S02e21 gets personal yall! The episode opens with Mike sharing an opportunity for growth before he and Jay discuss processes in music since going solo and sober and Kanye’s latest musical offerings. They talk instruments, personas and why one might want one before Jay shares what rehab might teach him and trusting the process. They talk melancholy and then mental health and Jay’s process in addressing his before hitting Top of the Hour and answering some questions. Mike gives us some insight into what makes him sad, they talk things taking tolls, and Mike draws a pretty great analogy as to Jay’s reticence on social media. Jay hatches a bad plan for meeting girls in his building before sharing that he’s back with his lady oops and they workshop a podcast host to replace Akil. To close out they discuss Usher, Mike calls Jay out for being judgemental and they talk getting caught out there on twitter.
In s02e20 Mike is joined by Markings, rapper / Artbeat and Loop Sessions affiliate, as co-host as they welcome J.u.D., Montreal DJ / producer / graphic designer / radio host, to the podcast. Things kick off with talk of Rico Nasty and reversal of gender roles, modern dating and dating pros before Mike reveals that he cried all morning, J.u.D. reveals that he’s on a streak of a certain kind and Markings reveals his nightmare. The gang talks just being honest when pursuing sex and how to use lucid dreaming for bad and then top 3s in various mediums. They play Top of the Hour (!) and discuss energy drinks, dream beefs in the Montreal scene, the inner-workings and inner-bias of the local music industry and who gets a seat at the rap table. They talk homebodyness before Mike shits on art again and everyone bemoans quebec’s messed up relationship with black music. J.u.D. gives us some insight into the early days of Alaiz, a local music collective from a few years back, and they talk music distribution outlets, bring back “Fuck it Pick a Record!” from season 1 and then discuss the possible maybe probable re-emergence of the New York rap sound. They close out on maturity’s role in modern matrimony, what streams mean fr fr and what lies ahead for the internet before J.u.D. unveils his self-portrait for our collective enjoyment. Laserssssssssss!!!
Episode 19, Rehabitation, kicks off with talk of the virtues of country living and then the virtues of escaping it when it’s trying to kill you. Mike and Jay talk actors-cum-musicians and vice versa, men’s accoutrements for anti-ageing and the double-standard when it comes to men and women getting older. They talk Dutch atrocities, whether Jay being an awful fisherman = failed masculinity and baseball cards before Top of the Hour kicks in and they get serious about R Kelly and personal issues. Jay gives us a lil rundown of what he’s got going on, they talk Boogie Cousin’s controversial decision and Mike brings in Marc Maron to support his disdain for kiddie culture. Mike and Jay get real-ish about addiction and what lies beneath, talk right-wing warriors, keeping sex stuff out of the studio and then just sex stuff. To close out, Mike makes the distinction between intelligence and education and gives sage advice regarding change. Laaaasers!
Episode 18 is a clips episode gathering unheard snippets from episodes 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12, most of which feature guests from this season who we just can’t let go. It opens with Mike and Jay talking Jimmy Fallon, history and a depression blog before we get more in depth with a travel story from the Don’t Be Mad dudes, the Lasers explain why they wouldn’t rent the studio out for a certain sexual soiree and everyone discusses basketball. Moving on we hear the Lasers and Up for Discussion hosts discuss Epic Meal Time’s prime, what loons are and how to tell a good church from an ok one. Mike and Jay discuss weed strains and prices, the up and coming weed industry and how to deal with drug freak outs (you’re welcome kids). The Lasers and Don’t Be Mad dudes discuss why the Raptors can’t face Lebron and the problems with the Toronto roster (Demar Derozen is a bum) before the Lasers and Up for Discussion talk/laugh racehorse names and then sitcoms, more specifically Frasier. Next up, Son Raw details why Beyonce leaving Jay Z would have been good for the culture before Mike asks Son Raw and Jay why no one cared about Kelis’ abuse allegations against Nas and they talk abuse in entertainment as a whole. Finally, Nick Brutus Grass talks why twitter fights >>> facebook ones, Canadian culture being at an all time high and his ideas as to why Kanye is being a dick.
17 is a special lil joint that pieces together some unearthed conversations from previous episodes Nay (s02e07) and Cherubian Offerings (s02e08). It kicks off with KC questioning whether he can make reggae being Trinidadian and Jay and Mike getting scientific about colour. They talk animal feats including dance battles and scouts including their cookies. Art rears its ugly head and Mike and Jay further discuss its relevance before talking animals again. Mike and Jay talk Craig Mack and Bad Boy Records going God before Mike Jay and KC discuss a friend who’s seminaring on landing ladies. Mike and Jay talk doing the most on an island, Jay examines getting older and everyone examines what’s going on with M.O.P. and then Juvenile. They discuss pros and cons of co-ops, come up with old promoter names, talk Groove Theory’s chances in the current climate and why Juicy J can’t lose. Lasers!
Welcome to episode mother frigging 16! This episode features Imaan Browne, founder and owner of lifestyle clothing brand Pure Luck X out of Montreal. They start off with talk of the brand and where Imaan wants to take it before discussing Michael Jackson the phenom and then Michael Jackson the damaged man. Imaan and Mike broach the evolution of 90s fashion and streetwear and then discuss the nightmare that is making music lol. They talk influence, Prince over Michael or vice versa and icons living or vice versa and then hit Top of the Hour and get deeeeeep. Imaan talks returning to the art, Mike by accident predicts Joe Jackson’s death and Imaan talks straight edge plus cheese life. Imaan begins his self-portrait while they discuss art and whether skill or inspiration is paramount before picking favorite members of Bone Thugs and talking the future. They close out with talk of body positivity, music as food for the soul, and being honest with partner and self about your real needs. Lasers!
Kids See Ghosts - Cudi Montage
Kids See Ghost - Freee (Ghost Town Pt. 2)
Morning Glory - Jelly Gas Flame
Kids See Ghost - Kids See Ghosts (Featuring Yasiin Bey)
Ramsay Almighty - Dangerous
Tree - Probably Nu It
Bone Thugs N Harmony - Buddah Lovaz (Screwed and Chopped)
Episode 15 welcomes artist and sometimes cannonhead collaborator KOLA who came through with his shit in order to live score the show! Any smooth chunes you hear while enjoying the episode you can thank him for. It kicks off with the Lasers running through some topic ideas before discussing penises at war and Jay’s black out. Everyone realizes that they have a guru, who they then pit against the other gurus in a spiritual freestyle battle over beats and KOLA shares his journey to positivity while Jay shares his journey to a possible but unlikely marketing gig. They cover Top of the Hour and answer deep stuff before weighing the pros and cons of working on the ocean and talking the relevance of the past to the present. Mike swears he has issues, Jay talks removing himself from a party and KOLA talks being a popular Montreal busker - good, bad and ugly. To close out the Lasers discuss the toll of emotional exhaustion and Jay tells a weird story about a dep-spute (dispute at a dep*) before KOLA performs a song. Lasers!
*EDITOR’S NOTE: Dep is Quebecois for “Corner Store”
Episode 14 kicks off with a return to some of the issues that the Lasers started unraveling in episode 13, namely Jay’s relationship stuff. They play a lil association game that is to games what peels are to bananas and then delve deeper into the drama surrounding Jay’s life. They explore pretty gnarly penis hole stories, Mike makes a bit of a personal revelation :0 and they pontificate on Madonna’s pp (private parts). They make light of Jay’s circumstances while Jay hopes he hasn’t overshared before they talk about the podcast’s direction and Jay’s options. They recall NSFW tour stories and then close out with final thoughts on love and what’s important. Lasers!
Kanye West - All Mine
Kanye West - Wouldn't Leave
Kanye West - No Mistake
Kanye West - Ghost Town
Kanye West - Violent Crimes
Myra Barnes (Vicki Anderson) - The Message From The Soul Sisters
Pusha T - Hard Piano (Featuring Rick Ross)
George Benson - Turn Your Love Around
Pusha T - Santeria
It’s getting personaaaal in episode 13, part 1 of a 2 part series chronicling for the most part Jay’s romantic comings and goings which just so happen to have taken a turn for the dramatic recently. They kick off with him sharing the misadventures that led to the end of more than one unhappy union before they talk the merits of couch sleeping and secret air in pull-out couches. Jay examines his choices, what he wants and why, before they hit Top of the Hour and run through some Q&A. Mike shares some insight into Jay’s problems and then into Kyle Korver’s basketball posture before they examine what actually constitutes locker room talk and how to have sex outside in the summer. They make jokes about outdoorsy trips and Mike makes Jay examine the underside of some of his ideas on relationships before KC invents a crazy bed concept.
Episode 12 of Lasers on the Ride welcomes founder of IX Daily, media personality and Montreal art scene staple Nick Brutus Grass to make jokes and discuss serious stuff. Conversation kicks off with talk of North vs South Carolina before the Lasers make Nick draw a self portrait and they get esoteric about art and life. Nick talks discovering new music and his passion for that stuff, ranks his best qualities and then breaks down some theories for the Lasers. They discuss emerging Canadian talent and the senseless attack levied against IX Daily before hitting “Top of the Hour” for some in-depth - trivia, is it? They play “Weird or Wavy” where they qualify increasingly bizarre things/concepts as either weird or wavy and Mike talks about his new fern while Jay makes a hose/hoes joke. They discuss ASMR videos and explore the pickle lady’s oeuvre and youtube therapy before Nick gives some insight into his career path thus far and his vision for his platform and self. To close out, they unveil Nick’s self-portrait and his space plans for the future. Lasers!
Episode 11 of season 2 welcomes dun dun dun duuunnnnnnh Son Raw, musical journalist / critic / observer to talk music and also nothing and also everything. The episode opens with the self-portrait game, where the guest is expected to draw himself and answer serious questions, before the gang discusses why certain people troll so hard, involuntary celibacy being bonkers, and making friends as adults. They talk music - who sucks with autotune, the problems with Drake, letting go of artists and tracking down Lord Have Mercy, before moving on to the myth(?) that making art is therapy. The group plays Top of the Hour where Jay get political-ish, Mike gets to finally discuss his zombie plan and Son Raw talks his feelings for various Daves. They talk favorite Source magazine ads, school, hallucinogens and drug stories before moving on to music, house and such, modern rap and how Son Raw got into grime. They close out by shitting on Post Malone and saving Wu-Tang (from itself). Lasers!
In episode 10 (already!) of season 2 the Lasers welcome the hosts of the Up for Discussion podcast Tom and Kate for a pretty funny time. Conversation kicks off with talk of social media and its role in meeting significant others before moving to biotech and its role in the Biotech Olympics. They play a game where Tom and Kate workshop names for fictional characters that the Lasers developed and then discuss dads. They examine the flimsy phenomenon of signatures before kicking off Top of the Hour and answering some serious questions. They talk about traffic induced grumpies, microwaves as old technology, guinea pigs (Tom’s more specifically) and Jay ruining hot tubs. They play a game where they rank various bears in honour of Up for Discussion’s logo before Tom pitches a time consuming podcast idea and they close out with talk of marijuana and inevitably getting too high.
Episode 9 of season 2 welcomes the hosts of the Don’t Be Mad podcast, so it’s kind of like (podcast) squared. They start off by talking fraternities, where the Don’t Be Mad guys school the Lasers on university life, and the group picks sides on using coasters and Jay shares a sad(?) story that involves sex and christmas. They discuss sexual proclivities, expanding personal horizons, and then the unfortunate turn of events that is Bill Cosby. The Lasers introduce a new game, Top of the Hour, where everyone picks a random question and gives their best reply and they explore real and imagined hurdles to beach resorts. The group breaks NDG down into parts and the Don’t Be Mad dudes share their hopes and dreams for their platform and teach the Lasers about anime. They close out by discussing cartoon sex, naturally.
Patti Drew - Which One Should I Choose
Wyclef Jean - Street Jeapordy (feat John Forte & ROC)
Outkast - Elevators
Norah Jones - Travelin' On
Drake - Underground Kings
Rae Sremmurd (Slim Jxmmi) - Changed Up
Kanye West - Drive Slow (feat Paul Wall & GLC)
Xzibit - At the Speed of Life
Season 2, episode 8 brings bff of the show KC back into the mix! They start off with talk of Karl Malone, the Utah Jazz and then inevitably Mormons, before examining the Hot Boyz and questionable behaviour on the part of Baby. They discuss antiquated ideas of man code, having professional security and then general metro security and whether Jay offended someone’s dad at a party. Jay recalls a rapper who got got by ODB’s son, KC talks botoxing babies and Mike explains what a cherub is before conversation devolves entirely. Sexual preference comes up, Mike equates Dr Phil and his wife to Busta and Spliff Star looool and they discuss going viral. Jay and KC workshop Kanye rants but about Ernie Hudson from GhostBusters and KC gets political. To close out, they compare and contrast historical “geniuses”.
Orpheus Four - Caverns
Juvenile - Run For It (feat Lil Wayne)
Lloyd - You (feat Lil Wayne)
Petey Pablo - Don't Like Me
The Black Keys - Dearest
Beach House - Walk in the Park
Res - Ice King
The Groupies - Primitive
Episode 7 of season 2 kicks off with talk of Mardi Grasl, which Jay learns has nothing to do with Spring Break, and also Kanye West’s breakdown (it’s not a breakthrough c’moooon now).The Lasers talk bro-ing out and whether they’ve ever accidentally partaken, listening to sad music and the great love song of our generation. They discuss masculinity, toxic and otherwise but mostly toxic, and Jay actually learning the guitar vs noodling with the guitar. They explore the limits of Jay’s empathy or empathy period, what’s considered a good parent, and the pitfalls of advice. Mike makes the distinction between facts on women and sexist spins on facts on women, they discuss World War 2, sort of, and close out on ideas of identity and rats.
Trouble - Come Thru (feat The Weeknd)
Future - Absolutely Going Brazy
Method Man - Break Ups 2 Make Ups (feat D'Angelo)
BbyMutha - Lately (feat Rico Nasty)
BbyMutha - Roses
BbyMutha - RULES
Buddy - Shine
T.I. - Chillin' With My Bitch (feat Jazze Pha)
Cardi B - Be Careful
Miguel - Come Through & Chill (Vevo x Miguel)
Frankie Cosmos - Apathy
Kanye West - Heard 'Em Say (feat Adam Levine)
Scarface - Guess Who's Back (feat Jay-z and Beanie Sigel)
Kodak Black - No Flockin Freestyle
Ahmad - Back in the Day (Remix)
Miguel - Told You So
Episode 6 introduces our first guest of season 2 - writer/podcast host/content creator Chris Masson from WatchMojo. They kick off the episode with a lil bit of the esoteric with Chris sharing stories from growing up with a mom who dabbles p heavily in the zodiac and contrasting that to other relationships in his life. The Lasers introduce a new season 2 game where they make the guest draw a self-portrait during an increasingly personal Q&A and Chris talks an ageing parent, going from art to art-ish, and which sin best applies. They talk personas in art and taking one’s self serious vs one’s art serious and whether REM, Live and Tragically Hip are the same band (Chris argues no, Mike is unfamiliar). They workshop some content ideas (Drakespeare vs Shakespeare comes out looking ok) and talk why men seek out wood in all forms, stylistic devices in writing and chip flavours. To close out, Chris performs a piece from his past just a little begrudgingly as per Jay’s request.
Billy Stewart - Sitting in the Park
Mr. Vegas - Time After Time
Drake - The Ride ft The Weeknd
Cannonhead - Interlude
The Tragically Hip - Fireworks
Black Lips - Bicentennial Man
Sos Band - No One's Gonna Love You (Extended)
The Flower Power - Stop! Check It
Episode 5 is all about what’s going on in new music, rap and otherwise, and Mike’s disenchantment with the state of art - it’s dead (!)(?)(,)(.) he says, while Jay argues that he is in fact himself art and alive(?). To get the stuff started each Laser brings forth 10 songs that they listen to and appreciate and sometimes shit on. Jay explains the cause for his raspy voice and Mike and Jay tell rabbit stories, each one sadder than the last. Mike brings up Sean Penn’s new book and the Lasers laugh at his horrible writing, ridden with ridiculous alliteration that proves he’s insane. They close out the episode with talk on the legalization of weed, whether it can make you go crazy (lol), and why some people can’t handle the stuff and then freestyle an ad for their instagram (go follow!).
Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee, Slim Jxmmi - Powerglide ft Juicy J
Jorja Smith and Kendrick Lamar - I Am
Allan Kingdom - Life
Bali Baby - Winter Wonderland
Bhad Baby - Gucci Flip Flops ft Lil Yachty
Tommy Lee Sparta - Propane ft Bakersteez
Future and Dj Esco - Showed You ft Young Thug, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, & Dej Loaf
Future - Absolutely Going Brazy
Royce da 5’9 - Boblo Boat ft J. Cole
Denzel Curry - Sumo
Joey Bada$$ vs XXXTENTACION - King’s Dead (Freestyle)
Lil Xan - The Man ft $teven Cannon
London Jae - Vodka ft Travis Scott
Ky-Mani Marley - Best Thing
In episode 4 the Lasers enter the Danger Dome if danger was answering timed questions and the dome was a podcast. We find out each Laser’s take on important questions such as white people with dreadlocks, penis colour in porn, saucy vs dry-rub, dinner party etiquette, whether pumpkin pie is for old people, which colour wine is best, whether it’s ok that some rappers wear fake jewelry, sharing your bed with dogs and such and the relevance of the Junos. In and around the game, discussion proceeds at a normal, sometimes feverish, rarely sluggish pace. Jay recalls an awkward encounter between his arms and an older woman before the Lasers discuss comedians of yore-ish and dope film directors. Jay concludes that the History Channel targets racists and the Lasers discuss herstory and how much good stuff the world has missed out on due to misogyny (thanks for nothing misogyny!). Mike shares 70 through 61 on his best rappers of all time list and they examine why Canada is so good at indie rock and syphilis in the prairies.
The Lasers kick off episode 3 by examining the idiosyncrasies of various police precincts before then eulogizing fallen Montreal music venues and discussing No Doubt’s catalogue. Jay and Mike agree that Timbaland would easily discard Swizz Beatz in a beat battle and Jay recalls a panic attack post edible & Flying Lotus performance. Mike shares his ambivalence come dislike for The Migos and explains the similarities between Portuguese and Romanian (it’s the ziou sound). The Lasers fashion police the Migos on SNL, talk dating Sarah the stripper, and finally determine why rap rock keeps missing the mark. They speak Weezer and then Weezer/Weezy mash-up! and then unfortunate sex endings. They cap it off by exploring the ultimate face-offs in rap and who’s Beatles, who’s Stones.
The Lasers kick off episode 2 of season 2 (Robbing Season?) with Oprah talk, where they expound her many achievements, and then the Baltimore accent. Jay shares his dislike for Charlamagne and defends Lakeith Stanfield while Mike shares his dislike for Lakeith Stanfield and defends Charlamagne. Mark Cuban’s gross behaviour and large fingers get aired. Mike and Jay have a serious discussion surrounding privilege, white and otherwise (ok just white), and discuss what it means to really be an ally. They talk male pattern baldness and general hat remedies while Jared Leto does Japan. To close out they explore accents some more and talk Cardi B and the Bronx and National Geographic finally coming to terms with their extra-problematic history.