I start the episode by myself, where I try to compare Shawn Michaels and Kanye West. Then I called Errick Greenlee on Skype, where we had a short conversation about our daughters and families off podcast, then we get down to business. But what I thought would be more fantasy booking turned into an all out discussion of Captain America: Civil War, which we both saw on its opening weekend.
This episode’s cover image is brought to you via Errick’s favorite Captain America speech, (which he feels was delivered badly by the film) which originally appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #537 for those Spider-Man haters out there. I wouldn’t call this an all-inclusive review of the film but we get to a lot of it. In case you didn’t notice, this episode is full of spoilers.
Jigga. Young Hova. S Dot Carter. J-A-Y-Hyphen. Controlling.
- Can I Live?
- In My Lifetime (Remix)
- A Million And One Questions
- There’s Been A Murder
- Lucky Me
- Feelin’ It
- Blueprint 2
- Pump It Up Freestyle
- La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again)
- Soon You’ll Understand
- Only A Customer
- Imaginary Player
- Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)
- D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
- Say Hello
- Come And Get Me
- Heart Of The City (Ain’t No Love)
- Streets Is Talking
- You Must Love Me
- Hovi Baby
- Public Service Announcement (Interlude)
On the day after what may be remembered as one of the darkest days for many, I finally found time to have my first guest ever. Errick Greenlee is not just a son, brother, husband, father, or purveyor of all things nerd fresh. He’s not just a writer or filmmaker. He’s not just the king of the Lightning Round or his #GoingInRaw column for KillerBoomBox. Nor is he just one half of a dynamic t-shirt designing duo. In addition to that glistening resume, Errick Greenlee is a professional wrestling fan. And nothing was the same.
So we start to fantasy book the WWE until SummerSlam and already, the ideas are flowing. Reigns, Styles, Rollins, Balor, Ziggler. Trust me, this is the phenomenal forearm of the fantasy booking; it’s that over. Plus we take the time to talk about Chyna and Prince. And this is only the first edition in what I hope will be many more appearances but Mr. Greenlee. Hold on to your butts.
On a very special day, Hyphen Nation 9 is born into existence! Today’s topics include the 2nd birthday of my daughter Aaliyah (that’s the special day, take that smokers), my experiences as a “single” dad, why I’ve been so lazy creatively lately, the tough decision between my Android and becoming one of those iPhone users, and an update about those lifestyle changes I keep saying I’m going to make (the elephant scale at the Smithsonian Zoo wasn’t impressed). Plus: I predict the 2016 NBA Playoffs in their entirety. And I don’t care if you say it’s not fair to pick after they officially start. Besides, there are no surprises to be heard here.
This episode is all about the positive vibes so check that negativity at the door. Or to Yankee Stadium.
The Final Banana is for dancing. If you don’t like to dance, you’ll dance. If you like to dance, you’ll sweat. If you like to sweat, you need The Final Banana.
- Madonna – Vogue
- Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer
- Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
- EMF – Unbelievable
- Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
- Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Home)
- C+C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
- Gerardo – Rico Suave
- Haddaway – What Is Love?
- Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper
- La Bouche – Be My Lover
- Robin S. – Show Me Love
- Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
- Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back
- Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
- Black Box – Everybody Everybody
- Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations
- CeCe Peniston – Finally
- Maxi Priest – Close To You
- Paula Abdul – Straight Up
- Arrested Development – People Everyday
- Heavy D and the Boyz – Now That We Found Love
- Madonna – Express Yourself
- Bobby Brown – Every Little Step (Radio Edit)
- Young MC – Bust A Move
In this episode, everybody gets it! And by that I mean that I talk about how I hold grudges (I was taught by the best) and how it feels when Seinfeld loses his Newman (it feels pretty great). I also spend some time talking about being just one of the girls (people like talking to me. It’s a gift and a curse) and how I became enshrined in the Mario Kart Wii Hall of Fame (it’s a real thing. You can totally look it up. You’ll see a picture of my victims sad faces next to my name). I wrap things up by talking about how Steph Curry is having his moment and how I no longer lust after Little Caesar’s bacon wrapped pizza.
I may also be muttering under my breath at times. It was a rough week.
It’s the first regular episode since Show #12. This show is so good it didn’t need a fancy tagline. I wish I could grow a beard like Gambino. Time for a new show intro for Show #20.
- Busta Rhymes – As I Come Back
- Michael Jackson – Remember The Time (New Jack Jazz Mix)
- Michael Jackson – Why You Wanna Trip On Me
- Slum Village – Selfish
- Ja Rule – It’s Murda
- R. Kelly – Suicide
- Ja Rule – Suicide Freestyle
- Madonna – Human Nature
- Eminem – Say Goodbye Hollywood
- Limp Bizkit – N 2Gether Now
- Wiz Khalifa – We’re Done
- Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean
- Will Smith – Will 2K
- Seal – Crazy
- The Roots – The Next Movement
- Childish Gambino – Break
- Lady Gaga – You And I
- Kid Cudi – Sky Might Fall
- Megan Rochell – The One You Need
- Wiz Khalifa – King Of Everything
- Toni Braxton – Just Another Sad Love Song
- Fabolous – Been Around The World Remix Freestyle
- Blues Traveler – Run-Around
- Blues Traveler – Hook
- Method Man – The Purple Tape
- Marcus Taylor – City Of Broken Dreams
- Marcus Taylor – Shit Just Got Real
You take one day off and life gets in the way. So what do you do? You wait until the next opportunity presents itself and you keep the podcast train on the tracks! Enclosed within these audio walls, I question whether I’m a bad husband, I talk about Aladdin and the Little Mermaid and my differing opinions on both (Welcome to the Disney movie review podcast!), this episode’s cover girl Ronda Rousey’s confession to considering suicide after she lost to Holly Holm, and getting better at writing (faster) through repetition.
This episode was recorded at not just one but two Morgantown Krogers before and after a dentist appointment. Your man of the people has come back.
Another legend gone. The music lives on. Rest in peace Maurice White. Clap your hands this evening, ’cause it’s alright.
- Reasons (Live)
- Shining Star
- Boogie Wonderland
- Got To Get You Into My Life
- After The Love Is Gone
- Keep Your Head To The Sky
- Devotion (Live)
- Can’t Hide Love
- That’s The Way Of The World
- On Your Face
- Let Me Talk
- Let’s Groove
- Magic Mind
- Sing A Song
- Earth, Wind & Fire
- Wanna Be With You
- See The Light
- Sun Goddess
So with the professional footballs officially put away for another season, it’s time for Hyphen Nation to blossom into its final and best form! Or something like that. Contained within these audio walls, I discuss why the day after the Super Bowl should be some kind of national holiday, I compare my experiences with the OJ Simpson trial as a child with what I know today, the story of gas station snacks that spawned this episode’s title, my eternal struggle with never being able to catch up on all the podcasts I like, and I end things with a small tribute to the retiring Daniel Bryan.
It’s still snowing in Morgantown so if you live in a warm climate, I hate you. But I’d still like you to check out this episode. And pass it along like a note in class. I don’t really care if the teacher sees it.