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Bottom of the Map

56 EpisodesProduced by BOTM MediaWebsite

Southern Hip-Hop: Explored. Explained. Exalted. Music journalist Christina Lee and hip-hop scholar Dr. Regina N. Bradley delve into passionate explorations and paradigm-shifting critiques of the culture that they love, and its undeniable impact on the world that clearly loves it. We make Bottom of t… read more

56 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

You Know the Vibes: Assessing Appropriation, A Fashion Foreword, and the Last Dispatch from our Aquemini Season

September 27th, 2021


Where do we go from here? Season 3 is about to wrap, but we couldn’t let it go without answering fan feedback/questions from the timeline and …

Free OnlyStans: ColeMiners, Fighting on the Timeline, and Pandemic Highs

September 20th, 2021


Are your Twitter Fingers running rampant? We discuss the impact of social media fan culture on how music journalists do their jobs and what we …

A Southern Gentleman: André 3000 is the Life of His Own Party

September 13th, 2021


How much do you love your mom? We breakdown the artistry and impact of André 3000’s verse from “Life of the Party”, and what it says about him, the …

It’s OK to Root For All The Girls (And Everybody Black)

August 30th, 2021


From TikTok phenoms to reality tv stars, we discuss the current era of women making waves in the industry. Veteran music journalist Jewel Wicker joins us to break it all down, and shines a light on her latest cover …

Gangster, Griot, and GOAT: Unpacking Lil Wayne’s Reign and Reckoning

August 23rd, 2021


Lil Wayne has evolved into a seminal figure in pop music over the last two decades, transforming from an original Hot Boy to the Greatest Rapper …

7 Light Years Below: A “Chronicling Stankonia” Roundtable

August 16th, 2021


In this episode we give flowers to our very own Dr. Regina N. Bradley for her most recent book, “Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South,” and highlight the inspiration, the artwork, the music, and much …

Mad AF (Pts. 1 & 2): Thot Shit, Lil Nas X, 4 Horsemen, and a History of Conservative Outrage

August 9th, 2021


Is it really all about the children? Conservative outrage continues to spread throughout the culture and the timeline, with artists like Megan Thee …

Gourmet Gangsta Grillz Interlude: DJ Drama Shines on Tyler, the Creator’s new album

August 2nd, 2021


Who knew Tyler, the Creator was doing his homework? On his latest album, Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler serves up a modern-day classic Gangsta Grillz experience featuring DJ Drama. (And there’s an OutKast connection, …

Money Dance: Renegades, Twerkulating, and Compensating Creators

July 26th, 2021


Who makes up your favorite dances, and how do they get paid? From Miami to New Orleans to Atlanta to the DMV, dance culture has always shaped …

Stream Dreams: Deluxe Editions, Dance Challenges, and Making Hit Records

July 19th, 2021


How have streaming services and social media changed how hit records are made? If Hip-Hop now moves at the speed of the internet, how does that change our relationship to traditional radio? We break it all down with our …

Yeek, Not Yeet: Archives, Museums, and Documenting the Culture

July 12th, 2021


Southern Hip-Hop is making its way into mainstream museums and archives, but how do we address what belongs in these hallowed spaces? What's the …

Size Ain’t Shit: The Ballad of Bushwick Bill

July 5th, 2021


We chat with Dr. Charles L. Hughes, author of “Why Bushwick Bill Matters”, about the complicated legacy of rapper Bushwick Bill and the intersection of race, sex, and disability in pop music.

Regina’s Interlude: The Cookout Rules (Get on My Level)

June 28th, 2021


Are you ready for summer cookout festivities? Our very own Gina Mae breaks down the all-important tier system for a successful social culinary …

Food for the Soul: The Goodie Mob Interview

June 21st, 2021


Goodie Mob has been a beloved musical force for more than a quarter century. In this episode we discuss the group’s legacy with the members themselves, plus dive deep into notions of spirituality, feminism, and Southern …

The World in our Heads: Exploring Mental Health in Southern Hip-Hop

June 14th, 2021


From songs like “Mind Playing Tricks On Me" to “SAD!”, Southern Hip-Hop has always addressed the range of emotions, vulnerability, and conditions of …

Joy in the Mourning: Pushing through Parallelograms and Paninis

June 7th, 2021


How did you make it through the pandemic? As we think back to 2020, a new year, and a new normal, we turn to Southern Hip-Hop to help us sort out mourning and remembrance, and finding ways to celebrate in the days ahead …

The Goodie Mob Survival Kit: A Bottom of the Map Preview

December 31st, 2020


Why be modest? With 25 years in the game, Goodie Mob is one of the best to ever do it, and they’ll tell you that themselves. With their latest album, Survival Kit, these four horsemen are still giving us timeless music …

Know Justice, Know Peace: A BOTM Replay

June 8th, 2020


Black Lives Matter…then, now, and in the future. In the wake of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks, we decided to revisit one of our past episodes (S1E11: “Know Justice, Know …

Space is Still the Place: A BOTM Replay

May 11th, 2020


While we get ready for Season 3, we’re excited to share some of our favorite past episodes while we're on break! As we think about how Southern Hip-Hop provides a safe emotional place for experimentation, escapism, and …

Embracing the Fire In Little Africa: On the Road in Tulsa

April 20th, 2020


How does Hip-Hop help us re-imagine the real Black Wall Street? With the upcoming “Fire in Little Africa” project, Tulsa’s Hip-Hop scene is preparing …

A Peek Inside the Mind of Big Rube: A BOTM Extended Play

April 13th, 2020


Big Rube is Southern Hip-Hop royalty; when he speaks, people listen. For over 25 years Big Rube has been delivering classic monologues on Southern …

Survive and Advance: A BOTM Extended Play

April 6th, 2020


André 3000 stands out as a luminary figure in Southern Hip-Hop, and his commitment to memorializing Atlanta’s Missing & Murdered Children (1979 - 1981) deserves deeper reflection. Dr. Michelle Hite helps us …

Welcome to the Sir Foster Show: A BOTM Extended Play

March 30th, 2020


From the sounds of HBCUs to the NBA, Sir Foster is building a unique Hip-Hop brand.
Most people have heard Sir Foster play before they actually meet him. As the
resident organist for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and past …

Story time with Ms. Peaches: A BOTM Extended Play

March 23rd, 2020


Dee Dee Murray (aka Peaches) is always in the right place at the right time. From her classic intro on OutKast’s first album,Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, to managing and influencing the careers of Atlanta’s music …

Forever is Now: Big K.R.I.T. & the American Standard

March 16th, 2020


Should we throw the labels away? In this episode we discuss how Big K.R.I.T.’s musical explorations of Blues, Folk, Gospel, Jazz, and Rock help us to …

A Black Woman Created This: Our Roses for Rapsody

March 9th, 2020


How can you deny a powerful woman? In this episode we discuss North Carolina rapper Rapsody and her 2019 release, “Eve”, including our favorite …

Grab Your (Trap) Passport, We Found a New Plug!

March 2nd, 2020


Does Southern Hip-Hop still “own” trap music? While trap music started in the American South, its influence has become global, as artists all over the world are putting their spin on the genre. In this episode we define …

Pitching The Woo (Properly): The Case for Consent

February 24th, 2020


Are the lines still blurred? In this episode we discuss how ideas of consent show up in Southern Hip-Hop, and revisit the controversial “Tip Drill” music video with one of the video's featured performers for a …

Virgil Abloh Been Trill: Bottom of the Map LIVE

February 17th, 2020


Recorded live at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Christina and Regina dig deep into the museum’s exhibition, “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech” and explore how Southern hip-hop artists such as 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, …

Once Upon A Time in Memphis

February 10th, 2020


Is it still hard out here for a pimp? We revisit the 2005 movie “Hustle & Flow” to explore the significance of the film to the city of Memphis and its Hip-Hop identity. Plus, we highlight Three 6 Mafia’s epic Oscar …

Staying Power: Dirty South in a Digital Era

February 3rd, 2020


What’s in a name? Everything. We trace the origin of the term "Dirty South" and explore how it still echoes throughout Southern Hip-Hop today, and discuss why this branding is important to how we will remember (and pay …

Season 2 Trailer

January 30th, 2020


Bottom of the Map Season 2 is back on February 3rd! Southern Hip-Hop: Explored. Explained. Exalted.

A BOTM Freestyle - Respect, Plus a (Bigger) Check

October 19th, 2019


How does the culture get paid what it’s worth? In this live episode we partnered with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for …

A BOTM Freestyle: Elevating the Power of Cultural Capital

October 17th, 2019


Can Cultural Capital combat Gentrification? For this episode we
partnered with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural
Affairs for its public …

Self Care Motivation 101

September 30th, 2019


How do we overcome the grind and get to the hustle? In this episode we discuss the origins of Self Care and how that is reflected in the artists and music of Southern Hip-Hop. Regina and Christina share personal …

A BOTM Freestyle: Between the World and Atlanta

September 26th, 2019


Some bonus content this week. The stage
adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me is kicking off
its national tour in Atlanta this October! So, we’re taking a moment to discuss
the significance of the …

Diggin' in the (Goodie) Grab Bag

September 23rd, 2019


Is Drake stealing Southern sauce? Did Nelly cross the line? What if Ceelo never sang again? This week we address these and other burning questions as we revisit some segments of past episodes that kept our heads …

No Label, No Limit

September 16th, 2019


Who still needs a record deal? Record labels have played an important role in how we think about Southern Hip-Hop. In this episode we discuss …

Faith Is What You Make It

September 9th, 2019


How does the spiritual coexist with the secular? We discuss how Southern Hip-Hop artists investigate their spiritual practices through religion, acts …

I Bet You Won't Get Crunk

September 2nd, 2019


Who said Crunk was dead? In this episode we trace Crunk Music's roots in Memphis and Atlanta to its mainstream relevance, and highlight what makes the genre still relevant today.

Culture in the Cosmos: AfroFuturism, Hip-Hop, and Black Joy

August 26th, 2019


Is space really the place? In this episode, we discuss the roots of AfroFuturism in music and popular culture, and how Southern Hip-Hop became a …

Strip du Soleil: Make It Reign

August 19th, 2019


Is strip club culture in Southern Hip-Hop on the decline? In this episode we navigate the mystique and the microeconomics of one of the most talked …

Our Band is Better Than Your Band

August 12th, 2019


How do HBCU marching bands influence Southern Hip-Hop, and vice versa? Oh, plus Beyonce.

Study Hall: Hip-Hop from the Schoolhouse to the Ivy League

August 5th, 2019


Where does Hip-Hop fit in the halls of academia? In this episode we discuss Hip-Hop Scholarship's roots in journalism and how it has evolved at …

Know Justice, Know Peace: Hip-Hop as Protest

July 29th, 2019


How does Hip-Hop change the world as a space for Civil Rights protest? From 2 Live Crew to Jeezy to Kap G, Southern Hip-Hop artists continue to create space for Civil Rights messages in their music.

The Sounds of Multiple Souths

July 22nd, 2019


Who said the South had to sound the same? Christina and Regina take a road trip from Virginia to New Orleans to highlight the past and present of the Southern "sound".

The Ends of Dread

July 15th, 2019


How do Atlanta artists help us navigate the Atlanta Missing & Murdered Children Cases and confront Black trauma and vulnerability?

Thought Process: Surviving Silent Terror

July 8th, 2019


How did the Atlanta Missing & Murdered Children (1979-1981) impact Atlanta's formative hip-hop community?

A Sticky (Icky) Situation

July 1st, 2019


How have Southern artists been important in helping legitimize a once illegitimate economy? We explore cannabis culture in hip-hop.

Black Ole Opry

June 24th, 2019


What's the difference between Southern and Country when it comes to music and place, and how has Lil Nas X disrupted the industry while bringing the masses together?

Freaknik Foreva, Eva?

June 17th, 2019


Will the ghost of Freaknik ever die?

Stuntin’ Like My Daddy

June 10th, 2019


We explore narratives of Hip-Hop Fatherhood to examine how artists grapple with their legacies, mortality, and lives outside of music.

Claimin' True: 25 Years of OutKast!

June 3rd, 2019


Celebrating 25 years since the release of OutKast's first album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. The South still got something to say.

Da Baddest Big Ol' Freak

May 26th, 2019


Breaking down the blues woman archetype and the women in Southern hip-hop who carry the torch.

There's a Trap for That

May 20th, 2019


We explore how the trap became commodified to create space for a new black cool. When did the trap start popping up at brunch, church, yoga?

We …

Welcome to Bottom of the Map

May 3rd, 2019


Dope women taking hip-hop conversation in a new direction.

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