podcast as pedagogy, moving between academic and experience-based knowledge. The podcast launched on iTunes in April 2017 and has been promoted by the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago. 

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The Rap Scholars Podcast: All Things Rap/Hip Hop | Take Magazine

The Rap Scholars Podcast, run by Nasir Thato Marumo and Alfred "Freddie" Kimani, takes on rap music misconceptions and more. Nasir Thato Marumo and Alfred "Freddie" Kimani host The Rap Scholars podcast, an audio collage out of Western Massachusetts that seeks to facilitate "a new generation of rap criticism," using "podcast as pedagogy."

praise for the rap scholars

Like so much great hip-hop, The Rap Scholars podcast is culturally engaged, quick-witted, and trendsetting. It’s smart but inclusive, precise but loose, serious but fun. This is an exciting new voice in hip-hop studies.
— Dr. Nate Bakkum, Center for Black Music Research
The Rap Scholars feels more like a conversation between learned friends rather than an elitist cacophony of buzzwords and academic jargon. Their scholarship and deep knowledge of hip hop and rap music is real, but never isolating.
— John Arvanitis, Take Magazine