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'Don't Alert The Stans' is a music and pop-culture podcast with a marked focus on stan culture. Join your hosts Nic (@IAmNtyrell), Sope (@SopeSoetan) and Eden (@EedsMcKenzie) as they examine the trending topics of the week, new releases and mercilessly debate your favourite artists. Controversial and wild options aplenty, no artist is safe. This isn't for the faint-hearted or easily triggered. Get involved in the conversation at #DATSPOD Email - Datspod@gmail.com
 
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Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! This week’s show is a much shorter affair in light of the last few lengthy episodes. During the listen’s section, Nic’s review of Syd’s new album ‘Broken Hearts Club’ prompts an impromptu discussion around the different types of vocalists. Noting that Syd wouldn’t be termed a “real vocalist” in the traditional…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans!For this week’s episode, the boys are joined by Gerrick Kennedy. Based in Los Angeles, Kennedy is an award-winning journalist + cultural critic. A former staff writer at the LA Times, his writing has appeared in the likes of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Men’s Health, Variety, NP…
 
Welcome back to another episode of Don't Alert The Stans! In this weeks episode we ask the simple questions; what have we listened to for the week, what music we would recommend, and most importantly...why are we so inna? We use the popular West Indian phrase to question why there is such a demand for celebrity scandal, analysing the false tweets s…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the boys are joined by Kamica King. Based in Dallas, Texas, Kamica is a board-certified music therapist, speaker, singer and songwriter. King is also the founder of Musically Me Unlimited, a musical self-empowerment program for youth of colour and socio-emotional wellness company King …
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! The Season 7 finale begins with a heartfelt tribute to author, feminist and professor bell hooks who passed away last week. Long a healing balm for both Eden and Sope, they both take some time to share their individual experiences with hooks’ work and how its impacted their lives (00:08:31). Next up is the tri…
 
***DISCLAIMER*** --- Sope had some wi-fi issues which affected his sound during the recording of this episode. Please bear with us as you listen this week and we'll rectify these discrepancies next week. Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, GRAMMY-related news rears its ugly head again in the wake of Drake randomly decidi…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, Eden and Sope are palpably indifferent to the news agenda as multiple award shows are in the mix for a plethora of different reasons. Nonetheless before that, a long overdue dissection and discussion about Cleo Sol’s impeccable album ‘Mother’ commences the proceedings. Eden and Sope sh…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, an impromptu but comprehensive review of Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak’s joint ‘Silk Sonic’ project results in a rant from Sope on the rollout and the relative monotony of their sound (00:42:24). In response to Taylor Swift’s massive success with the re-recordings of ‘Fearless’ and ‘Red…
 
***DISCLAIMER*** --- We had some issues with sound during the recording of this episode. Please bear with us as you listen this week and we'll rectify these discrepancies next week and beyond. Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! After the longest hiatus in the show’s history thus far, Don’t Alert The Stans is officially back for Season 7. This m…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! In this one-off short, we reveal why we've been away, when we're coming back and our individual journeys. Speak soon. DATS TEAM Enjoy! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Intro Music by: @Jmzofficial Artwork designed by: @_manlikemike Episode audio …
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For the final episode of Season 6, it’s just Sope and Eden as Nic is feeling unwell. During the listens section, X-Factor alumni Shayne Ward and Leona Lewis have their careers randomly put under the microscope as a result of Eden’s recommendations 26:41). Kicking off the news agenda is VERZUS who have announce…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For the penultimate episode of Season 6, an impromptu conversation about the history and erasure of black rock indie musicians comes to the fore following Nic’s recommendation of Willow Smith’s new single Transparent Soul (30:08). Officially kicking off the news agenda this week is Mary J. Blige who’s partnere…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the news agenda begins with a #RespectingLegends discussion around Alicia Keys’ performance at the Billboard Music Awards. She took to the stage to perform a medley of tracks from her classic debut album ‘Songs In A Minor’ commemorating it’s 20th anniversary (29:17). Next up is Nas who…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans!For this week’s episode, it’s finally a full house as Eden, Sope and Nic are together again as a trio for the first time in over a month. Kicking off the news agenda this week is T.I. and Tiny who are now being investigated by the LAPD over unrelenting sexual assault allegations. As a response to the accusation…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, Eden and Sope hold it down as a duo once again as Nic is absent. Kicking off the news agenda this week is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who have officially announced that Tina Turner, Jay Z, LL Cool J, Clarence Avant and Gil-Scott Heron will be among their newest inductees (34:00). On…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, Eden and Sope hold it down as a duo while Nic takes another week off to regroup. Kicking off the news agenda this week is Tion Wayne and Russ Millions whose collaborative single ‘Body’ has topped the UK Singles Chart. Becoming the first ever drill song to achieve this feat (35:00). Nex…
 
For this week’s episode, Eden and Nic hold it down as a duo while Sope takes this week off to regroup. In this episode the duo discuss technology changes in the music space, as Soundcloud receives investment from Siriusxm (34:00). Saweetie takes a chance by being vulnerable with her recent performance anxieties (57:50), and Teyana Taylor discusses …
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, Eden and Sope hold it down as a duo while Nic takes this week off to regroup. Kicking off the episode is the latest developments in what seems to be a long-running saga. Justin Timberlake’s questionable antics from years before, continue to bite him where it hurts almost 20 years later…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans!For this week’s episode, the boys are joined by Sharine Taylor. Based in Toronto, Taylor is an award-winning music + culture writer/critic of Jamaican origin. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, WePresent, Dazed, Nylon, Noisey, The FADER, Shondaland, Pitchfork, and many other notable publications. Befo…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the boys kick off the news agenda discussing The U.S. National Library of Congress. It has been announced that select works from LaBelle Janet Jackson, Nas and Jimmy Cliff are among the newest inductees into their catalogue for their cultural and historical significance. Sope initially…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the boys are joined by Yaw Owusu who is the Senior Manager at The PRS Foundation’s Power Up. The new initiative tackling Anti-Black racism and racial disparities within the UK Music Industry. A #RespectingLegends topic kicks off the news agenda this week. Anita Baker is telling her fan…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the news agenda commences with the announcement that Rina Sawayama, Pa Salieu and Griff have been shortlisted for the Rising Star award at this year’s BRIT Awards (00:27:16). Veering into more disappointing terrain, the boys weigh in on the controversy surrounding Jess Glynne’s use of …
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, it’s a full house once again as Eden returns to the fore. During the listens section, Nic offers an impromptu review of Drake’s new EP ‘Scary Hours 2’ (00:26:12). Beginning the news agenda on a sombre but celebratory note, the boys reflect on the death of Reggae icon Bunny Wailer who p…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans!After a nearly four-month hiatus, the boys of DATSPOD are back get you through this bleak time in history called 2021. Season 6 is finally here, kicking off with a jam-packed episode with just Nic and Sope. Proceedings begin with optimistic news of institutional progression. British-Japanese pop maverick Rina S…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! And we have come to the end of Season 5! For the final episode until next year, the news agenda kicks off with Universal Music who have announced the launch of 0207 Def Jam UK. The new label will be head up by British-Ghanaian twins Alec & Alex Boateng, coming together after individual stints at Island Records…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, a blunt and honest review of Megan Thee Stallion’s debut album ‘Good News’ sets the wheels in motion with Nic and Sope expressing their disappointment at the lack of musical growth and the over-reliance of samples. Elsewhere, they examine the overall underwhelming roll out in which the…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, a discussion on the erasure of European artists in the UK market sets things off in motion after Nic shares his love for French-Malian singer Aya Nakamura’s new album ‘AYA’ (26:48). The news section begins on a bleak note as the boys briefly summarise the domestic abuse allegations aga…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the boys are joined by Sheniece Charway who works as the Artist Relations Manager at YouTube Music. In a quick tangential moment, Eden asks Nic and Sope on their experiences with the social media app Clubhouse which is quickly becoming popular (3:53). Kicking off the news agenda this w…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the listens section inspires two in-depth discussions. As Sope shares his thoughts on Ty Dolla $ign’s new album ‘Featuring Ty Dolla $ign’, he raises the question as to why for all his success as a featured artist and songwriter, why has there been a disconnect with his own material? (1…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, much to Nic’s chagrin, the boys begin news proceedings by sharing the latest update in the Tory Lanez/Megan Thee Stallion shooting controversy. Tory took to IG Live to speak at length about his part in the case and debunk supposed holes in Megan’s story (52:25). As the November preside…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the boys are joined by award-winning journalist, editor and author Marcus J. Moore. He’s just published his first book, ‘The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America’. Elsewhere he’s a contributing editor at Bandcamp and has written for BBC, The Fader, The…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, Sope & Eden discuss Bryson Tiller’s recently released projects ‘T R A P S O U L (Deluxe)’ and ‘Anniversary’. They consider as to why he’s struggling to evolve as an artist and the cause for the dip in quality. This is quickly followed by a #RespectingLegends session as Sope revels in t…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the boys are joined by Joey Akan, one of the leading voices covering contemporary African music. A journalist, writer and media consultant, Joey is the Founder/CEO of Afrobeats Intelligence. He has also contributed to the likes of The Fader, The New York Times, OkayAfrica, Highsnobiety…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the boys kick things off by celebrating the return of Channel U. A childhood staple in all their lives, the boys reflect on their memories and experiences with the channel, while putting forth ideas about how they should position themselves in 2020 (00:19:20). Lupe Fiasco caused enormo…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, Eden sets off proceedings by asking Sope a series of questions pertaining to his day to day experiences as a Black man working in Music PR (00:04:56). During the listens section, a spontaneous discussion surrounding Ne-Yo is sparked as the boys ponder over why he fell off and why he’s …
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans!For this week’s episode, the boys are joined by Stefan Bertin who works as a celebrity hairstylist and groomer. Previous clients include Letitia Wright, Kehlani, Alexandra Burke, Katy Perry, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Gucci, Farfetch, Chanel and more. Kicking off this week’s news agenda is a story that illuminates…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans!In this weeks episode, Nic and Eden celebrate as Nic publishes new pieces for The Face, and Paper Magazine. As the episode progresses the boys discuss finding your purpose in your career and the controversy following Joe Budden’s allegations against Spotify. This leads to a conversation about ownership, and the…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! After a nearly three-month hiatus, Eden, Sope and Nic are back! Season 5 is finally here and is rightly kicking off with a jam-packed episode. Proceedings begin on a sombre note as the boys express their feelings about the sudden death of Chadwick Boseman (02:23). During the listen’s session, Eden and Nic have…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! In circumstances that almost made it impossible, we have reached the season finale! Kicking off Season 4’s conclusion is the controversy surrounding Capital Xtra’s Yinka Bokinni and Shayna Marie Birch-Campbell. The two breakfast show hosts have criticised their parent company Global Radio for not taking a stro…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the ongoing racial tensions clamouring the world at present, once again trickle into the show’s itinerary. Kicking off this week’s news agenda, is the #BlackOutTuesday movement that took place across the music industry. Eden, Nic & Sope share their concerns around its legitimacy and ho…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, Eden, Nic & Sope break away from their regularly light-hearted disposition to express support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The boys individually share their thoughts on the recent murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Belly Mujinga and Ahmaud Arbery. Circling bac…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, proceedings begin with BET who have announced that in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 BET Awards will still go ahead as planned but virtually(32:18). The contentious Tekashi 6ix9ine has made headlines once again. This time he’s lashing out against Billboard, claiming t…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans!For this week’s episode, Sope starts with a #RespectingLegends tribute to 70s soul singer Betty Wright, who sadly passed away from cancer at the age of 66. Is it fair to call Kehlani a pop artist? A debate between Eden and Sope ensues as they review her new album ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t’. Kicking off the n…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, Sope starts with a #RespectingLegends tribute to Andre Harrell and Little Richard, who both sadly passed away at the weekend. Kicking off the news agenda is the growing popularity of the #NS10v10 artist clashes. The boys breakdown the battles that took place between Usher & Chris Brown…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, the boys kick things off by breaking down the No Signal battle between Popcaan and Burna Boy. The animosity between Link Up TV and Chip’s management team sets off the news section this week. Eden & Nic assess the poor manner in which both parties dealt with the issues pertaining to the…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! Coronavirus couldn’t stop us! We back! After a nearly two-month hiatus, Eden, Sope & Nic are back to kick off the quarantine edition of DATSPOD. As the boys continue to get to grips with the current horrors of the world, Eden leads a discussion about how the global pandemic is affecting the music industry on b…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans!For this week’s episode, the boys are joined by Tara Joshi who works as the music editor of gal-dem in addition to freelancing for The New York Times, VICE, The Quietus, The Observer New Review and more. Kicking off this week’s news agenda is a topic that has been inescapable; Coronavirus. Summer Walker faced a…
 
Welcome back to Don’t Alert the Stans! For this week’s episode, Eden kicks things off by sharing the story of how an impromptu conversation with TDE’s SiR led to him filmed shout out. Continuing the trend of artist experiences, Sope shares an impassioned anecdote about his time at Teedra Moses’ headline show at The Jazz Café. Discussing the power o…
 
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