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Jesse Thorn guest on Pop My Culture podcast

Jesse Thorn (host of Bullseye/The Sound of Young America and Jordan Jesse Go!) joins Cole and Vanessa to chat about Prince Harry’s Vegas madness, The Expendables 2, LL Cool J’s home invader, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, celebrity sightings, the Avril Lavigne/Chad Kroeger engagement, Kristen Stewart hate T-shirts, A Thousand Clowns, movie tag lines, Dick Dale, and what Downtown Abbey would be like with goofy sound effects added.

Leave your answer to the Firsts question (the first hip hop or R&B song you can remember being really into) on our website for a chance to win some cool podcast swag signed by Jesse!

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Jesse Thorn with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton


  • Comment by Brenda — August 30, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    The first rap or R&B song I can remember being super in to is Aressted Develpment’s “Mr. Wendal.” I was probobly in 5th grade and my best friend’s older sister had the tape. I recorded the song on my Talkboy (classy I know), and listened to it over and over. It was a song about a homeless man and how he was more decent and respectable than many people. “Uncivilized you call him, but I just saw him eat off the food we waste.”

    I can remember being in the backseet on a roadtrip with my grandparents listening to it (again, on my Talkboy) and my grandmother telling me to “turn off that trash music.” I tried to explain to her that the song actually had a positive message, but she insited all rap music was “evil.” I can still sing the song start to finish to this day. “Mr. Wendal yeah, O Mr. Wendal yeah.” Fond memories. And I loved my Talkboy.

  • Comment by Brett D. — August 30, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Does Will Smith’s Gettin’ Jiggy With It count rap/r&b? No? Okay then, never mind.

  • Comment by Joshua Laperle — August 30, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    The first hip hop song I remember loving was Kriss Kross’ “I Missed the Bus.” and I remember how mortified my mother was when I was given the tape by my aunt fr my birthday. She was convinced my life would be ruined by the (non-existent) swearing. Then two years later I bought myself ODB’ Return to the 36 Chambers and all hope was lost.

  • Comment by Dan K from the U.P. — August 30, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    At age 10 I purchased the 7″ vinyl single of ” Walk This Way” by Run DMC feat. Joe Perry and Steven Tyler. The department store clerk stapled my bag shut and chipped the record so I had to exchange it for a non-damaged copy before heading home to get my rap on.

  • Comment by corinne — August 30, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    I’m not sure that 2 Live Jew’s Kosher as They Wanna Be album counts, but Oy! It’s So Humid! gets stuck in my head to this day…

  • Comment by NL — August 31, 2012 @ 2:27 am

    I don’t have an answer for the first question, never having been a big R&B/Hip Hop/Rap fan.


    I listened to this episode while I was on the bus. I have an early commute; it was 7 A.M. It’s a quiet ride full of business people.

    And when y’all started talking about Downton Abbey, I started laughing so hard I snorted.

    I think everyone else was too asleep to notice.

  • Comment by Joe — August 31, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    The first hip-hop song I was really into, and still think is the dopest beat ever, is Peter Piper by Run DMC. That beat still makes me move!

  • Comment by Karrah — September 1, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    I was obsessed with “Da’ Dip” by Freak nasty when I was maybe 8 or 9. My mom had the cassingle and I remember trying to learn all the words.

  • Comment by Kevin — September 2, 2012 @ 1:22 am

    I am a very new hip hop fan. The first time I ever got really into a hip hop song was when Jesse was interviewing Michael Rapaport about his A Tribe Called Quest documentary. He played Check The Rhime and it really knocked me on my ass. I could not believe what I was hearing. I grew up in the kind of middle class whitey suburbia where most kids would tell you “I like everything except country and rap”, and since then I hadn’t really come across anything but shitty 2000’s top 40 hip hop. Immediately after hearing that interview, I bought Low End Theory and started listening to it on repeat.

  • Comment by Darcie Wiley — September 9, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    My first rap song I remember was “Rapper’s Delight” yes I am an old bag.

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