The Upful LIFE Podcast- ep.064: KATHY IANDOLI [author/journalist: Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim, Prodigy/Mobb Deep, Black Lily]


Welcome KATHY IANDOLI to The Upful LIFE Podcast! Ever since I tore thru her Aaliyah book last year, I’ve been patiently-yet-anxiously awaiting an opportunity to speak with Kathy on this show. Ms. Iandoli is a media professional whom I’ve admired for some time, there’s a lot to glean from how she moves thru music/media industries, and I aspire to the levels she’s already climbed time and again. An Okayplayer OG, Iandoli has projects and relationships with movers n’ shakers all over the map, in hip-hop, punk, fashion, and more.

Topics of conversation include – Women coming of age in hip-hop since the golden era, stanning Lauryn Hill, the book on Aaliyah‘s life, co-authoring Lii’ Kim‘s forthcoming memoir The Queen Bee, the groundbreaking God Save the Queens book, Iandoli’s book and friendship with the late Prodigy of Mobb Deep, memories of Okayplayer/Black Lily, her NYU course focused on Lana Del Rey, and Kathy’s own personal reflections/stories/perspectives.

  • 5:30 – The Upful Update
  • 12:15 – Introducing KATHY IANDOLI
  • 22:00 – INTERVIEW w/ Kathy
  • 2:18:45 – Reflections + Vibe Junkie JAMZ

Kathy Iandoli is a critically acclaimed journalist, author, podcaster, media coach, and documentarian. She has nearly 25 years  experience working in the music industry—from media, to publicity, radio, and artist management. Her first book, God Save The Queens: The Essential History of Women In Hip-Hop (2019, Dey Street Books / HarperCollins) was named an NPR Best Book Of the Year. She is the author of the biography Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah (2021, Atria Books / Simon & Schuster), as well as the co-author of rapper, Lil’ Kim’s upcoming memoir, The Queen Bee (2022, Hachette Books). Kathy has written about music and gender for two decades, with bylines in VIBE, The SourceXXL, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, BUST, Teen Vogue, PAPER, Playboy, i-D, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, The Guardian, VICE, and many others. Kathy was a professor-in-residence of Music Business at NYU for 7 years as well as an alum of Steinhardt’s Music Business Graduate Program and has served as a pundit (television, radio, and panels) for discussions on hip-hop and gender.

Vibe Junkie JAMZ

“The Sweetest Thing” Lauryn Hill (live in Japan 1999)

“More Than A Woman” – Aaliyah (last live performance, July 2001)


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