It’s easy, especially once you reach a certain age, to get stuck listening to the same old stuff over and over again - telling people that music coincidentally peaked when you were 17 and nothing’s been as good as The Bloodhound Gang’s One Fierce Beer Coaster and Ginuwine’s “Pony”. That’s why it’s so important, if you want to be taken seriously, to expose yourself to new music. New as in “made this century” and new as in “I’ve never heard this before”. Noisey is the perfect vehicle for launching your Lauryn Hill-style miseducation. Here’s what’s coming up in season 2...
Police brutality in the Bay Area shapes rap culture
Our first stop is San Francisco, which has been undergoing some changes that combine overeager-to-get-physical police with the rapid gentrification that’s come with the new-ish tech industry. Whatever you think of these things in social terms, they have changed the Bay Area rap game, as E-40, Nef the Pharaoh and G-Eazy will politely tell you.
Nashville country is about being an outsider
You might think you know Nashville – it’s where Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman live, right? – but since it has the highest concentration of musos and music-related industries in America, it’s a bit more complicated than first glance suggests. Here, with the help of Kesha and Jellyroll, is an exploration of the huge range of underground happenings in a place that has always welcomed hustlers, rebels, and outsiders.
Hip-hop and Islamophobia are strange bedfellows in Paris
Back in 2015, there was a mass shooting in the Bataclan Theatre in Paris while Eagles of Death Metal were playing. Two years later, Niska, MHD, and Medine show there’s a thriving and diverse scene that combines rap de rue, afro-trap, and many stripes of hip-hop act with the almost omnipresent political forces that are shaping the modern French capital. With racial and religious issues at the forefront of everyone’s minds, how has music responded?
K-pop is Korea’s biggest musical export. Cue PSY traumatic flashbacks.
If you thought manufactured groups were all The Monkees and Backstreet Boys and the Sex Pistols, you’ll be surprised to learn the ins and outs of K-pop. Over in Seoul, they have training academies dedicated to turning teenagers into icons. It gets pretty complicated with all the groups and sub-units that swap members, but one of the biggest names – and not just for the caps – is BIGBANG, featuring Bieber-equivalent heart-throb Taeyang.
Trap music continues to evolve in Atlanta
If you’re new to Noisey, this sequel episode may feel a bit over your head. The gist is: in 2015 Viceland made a 10-part series called Noisey: Atlanta that looked at the local rap scene and how it had become so influential. Here, you can expect to learn how things have changed in such a short period, courtesy of performers like Migos, Young Thug, Killer Mike and T.I. (who claims to have coined the term “trap music” with 2003’s Trap Muzik).
Afropop is blowing up from Lagos
When Drake featured Wizkid on his massive hit “One Dance”, it brought the world’s attention to Afropop. Let’s just say there’s plenty more where that came from, as Noisey tracks down Wizkid and meets more legends-in-waiting along the way, like White Man, as well as learning more about how the genre developed over time.
Expand your horizons and musical vocabulary with the second season of Noisey, airing on SBS VICELAND every Tuesday night at 8:30pm.
Season 1 is currently streaming on SBS On Demand. Watch the first episode here: