In honor of its 20th year anniversary, we begin our special 8 episode mini-series on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Using archival interviews and unmatched lyrical and musical analysis, we discover what exactly makes an album like Miseducation an undisputed classic.
Limited edition Dissect S3 shirts are now available for pre-order!
The S3 commemorative shirt image is inspired by the line “There’s a bull and a matador dueling in the sky” from the song “Solo” by Frank Ocean. The coloring is inspired by children’s rainbow “scratch art”, tying into the nostalgic childhood themes of Blonde. Finally, the two stargazing figures are young adults who may or may not be under the influence, reflecting the teenage experiences shared throughout Blonde (“We laid out on this wet floor/Away turf, no Astro/Mesmerized how the strobes glow”).
We also have standard Dissect logos tees available.
These shirts are available for a limited time. Pre-order today.
Season 3 of Dissect begins today on Spotify!
This season we unpack the beautiful music of Frank Ocean. We’ll begin with a six episode mini-series on Ocean’s debut album Channel Orange followed by a full season on Blonde.
Listen to Dissect on Spotify and get episodes a week early plus exclusive access to bonus episodes and playlists.
New episodes will release every Tuesday. Spotify-exclusive bonus episodes will release Thursdays.
Dissect Season 3 will be premiering on Tuesday, May 15th on Spotify.
While Dissect will still be available on all podcast platforms, Spotify will have new episodes a week early as well as Spotify-exclusive bonus episodes.
You can also follow the official Dissect Pod Playlist profile on Spotify where you’ll find a handful of curated playlists by host Cole Cuchna, episode companion playlists, and collaborative playlists that listeners can contribute to directly.
Subscribe to Dissect on Spotify today and tune in May 15th for the premiere of Season 3!
UPDATE: You can now purchase The Blacker the Berry book at blackerberry-book.com.
I’ve teamed with artist/Dissect listener Hannah Sellers to create a book called The Blacker the Berry, now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. The book is a visual exploration of the social and historical context of Kendrick Lamar’s song “The Blacker the Berry.” Hannah created beautiful graphic collages that accompany my analysis of the song, and it really enhances your experience and understanding of Kendrick’s message. Seriously, this thing is absolutely gorgeous, a true piece of art.
For a limited time, you can back this project by pre-ordering your very own copy. We’ve also set a stretch goal, and if reached, we’ll donate $1 of every book sold to Social Works, a youth empowerment charity started by Chance the Rapper.
Support this project by visiting our Kickstarter!
Throughout Dissect Season 1, we collected donations to benefit Compton’s Centennial High School music program. This was Kendrick Lamar’s alma mater, a school he’s since donated money to in an effort to keep off the streets and in the music studio.
On Friday, April 7th, the Centennial High Jazz Band traveled to Palo Alto, California to perform in the World Strides competition. After their performance, they went sightseeing in San Francisco.
For many of the kids, the trip was the first time traveling such a distance outside of Compton. Dissect funds were used for those kids could not afford the trip on their own, but were able to attend due to our support.
I had the opportunity to travel to Palo Alto, see the performance, and meet the band afterwards. Band director Manuel Castaneda was very gracious, and the kids themselves were very polite and appreciative. It was a beautiful experience, something I’ll never forget.
Thank you to all the Dissect listeners who donated to this cause. You helped to provide a memorable life experience for those would otherwise could not have attended. Small acts, big rewards.
I have a goal of raising $1,000 by the end of Season 1. I think we can easily achieve this goal! Updates will be given weekly.
Dissect T-Shirt (S-XL)
Riz Apparel “Levitate” Hat. Riz Apparel is a brand of dad caps curated by culture.
Printed and Signed Season 1 Manuscript
(to be made upon completion of Season 1)
All donation perks will be sent digitally or physically upon completion of Season 1 in late January.
- $1-$29: Dissect Season 1 MP3 Download + PDF manuscript
- $30+: 1 Donation Perk of your choice + mp3/PDF
- $60+: 2 Donation Perks + mp3/PDF
- $100+: All 3 Donation Perks + On Air Recognition + mp3/PDF
You will receive a confirmation e-mail from me within 24 hours. If you experience trouble using the link above, please e-mail DISSECTPODCAST@GMAIL.COM.
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For example, if you contributed $30, $15 goes to cover the cost of donation perk, and $15 goes to music program fundraiser.
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Our season long analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with the album’s thirteenth track “The Blacker the Berry.”
The song was the album’s second single and released amidst the height of the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s incredibly potent, packed with references to the historic oppression of the black community, race relations in contemporary American society, police brutality, the US penitentiary system, and the complexities of black identity, among many others. Continue reading “S1E15/16 – The Blacker the Berry by Kendrick Lamar”