The PADcast / Episode #038: "The Versateller"

Back like we never left, XL Middleton, Rev, Matix, & Kevin Hustlehoff & the homie..."Jimmy?" break down life's deepest nuances such as the great deception of Wienerschitzel, diploma mill colleges, and being old while putting out rap albums. Speaking of which, XL talks about his forthcoming g-funk project "2 Minutes Till Midnight" and plays a new track from the album. A lot of ground got covered this episode, even if it's debatable that the ground needed to be covered to begin with.

Music featured on this episode:

Brian Ellis - Bulletproof

Brian Ellis - My Favorite Song

Sven Atterton - Purple License

Koolade - Reminisce Sunshine

XL Middleton - Where We About To Take It (Salvation)

The Slacker Pad - Something In My Cup

XL Middleton - Coast Wit Me (feat. Mista Mil)

The PADcast / Episode #037: "The Whole Crew Drinking Gatorade"

First PADcast of 2019! Kev finally got a chance to see Rev's neighborhood bar, the one he went to over 200 times last year. Yikes! Kev gives his review of this fine establishment at 1:30. We gave our reactions to some constructive criticism from a listener (7:38). Of course we kept it civil and exceptionally mature.

XL gave a little post-event wrap up on his Pop Lock Funk party as well as Modern Funk Fest DJ Summit. The crew discusses what happens when you bring your own alcohol to the club (10:30) and offer a few life hacks on how to stay discreet about it. We talked about that Bird Box movie in spite of the fact that only 2 out of 4 of us have seen it (14:52). Actually we focused more on the bigger picture, how using memes and social media culture to promote products is savvy but also annoying.

We tried to talk about our favorite albums from 2018 (16:50) but quickly realized that our now-shortened attention spans combined with the never-ending supply of great new music meant there was a bigger picture there too. We dove into current habits of listening to music 'passively,' and talked a little about how this gave rise to the era of instrumental/beat albums. After talking about what we did on New Years Eve, it became clear that we needed to address the feeling of being 'unfairly compelled' to party hard on NYE (30:26).

Music featured on this episode:

Bobby Nunn - "Cherry Pie" (Avant Garde Records, 2018)

The PADcast / Episode #036: "Simple Americans"

XL, Matix, & Kev are joined by 1stBeatz for this episode. Rev missed out again so of course we roasted him. Aside from that, we posed a question which might upset you just by reading it: Is today's hip hop the only truly original music style out there? We talked about the weird American obsession with putting manure on our lawns, and then about Spotify Wrapped. Opinions were mixed. And then we got to the good part: XL talked about his decision to pull the PADcast episode with Zackey Force Funk and why he did it. We know you're curious so listen in.

Music featured on this episode:

Louis Cole - Weird Part Of The Night

Adam Chini - Waiting All Night (feat. Sair & Boy Dude)

The PADcast / Episode #035 w/ I, Ced

The crew is joined by I, Ced on this episode, and a special announcement is made - I, Ced will be dropping an album with MoFunk Records. Tune in for details, plus plenty of quintessential Slacker Pad banter: Reminiscing on using freeware to make beats in the early 2000's, what happens when XL talks Trump with Europeans while on tour, the creeps that hang around Long Beach, and buying edibles for our parents. You're welcomed to grab a tequila & soda (XL's drink of the moment), pull up a seat and join us.

Music featured on the podcast:

Mofak - "Body Move"

Mofak - "Low Low"

The Kount & Falcxne - "Shakedown"

The PADcast / Episode #034: "The VHS Canister"

The final episode of our Europe Bonus series is named after an E-40 song. Props if you know which one! Then we talked about a bunch of disjointed stuff from porn and chocolate shakes to the fact that the US is the only country where you can have medical insurance and still pay less for a new pair of glasses with a Groupon. Tune in and get ready for new episodes of the PADcast in 2 weeks!

The PADcast / Episode #033: "Six More Years"

It's episode 3/4 of our Europe Bonus series. Rev & XL Middleton sit down and discuss life. Rev breaks down his infamous mantra "life ain't nothing but a porno & a come up." XL premiered another new edit from an upcoming release and broke down a little more life theory on edits in general, and how people use edits to attach their names to music they didn't make. XL & Rev reminisce on homies from Pasadena trying to structure their record labels as non-profit organizations and how funny that was.

Music featured on this episode:

XL Middleton - I Will Be There (Edit, UNRELEASED EXCLUSIVE)

The PADcast / Episode #032: "Beat 'Em & Join 'Em"

For part 2/4 of our Europe Bonus series, Brandon joined us and the low key bitter wave commenced. We complained about living in a society where everybody smiles at each other for no reason, and tried to dissect why it's irritating when people constantly ask for recommendations on Facebook.

Music featured on this episode:

XL Middleton - Better Friend (feat. Moniquea)

XL Middleton - Prelude To The Invasion

XL Middleton - Time Out (Edit, UNRELEASED EXCLUSIVE)

The PADcast / Episode #031: "The Revolution Will Be Monetized"

Welcome to part 1 of 4 in our "Europe Bonus" series of episodes that we recorded prior to XL leaving so we could continue to bring you fresh content while the tour is going on. XL talked about his recent experience eating edibles for the first time and played an exclusive song from his next album.

Music featured on this episode:

XL Middleton - "Unstoppable" (UNRELEASED EXCLUSIVE)

The PADcast / Episode #030: "Taking A Break From America"

Listen in as XL Middleton, Matix, Kevin Hustlehoff, and Brandon (taking the place of Rev who was out this week) talk about the future of the podcast itself. We wondered, why do we always talk about hip hop when we clearly don't know shit about it? Much of our 90's golden era knowledge has faded and we finally had the courage to admit it. Aaaaand then we talked about hip hop again. We wondered when the idea of rappers "selling out" stopped being a thing. XL actually found a Black Eyed Peas song he likes. We talked about why boxing culture is the worst, and why American sports culture in general is the worst. That led us into a greater convo about how and why American culture at large pushes the myth of what makes a "real man." Hint - It's more guns and football than integrity and kindness. XL's excited to get away from all that madness for him and Moniquea's Europe tour.

Music featured on this episode:

Max Kane & Trailer Limon - "Ego Death" (Omega Supreme Records)

The PADcast / Episode #029 (Pt. 2): "Fight Back!"

We're giving you a special two-part episode this week! This second half was recorded after XL got back from Portland and checked out the first part. He responded with his own review of Eminem's "Kamikaze" album. Did it really deserve all the praise that the crew gave it during Pt. 1? XL also breaks down the difference between serious creation and "elevated kick it sessions," where people come together under the premise of creating but are really more interested in chilling, drinking, and smoking. Where does one draw the line and where does The PADcast fall on that spectrum? As always, it's an entertaining peek into the mind of your favorite neighborhood modern funkster and the crew.

Music featured on this episode:

Polyester The Saint - "Can I Put The Whip In Yo Name"

G-Nof - "Partly Cloudy"