Southern Hip-Hop: Explored. Explained. Exalted.

On WABE’s Bottom of the Map podcast, music journalist Christina Lee and hip-hop scholar Dr. Regina N. Bradley delve into passionate explorations and paradigm-shifting critiques of the culture that they love, and its undeniable impact on the world that clearly loves it.

From Southern hip-hop’s connections to self-care, civil rights, marching bands, faith, feminism, business, fatherhood, and so much more, Bottom of the Map is the home for dope conversations that explore, explain and exalt Southern hip-hop.

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Featured Episode

A BOTM Freestyle – Respect, Plus a (Bigger) Check

How does the culture get paid what it’s worth? In this live episode we partnered with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for its public arts program ELEVATE, where we talked with Ryan Wilson (co-owner of A3C Hip-Hop Festival and The Gathering Spot) and Janeé Bolden (Managing Editor of Bossip) about the value of Cultural Capital in the mainstream marketplace.

Stuntin’ Like My Daddy

We explore narratives of Hip-Hop Fatherhood to examine how artists grapple with their legacies, mortality, and lives outside of music.

Claimin’ True: 25 Years of Outkast!

Celebrating 25 years since the release of OutKast’s first album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. The South still got something to say.

Da Baddest Big Ol’ Freak

Breaking down the blues woman archetype and the women in Southern hip-hop who carry the torch.

There’s a Trap for That E

We explore how the trap became commodified to create space for a new black cool. When did the trap start popping up at brunch, church, yoga?

We start off inside T.I’s Trap Music Museum in Atlanta. Then, we explore the various ways trap has been commodified, and we head to a Trap Pilates class…?! We explore whether trap’s commodification and the new connotations of trap aesthetics, such as Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” ft Juicy J and even “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap, are dismissing those who the trap originally represented.

Welcome to Bottom of the Map E

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