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Urkel Moe Dee & Jean

Listen to Urkel Moe Dee and Jean discuss hip hop and rap-related things; from Above the Law to Zhigge, and everyone in between. Album reviews, lists, trivia, and news; we treat the ancient and the current with equal respect and abuse. You want the remix? Call us. You want the cheese sticks? Call us.



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Own No Loops
Jan 2, 2019 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Urkel Moe Dee take turns asking each other random rap-related questions.
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May 22, 2018 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus take turns trying to stump each other with obscure rap records released between 1990 and 1999. You know, for fun. Editor’s Note: The audio gets screwy and scratchy about halfway through the episode. Due to the quiz-game nature, we couldn’t re-record it. All apologies.
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Feb 27, 2018 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus pay tribute to the 15th anniversary of Little Brother’s landmark 2003 underground rap album, ‘The Listening.’ We discuss when we first heard it, our favorite tracks, and its lasting impact on hip hop. Word to Roy Lee and Percy Miracles.
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The one where Jean and Marcus review two very different rap albums released on January 26, 2018: Evidence’s (of Dilated Peoples and Step Brothers fame) Weather or Not, and Migos’ Culture II. Both LPs are (technically) each artist’s third effort, have guest appearances on six tracks, and feature songs titled “Moving Too Fast.” That’s where the similarities end, and people start getting real. Wait, that’s “The Real World.” Never mind. Just listen to the episode. Please? We love...
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Jan 30, 2018 Own No Loops
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The one where special guest Jesse Ducker of Albumism joins Jean and Marcus to recall their favorite rap songs and albums of 2017. Like we (and everyone else) always do about this time. You can also watch this episode on YouTube.
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Jan 23, 2018 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus talk about the upcoming (January 28!) 2018 Grammy Awards rap nominees. We predict who will win, and discuss who we want to win, and why. You can also see our #radiofaces recording this live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-HwvFMpGVs
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Jan 16, 2018 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus discuss rappers in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the competing Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum (and hotel, gift shop, sports bar, restaurant, concert lounge, arcade, and television studios) and Universal Hip Hop Museum projects, VH1’s once-famed Hip Hop Honors, and our own personal hall of fame picks.
Own No Loops
Nov 22, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus reach back and evaluate six of rap’s most recognized double discs. Did these albums truly need twice the space to contain their greatness, or are they merely products of pride and excess? Albums Explored 2Pac – All Eyez On Me (1996) Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever (1997) OutKast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003) Nas – Street’s Disciple (2004) Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death (1997) UGK – Underground Kingz (2007)
Own No Loops
Oct 6, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus discuss the recent, overwhelming Billboard chart success of young upstarts Lil’ Uzi Vert and XXXTENTACION, and their new albums Luv Is Rage 2 and 17, both of which were released August 25.
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Sep 15, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus get vulnerable by admitting that there are a few so-called classic rap albums they’ve never heard, and share their thoughts on their first listens. Albums Discussed Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Wanted: Dead or Alive Puff Daddy & The Family – No Way Out T.I. – Trap Muzik
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Aug 22, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus are joined by very special guest Zakiya to discuss the somewhat recently departed Netflix hip hop drama, sort-of-musical, The Get Down.
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Aug 13, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus discuss and review Allen Hughes’ HBO documentary series about the lives and careers of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, The Defiant Ones.  With apologies to Sidney Poitier & Tony Curtis.
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Jul 26, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus discuss Jay-Z’s much-talked about 13th album, 4:44.
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Jul 17, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus discuss and review the famed 2Pac biopic, as well as give a quick rest in peace shout out to Prodigy of Mobb Deep.
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Jun 30, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus evaluate nine rap albums that followed classic releases, and compare them to their predecessors. Artists and albums discussed in this episode (spoilers!): Ice Cube – The Predator The Pharcyde – Labcabincalifornia Nas – It Was Written A Tribe Called Quest – Beats, Rhymes & Life Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth Notorious BIGgie Smalls – Life After Death Jay-Z – In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 Ghostface Killah – Bulletproof Wallets Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
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Jun 20, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus continue talking about the times when rappers they like, or wanted to like, have let them down; this time focusing on albums instead of songs. Artists mentioned in this episode (spoilers!): Foxy Brown Kanye West Mos Def/Yasiin Bey Naughty by Nature Nas Snoop Dogg(y Dogg) Method Man Xzibit The Roots Big Daddy Kane The Beatnuts Flatlinerz Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Talib Kweli Mic Geronimo
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Jun 15, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus discuss the most disappointing songs made by rappers we like. While we laugh and critique these perceived failures, it’s all done from a place of love. Aww. Stay tuned for part 2, where we list the rap albums that did whatever the opposite of giving us life is.
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May 17, 2017 Own No Loops
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The fourth and final one where Jean and Marcus celebrate Women’s History Month by filing through the history of female rappers, from the megastars to the extremely obscure. This time, we cover artists from 1999 to 2017. Covered in this episode: Ms. Toi Charli Baltimore Lady Luck Solé Shawnna Mercedes Trina Free Rasheeda Remy Ma(rtin) Princess Superstar Angie Martinez Khia Ms. Jade Jean Grae Lady May Rayna Shine Jacki-O Nicki Minaj Lil’ Mama Rapsody Iggy Azalea Azealia Banks Dreezy Young MA
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Apr 24, 2017 Own No Loops
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The third one where Jean and Marcus celebrate Women’s History Month by filing through the history of female rappers, from the megastars to the extremely obscure. This time, we cover artists we missed in the previous two installments. Covered in this episode: Anquette Choice Shazzy Tam Tam The Honeys (Lil’ Honeys) Gamilah Shabazz Simplē E Shorty No Mas Nefertiti Paula Perry Mother Superia Newsense Da 5 Footaz Jane Doe Jane Blaze Apani (B. Fly Emcee) Sylk-E-Fine Ghetto Twins
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Apr 16, 2017 Own No Loops
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The second one where Jean and Marcus celebrate Women’s History Month by filing through the history of female rappers, from the megastars to the extremely obscure. This time, we cover artists from 1993 to 1998. If we missed any names in this episode, there’s a 97.35% chance we’ll cover them in the final installments. Covered in this episode: Isis Queen Mother Rage Icey Jaye Tam Rock Sister Souljah Sweet Tee LA Star The Poetess Overweight Pooch Finesse & Synquis Boss Conscious Daughters...
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Apr 8, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one (of three) where Jean and Marcus celebrate Women’s History Month by filing through the history of female rappers, from the megastars to the extremely obscure. This episode covers MCs from 1979 to 1992. Just in time for April! If we missed any names in this episode, there’s a 92.71% chance we’ll cover them in part two or three. Stay tuned. Covered in this episode: The Sequence Lady B Deborah Harry Teena Marie Roxanne Shanté The Real Roxanne Sparky D Salt-N-Pepa MC Lyte Antoinette...
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Mar 26, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus give their opinions on January and February 2017’s rap releases. Includes albums by Substantial, The Koreatown Oddity, Prodigy, Mozzy, Migos, Iamsu!, Big Sean, Lupe Fiasco, Quelle Chris, Remy Ma & Fat Joe, Future, Jidenna, Jonwayne, Roc Marciano, and Oddisee. Note: Apologies for the snap, crackle, and pop audio glitches.
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Mar 5, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus pay tribute to the recently departed musician David Axelrod, and play a game of “Name That Sample”.
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Feb 16, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus discuss the presence of politics and conscientiousness in rap since the release of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly in 2015.
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Feb 8, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus name and discuss their top five albums and rappers of the past five years. For those who don’t math so good, that’s going back to 2012.
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Jan 30, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus discuss rap soundtracks, from the artists who made their first big splash, to the classic songs they birthed, and why they’re no longer part of a balanced hip hop breakfast.
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Jan 18, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus discuss ghostwriting in rap, from Big Bank Hank to Bigger Bank Drake.
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Jan 12, 2017 Own No Loops
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The one where Jean and Marcus start their new podcast by introducing themselves and discussing their favorite songs and albums of 2016.