The Great Song Podcast

R&B/Hip-Hop Episodes

'20S Country/Folk/Americana R&B/Hip-Hop Milestone/Special Interview

Opening Day Double Header (feat. Aaron Chewning and Matthew Kaminski) - Episode 909

March 30, 2022

YES, it's baseball season once again, and we're celebrating in style with not one, but TWO of our favorite baseball-related creators, social media legend Aaron Chewning and Atlanta Braves organist Matthew Kaminski ! We're fu…

'90S R&B/Hip-Hop Disco And Dance Interview

Finally (w Cece Peniston)

Sept. 6, 2021

Get Rob's new album "Also-Ran Bluesman" here! _______ We snagged a diva! The great Cece Peniston was kind enough to sit with us for a few minutes and chat about her '90s Dance/R&B classic "Finally," regarded as one of the gr…

'90S R&B/Hip-Hop Interview

Whoomp! There It Is (w DC Glenn of Tag Team)

June 30, 2021

Bonus time! We had so much fun with this episode we decided to release it as an addendum to Season 7, connecting two of our favorite Geico ad artists, Europe and Tag Team. Who doesn't love "Whoomp! There It Is"? The ubiquito…

'70S R&B/Hip-Hop Disco And Dance Interview

Reunited (Peaches & Herb) + Linda "Peaches" Tavani Interview - Episode 602

Aug. 26, 2020

Our excitement for being back together for Season 6 couldn’t be contained in just one episode—we had to bring along Peaches and Herb to explain how we really feel! The soul classic “Reunited” is a delight for friends and lov…

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Always Be My Baby (Mariah Carey) - Episode 513

April 29, 2020

What can you say about Mariah Carey? She’s one of the most revered and celebrated artists in history, and arguaby the greatest singer of all time. - ‘90s R&B, man. - Mariah’s embarrasing “Aaron Rodgers at the NFL Draft” mo…

'90S R&B/Hip-Hop Non-Interview Icons

California Love (2Pac and Dr. Dre) - Episode 511

April 14, 2020

Out on bail, fresh out of jail…and that’s just JP! This week is our love letter to one of the most mind-blowing collaborations of all time…2Pac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love!” In this episode: - “So much rhyming!” - W…

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Respect (Aretha Franklin) - Episode 508

March 25, 2020

The one and only Diva of Divas, Aretha Franklin, is up to the mic today, with her legendary classic, “Respect.” We’ll talk about Aretha’s history (and her shared birthday with Rob), her music, her writing and arranging chops…

Pop '70S R&B/Hip-Hop Non-Interview Christian & Gospel Icons

Let's Stay Together (Al Green) - Episode 504

Feb. 26, 2020

It’s the perfect intersection of Valentine’s month and Black History Month—Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” is without a doubt one of the greatest love songs ever penned, and Al Green is without a doubt one of the smoothest …

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Ain't Too Proud to Beg (The Temptations) - Episode 417

Nov. 8, 2019

We know you wanna leave us, but we refuse to let you go! Let's sing with some soul this week as we dig into the Temptations' enduring hit, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." In this episode: - The opening drum fill, and how you can t…

'80S '90S R&B/Hip-Hop Non-Interview Jazz

Smooth Operator (Sade) - Episode 415

Oct. 25, 2019

Officially our smoothest episode ever, we dare you not to walk away singing this one for a few days. Sade brings the cool as season 4 rolls on! In this episode: - The sound and story of "Quiet Storm" - Rob flies his dork fl…

'90S R&B/Hip-Hop Non-Interview

I Wish (Skee-Lo) - Episode 318

May 3, 2019

The debut smash from Skee-Lo will instantly take you back to the playground, and we've got the scoop on the song this week! Grab a basketball and meet us at the court (so you can keep us company on the bench), and let's talk…

Pop '80S '70S R&B/Hip-Hop Non-Interview

Easy (The Commodores) - Episode 316

April 19, 2019

It's Easter week, and with a wink and a nod to that most holy day we celebrate one of the great lines in pop history: "I'm easy like Sunday morning." Roll your windows down and feel the breeze as you cruise through Tuskeegee…

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I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston - Episode 307

Feb. 15, 2019

The height of 80's fun pop (and maybe the single most catchy tune we've covered yet) comes to us in the form of Whitney Houston's smash hit. Rob and JP continue the show's Black History Month celebration with one of the all-…

'70S R&B/Hip-Hop Singer-Songwriter Non-Interview Blues

Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers) - Episode 306

Feb. 8, 2019

Groove along with us as Black History Month continues! We’re talking about the most down-to-Earth music legend of all time and celebrating his classic hit, “Ain’t No Sunshine.” In This Episode: -“Grandma’s Hands” and the art…

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Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight & the Pips) - Episode 305

Feb. 1, 2019

Let's Pip it up! The pod is celebrating Black History Month and kicking it off with this classic ear worm from Gladys and the lads. In this episode: - The original title of this song was what now? - Fat-back bass - Pips, p…