The Breaks Welcome to The Breaks podcast where hosts Confucius and Fresh talk all things hip-hop — Texas hip-hop, hip hop news, hip-hop history — they cover it all. Both men were born and raised in Austin, Texas and want to let the world know about the city's vibrant hip-hop and R&B scenes. They also want to give people a window into their own lived experience in the Live Music Capital of the World. This podcast is a compilation of insight, opinion and highlights from their Saturday night hip-hop show on KUTX 98.9 FM in Austin.
The Breaks

The Breaks

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Welcome to The Breaks podcast where hosts Confucius and Fresh talk all things hip-hop — Texas hip-hop, hip hop news, hip-hop history — they cover it all. Both men were born and raised in Austin, Texas and want to let the world know about the city's vibrant hip-hop and R&B scenes. They also want to give people a window into their own lived experience in the Live Music Capital of the World. This podcast is a compilation of insight, opinion and highlights from their Saturday night hip-hop show on KUTX 98.9 FM in Austin.

Most Recent Episodes

The Return of Kendrick

Fresh and Confucius talk about the release of Kendrick Lamar's latest album, and Young Thug's recent arrest and racketeering charges. This week on Hip-Hop Facts you'll learn about Lil Boosie's time on death row, Travis Scott's time in a rap duo with OG Chess, why Jay-Z had a problem with A$AP Rocky, and more! Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that despite his many missteps, Daniel Cesar is not, in fact, canceled. Confucius discusses the failure of a bill in the Senate to protect abortion, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Harriet Tubman, the recent fights between DaniLeigh and DaBaby and more in Confucius Reads the News.

Attack on Dave

Confucius and Fresh discuss the recent incident at a Dave Chappelle show where a fan jumped on stage and attacked him and muse on the recent nominations to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You'll learn Hip-Hop Facts about the connection between Run-DMC, Suge Knight, and 2Pac, CeeLo Green's criminal past, the connection between Young Thug and Lil Baby, the connection between Future and Dungeon Family, and more! Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that Travis Scott has a better catalog than Young Thug. Confucius talks about the recently leaked draft Supreme Court Opinion signaling that the Court will overturn Roe v. Wade in Confucius Reads the News

Who Shot Megan?

Confucius and Fresh talk about the online controversy surrounding a Lil Durk impersonator and Tekashi 6ix9ine and discuss their thoughts about Megan Thee Stallion's interview with Gayle King. You'll learn Hip-Hop Facts about Mary J Blige's appearance in the "Not Tonight Video," how Napster contributed to the success of Shaggy's song "It Wasn't Me," why the "Men In Black" soundtrack is important, and more! Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" is the single greatest album by a female artist of all time. Confucius talks about the FDA's plan to ban menthol cigarettes, Joe Biden's plea for $33 million in aid to Ukraine, Elon Musk's recent purchase of Twitter, and more in Confucius Reads the News.

Rest in Power DJ Kay Slay

Fresh and Confucius celebrate the life of DJ Kay Slay, and debate whether Future really is the best rapper alive. You'll learn Hip-Hop Facts about DJ Kay Slay, DJ Drama's Gansta Grillz, and more! After T-Pain called out the city of Dallas over low ticket sales, Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that artists can't be mad about low ticket sales. Confucius talks about the fall of Netflix, Future's comments about whether he wants more kids, Florida's decision to revoke Disney's special status, Jerry Seinfeld's friendship with Wale, and more on Confucius Reads the News.

Tales of Jay-Z

Confucius and Fresh talk about how important Hot 97's Summer Jam was to the culture in the pre-internet era, and discuss whether the West Coast has fully gotten its due as a rap coast. You'll learn Hip-Hop Facts about the first hip-hop record to go diamond, how Big KRIT's "Glass House" came to be recorded in Austin, who Atlanta rapper Baby Tate's mother is, and more! Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that Chicago is not getting its due for the amount of influence that the city has had on the culture. In Confucius Reads the News Confucius talks about Elon Musk's bid to buy Twitter, Greg Abbott's decision to bus migrants to Washington D.C., Patrick Beverly's celebration at winning the 7th spot in the playoffs, and more.

Grammy Time

Fresh and Confucius talk about the 2022 Grammy Awards and discuss T.I.'s recent run in with another comedian at a comedy club. This week on Hip-Hop Facts you'll learn about the high school rap battles between Busta Rhymes and Jay-Z, what happened when Warren and G Nate Dogg performed "Regulate" at the Billboard Awards, why Biggie wrote who "Who Shot Ya?" and more. Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that Top Dawg Entertainment is overrated. Confucius blends his old segment Confucius Says with Confucius Reads the News when he talks about Kentaji Brown Jackson's appointment to the Supreme Court and discusses the value of fearlessness in life, and the lack of value of haters .

The Slap!

Confucius and Fresh give their takes on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock during the Oscars and talk about Doja Cat's announcement that she's retiring. This week on Hip-Hop Facts you'll hear interesting things about the real singer on Will Smith's "Men in Black," how Fat Joe is connected to Grandmaster Flash, why Prodigy's verse never ended up on M.O.P.'s "Ante Up" Remix, Why Pusha T may resent McDonald's and more! Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that hip-hop journalism is in as good a space as it's been in a while. Confucius talks about the return of NASA's Mark Vande Hei after 355 days in space, the latest COVID booster news, the slap, and Joe Biden's comments about Putin.

Ladies Night

In honor of women's history month, Confucius and Fresh are focusing on women in hip-hop and R&B this week! They talk about Latto's recent statement that a male rapper wanted to exchange sex for a feature on her upcoming record. Plus, they talk about how Da Brat's influence in hip-hop is underrated. This week you'll learn Hip-Hop Facts about Mona Scott Young, Lil' Kim's connection to Slick Rick's song "Teenage Love," who was in the Notorious B.I.G.'s "One More Chance" video, the story behind the coats in Salt-N-Pepa's music video and more! Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that Slaughterhouse was never that big of a deal. In Confucius Reads the News Confucius talks about the war in Ukraine, Critical Race Theory, the recent tornados in the Austin area. You can hear the latest full broadcast of The Breaks Saturday night show.

Chaining Day

This week on The Breaks Fresh and Confucius discuss Dame Dash's claim that the only valid Roc-a-fella chains are the ones that he's given out. In this week's installment of Hip-Hop Facts, you'll learn about Ron Browz's involvement in Big L's song "Ebonics," how the Notorious B.I.G. wrote the entire album for Junior M.A.F.I.A , how Keir Worthy was the first person to bring hip-hop to SXSW, and more. Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that Warner Bros and DC Comics need to stop making Batman movies. Confucius talks about Lil Durk's comments about his fiancé and her body count, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and Chris Brown's recent sexual assault scandal. You can hear the latest full broadcast of The Breaks Saturday night show.

Jeen-Yuhs

Confucius and Fresh discuss the Kanye West documentary "Jeen-Yuhs" and talk about The Game's comments about Kanye and Dr. Dre. In this week's installment of Hip-Hop Facts, you'll learn interesting tidbits about the Young Gunz song "Never Take Me Alive, the Connection between 50 Cent's album The Massacre, and The Game's record The Documentary, who was actually in Kanye West's hip-hop bear mascot and more. Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that there are no hip-hop superstars outside of Kendrick, J Cole, and Drake. And Confucius talks about the president's State of the Union, the beef between NBA Youngboy and Lil Durk, the war in Ukraine, and more. You can hear the latest full broadcast of The Breaks Saturday night show.