2008: We Need to Talk About Kanye West

50 Years of Hip-Hop
Hosted by Larry Mizell, Jr.

Larry Mizell Jr. revisits 2008, a pivotal year in the rise (and fall) of Kanye West.

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Larry Mizell Jr. revisits 2008, a pivotal year in the rise (and fall) of Kanye West. As a standout producer and Black icon, his gradual alignment with far-right ideologies has affected how we talk about hip-hop, Blackness, and mental health. 

Joining the conversation are Martin Douglas, Stas THEE Boss, DJ Yaddy, and Christy Karefa-Johnson (DoNormaal). 

Audio engineering and production by Roddy Nikpour. 

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