During an episode of Warren Peace and Mike Pizzo’s YouTube show Let the Record Show, rapper Talib Kweli places Steely Dan’s 1977 jazz-rock album Aja among his all-time musical favorites. Peace and Pizzo—founders of the once-active website and former record store Hip Hop Site, legacy guest hosts of KUNV-FM show “Word Up” and longtime DJs—concur, and it makes me want to reconsider the record. This tickles Peace: “I love when viewers can listen to [the musical guests] and hear their influences. I would love for someone to go back and listen to those things.”
Created to allow for “a deep dive with an artist and not have it be an run-of-the-mill interview,” according to Pizzo, Let the Record Show lets notable guests like Kweli, hip-hop producer A-Trak and alt-funk act Chromeo—most of whom Peace and Pizzo have developed relationships with over the years—run down their top 10 tracks, which are discussed and spun on a turntable. The resulting conversations typically delve into shared music industry experience, along with the histories of the tracks and artists. “Education is the key component of this,” Pizzo says. “I also like to break down the DNA [of the music]. One of the things you see in that A-Trak episode is the main connective tissue of a song, like the vocoder in his productions. … You can weave these things together, and that’s not possible unless you know your musical history like Warren and I do.”
Watch Let the Record Show at bit.ly/2y2W63Q.