Listen to these 5 podcasts to get an inside view on the Belgian hip hop industry
Finding a good podcast can be a struggle sometimes, especially when it comes to Belgium-based ones. On top of that, the offer of podcasts relating to hip hop is still very minimal. In the UK & USA, these kinds of podcasts appear more often. Think of big examples such as ‘No Jumper’ by Adam22 or ‘The Hype Report’ by HYPEBEASTRADIO. Keep an eye on our website for an article on international hip hop podcasts. But for now, we took the time to list a couple of hip hop-related podcasts from Belgian ground that all have one thing in common: the love for the industry.
Article by Nina Dakota Szyf
TALKSIK: A PODCAST FOR US, BY US
Meet our very first Chase-podcast, Talksik! Host Jazzy and co-host Zediam want to shine a light on Belgian hip hop culture and the community around it. You might already know the creative duo from the music group Soul’Art. Jazzy and Zed want to have an open conversation with fellow artists who have similar interests. They describe it as “a podcast for us, by us”. The first guest is Belgian comedian Serine Ayari. Tune in for talks about an academic burn-out in first grade, why she doesn’t like pasta and pizza, and how she managed to build her international career. Get ready for 48 minutes full of laughter!
THE MOST: SPEAKING TO THE GREATEST IN FASHION, MUSIC, ART, AND CULTURE
Dominique Nzeyimana started off her career in the studios of MTV, where she upgraded herself from intern to senior producer. In 2007, Dominique and her husband established a content and communication agency, KNOTORYUS. With KNOTORYUS, she had the chance to interview national but also international key-figures such as Virgil Abloh and Pharell Williams. Later, in 2019, Dominique decided to inaugurate her very own podcast, called 'The Most'. In the episodes of this podcast, she invites key-figures in fashion, music, art, and culture for a conversation in her loft in Brussels. Check out the episode above where Dominique invites Ghent-based fashion designer Kofi Von Ohene.
JWLS PRESENTS KRT: UNITING PEOPLE IN THE HIP HOP WORLD
JEWELS aka ‘the white guy playing the dirtiest trap’ aka Jules Thys is a DJ from Genk. He already spun his hip hop tunes all over the country but eventually prefers to stay rooted in Hasselt. This is also why he founded the party concept Karaat, where he wants to unite the people of Limburg who have a common interest for trap, rap, and everything in between. Jules strives to make Karaat an omnichannel experience, including podcasts, events, making music and so much more.
“There are so many hidden, interesting narratives around a party or an event. These stories don’t often get talked about. I think a podcast or a one-to-one conversation is the perfect opportunity to do so.” - Jewels
Next to the desire to give young, talented people a platform, his love for uniting people in the hip hop world is also one of the main reasons why he started his podcast, ‘Jewels Presents Karaat’. In the first episode, he invited Belgian artists Dvtch Norris, Ashley Morgan, and Explore.
BESEF: A LOOK INSIDE THE LIFE OF YOUNG, BELGIAN HIP-HOP ARTISTS
KijkenMag is a community that keeps an eye on upcoming, influential talent and their surroundings. In 2018, KijkenMag released a podcast called ‘BESEF’. KijkenMag has already welcomed Freddie King, Froze, Makar, and many more. With this podcast, they want to give background information on different Belgian music artists and hope to give them a platform for telling their stories. In the latest BESEF-episode, they welcome producer Anders, also known as Remi De Roeck, who has his own record label Anders Media and works with artists such as Ian Thomas, Loyk, Manzo Soul, and Wavey Vayn. He talks about how he manages to balance being an artist, manager, and label owner.
IN DE HUIS: A PODCAST BY UBERDOPE
What would you do if you suddenly had plenty of time? Uberdope’s answer to that is launching a podcast, called ‘In De Huis’. You might already know the Ghent-based hip hop group from their remarkable video clips and their groovy tunes. Because of the #StayTheFuckHome policy due to Covid-19, Uberdope wanted to do something positive with this large amount of time. As they were already following a lot of podcasts themselves, they took the opportunity and started ‘In De Huis’. This name not only refers to the fact that everyone has to stay at home, but also to their debut album they released in 2009. In ‘In De Huis’, Uberdope aka Gille, Jef, and Ruben take the time to discuss their week and the latest updates concerning the music world. In short: they try to make each others, but also your quarantine a bit more fun.
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We love the fact that more and more Belgian podcasts are getting launched. Our country kind of was a latecomer when it comes to podcasts on the Belgian hip hop industry, but we slowly see the void gets filled. Enjoy and let us know which one you enjoyed the most! Also, do you remember our social storytelling agency, Chase Creative? Our Chase Creative-team already contributed to podcasts for big companies such as De Standaard and KPMG. Check out our agency’s website to discover more of the cool stuff we do.