Season 1 of the podcast featured six episodes with hosts Nasir Marumo and Alfred Kimani and featured guests. This season’s theme music was produced by Zohair Beats and performed by Zodd.
NIGGA: A Roundtable
Season 1, Episode 6
In this special extended episode, The Rap Scholars are joined by an all-star crew for a roundtable discussion of the word and concept of a "nigga" in 2017. Guests Jasmine Bertrand-Halidy, Josh Odom, Olivia Ekeh, Temar France, and Mtali Shaka Banda speak on their experiences with the word "nigga" and how those experiences have shaped them, their politics, and their use of the word. Music includes Bobby Shmurda, Jay-Z, Khia, and Kamaiyah.
TRAP CHURCH W/ TEMAR FRANCE
Season 1, Episode 5
In this episode, The Rap Scholars discuss the spirituality of trap music with guest Temar France, producer of the "Marginalia" podcast. In line with the theme, the episode is structured as a Pentecostal church service. Music includes Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd, Jhene Aiko, and Cardi B.
REQUIREMENTS OF A RAP GOD: KENDRICK LAMAR
Season 1, Episode 4
In this special episode, The Rap Scholars explore the requirements necessary to be a rap god through taking a moment to reflect on the significance of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN, in the context of both his artistic catalogue and in contemporary rap generally. Nasir and Freddie explore the content of his work, as well as its impact in the genre. Music includes selections from DAMN.
JAMAICAN TREND IN RAP
Season 1, Episode 3
In this episode, The Rap Scholars explore the Jamaican dancehall trend getting increasingly popular in the American rap scene, including whether black Americans can appropriate other black music and the use of Jamaican patois by non-Jamaicans. Music includes Drake, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Tory Lanez, Ayo Jay.
F*CK BOY CONSCIOUSNESS / EMOTIONAL UNDERSIDE OF TRAP
Season 1, Episode 2
In this episode, The Rap Scholars discuss what Nasir calls "f*ck boy consciousness" or the emotional R&B underside of trap music. Music includes Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Bryson Tiller.
QUICK TRAP / MUMBLE RAP
Season 1, Episode 1
In this episode, The Rap Scholars discuss the heated issue of what critics are calling "mumble rap," a contemporary trap style pioneered by artists such as Young Thug, Future, and Migos. The subgenre receives much hate in the rap community, and yet it's the hottest thing out. Music includes Migos, J. Cole, Hopsin, Hamza, Skepta.