Breaking Atoms: The Hip Hop Podcast

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Get stuck off the realness as Sumit and Chris break down the important issues in Hip Hop music, culture and politics. From high-brow deep dives to low-end theories, expect clinical analysis and subjective perspectives from these two Rap Scientists.

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Ep. 4: The Ruler's Back | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z
30:37

In this fourth and final episode, we’ll look at The Blueprint’s release date coinciding with the World Trade Centre attacks, the album’s critical success and commercial reception, its influence on the artists who came before and after and its enduring legacy 20 years on.

 

Guest appearances by Andrew Barber, Young Guru, Just Blaze, Jayson Buford, Nuface, Oliver Wang, Jesse Bernard, Lily Mercer, Nicolas Tyrell-Scott, Dylan Green, Akaash Sharma, Miki Hellerbach, Shawn Setaro, Pain In Da Ass, Bink, Yemi Abiade, Thandie Sibanda, J’na Jefferson and Carl Lamarre

 

1:23 - Andrew Barber on Def Jam bringing the release date of The Blueprint forward
1:48 - Young Guru on recording in Miami and receiving physical copies of The Blueprint
2:56 - David Courtney on being the source of inspiration for The Blueprint cover
4:22 - Young Guru on Just Blaze and Freeway discovering their chemistry
4:56 - Just Blaze on seeing the crowd reaction to The Blueprint
5:40 - Young Guru on close Roc-A-Fella friends and family passing away
6:20 - Young Guru on waking up on 911 and learning about the World Trade Centre attacks
7:47 - Andrew Barber on being in college and being excited about a new Jay-Z album
8:44 - Jayson Buford on being in kindergarten on 911 and remembering people being scared
9:46 - Nuface on losing his job on 911 and using music to lift his spirits
10:55 - Oliver Wang on having reservations when first listening to The Blueprint
11:52 - Jesse Bernard on how The Blueprint appeals to various Hip Hop fans
12:42 - Lily Mercer on The Blueprint’s lack of features and commercial success
14:01 - Nicolas Tyrell-Scott on Jay-Z stepping up with another quality album
14:55 - Dylan Green on other artists creating songs inspired by The Blueprint
15:55 - Akaash Sharma on how The Blueprint has inspired a generation of artists and fans
16:31 - Miki Hellerbach on discovering new things on The Blueprint
17:10 - Shawn Setaro on how The Blueprint set up Jay-Z to become the top rapper
17:42 - Pain In Da Ass on The Blueprint being the perfect Jay-Z album
18:15 - Bink on how The Blueprint changed the way people made music
19:11 - Young Guru on the legacy of The Blueprint and his memories of Kamel Abdo
20:06 - Jayson Buford and Bianca Gracie on Jay-Z becoming untouchable
21:24 - Yemi Abiade on Jay-Z’s influence on UK Hip Hop and Grime acts
22:08 - Thandie Sibanda on The Blueprint being a positive representation of Black people
24:28 - Nuface on The Blueprint’s addition to the National Recording Registry
25:18 - J’na Jefferson on Jay-Z’s unapologetic confidence on The Blueprint
26:45 - Shawn Setaro on how The Blueprint links the past and future
27:32 - Carl Lamarre on The Blueprint helping to give New York Hip Hop a new boost
29:13 - Just Blaze on the game-changing legacy of The Blueprint 20 years later

 

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Sep 09, 2021
Ep. 3: Never Change | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z
35:35

In this third episode, we’ll break down the second half of The Blueprint album, dive even deeper into the creative process and explore the relationships among some of the album’s key contributors.


Guest appearances by Carl Lamarre, Jesse Bernard, Young Guru, Pain In Da Ass, Miki Hellerbach, Jayson Buford, Nuface, Shawn Setaro, Big Hass, Akaash Sharma, Just Blaze, Bink, Yemi Abiade, Nicolas Tyrell-Scott, Andrew Barber and Tony Dawsey

 

1:30 - Carl Lamarre on Kanye West making the beat for Heart of the City with DMX in mind
2:11 - Jesse Bernard on why Heart of the City is a crucial song for Jay-Z
3:08 - Young Guru on Jay-Z recording Heart of the City in one take
4:16 - Pain In Da Ass on Heart of the City being a sequel of sorts to Can’t Knock The Hustle
4:54 - Miki Hellerbach on his favourite punchline from Heart of the City
5:58 - Jayson Buford on why Never Change is one of Jay-Z’s best songs
6:50 - Nuface on Never Change having gems that he can use in everyday life
8:23 - Shawn Setaro on The Blueprint’s sequencing and Song Cry’s introspection
9:09 - Big Hass on how Song Cry showed him another side of masculine vulnerability in Rap
9:54 - Akaash Sharma on Just Blaze chopping up the Bobby Glenn sample used for Song Cry
10:45 - Just Blaze on Song Cry being the track that took him from Beatmaker to Producer
13:33 - Carl Lamarre on how Song Cry caused him to reflect on his past relationships
15:39 - Bink on producing All I Need and how it ended up on The Blueprint
16:26 - Bink on the production process for All I Need and how simple the beat is
17:50 - Yemi Abiade on Renegade being a monumental moment between Jay-Z and Eminem
18:50 - Nuface on the original version of Renegade with Eminem and Royce Da 5’9”
19:40 - Nicolas Tyrell-Scott on the authentic point of view shared by Jay-Z on Renegade
20:47 - Bink on producing Momma Loves Me and why it’s such a fitting closing track
21:34 - Miki Hellerbach on the sense of innocence displayed on the last song on the album
22:48 - Young Guru on the early album tracklist and the addition of the bonus tracks
23:55 - Just Blaze on producing the beat for Breathe Easy on his ASR-X Pro
28:01 - Andrew Barber on the rumour of Michael Jackson on Girls, Girls, Girls Part 2
28:32 - Just Blaze on finding the original recordings of Michael Jackson’s vocals
29:42 - Young Guru on the legacy of his Assistant Engineer, Kamel Abdo
32:21 - Tony Dawsey on mastering The Blueprint based on a recommendation from DMX
32:52 - Tony Dawsey on Young Guru and Lenny S being present during mastering sessions
33:37 - Tony Dawsey on his close relationship with Young Guru
34:11 - Tony Dawsey on what is needed for an album to have top quality sound

 

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Sep 09, 2021
Ep. 2: Takeover | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z
35:25

In this second episode, we look at The Blueprint’s creation, the marketing strategy ahead of its release, Jay-Z declaring war with Nas and Prodigy on the big stage and revisit an urban legend that refuses to rest.

 

Guest appearances by Andrew Barber, Just Blaze, Young Guru, Pain In Da Ass, Yemi Abiade, Akaash Sharma, Bianca Gracie, Nicolas Tyrell-Scott, Lily Mercer, Miki Hellerbach, Carl Lamarre, Lily Mercer, Shawn Setaro, Carl Lamarre, Bink, Shawn Setaro, Thandie Sibanda and J’na Jefferson

 

1:00 - Andrew Barber on Eminem and Nelly’s success and the emergence of Ja Rule
1:53 - Just Blaze on Jay-Z recording The Blueprint in a quick fashion
3:06 - Young Guru on Kanye West setting off the recording process for The Blueprint
3:40 - Pain In Da Ass on the success of The Dynasty inspiring Jay-Z to create even more
4:34 - Andrew Barber on Kanye not knowing about Izzo premiering at the BET Awards
6:52 - Yemi Abiade on the significance of Jay-Z mentioning the Cold Crush Brothers on Izzo
7:23 - Akaash Sharma on Jay-Z speaking from experience on Izzo and the album overall
7:51 - Bianca Gracie on Kanye West’s production encouraging Jay-Z to be more creative
8:24 - Nicolas Tyrell-Scott on the power of the Jackson 5 sample
8:55 - Lily Mercer on Izzo being her introduction to Kanye West and his music
9:24 - Andrew Barber on the lead up to Summer Jam 2001 and The Blueprint rollout
9:38 - Sumit on Jay-Z Summer Jam performance and performing Takeover for the first time
11:27 - Young Guru on not knowing what Jay-Z had planned for Summer Jam
12:01 - Andrew Barber on Nas responding with his Stillmatic Freestyle
13:48 - Miki Hellerbach on Jay-Z relaxed delivery on Takeover
14:24 - Yemi Abiade on Takeover’s genius song structure
15:32 - Carl Lamarre on Jay-Z making his issues with Nas and Prodigy so public
16:51 - J’na Jefferson on Kanye West using a Rock sample on Takeover
17:32 - Lily Mercer on Jay-Z being so spiteful in his Takeover verses
18:51 - Young Guru on Jay-Z’s Super Ugly being the response to Ether by Nas
20:08 - Shawn Setaro on the months it took for the Jay-Z and Nas conflict to come to light
21:15 - Carl Lamarre on The Ruler’s Back being the perfect introduction for the album
22:09 - Yemi Abiade on The Ruler’s Back setting the tone for the listening experience
22:45 - Bink on stitching different parts of a record together to make The Ruler’s Back
23:46 - Shawn Setaro on The Ruler’s Back being a response to Nas’ Stillmatic Freestyle
25:03 - Just Blaze on making the beat for Girls, Girls, Girls, with Ghostface Killah in mind
26:33 - Just Blaze on Jay-Z filing the video for Girls, Girls, Girls on September 11th 2001
26:33 - Thandie Sibanda on Girls, Girls, Girls’ not being received well if it were released now
27:27 - Chris on the making of Jigga That Nigga and the beat first being for MC Lyte
28:27 - Miki Hellerbach on U Don’t Know being his favourite Just Blaze beat ever
29:24 - Just Blaze on Jay-Z recording U Don’t Know in parts and building the song over time
30:19 - Yemi Abiade on U Don’t Know transporting him to a different place in time
31:31 - Nicolas Tyrell-Scott on how economic inequality inspired the lyrics on U Don’t Know
31:54 - J’na Jefferson on Jay-Z dedicating himself to consistent wins on U Don’t Know
33:01 - Shawn Setaro on Hola’ Hovito being his favourite song from The Blueprint
33:59 - Yemi Abiade on the rhyme scheme of the third verse of Hola’ Hovito

 

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Sep 09, 2021
Ep. 1: Hola' Hovito | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z
35:27

From Breaking Atoms comes our new original podcast series celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jay-Z’s sixth album, The Blueprint

 

In this first episode, we double back to a post-Millenium New York where triumph and tragedy were both served in ample amounts. We’ll look at Jay-Z ascending to the top of the Rap kingdom, Roc-A-Fella Records becoming a dynasty, more people than ever listening to what the South had to say and Hip Hop evolving into a Unicron-like commercial juggernaut.

 

Guest appearances by Andrew Barber, Shawn Setaro, Oliver Wang, Nuface, Carl Lamarre, J’na Jefferson, Thandie Sibanda, Jayson Buford, Bianca Gracie, Deborah Mannis-Gardner, Young Guru, Bink, Miki Hellerbach, Just Blaze, Lily Mercer and Dylan Green

 

0:39 - Introduction by Sumit and Chris
1:22 - Sumit and Chris on Jay-Z’s career in the 90s and the lead up to The Blueprint’s release
3:11 - Sumit and Chris on the changes in Hip Hop during the 2000s
4:28 - Andrew Barber on the success of Nelly and Eminem
5:33 - Shawn Setaro on the watching artists advance up mixtape tracklists
6:10 - Oliver Wang on the sample free production shift in mainstream Hip Hop
7:18 - Nuface on The Blueprint bringing something new to the table
7:56 - Carl Lamarre on the emergence of contemporary artists and New York finding its way
9:04 - J’na Jefferson on Eminem and Missy Elliott broadening the Hip Hop audience
9:45 - Thandie Sibanda on the change in Hip Hop music after the millennium
10:10 - Jayson Buford on the importance of Soul music in Hip Hop culture
10:51 - J’na Jefferson and Jesse Bernard on how Soul music connects Black history 
11:34 - Bianca Gracie on the influence of what would later become known as chipmunk soul
12:30 - Deborah Mannis-Gardner on the legalities and politics around clearing samples
13:23 - Andrew Barber on Beanie Sigel’s The Reason album showcasing The Blueprint sound
14:34 - Young Guru on meeting Jay-Z for the first time and going to Baseline Studios
15:28 - Young Guru on the shift in Roc-A-Fella’s sound via Kanye West, Just Blaze and Bink
16:06 - Bink on how his relationship with Roc-A-Fella Records began
16:57 - Bink on the making of 1-900-Hustler and Freeway’s debut
18:08 - Bink on the artists rhyming on the wrong part of the 1-900 Hustler beat
18:28 - Nuface on Bink’s contributions to Jay-Z’s career
18:48 - Oliver Wang on Bink’s consistency over the last 25 years
19:20 - Miki Hellerbach on Bink’s production enabling Jay-Z to be more introspective
20:10 - Just Blaze on meeting with Dino Delvaille and being introduced to Gee Roberson
22:13 - Just Blaze on Gee Roberson’s production team and working on Amil’s album
23:14 - Just Blaze on Jay-Z recognising his production talent and recording Streets Is Talking
25:22 - Lily Mercer on Just Blaze’s style evolving and making well-known samples feel new
26:08 - Dylan Green on the energy in Just Blaze’s beats
26:39 - Carl Lamarre on Just Blaze and the other producers pushing Jay-Z’s writing ability
27:16 - Young Guru on Just Blaze’s ability to adapt and change his sound when needed
28:17 - Andrew Barber on Chicago radio embracing Kanye West 
29:02 - Young Guru on Kanye West showing up when Jay-Z and Scarface needed to record
30:02 - Young Guru on Baseline Studios being essential to Roc-A-Fella’s productivity
30:58 - Just Blaze on Baseline Studios’ tight-knit environment and quality output
32:36 - Young Guru on OG Juan throwing away a recording by Miles Davis
33:47 - Nuface and Young Guru on Kanye West bringing a beat CD to the studio

 

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Sep 09, 2021
Sonny Cheeba (Camp Lo): Diamond Delegate
21:27

Chris sits down for a quick chat with Sonny Cheeba of Camp Lo! Hardcore listeners of the pod know how much Chris loves this duo and what the Uptown Saturday Night album means to him as a head. Chris and Sonny Cheeba talk Ski, Camp Lo's influence on Migos, working with The Neptunes and more!

 

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Aug 31, 2021
Thomas Hobbs: Moths To The Light
01:09:11

This episode has been a long time coming, and we're excited to have Thomas Hobbs on the Breaking Atoms! We've had a few writers on the show, but he's our first UK based guest. We talked about his writing career, the white gaze of music criticism and why many of those who claim they come in the name of Hip Hop are faking the funk. Like Prince Paul says, this is the politics of the business. 

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Aug 24, 2021
Kurupt: Dogg Pound Gangsta Gumbo
38:04

Ever since we were young whippersnappers, we've been enamoured at the way Kurupt so eloquently expressed his sense of financial restraint on Ain't No Fun. The bucket list gets smaller, and we're honoured to have Kurupt on the show! 25 years later, he is still who he is. 

 

In this interview, Young Gotti talks about HRSMN's debut finale, working with Snoop and Dre, Death Row's family feel and messing up spell check for all his fans. 

 

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Aug 17, 2021
Vice Beats: Diggin' The Crates
41:54

This week, we link up with a friend of the show, James Kennaby, better known as Vice Beats. The host of 'Diggin' The Crates' (one of our favourite pods) stops by to talk beat making, producing music for TV and film and even name drops the Cunninlynguists. Serious rap chat incoming. 

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Aug 10, 2021
Tony Touch: Blessed Are The Piece Makers
18:11

Tony Touch will be performing at Metrofest on Sunday 8th August 2021 in London at Trent Park from 11:00 am to 9 pm. The lineup also includes Fat Joe, Fatman Scoop, Blackstreet, Mya, Horace Brown and more. 

 

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Aug 07, 2021
Fatman Scoop: Be Faithful Until The End
23:32

Fatman Scoop will be performing at Metrofest on Sunday 8th August 2021 in London at Trent Park from 11:00 am to 9 pm. 

The lineup also includes Fat Joe, Blackstreet, Mya, Tony Touch, Horace Brown and more. 

 

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Aug 05, 2021
Wes Pendleton Interview: Soul Surplus
40:18

This one is for the Producers. We linked up with Wes Pendleton, Founder of Soul Surplus, to discuss some of the legalities of sampling, sample packs, and going into partnership with Splice. The long arm the sampling police law is out to get us all, so we're here to help you duck the opps. 

 

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Aug 03, 2021
Prince Po Interview: Push Past The Margin
01:03:12

This week's guest is one-half of the most conceptually creative groups in Hip Hop history. Prince Po of Organized Konfusion comes through to talk about his beginnings in Queens, recording the 'Stress' album, working with Danger Mouse and Oh No's superhuman multitasking skills. Crush. Kill. Destroy. You know the rest. 

 

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Jul 27, 2021
Pain In Da Ass Interview: Be Prepared For Your Success
01:13:07

Following our epic 'Reasonable Doubt' series, we're excited to welcome back the very first voice you hear on that album, Pain In Da Ass! He digs even deeper into his story and adventures at Roc-A-Fella Records, how he became an intern, almost starring in the cult classic, 'Belly', and other shenanigans. The streets asked for this. You're welcome. 

 

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Jul 20, 2021
Shyheim Interview: Rugged Manchild
20:28

Special Appearance: Dom Pachino (Killarmy)


Our adventures through Shaolin continue, as we connect with, the rugged child himself, Shyheim! Now, he's all grown up, he has a lot of life experience to share. He talks about adapting to the new world after being incarcerated, the 25th anniversary of his sophomore album, being in the video for Ice Cream and more.


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Jul 13, 2021
4th Disciple Interview: Sonic Algorythm
55:11

Believe it or not, when it comes to the Wu-Tang sound, RZA had a few trusted chefs with him in the kitchen. For this episode, we are joined by the 4th Disciple, who fills in the gaps on some key Shaolin history. From hearing early Wu demos to developing the Killarmy sound, Breaking Atoms show gratitude to one of the greatest producers of all time. 


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Jul 06, 2021
Evidence (Dilated Peoples) Interview: The Unlearning Curve
24:03

Evidence is someone who once proudly proclaimed he would "sit up in the shadows and rebel against fame". Ironically, his star has continued to rise in the 20+ years he's been in the game and slowly, but surely, he's opening up even more. 

 

We got to have a quick chat with Evidence about his new album, his love of photography and some rarely discussed sections of his music history. 

 

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Jun 29, 2021
The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z
01:02

The next Breaking Atoms original podcast series is coming in September 2021!

Look out for The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z!

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Jun 25, 2021
Episode 5: Brooklyn's Finest | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
26:10

In our fifth and final episode, we examine the legacy of Reasonable Doubt 25 years on and why so many people consider it to be one of the most seminal albums in Hip Hop history.

Featuring in order of appearance: Pain In Da Ass, Dart Adams, DJ Snips, Jaz-O, Ski Beatz, Rob Markman, Chezik Tsunoda, Sean Kantrowitz, Yoh Phillips, Robyn Mowatt, SK Vibemaker, Maria Davis, Nick Raphael, Christian Tattersfield, Abdul Malik Abbott, Kathy Iandoli, David Lotwin, Ryan Proctor, DJ Shortee Blitz and DJ Clark Kent.

Pain In Da Ass on original plans for Reasonable Doubt to be Jay-Zs first and only solo album (2:17)
Dart Adams on where Reasonable Doubt sits in the continuum of classic Rap albums from the mid-90s (3:31)
DJ Snips on Reasonable Doubt's influence being heard in many of today's Hip Hop albums (4:45)
Jaz-O on why he considers Reasonable Doubt to be a classic body of work in music in general (5:55)
Ski Beatz and Rob Markman on Reasonable Doubt having the same classic feel as the music their parents played around them (6:32)
Chezik Tsunoda on why Reasonable Doubt stands out in Jay-Z's discography (7:24)
Sean Kantrowitz on why Reasonable Doubt's origin story is a key part of Jay-Z legacy (8:03)
Yoh Phillips on Reasonable Doubt being a classic period piece (8:32)
Robyn Mowatt on the continuous accolades that Reasonable Doubt has received since its release (9:19)
SK Vibemaker on how the album plays an important part in his Hip Hop journey (9:53)
Maria Davis on her respect for the entrepreneurial spirit of Jay-Z, Dame Dash, and Kareem “Biggs” Burke (10:08)
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on the motivation they and Roc-A-Fella had in wanting to prove people wrong (10:59)
Abdul Malik Abbott on why Reasonable Doubt is a perfect Hip Hop album (12:55)
Pain In Da Ass on how Jay-Z channel unfortunate circumstances into a hunger for success (13:11)
Kathy Iandoli on how Jay-Z has evolved into a Hip Hop superhero who always saves the day (14:29)
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on why they think Reasonable Doubt is the greatest Hip Hop album ever and how proud they are to have been involved in sharing it with the world (15:16)
David Lotwin and Ryan Proctor on Jay-Z's brilliance as a writer and how he may not have been appreciated in the way he should have at the time of the album's release (16:09)
Rob Markman on how Jay-Z laid out his future intentions to rise to the top clear in Reasonable Doubt
(17:21)
DJ Shortee Blitz on how Jay-Z accurately depicting the highs and lows of the hustler life throughout the album's storytelling (18:25)
DJ Clark Kent on why he thinks Reasonable Doubt legacy has two district parts (19:15)
Yoh Phillips on Reasonable Doubt's powerful first impression (19:58)
Kathy Iandoli on what we potentially lost in Hip Hop culture following the deaths of Tupac and Biggie shortly after Reasonable Doubt's release (21:35)
Chris and Sumit on Jay-Z’s continued success and the legacy of Roc-A-Fella Records (22:41)
Pain In Da Ass on Jay-Z, Dame Dash and Biggs always believing they have a shot at winning (23:17)
Announcement of the next Breaking Atoms original podcast series (24:37)

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Jun 24, 2021
Episode 4: Can't Knock The Hustle | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
30:09

In our fourth episode, we’ll be examining the initial and retrospective response to Reasonable Doubt, shining a light on the tight-knit vibes of the Roc-A-Fella Records staff and connecting with original members of the US street team.

Featuring in order of appearance: Ryan Proctor, DJ Snips, Dart Adams, Charlie Braxton, Nick Raphael, Christian Tattersfield, DJ Shortee Blitz, Pain In Da Ass, Maria Davis, DJ Clark Kent, Robyn Mowatt, David Lotwin, Kathy Iandoli and Ski Beatz.

Sumit on some key 1996 Hip Hop albums (1:40)
Ryan Proctor underground and mainstream Hip Hop divide (2:05)
DJ Snips on the cohesion in Reasonable Doubt's production and Jay-Z's mentors (3:20)
Dart Adams on Reasonable Doubt being on the level of fine literature (4:17)
Ryan Proctor on Reasonable Doubt not being regarded as an instant classic (4:34)
Charlie Braxton on revising Reasonable Doubt for The Source magazine (5:52)
Charlie Braxton on how The Source's mic rating system worked (6:55)
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on signing Roc-A-Fella Records to a worldwide distribution deal (7:48)
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on going to New York to meet with Roc-A-Fella and watching Jay-Z plan his radio promotion (9:58)
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on getting Biggie's appearance on Brooklyn's Finest cleared with Clive Davis (12:06)
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on signing the distribution deal on the same day Roc-A-Fella did their classic Billboard photoshoot (13:31)
DJ Shortee Blitz on going to Roc-A-Fella's New York office and Dame Dash making tea for his wife (14:55)
Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield on seeing the Roc-A-Fella branded Mercedes Benz with Jay-Z handing out promo material from the car (15:38)
Pain In Da Ass on Lenny Santiago driving the Roc-A-Fella car around New York and taking photos and videos of that time (16:05)
Pain In Da Ass on joining Roc-A-Fella Records as an intern (16:41)
Pain In Da Ass on the key players of the Roc-A-Fella office and staff (17:54)
Chezik Tsunoda on street team promotion for Reasonable Doubt in the Midwest and getting paid in cash (19:06)
Maria Davis on Reasonable Doubt being a collaborative effort (20:14)
DJ Clark Kent on how the entire Roc-A-Fella crew contributed ideas to the making of Reasonable Doubt (20:321)
Robyn Mowatt on being introduced to Jay-Z and Reasonable Doubt by her Dad who played the album in their home (22:14)
Pain In Da Ass on the talent in and around Roc-A-Fella Records and the importance of Kareem "Biggs" Burke (22:57)
David Lotwin on his business relationship with Dame Dash (24:12)
Kathy Iandoli compares Jay-Z and Dame Dash's personalities to the left and right sides of the brain (25:03)
David Lotwin, Ryan Proctor, Ski Beatz and Maria Davis on Dame Dash's relentless vision (25:35)
Pain In Da Ass on the custom made Roc-A-Fella jackets gifted to members of the crew (27:02)
Pain In Da Ass on how Jay-Z's hunger coming from trauma and encouraging him to turn a negative into a positive (27:56)

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Jun 22, 2021
Episode 3: Bring It On | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
29:57

In our third episode, we continue our deep dive into the album’s tracklist and key themes. We also analyse the people, places and things that made the album happen, including early live performances, leftover songs and promo campaigns.

Featuring in order of appearance: Charlie Braxton, Ryan Proctor, Yoh Phillips, Pain In Da Ass, Maria Davis, Ski Beatz, Rob Markman, DJ Clark Kent, Jaz-O, DJ Snips and Dart Adams. 

Sumit and Chris on Roc-A-Fella Records looking for distribution (0:52)
Charlie Braxton on why D’Evils is such an impactful critique on capitalism (2:02)
Ryan Proctor on other key themes in D’Evils (3:03)
Yoh Phillips on the religious imagery in D’Evils and how it adds context to Jay-Z’s character (4:00)
Pain In Da Ass on Jay-Z’s ability to create strong finishes in his songs (5:13)
Maria Davis on believing in Jay-Z’s talent (5:57)
Maria Davis on 22 Two’s being her favourite song from Reasonable Doubt (7:14)
Ski Beatz on trying to get Jay-Z to pick another beat for 22 Two’s (7:44)
Maria Davis on being asked to feature on Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z and Dame Dash (8:23)
Maria Davis on the legal issues Jay-Z was having at the time (9:35)
Pain In Da Ass on 22 Two’s evolving from a freestyle into a full song (10:22)
Pain In Da Ass on how and why the album name was changed to Reasonable Doubt (10:33)
Yoh Phillips and Rob Markman on Can I Live and their favourite lyrics (11:56)
Ryan Proctor on the mix of danger and humour found in Friend Or Foe (14:30)
Pain In Da Ass and Ryan Proctor on Coming of Age developing into a mini-series and the impressive debut of Memphis Bleek (15:31)
Maria Davis on her fondness of Memphis Bleek and close relationship with Sauce Money (16:39)
Pain In Da Ass on Reasonable Doubt’s features and the creative freedom at Roc-A-Fella Records (17:10)
DJ Clark Kent on Cashmere Thoughts originally being a record for The Hard Pack and for a project with Jay-Z, Jaz-O and Sauce Money taking on pimp personas (18:38)
Jaz-O on being called at the last minute and writing his verse on the spot for Bring It On (20:46)
DJ Snips on the elusiveness of the sample used in Bring It On (21:43)
Charlie Braxton on Regrets being a song about remorse and why this content was rare at the time (22:35)
Dart Adams on why Jay-Z had umlauts in his name (23:08)
Jaz-O on the significance of Lil’ Lulu Publishing (24:33)
DJ Clark Kent on mastering the album and an unreleased track that went missing (25:31)
Ski Beatz on throwing away unreleased music with Jay-Z and Big L (26:21)
DJ Clark Kent on other unreleased songs and getting into trouble at Mad Wednesday (26:52)

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Jun 17, 2021
Episode 2: Politics As Usual | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
34:45

In our second episode, we look at the process of making the Reasonable Doubt album, the internal struggles, signing to Payday Records, Roc-A-Fella Records renting their first office space, and finding a recording home at D & D Studios.

Featuring in order of appearance: Dart Adams, Ski, Rob Markman, Abdul Malik Abbott, David Lotwin, Joe Quinde, Jaz-O, SK Vibemaker, Pain In Da Ass, DJ Clark Kent, DJ Shortee Blitz and Sean Kantrowitz.

Chris on Roc-A-Fella signing with Payday Records (0:56)
Sumit on Roc-A-Fella renting their first office space and starting to record Reasonable Doubt (1:21)
Dart Adams on the demand for Ski’s production and his influence on Jay-Z’s music (1:51)
Ski Beatz on the crew making music for Jay-Z and the difference in his sound (2:34)
Rob Markman on becoming a fan of Jay-Z's writing ability (3:17)
Ski Beatz on discovering the sample for the Dead Presidents beat (4:27)
Abdul Malik Abbott on taking the photo that became the cover art for the Dead Presidents single (5:47)
Abdul Malik Abbott on the Dead Presidents video being inspired by the film, Heat (6:23)
Abdul Malik Abbott on the roundtable scene at the end of the Dead Presidents video (7:19)
David Lotwin on watching Jay-Z record the album at D & D (8:33)
Joe Quinde on the vibe at D & D and recording Ain't No Nigga (9:48)
Jaz-O on the challenges he faced when producing the Ain't No Nigga beat (10:44)
Jaz-O on his working relationship with Khadejia Bass (12:11)
Jaz-O on singing the hook for Ain't No Nigga (12:42)
David Lotwin on the success of Ain't No Nigga (13:12)
Abdul Malik Abbott on filming the Ain't No Nigga video in Miami (13:48)
Abdul Malik Abbott on Jay-Z becoming comfortable in front of the camera (14:49)
Abdul Malik Abbott on Biggie's guest appearance in the Ain't No Nigga video and the bad weather in Miami (15:08)
SK Vibemaker on the first impression the Ain't No Nigga video had on him as a young Hip Hop fan (16:17)
Pain In The Ass on being asked to feature on Reasonable Doubt (17:23)
Dart Adams on Can't Knock The Hustle becoming a part of the Hip Hop lexicon (20:43)
Rob Markman on Mary J Blige's feature on Can't Knock The Hustle (21:24)
Pain In The Ass on the original version of Can't Knock The Hustle with different lyrics (22:00)
Ski Beatz on hearing Hurry Up This Way Again by The Stylistics and sampling the track to create the beat for Politics As Usual (23:13)
Ski Beatz on producing Luchini for Camp Lo after they heard Politics As Usual (24:15)
DJ Clark Kent on him and Ski sampling the same song used for Politics As Usual without knowing the other had it (24:46)
Pain In The Ass on most of Reasonable Doubt being a demo (25:06)
DJ Shortee Blitz on receiving Jay-Z promo items from Freeze Records (25:31)
Pain In The Ass on Brooklyn's Finest originally being a Jay-Z solo track (25:51)
DJ Clark Kent on using Jay-Z to push Biggie to become a better emcee (26:42)
Sean Kantrowitz on the impact of Brooklyn's Finest (28:18)
Rob Markman on the hometown pride that Brooklyn's Finest made him feel (28:37)
DJ Clark Kent on the original version of Brooklyn's Finest, Biggie coming to the studio to record and Jay-Z writing new verses (29:36)
DJ Clark Kent on Biggie appearing in the Dead Presidents video just days after recording Brooklyn's Finest (30:56)
Pain In The Ass on the key differences between the original version of Dead Presidents and the sequel (31:23)
Ski Beatz on producing Feelin' It for his solo album and Jay-Z buying the beat and hook from him (32:46)

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Jun 14, 2021
Episode 1: Coming of Age | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
32:23

From Breaking Atoms comes a new original podcast series celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jay-Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt.

In this first episode, we travel back in time to a pre-gentrified Brooklyn, New York and explore Jay-Z’s early musical roots.

We’ll also learn about how he came to a fork in the road and had to choose between the rap game and the crack game - even with all their similarities and pitfalls. 

We’ll also find out when and how Jay-Z met his future business partners, Damon “Dame” Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke and eventually starting Roc-A-Fella Records.

Featuring in order of appearance: Jaz-O, DJ Clark Kent, Ski Beatz, Abdul Malik Abbott and Dart Adams.

Sumit and Chris on the exceptional quality of Hip Hop music in 1996 (1:23)
Jaz-O on his first group, High Potent, along with Jay-Z (2:06)
Jaz-O on first hearing about Jay-Z and agreeing to a battle (3:35)
Jaz-O on his friendship with Jay-Z and building a fan base (5:45)
Jaz-O on travelling to London and bringing Jay-Z with him (7:05)
Jaz-O on recording Hawaiian Sophie featuring Jay-Z (8:08)
Jaz-O on Jost Productions and his early management deal (8:28)
DJ Clark Kent on meeting Jay-Z for the first time and trying to sign him to Atlantic Records along with Jaz-O and Sauce Money (9:20)
DJ Clark Kent on introducing Jay-Z to Dame Dash (11:36)
Ski Beatz on getting his demo to DJ Clark Kent and meeting Dame and Darien Dash (12:19)
Ski Beatz on meeting Jay-Z for the first time (13:27)
Abdul Malik Abbott on working with Original Flavor and meeting Jay-Z (14:30)
Abdul Malik Abbott on reconnecting with Dame Dash and directing the video for Jay-Z's I Can't Get With That track (15:49)
Dart Adams on how DJ Clark Kent featured Jay-Z on various songs and remixes (17:10)
Dart Adams on the fan support Jay-Z had through his early collaborations (17:57)
DJ Clark Kent on building his own studio to record Jay-Z (19:42)
DJ Clark Kent and Jaz-O on forming a supergroup with Jay-Z and Sauce Money called The Hard Pack (20:36)
Jaz-O on the disbandment of The Hard Pack and Dame Dash asking DJ Clark Kent to produce more music for Jay-Z (21:44)
DJ Clark Kent on the two versions of Jay-Z's 95 South and the prophetic nature of Got To Reach The Top (22:46)
DJ Clark Kent on gifting all the unreleased music from the early days to Jay-Z for Christmas (24:35)
Ski Beatz on producing the In My Lifetime single and helping to tailor a certain sound for Jay-Z (25:24)
Jaz-O on producing the In My Lifetime Remix (26:06)
Abdul Malik Abbott on the storytelling elements in Jay-Z's videos (28:21)
Ski Beatz on starting the production process for Reasonable Doubt without knowing at first (30:34)

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Jun 10, 2021
Nicolay Interview: The Dutch Master
01:21:33

This week's guest is a true musician and we don't use that term lightly. Nicolay stops by to talk about leveraging the internet to create music, evolving the +FE sound, some of his lesser-known underground collaborations and working with Phonte. You're about to witness the strength of music knowledge. 

 

Our very first original podcast series, "Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z" drops on Thursday 10th June 2021! We'll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jay-Z's debut album and we have over 20 exclusive interviews with the likes of DJ Clark Kent, Jaz-O, Ski Beatz and many more surprises. Make sure you subscribe to Breaking Atoms so you can hear the episodes as soon as they drop. You can also listen to the trailers below. 

 

Trailer (Side A): https://link.chtbl.com/reasonabledoubtsidea
Trailer (Side B): https://link.chtbl.com/reasonabledoubtsideb

 

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Jun 08, 2021
Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z (Side B)
03:51

Breaking Atoms are excited to announce our brand new original podcast series celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of the most seminal debut Hip Hop albums of all time; Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z.

 

Across five episodes, you’ll hear from the people directly involved in the conception of this five mic masterpiece. Jaz-O, Ski Beatz, Maria Davis, Pain In Da Ass, Abdul Malik Abbott, Nick Raphael, Christian Tattersfield and more talk about the blood, sweat, tears and years it took to bring this body of work to life.

 

You can expect to enjoy a fully immersive audio adventure that proves time travel is real. We'll take you back to Brooklyn in the late 80s up to the present day detailing one of the greatest come up stories in Hip Hop history. 

 

See below for the episode release schedule. 

 

Episode 1: Thursday 10th June 2021
Episode 2: Tuesday 14th June 2021
Episode 3: Thursday 17th June 2021
Episode 4: Tuesday 22nd June 2021
Episode 5: Thursday 24th June 2021

 

Music credits: "My Take" is from Mr Brown's "Magnetic Storage" album released on We Stay True Records. You can listen/purchase the release here: https://mrbrown.bandcamp.com/album/magnetic-storage

 

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Jun 03, 2021
Rapper Big Pooh Interview: Sleeper Cell
01:16:24

We often mention the term "hip hop journey" on the podcast and this week's guest is fundamental to our individual and collective Rap adventures. Big Pooh pulls up the pod to talk about his career including unreleased LB songs from "The Listening" sessions, working on "Dirty Pretty Things", providing fan service while evolving and artist management. We even take it back to the days of The Lawn. If you don't know what this is, you weren't inside and that's okay. 

 

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Jun 01, 2021
Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z (Side A)
03:51

Breaking Atoms are excited to announce our brand new original podcast series celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of the most seminal debut Hip Hop albums of all time; Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z.

 

Across five episodes, you’ll hear from the people directly involved in the conception of this five mic masterpiece. Jaz-O, Ski Beatz, Maria Davis, Pain In Da Ass, Abdul Malik Abbott, Nick Raphael, Christian Tattersfield and more talk about the blood, sweat, tears and years it took to bring this body of work to life.

 

You can expect to enjoy a fully immersive audio adventure that proves time travel is real. We'll take you back to Brooklyn in the late 80s up to the present day by detailing one of the greatest come up stories in Hip Hop history. 

 

See below for the episode release schedule. 

 

Episode 1: Thursday 10th June 2021
Episode 2: Tuesday 14th June 2021
Episode 3: Thursday 17th June 2021
Episode 4: Tuesday 21st June 2021
Episode 5: Thursday 24th June 2021

 

Mixed and mastered by Dave Walker.

 

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May 27, 2021
Tracey Lee Interview: Blaze of Glory
51:43

Coming in and going out in a blaze of glory is Tracey Lee - who also happens to be our first two-time guest on the pod. We had a real timely and important conversation about life and love. Bullshit with Rap if you want. 

 

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May 25, 2021
Nyce & Havoc (Mobb Deep) Interview: Future Of The Infamous
27:46

It's the infamous back in the house once again!

We're honoured to welcome Nyce Da Future and the legendary Havoc of Mobb Deep on this week's pod. Fresh off the release of their collaborative 'Future Of The Streets' EP, Nyce talks about his chemistry with Havoc, how the Mobb Deep OG helped him to hone his skills and the importance of Prodigy in the whole story. 

We made the minutes count and we had to ask Havoc about some infamous history. Stan moment incoming!

 

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May 18, 2021
Cappadonna Interview: The Slang Reverend
44:59

Love is love as we collide with a true original! Our guest this week is the legendary, Cappadonna, from the almighty Wu-Tang Clan! The Captain of The Dons came through with the colourful knowledge that he and his clansmen have been known to deliver. We came up under vets and paid debts mad years. Peace God. 

 

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May 11, 2021
Maxim Robin Interview: The Plug We Met
01:08:01

This week's guest was a friend of the show before we even had a show. Max Robin takes us on a tour of duty and shares stories about being on the road with Freddie Gibbs and Madlib and what he's learned from his journeys across the globe. He also touches on how he met Lord Apex and how they sparked their business and personal relationship.

 

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May 04, 2021
Reks Interview: Think On These T.H.I.N.G.S.
45:33

We're heading back to the East Coast this week to link up with the Rhyhtmatic Eternal King Supreme, otherwise known as Reks, to chop it up with precision about music, family, and his amazing new album. This conversation is food for the soul. Press play and find out why the hunger inside (of him) never gets satisfied. 

 

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Apr 27, 2021
Micall Parknsun Interview: A Working Class Hero
01:04:36

Legend alert! Once again, we're honoured to have a real-life friend and friend of the show on the pod. Micall Parknsun doesn't really do interviews, but we're his people, so he made the time. From the gate, he came with the scotch bonnet peppering and talks about how his family drives him, putting out as much quality music as possible and making his name as a producer. When OGs talk, we listen. So should you. 

 

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Apr 20, 2021
Kyza Interview: An Out The Box Experience
01:05:34

Our special guest this week is a friend of the show and a friend in real life. We're letting off some shots of Smirnoff with none other than Kyza! The King comes through to talk about his history in life and music. From becoming one of the most feared and respected syllable senseis to ever touch the mic and now plying his craft as a multi-genre Producer, the man born Adam Henry is an experience in himself. 

 

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Apr 13, 2021
Gary Suarez Interview: Irregular Vegetables
01:12:11

We continue to link up with the people who have a way with words and we're joined by Diction Don, Gary Suarez, to talk about music, popular culture and allyship - all within a Hip Hop context. Gary is a passionate and insightful advocate for cultural equity, social justice and for having a nice pen game. He wanted all the smoke and he definitely set off some fire alarms in this episode. Call it a 4 alarm blaze. 

 

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Apr 06, 2021
Donna-Claire Chesman Interview: Human Writes
49:24

Whether a Rapper or Journalist, we respect a nice pen game over here at Breaking Atoms. This week's guest is skilled with the wordage and loves good music. Donna-Claire Chesman joins us to talk about music, writing, her love of Mac Miller, working with Z at DJ Booth and much more. The self-proclaimed First Lady of Editorial is in the building. Howdy, Z.

 

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Mar 30, 2021
Big Hass Interview: Leading The Revolt
40:57

Hip Hop is a global culture, so this week we're taking the pod to Saudi Arabia to link up with Radio Host and Rap Ambassador, Big Hass! Hass shares his story about how he discovered Hip Hop, starting his blog and radio show and some of the challenges e's faced along the way. 

 

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Mar 23, 2021
J. Alexander Martin (FUBU) Interview: Ownership Drip
01:00:45

We're unlocking the fashion chamber of Hip Hop this week with J. Alexander Martin! The Co-Founder of FUBU talks about the start of the company, partnering with LL Cool J, why knowing the culture is more important than having data and valuing longevity.

 

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Mar 16, 2021
Juga-Naut Interview: Bricks, Bars & Bants
01:06:23

We're internationally known and we're still loyal to the soil. This week, we link up with a friend of the show, Juga-Naut, to cook up some marvellous shit to get your mouth waterin'. We had a chat about any and everything that came to mind. Yeah, we talked about music, food, society's fascination with martyrs (for real) and a bunch of other things, but expect no parliamentary procedure. Just real talk from angles. 

 

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Mar 12, 2021
DJ EFN (Drink Champs) Interview: Spirited Conversation
44:03

Make some noise! This week, we're pouring up with DJ EFN from Drink Champs! The conversation covers Miami culture, street promotion, working with DJ Premier, the impact of Hip Hop in Cuba and the real ingredients in Tiger Bone. Salud.

 

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Mar 09, 2021
Sean Kantrowitz Interview: Can't Knock The Shuffle
01:14:06

This week, we're dropping science with Sean Kantrowitz, who is the host of one of our favourite podcasts - "Can't Knock The Shuffle". We talked to Sean about his entry point into Hip Hop, starting "The Questions" series on IG, doing the knowledge and knowing your Hip Hop history and more. After the interview, we also had a quick chat between us about the whole "ageing well" angle that seems to dominate music critique these days.

 

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Mar 04, 2021
Chris Schwartz Interview: Ruffhouse Rules
01:23:11

We're going deep behind the scenes and exploring how the cultural and business sides of Hip Hop meet in the middle. This week's guest is Chris Schwartz; Co-Founder of Ruffhouse Records. We talk about his start in the music business, marketing Cypress Hill, signing The Fugees (30 million sold!) and so much more. The episode closes with us addressing the elephant in the room and entering a discussion about 'colonisers' in Hip Hop. When we talk of colonisers, we're focused only on those who appropriate the culture for their own use, financial gain and social currency, while excluding and silencing others.

 

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Mar 02, 2021
Derek "Jazz" Walker Interview: The Illustrious Pimpire
01:02:13

In the great words of A Tribe Called Quest, we've got the jazz. In this episode, we finally got to speak with Derek "Jazz" Walker. If you don't know his name, you definitely know his work. He's done an excellent of managing Roc Marciano and Stove God Cooks and he's only just getting started with building his 'pimpire'. He also shares some Long Island history about rapping with Busta Rhymes, the impact of the "Marcberg" project, updates on Metal Clergy and how his brand of boom bap is very fashion-forward.  

 

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Feb 26, 2021
Saigon Interview: Sucker Ducking
59:53

This week's episode could have been called "the greatest podcast never recorded", but it was recorded, so that wouldn't have made much sense. We're joined by Abandoned Nation representer, Saigon, to talk about his new book, working on new music with Just Blaze, the negative effects of social media, getting tapes in jail and much more. Much more as in playing us some snippets of unreleased Kanye West music. The school of Brian Carenard is now accepting applications.

 

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Feb 23, 2021
Meyhem Lauren Interview: Deep Fridge Diving
34:53

Feeling hungry? Good. This week we're joined by Meyhem Lauren to talk about some of our favourite cultural and culinary delights. He also shares some exclusive news about his new albums with Daringer and Madlib. Respect the fly shit.

 

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Feb 19, 2021
Neil Levine Interview: Paying The Penalty Forward
01:03:50

Neil Levine has been independent as f*** his whole life. In this episode, the music industry vet takes us through his career and drops gems about everything and everyone. From setting up Penalty Recordings as an indie label you can still trust to signing Capone-N-Noreaga, Fat Joe and gauging success before the rise of Billboard - he tells his story with pride and detail. Mad chapters son. 

 

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Feb 16, 2021
Schott "Free" Jacobs Interview: Talking Loud & Saying Something
01:19:13

How many people in the music business can say they worked with Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, Tha Alkaholiks, Xzibit and Big Pun and just go about their day all cool, calm and collected? Not many, but Schott "Free" Jacobs is no mere mortal. We hooked up with the former Lourd Records A & R to talk about his journey in Hip Hop and break down the stories behind some of the culture's most important bodies of work. This one is deep. 

 

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Feb 12, 2021
Blu & Exile Interview: Across The Miles
57:13

From Hip Hop to Wrestling, we love a good tag team. This week, we are blessed with the presence of Blu and Exile and the nerdery levels get way too high. Blu and Exile talk about their new album, "Miles", how they were inspired by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth and we even learned about Exile's juvenile deliquent career.

 

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Feb 09, 2021
Shawn Setaro Interview: Follow Your Own Curiosity
40:30

The love we got for Episode 100 with Pete Rock was so real, we have to show some love back to the people. Here's a bonus episode with the HEIC (Head Editor In Charge), Shawn Setaro! We had a real candid chat about developing his writing style, creating The Cipher podcast, Ice Cube's run in the 90s and a whole bunch of other things. Enjoy and thank you for the support!

 

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Feb 06, 2021
Pete Rock Interview: Petestrumentality
37:16

We've reached a very important milestone. Today's drop is Episode 100 and we're not going to get too sentimental about it here because we have a legend to introduce. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages - please welcome the legendary Pete Rock to Breaking Atoms! Before heading out to a studio session, Pete dialled in to chop it up about his new Petestrumentals 3 release, working on the InI album 25 years ago, the importance of his remixes and his relationships with J Dilla and Large Professor. His voice is just as smooth as his adlibs. 

 

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Feb 02, 2021
Panik Of The Molemen Interview: Building Below The Ground
37:17

Chris often talks about the underground Hip Hop rabbit hole that he fell into throughout the 2000s. This is the time he discovered Molemen Records and he's been a fan ever since. The Actual Factual got to link up with one of the founding Molemen members, Panik, to talk about Chicago Rap history, working with MF DOOM early on, instrumental albums and his city's Drill scene.

 

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Jan 29, 2021
Mad Skillz Interview: Confessions Of A Ghostwriter
01:33:41

Our special guest this week is Virginia's very own, Mad Skillz! The infamous ghostwriter talks about his early link up with Q-Tip, working with J Dilla, writing the yearly rap-ups and more. We even clear the air with some Hip Hop confessions at the end - all of which are disappointing and surprising!


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Jan 26, 2021
David Lotwin Interview: The Scared Sound Of D & D Studios
55:40

This week's guest of honour is David Lotwin; Co-Founder of the legendary D & D Studios. If you know your Hip Hop, you will acknowledge D & D as holy ground for seminal Rap recordings. From Gang Starr to Black Moon to D.I.T.C. to Jay-Z - if you're an emcee of the purest form, you had to step through those doors. We caught up with David to talk about learning the boards in Jamaica with Peter Tosh, building his business around DJ Premier, being mistaken for Bill Goldberg and more.

 

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Jan 19, 2021
Carl Lamarre Interview: Shut Up & Write
49:14

In the words of the little but legendary Kimberly Jones, we're "billboard bound" with this week's episode. Joining us on the pod is Billboard's Hip Hop Editor, Carl Lamarre. We talked about his most important interviews, developing his rap and writing style, journalistic integrity and much more. As usual.

 

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Jan 12, 2021
Andrew Barber Interview: Live From Fake Shore Drive
01:13:47

This week's guest represents the nation of blogs and firsts and goes by the name of Andrew Barber. You may not know the face, but you've seen the tweets. He doesn't miss anything. We talked about the Chicago music scene and regional sounds, the blog era, and much more hot topics. 

 

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Jan 05, 2021
R.I.P. MF DOOM: Become A Hero & Die A Villain
36:01

Rest in Peace Daniel Dumile.

 

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Jan 01, 2021
2020 Year In Review: It Was A Cute Effort
02:13:47

For our final episode of 2020 and the first-ever "Mics Of The Roundtable" drop, we wanted to make it special. It's been an amazing year for Hip Hop and we couldn't break it down to the last compound on our own. So we called up our fellow Hip Hop heads from Beats, Rhymes & Life, Crate 808, Rhymes Like Dimes and TBH podcasts for a circular pow-wow on the best that Hip Hop had to offer over the last 12 months. We shared our thoughts on albums, artists, producers, the Black Lives Matter movement, memorable moments and more. We even got into it about whether J. Cole really is that boring or just misunderstood. Let the madness begin.

 

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Dec 28, 2020
Brian "Z" Zisook Interview: Truth In The DJ Booth
53:20

Bad boys move in silence and so do Editors in Chiefs of major Hip Hop editorial outlets. After a decade of emails and pleasantries, we finally got a chance to connect with the Audiomack Daddy, DJ Z, and talk about Rap, journalism and the future of streaming.

 

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Dec 22, 2020
Lyric Jones Interview: Closer Than They Appear
43:39

Fresh off the release of her new (and absolutely amazing) album, we're joined by Boston's very own, Lyric Jones! We discussed her early music experiences in the Church, teaching music, working with Phonte and Rah Digga and ordering chicken sandwiches from Door Dash. 

 

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Dec 15, 2020
Willie The Kid Interview: Capital Gains
46:10

This episode is some fly cigar ultimate boss talk for real. We caught up with Willie The Kid to talk about his Capital Gains album, life as a shorty in Grand Rapids, entrepreneurship manoeuvres and making moves any type of way. 

 

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Dec 12, 2020
Jake One Interview: Snare Jordan
58:53

"Make no mistake son, it's Jake One


He makes beats well like I likes my steaks done"

 

© MF DOOM

 

We concur, Mr. Vaughn, hence why we reached out to the man himself to explore his production set up, John Cena buying beats from him with his own money, working on Detox with Dr. Dre and finally linking with Roc Marciano. Nice guy. Great conversation. Banging beats. 

 

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Dec 08, 2020
Statik Selektah Interview: The Balancing Act
31:40

Fresh off the release of his 9th studio album, we are joined by Boston's very own, Statik Selektah! We talked about his stellar production career, battling Pro Era in the studio and finding an unreleased Sean Price verse in his stash.  

 

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Dec 01, 2020
DJ Snips Interview: Livin' Proof
47:43

Say what you want about DJ Snips, but let it be known that he has a love and passion for Hip Hop culture. This episode finds Snips talking about producing unreleased tracks for 50 Cent, ageing gracefully and honestly and his thoughts on the live events scene post-pandemic.

 

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Nov 27, 2020
James Prince Interview: Respect & Loyalty
23:32

"Not from Houston but I rap a lot"... this week's episode is a world exclusive. We're joined by the incomparable James Prince! Mr. Prince doesn't speak a whole lot, but from the side of his pool surrounded by sunshine and wine, he gave up some free game on entrepreneurship, family and community leadership. 

 

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Nov 24, 2020
Anton Pukshansky Interview: Check The Credits
58:20

Anton Pukshansky is a liner note legend. This is the man who engineered the seminal Hip Hop classic this podcast is named after. Man like Anton also worked closely with Rakim and ate too many shrimp with Kool G Rap. He also calls Large Professor by his government name like it's nothing. He is a man of much experience and many credits. This episode really explores the missing link between music being a feeling and a science. 

 

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Nov 20, 2020
Che' Noir Interview: As God Intended
36:16

One name you should be hearing in the "Lyricist Of The Year" discussion is Che' Noir. In this episode, we catch up with the First Lady of Trust Gang to talk about her amazing album with Apollo Brown, her mentee relationship with 38 Spesh, spirituality and sharing the same born day as Illmatic.

 

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Nov 17, 2020
Domino Interview: Hieroglyphics Specifics
01:14:56

Hiero y'all! For Episode 85, we set some time aside to break bread with Domino of Hieroglyphics. This man is one of the greatest minds in the game. He's one of the key creators of the "Hiero sound" and was there from the very beginning. Pay attention as he drops science about the making of the early Hiero classics, managing Del The Funky Homosapien and why certain members weren't on particular songs. Keep your third eye open for this one.

 

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Nov 10, 2020
Elzhi
10:03

Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in 2011. 

This week's Lost Tapes is a classic interview with Detroit's very own, Elzhi. Sumit and The Syllable Sensei talk about the "Elmatic" project, battling at The Hip Hop Shop, unreleased Pete Rock tracks and much more.

 

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Nov 07, 2020
Papoose Interview: The Endangered Species Act
42:09

It's cold outside, but we're hot in the streets. This week, we head back to the East Coast to catch up with the walking library and dictionary, Papoose! We got a chance to talk about his early collaborations with Kool G Rap, non-payment of punk dues and his brand new album, Endangered Species. He even gives Chris some marriage advice. Breaking Atoms Marriage Counselling Services coming soon!

 

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Nov 03, 2020
Big Boi
08:49

Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in 2010.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Stankonia" by Outkast, we had to bust the pot open with another Lost Tapes episode - this time featuring none other than Big Boi! Sumit and Daddy Fat Sax talk about his debut solo album, meeting Andre 3000, freestyling for LA Reid and more.

 

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Oct 31, 2020
MC Eiht Interview: Life Lessons
48:53

This week's episode is an absolute honour for us and hopefully a pleasure for you. We have the legendary MC Eiht on Breaking Atoms! The Quadruple OG talks about his early work with Compton's Most Wanted, the importance of bicoastal collaborations, his longstanding friendship with DJ Premier and more. We didn't get one "GEAH" out of him but that doesn't matter. Listen and learn.

 

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Oct 27, 2020
Nas
03:08

Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in 2008.

 

Sumit dug into his everlasting archives and found a short clip from none other than Nas. This audio is from a Def Jam conference call hosted by the Best of Both Offices in the lead up to the release of the "Untitled" album.

 

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Oct 24, 2020
Shawn Brauch Interview: When Pen Met Pixel
01:11:40

Time to get glossy and flossy with this week's special guest - Shawn Brauch of Pen and Pixel! Shawn is the genius behind many of those diamond-encrusted album covers that "shaped the visual aesthetic of Southern hip-hop’s flashiest era". Shawn talks about meeting Master P, working with No Limit and Cash Money and seeing a 13-year-old Lil' Wayne fill up a note pad with rhymes. Press play to find out why his "more is more" philosophy gave an "underserved, underutilised and underappreciated people" a visual identity they could be proud of.

 

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Oct 20, 2020
Ice Cube
05:21

Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in July 2008. 

In an impromptu press conference, Ice Cube comments on some disparaging comments that Jesse Jackson made about former US President Barack Obama and shares his thoughts on future Hip Hop legends.

 

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Oct 17, 2020
Beat Butcha Interview: Beef Up Your Bangers
01:02:54

We have friends in high places. Our mate Beat Butcha - the UK legend and Grammy Award winner - took some time out of his busy schedule to share stories of working with Griselda, meeting Prodigy and why your favourite Rap songs probably have some his drums and samples in them.

 

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Oct 13, 2020
AZ
07:50

Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in September 2010.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of AZ's classic album, Doe Or Die, Sumit has cracked open the vaults once again to share his lost interview with Sosa from a decade ago. 

After a London show with Termanology, the man born Anthony Cruz talks about working with Dr. Dre, the Firm reunion and meeting The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z for the first time. 

 

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Oct 09, 2020
Rob Markman Interview: Genius At Work
01:14:15

Joining us for a campfire-style connect is Rob Markman from Genius! Rob has a storied history in the game and in this episode, he talks about his relationship with Sway and Datwon Thomas, hearing his name on records by Logic and Royce Da 5'9" and what irks him about Hip Hop Twitter. He even provides some exclusive insight into Genius' content strategy. Release the brainstorm - the knowledge in this episode will make your brain warm.

 

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Oct 06, 2020
Just Blaze & The Alchemist
13:40

Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in May 2010.

Sumit sat down with Just Blaze and The Alchemist while they were on tour in the UK. Just Blaze reveals that "Girls, Girls, Girls" was originally for Ghostface, drops the names of who passed on some of his beats and highlights the differences between Jay-Z and Eminem in the studio.

The Alchemist talks about meeting Mobb Deep, Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" for the first time.

 

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Oct 03, 2020
Apollo Brown Interview: All About The Feeling
01:21:51

This week's special guest is none other than man like Apollo Brown! This guy here is responsible for some of the best Hip Hop released from 2010 to the present day. Discussion points include his tried and trusted production technique, sampling tastes, unreleased music in his vaults, his most recent work with Che Noir and more. He also doesn't like Nando's and we needed to know why.

Sep 28, 2020
Lupe Fiasco
13:26

For the first episode of our "Lost Tapes" series, Sumit unearths an interview with Lupe Fiasco which took place shortly before the release of his "LASERS" album. Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in February 2011.

Sep 25, 2020
Ras Kass Interview: Rasassination Day
01:43:15

On the 24th anniversary of the classic "Soul On Ice" album, we linked up with Ras Kass for a very revealing conversation. The Waterproof MC talks about working with DJ Premier, Dr Dre and his close relationship with Jay-Z. He also lives up to his fearless reputation and tells it how it is when it comes to the music business, corporate greed and what McDonald's does with its leftover food. This is the nature of the threat in podcast form. Pre-order Ras Kass' new project, "I'm Not Clearing Shxt" here: http://blackhouseinc.storenvy.com/products/30943819-ras-kass-im-not-clearing-shxt-lp-cd

Sep 21, 2020
Mic Geronimo Interview: Natural Evolution
01:37:38

Our classic interview run continues with New York legend, Mic Geronimo. In this candid conversation, the Masta I.C. talks about his early days being mentored by Large Professor, recording his debut album and the competitive nature of posse cuts. In a world exclusive, he shares a story about DMX which is both hilarious and shocking at the same time. Enjoy!

Sep 15, 2020
Marco Polo Interview: Stupendously Adventurous
01:25:51

This week we're joined by one of our favourite producers, Marco Polo. We talked about his journey from Toronto to Brooklyn, his producer influences, why J Dilla is the greatest, beat-making process, working with Masta Ace and Big Daddy Kane and a lot more.

Sep 08, 2020
O.C. Interview Part 2: Jewelz Of The Trade
01:07:33

In Part 2 of our instant classic interview with O.C., we do what we do and solidify Hip Hop history. The Microphone Phenomenon talks about working with Jay-Z, KRS-ONE and Gabrielle, owning his masters and when he plans to hang up the mic. To close, we even put together the definitive O.C. playlist with the man himself. Our rap nerdery knows no boundaries.

Aug 31, 2020
O.C. Interview Part 1: The Antidote & Remedy
01:03:12

Step into the o-zone as we connect with the legendary O.C. to discuss anything and everything to do with his storied career. From the making of 'Word... Life', his role in D.I.T.C. and his relationships with Bumpy Knuckles and Pharoahe Monch et al, we went deep into the text. So deep, that we uncover some hidden gems that have remained buried for over 25 years.

Aug 24, 2020
Stan By Me
37:04

Following his triumphant return to the best Hip Hop pod in the UK, Sumit links up with Chris and they waste no time in addressing a pressing issue - stan culture. Hip Hop stans have taken over the world and timeline. From outlandish takes to the never-ending search for attention, Sumit and Chris explore and laugh at this weird phenomenon. If you’re soft like a Twinkie filling, prepare to be offended. Visit the Breaking Atoms website at: www.breakingatoms.co.uk

Aug 17, 2020
Our Most Embarrassing Hip Hop Moments
43:05

Put your bravado to the side and let's be real fam. We've all had some moments where we felt shame like a darg. This week, Sumit and Chris discuss their most embarrassing Hip Hop moments from tanking interviews to acting like a fool in front of a Juice Crew member. Most importantly, they share what they learned from these mortifying encounters. Visit the Breaking Atoms website at: www.breakingatoms.co.uk

Aug 10, 2020
Tracey Lee Interview: The Man Of Many Facez
01:00:18

Chris had a serious Stan moment this week when he got to interview Tracey Lee - the man who created one of his all-time favourite Hip Hop albums, 'Many Facez'. The conversation highlights Tray's upbringing in Philly, being one of the last people to work with The Notorious B.I.G., how he went from spitting bars to passing his bar exam and more. This episode is a case study in growth and perseverance.

Aug 04, 2020
DJ MK Interview: In Deep Concentration
59:02

After DJ MK gave the BA crew Twitter props for their name, he jumped on Zoom to have a chat with Chris. MK talked about his childhood in North West London, getting into music, pirate radio, meeting Roots Manuva and becoming tour DJ for Dizzee Rascal. It was another classic link up with Jamaica and Ireland. --- Want to start your own podcast? Need simple but expert advice? Sign up for the Breaking Atoms online masterclass and learn how you can create and launch your own podcast with a small audience and minimal budget. Tickets range from £10 - £25. Purchase your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/create-and-launch-your-own-podcast-tickets-111146789038 For more information on Breaking Atoms, visit our website: www.breakingatoms.co.uk

Jul 28, 2020
Hip Hop Confessions
02:01:04

This week Chris is joined by Friend Of The Show, Blackeys, to talk about their Hip Hop confessions. Both of them come clean like Jeru about the artists they secretly love and hate, the albums they haven’t heard and share other controversial takes that are hotter than concrete statues in Egypt.

Jul 21, 2020
Why I Hate Hip Hop Twitter
38:27

Chris hates Hip Hop Twitter and explains why in his usual loud, abrasive and semi-humourous manner.

Jul 14, 2020
Kil Interview: No Father To His Style
01:11:46

Rap Dads stand up! This week, we are joined by Hip Hop elder statesman and Philadelphia representer, Kil. We discussed the 80s Hip Hop golden era, sharing music with your children and how Rap has impacted his role as a Father in a positive way. Whether you’re a new, aspiring or veteran Rap Dad, there are many jewels to catch in this one.

Jul 03, 2020
J Rawls Interview: Music & Education
47:01

This episode is our very own version of 'shoot your shot'. Prompted by his wife, Chris reached out to one of his favourite producers; J Rawls, on Instagram and asked for an exclusive interview. He said 'yes' and here we are. The conversation touched on producing for Black Star, pulling down statues and how Hip Hop has a place in the classroom. Special thanks to Imperial for helping fix the audio.

Jun 23, 2020
Awon Interview: Matte Black Facts
01:01:27

Awon; the rapping half of Awon and Phoniks, hopped on a Skype call with Chris to have a very candid chat about music, culture and politics. Sometimes it gets a little hectic out there and right now is very crazy. The conversation covers everything from the lasting effects of European colonialism to seeing Hip Hop play out in the golden era first hand to the importance of social commentary in music and why Black lives have, do and always will matter. It's a lot to digest. Tek time.

Jun 07, 2020
10th Anniversary Review: "TSOL" by Shad
01:08:51

We celebrate classic albums like they were actual factual real live people at Breaking Atoms. This week, Chris is joined by his man Rael Mason to toast and boast about the epic TSOL album by Canadian bad bwoy emcee, Shad. Rael loves Shad like Sumit loves all things Roc-A-Fella, so Chris knew what time it was. They talk about their first listening experiences, favourite tracks, how women are represented in Hip Hop and whether or not the album deserves the coveted five mic rating.

May 28, 2020
Dart Adams Interview: From Boston With Pride
42:25

Recently, Chris jumped on the phone to politic ditto with the one and only Dart Adams. The conversation touched on Boston (of course!), his early music memories, new book and why most 'journalists' ain't really about that life. The research was done and the questions were prepared. In the words of the great Omar Credle, 'it's only right'.

 

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May 21, 2020
Pronounced Loofa: A Tribute To Luther Vandross
48:02

This week's episode is a tribute to one of the greatest singers in the history of life. Luther Vandross - affectionately known as 'Loofa' - was the gyal dem sugar archetype. We discuss the voice, the samples and the relationship between Hip Hop, R & B and Loofa's music in particular. Rest in peace to Luther Vandross.

May 11, 2020
Our Favourite Hip Hop Album Closers
52:47

Consider this episode a two-piece to the jaw. Following last week's discussion about our favourite opening tracks on Hip Hop albums; this week, we get really creative and talk about our favourite closing tracks. The biggest shocker is that Sumit mentions Jay-Z. Again.

Apr 30, 2020
Our Favourite Hip Hop Album Openers
01:06:29

Inspired by the J-Live song of the same name, this week's discussion is about opening tracks on Hip Hop albums. Sumit and Chris deep dive about how important it is for track one to make a great first impression and share some of their favourites.

Apr 27, 2020
Wash Your Hands
01:04:18

Due to the wonders of technology, Sumit and Chris connect on God's internet for their first-ever remote episode. They discuss how their respective quarantines are going and most importantly, what they've learned about the self during self-isolation.

Apr 05, 2020
Live On Stage
01:05:02

For the first-ever ‘Husband and Wife’ edition of Breaking Atoms, Chris and his Queen; Roxi, make use of their quarantine and share thoughts on their favourite live shows and performers. Even though nobody is going out for the rest of 2020, they even create their own dream festival lineup. No holograms allowed.

Mar 29, 2020
If I Were An A & R
20:57

While Chris was at home trying to dodge the coronavirus, he turned his microphone on and recorded a podcast about the albums he would make if he were an A & R. Simples.

Mar 19, 2020
Dopest Nigerian Alive
37:20

Following on from last week's episode about knowing yourself, Chris breaks kayfabe with Sumit and reveals the results of his recent DNA test.

Mar 05, 2020
Know The Self
40:22

The first words to be uttered on the classic 'Mecca and The Soul Brother' album were: 'to know the truth is to know the self'. This week, Sumit and Chris connect to discuss whether or not you can truly be yourself and what costs and complications to consider. Once again, Chris' whiskey was in full effect.

Feb 27, 2020
Dillagence: Raise It Up For Jay Dee
01:53:45

February came quicker than premature ejaculation. Like we always do at this time, we're celebrating the life and legacy of J Dilla! Sumit is away on his holidays, so Chris is joined by his bredrin Juke 84 to keep it ghetto with the plastic cups and talk about the music of one of the greatest musical minds to ever walk on this big ball of stress called the Earth. RIP to Saint James Yancey. Subscribe: https://link.chtbl.com/breakingatoms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @breaktheatoms

Feb 04, 2020
The Glory Days Of Children’s TV
36:47

On this week's episode of Breaking Atoms, Sumit and Chris share memories of their favourite TV shows coming up. Chris also goes from David Banner to The Incredible Hulk and addresses his trauma from never seeing and Black kids on Fun House. Bun Pat Sharp.

Jan 28, 2020
F.L.Y.
27:47

Sumit and Chris have returned. The very first episode of 2020 is named after a recent Ras Kass track. Just so you know. The boys attempt to dissect the hype around New Year’s Resolutions and whether or not they’re a bag of gas.

Jan 22, 2020
Things We Love and Hate About Working In Marketing
35:25
This week, the boys break atoms and wax lyrical about some of the things they love and hate about working in the Marketing industry.
Dec 10, 2019
Day One: A Tribute To D.I.T.C.
55:53
For our landmark 50th episode, we wanted to show our respect to the architects and pay tribute to one of the illest crews in Hip Hop, D.I.T.C. From the deepest, dirtiest depths of the underground to the glossiest, shiniest circles of the mainstream, the influence of this BX-BK-Harlem collective runs deep. They’ve been representing since day one and they have truly earned their flowers. Listen to Chris' DITC playlist on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/playlist/d-i-t-c/pl.u-55D6Jr3s3kvjg
Nov 19, 2019
Where Is The Rice?
29:15
Enough is enough. Sumit and Chris have had enough of the New Ethnics Association and their lack of reverence for the ancient art of hospitality. Put your nibbles away, cook some chicken and press play. Make sure you wash the chicken first and that.
Nov 12, 2019
Rock The Wedding Bells
41:30
Before the ink on his newly minted marriage certificate was dry, Chris linked up with Sumit to share what he learned about family, friends and himself after surviving his wedding day. The PTSD is real.
Nov 05, 2019
Anniversary Review: "Word... Life" by O.C. and "Internal Affairs" by Pharoahe Monch
44:07

For this episode, we wanted to celebrate some Hip Hop milestones. This past week marked the 25th anniversary of "Word... Life" by O.C. and the 20th anniversary of "Internal Affairs" by Pharoahe Monch. No hot takes today. Just in-depth music critique and a little barbershop level banter. Act accordingly.

Oct 22, 2019
Review: El Camino (Breaking Bad)
44:10

We've got our own recording setup now. It's a little rough but whatever, we're back. It's been one week since "El Camino" hit Netflix and as usual, we break it down in our detailed style so you won't have to. Chris also drops seven gems highlighting the missing links between this movie and "Breaking Bad". Salute that man.

Oct 17, 2019
Speak English Mate
46:51
This week, Sumit and Chris have a back and forth about their experiences growing up as Black and Brown boys in British culture. In a piss poor attempt at objectivity, they also clap back at the Aunties and Uncles in their respective communities. The sombre moment comes when both hosts look to the future and talk about how they plan to raise their own children. To add insult to injury, they offer the final word on Dreypa and the annoyance of the thoughts and prayers phenomenon.
Aug 22, 2019
No Games, All Thrones
35:04
Two weeks after the highly anticipated finale of "Game Of Thrones", Sumit and Chris sat down to share their thoughts about what went down in Westeros. Then, life happened. This "lost" episode remained unheard until now. As always, the man dem came with jokes. Dracarys.
Aug 05, 2019
Review: "Kingdom Come" by Jay-Z
32:39

After a whole year of banter and beef, Sumit and Chris finally address the elephant in the room and in their relationship - the ‘Kingdom Come’ album by Jay-Z. They retrospectively break down the beats, rhymes and life behind this divisive album. It got heated. Is their friendship over? Press only to find out.

May 21, 2019
Blood On The Small Screen
35:30
Murder. Death. Kill. Just another day around the way... This week, Sumit and Chris talk about some of the most memorable character deaths from their favourite TV shows. Sumit and Chris will relive the gruesome details on your behalf, so hopefully you won't have to go through that.
May 14, 2019
Love Thy Neighbour
31:22
This week’s episode is all about neighbours. Chris shares stories about his recent woes and nearly coming to blows with his new neighbours. Sumit attempts to keep the peace and save lives.
May 05, 2019
Julia Haythorn Interview: For The Public Speaker In You
46:54
This week, Sumit and Chris are joined by Public Speaking Expert, Julia Haythorn, who drops more gems than a clumsy thief about how to body a speech, presentation or State Of The Union address. Whether you're a MD or MC, peep game.
Mar 26, 2019
Mini Hiatus
45:02
The boys are back after their self imposed mini hiatus. They shoot the proverbial shit about everything from to doing the jail pose in holiday photos to Michael Jackson's alleged antics at Neverland.
Mar 07, 2019
Lying About Your Best Life
25:03
Living your best life? Whatever man © Redman Believe it or not, this episode is inspired by the Harvard Business Review and their deep dive into civility at work. Sumit and Chris began to share notes on how life in the workplace has changed. Things got very peak when they donned their analytical hats and examined all the work that some of us put into carefully constructing our public and private personas at work. We've all been guilty of faking the funk in the office, but we also realised that millennials are ready to spill all their tea by the water cooler and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Let's break it down.
Jan 31, 2019
Cass Denton Interview: Unedited Thoughts
01:03:59
Cue up the Stevie Wonder version of 'Happy Birthday' because The Breaking Atoms Podcast is officially 1 year old! Fire bun cake and festivities though. To commemorate their first 365 days, Sumit and Chris invited The Puffy of Podcasting™️, Cass Denton, (Senior Audio Producer) from Unedited to come and break bread with us about podcast production, creating content, diversity and why she doesn't like fried plantain. Let's break it down.
Jan 24, 2019
All Flights Matter
41:10
The thought of flying alone strikes the fear of God into some people. For us black and brown folks, there’s a whole bag of stress that we have to deal with before we even set foot on a plane. This week, Sumit and Chris aka The Frequent Flyer Gang, discuss their experiences of dealing with anxiety when going to the airport including going through customs getting the side eye and having to dress like they come from respectable households to try beg an upgrade. Let’s break it down.
Jan 17, 2019
Email Gangsters
33:10
Straight out the gate y'all, they drop hits. For their first episode of 2019, Sumit and Chris call out all the fake email gangsters who try to shoot up their inboxes with passive-aggressive bullet points. From the home to the office, our hosts are battle tested in the world of email warfare and have claimed many lives with swift and decisive CC’s and read receipts. But, they also play nice by offering - you, the listener - their world-weary tips on how to write a polite email that still hits harder than Mike Tyson in his prime. Let’s break it down.
Jan 07, 2019
Bad Mon Nuh Wear Santa Hat
18:03
Merry Christmas and that. Safe.
Dec 24, 2018
Mobile Phone Memories
36:20
From brick to slick is the theme of this week's episode. Sumit and Chris relive some of their fondest cellular memories and share stories of their days working in phone shops during the UK mobile phone boom of the early to mid 2000s. If you remember the days when calling a number on a different mobile network was not an option, then this episode is for you. Let's break it down.
Dec 20, 2018
Managers Vs Leaders
58:07
It’s no secret that Sumit and Chris have day jobs. Careers, actually. Over the years, our hosts have soaked up much game working in the corporate fields. Therefore, this week’s main focus is managers, leaders and the differences between both. Press play and allow us to save you from a lot of headaches and meetings in HR. Let’s break it down.
Dec 11, 2018
Strategic Friendships
16:14
Don’t get it twisted. This isn’t about networking and brown nosing. There’s too much of that going on already. For Episode 30, Sumit and Chris explore some of the needs and requirements of mutually beneficial relationships. From the giving to the getting, what’s the strategy behind who you choose to kick it with or kick out of your circle? Let’s break it down.
Nov 29, 2018
Review: "Contrarian" by DL Hughley
36:47

Check this podcast's description. It clearly states that Sumit and Chris always come with “left field perspectives”. That's just a fancy way of saying that your hosts are career contrarians. It only makes sense that this week's episode is a review of D.L. Hughley's Netflix special 'Contrarian'. The boys have an in-depth talk about the show highlighting their favourite jokes, observations, stories, one-liners and all the other inappropriate banter that flies in the face of political correctness. Let's break it down.

Nov 22, 2018
Sumit's New Beard
56:30
This week’s episode is a catch up between Sumit and Chris who haven’t seen each other in over 6 weeks. They missed each other. That’s a whole UK Summer holiday after all. They discuss everything from what they’ve been up to from new music, holidays, Hip Hop historians, facial hair and much more foolishness. It’s not that serious, obviously.
Nov 15, 2018
Emergency Therapy Session
13:05

Chris was feeling some kind of way and wrote a Facebook post about feeling unappreciated and underrated. Sumit caught wind of this and quickly transformed into a makeshift therapist of Optimistic Prime proportions. Chris gets a few things off his moob like chest and Sumit drops more jewels than a clumsy thief. Let's break it down.

Oct 09, 2018
Remembering Roc-A-Fella
01:18:39
This week's discussion is a retrospective look at Roc-A-Fella Records. Sumit and Chris chop it up about their favourite albums and artists, classic and underrated albums, the label's history, impact, influence and so much more... Let's break it down.
Sep 30, 2018
Mazzi Interview: S.O.U.L. Control
50:19

For episode 2, the man dem dug deep into their black book of connects and pulled a power move. While in the UK promoting End Of The Week, Sumit's good friend, Mazzi, came through to talk about his adventures in the birthplace of Hip Hop. He diddy bops all the way down memory lane and shares stories about working at Def Jam Records, six-hour cyphers with Canibus and how he's managed to thrive in the music industry in spite of rule number 4080. Let's break it down.

Sep 11, 2018
The Psychology of Change
43:46
We're back. The first episode of Season 2 is out now! This week's topic is all about change. Personal changes, professional changes and just going through life changes in general. Let's break it down... Facebook: @breaktheatoms Instagram: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Soundcloud: @breaktheatoms Twitter: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Recorded, mixed and mastered by Amy McKnight at The Qube London
Sep 04, 2018
Under Pressure
33:12
All good things must come to an end. Bad things 'should' end too but life isn't fair. For the final episode in season one of 'Breaking Atoms', Sumit and Chris let off the last bit of steam in their respective bodies and have yet another moan about the pressure of the social calendar. Think of this as a pseudo sequel to 'The 30+ Effect' episode but with a little extra pepper in the bants. Our hosts shoot from the hips around FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), clout chasing, being tagged in photos that you're not actually in and the general lack of respect people have for one's weekend. From guilt trips to literal trips abroad, Sumit and Chris further analyse the unnecessary science behind keeping up appearances. Why do people take invite declines so personally? Should the 'R' in 'RSVP' stand for relax instead of respond? Are you a trash person for wanting to stay indoors? These are the last questions... for now...
Jul 26, 2018
Jazz Rose Interview: That Ping Ping Ping Mentality
51:18

A few months ago, Sumit and Chris had the pleasure of sitting down with serial entrepreneur, Jazz Rose of J & C Education to talk about productivity, managing workloads, prioritising tasks and much more. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the sound quality of this episode isn't up to their usual standards. But Jazz dropped so many gems and the hosts felt like they'd cheating you out of some potentially life-changing content by keeping this episode in the vaults. Just like that, we are letting this one loose. So if you're phone stays pinging or you're busy doing nothing or just too busy to live a little; stop, sit down and listen to a true master. No need to check Jazz's credentials because they speak for themselves.

Jul 19, 2018
Ben Clube Interview: Jesus In The 21st Century
36:05
This week, Sumit and Chris are clapping back at all spiritual vampires. They are joined by special guest, Ben Clube, to talk about Jesus in the 21st century. Relax though. There's no offering bowl in sight. It's just some real talk about how Jesus and religion as a whole are seen in 2018. Your man Ben is a vicar in training so he turns the podcast into a pulpit with some insightful commentary about how the Bible influences literature, politics and popular culture as a whole. Leave your Sunday best in the laundry. This episode will knock you out quicker than Benny Hinn's white jacket. If Jesus had a Twitter account, what would he write? Who really is the modern-day messiah? Is Hollywood just biting Bible stories and calling them films? These are the questions...
Jul 09, 2018
The Price Is Right
19:36

Way back in episode 11, your hosts discussed the cost of living and how hard it was hitting their calendars and pockets. They vowed never to let the pressure of keeping up appearances get to them. Well, in a classic case of not keeping the same energy, the boys went out and splurged on two respective nights out. Sumit hit the town to see Jay Z and Beyonce and Chris was ringside at The Royal Albert Hall for WWE NXT. Both give their reviews and feedback on the events with their usual wit and cynicism. Are Sumit and Chris sick from buyer’s remorse or were the experiences worth every penny?

Jul 03, 2018
Darnell Swallow Interview: No Porno Allowed
48:22
Family reunions can be fun. You have to deal with the annoying Aunt and the drunk Uncle but for the most part they’re cool. Oh yeah, there’s always a fight but we family baby. Kiss yo cousin. This week’s episode isn’t just another podcast, but it’s another kind of reunion. Sumit and Chris reconnected with the Dr. Claw of podcasts, Darnell Swallow, to catch up on what’s been going on since they last bumped heads way back in episode 10. Darnell also shares his story about ending up in America, getting deported back to the UK with armed guards, finding himself on the Big Brother TV show and ending up in a porn film. Netflix, holla at us for the exclusive and let’s turn this into a full blown show. You couldn’t make this story up. Who didn’t fill out the proper immigration paperwork when Darnell went to the States? Why was Darnell wearing basketball shorts when he got deported to the UK in December 2018? How did he flop on Big Brother and miss out on a £100,000 prize? These are the questions... Get your 30-day free trial with Audible: www.audible.co.uk/breaktheatoms
Jun 29, 2018
Soccer Sanchez Interview: My World Cup Runneth Over
44:09
People are sick. World Cup fever has hit the masses and folks have been laid out. They've been fiending for their four-year fix. Then again, the World Cup is one of the few events that bring people together. For one month at least, we link up, drink up and act like decent human beings. This week, we welcome Bryan Sanchez aka Soccer Sanchez to the show. This man is a football tactician, statistician and more. He's a true footie know-it-all and he’s studied the beautiful game inside out. Sumit and Chris pick both sides of Sanchez’s brain and chat about World Cup history, best goals, legendary teams and his pick to lift the trophy when it's all said and done. Will Vladimir Putin be on his best behaviour? Who wants smoke with the Russian football hooligans? Can any of you point out where Kaliningrad is on a map? These are the questions... Get your 30-day free trial with Audible: www.audible.co.uk/breaktheatoms
Jun 22, 2018
Jamieson Interview: Englishman In New York
54:34

In life, it's good to celebrate milestones. Episode 21 is a big one fam. Not only did Breaking Atoms recently hit 20,000 plays in 5 months, but this episode features the show's first ever guest. Sumit and Chris' chemistry is definitely on Havoc and Prodigy levels but every once in a while you need a Big Noyd. The boys are joined by Jamieson, who is not only the 'common thread' in Sumit and Chris' relationship but also a world-renowned recording artist and champion grafter. The discussion focuses on Jamieson's decision to make tracks like he was homeless and nearly become real-life homeless when he left London for New York to pursue his dream of becoming a whole entire MC. He also stunts a little when spilling the beans on how he got to link with Steve Rifkind and Gaby Acevedo at SRC Records and playing a key role in helping certain artists to bust the place. To hear someone talk so nonchalantly about working with Akon and French Montana is scary, but the balance is kept when Jamieson laments on the struggles of being alone in a new country with very few contacts but a lot of drive. How did Jamieson finesse Whoo Kid to host his first mixtape? Who really won the battle between Jamieson and Asher Roth? Where does one find Ribena and Baked Beans* in the Big Apple? These are the questions... *It's all about Heinz Get your 30-day free trial with Audible: www.audible.co.uk/breaktheatoms

Jun 15, 2018
A Duppy Called Adidon
53:40
Some people like their beef slow cooked. They like it to simmer and broil until it’s tender. The beef between Drake and Pusha T is no different. Shots have been thrown over the years in a plethora of album cuts and mixtape freestyles but the gloves came off last week and it’s been bare-knuckle bangers ever since. Aubrey and Terrence are on it and the disrespect is on Biblical levels. It feels like 2003 all over again. Sumit and Chris love detail but they love conflict too. It’s been a busy couple of weeks in Hip Hop and it seems like people want smoke. If that’s the case, then they have the matches. In a classic tale of the tape encounter, Sumit and Chris spar with each other and analyse what makes this battle so intriguing. Of course, they dissect the bars but in true surgical style, they pick apart other important issues that have arisen in this conflict like fatherhood, blackface, marriage, sexism and women ending up as collateral damage in rap squabbles. You see, it’s not just about who had the better song. There’s levels to this and Sumit and Chris put the pieces together like Tetris. Does Drake really have a secret love child? How on Earth did Pusha T get all this information? Who wants it with J. Prince?* *Nobody
Jun 05, 2018
Everybody Knows A Know-It-All
41:42
Some mothers do have 'em. Have what exactly? Know-it-all children who grow up into know-it-all adults. We all spar with at least six and a half people who think they know everything. They talk but never listen. Yes, it’s irritating. One mustn’t front though, you’re probably a know-it-all yourself. Take it personal like Gang Starr. There’s a whole city full of walls you can post complaints at. In the 19th episode of Breaking Atoms, Sumit and Chris, try to dissect the inner workings of the minds of know-it-all people. From the folks who offer their opinion without having being asked for them to the so-called influencers who think the world is waiting with baited breath to hear their next hashtag induced hot take - the boys play no games and waste no time putting these people firmly in their respective boxes. But this is the life we chose. As always, we try to offer you, the listener, some added value by providing tips as to how to deal with know-it-all individuals. What makes someone’s opinion really credible? Are people born with the know-it-all gene or is it learned behaviour? Can you really know it all? These are the questions…
May 25, 2018
Heavy Mental
50:45
Crush. Kill. Destroy. Stress. In this world of organised confusion, many of us are being buried under the weight of stress. The extinction agenda is in full motion. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 and the facts and figures aren't looking good. Stress really is the silent killer. Stress is out here moving like one of the Colombian cartels and seeking whom it may devour. If Mr Stress knocks on your door? Do not answer. In this 18th episode, Sumit and Chris reconvene to explore the complexities of stress and where it fits in the mental health spectrum. After breaking down the sauce with some key statistics, things get realer than real when Chris divulges his struggles with depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts. Yep. Deep stuff. However; in typical fashion, the boys keep the balance tight and also offer up some suggestions as to how to look after your health and overall well-being. No questions this week. Let's focus on the solutions. For those of you struggling with mental health issues or if there is someone you know and love that you are concerned about, hit the links below for more help and support. Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ Mind www.mind.org.uk/ NHS www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHS…ing%20services.aspx Recorded and mastered by Charlie Thomas. Insta: @charlietmusic Website: charlietmusic.com
May 15, 2018
Dataism: The Fastest Growing Religion
48:39
It seems like every other week, we’re addicted to something different. The great Alvin Nathaniel Joiner said back in 1996 that “too much of anything can make you an addict”. In this week’s episode, Sumit and Chris, get knee deep in digits and discuss how data is becoming the fastest growing religion in the world. It’s a numbers game but a lot of us are having a hard time adding it all up. In the last few years, we’ve developed a very unhealthy addiction to data. Big data. Medium data. Small data. We love it. From YouTube views to first-week album sales to how much money is in our bank accounts - we are under the threat of drowning in the flow of too much information. Don’t be a shook one though. Sumit and Chris are here to help you two-step to the algorithm of life. Is data negating the idiosyncrasies of human touch? How do we effectively engage in data warfare? What is all this data really being used for? These are the questions...
May 11, 2018
Kanye West Doesn't Care About Black People
50:01
We like to work to a tight schedule and unleash the dragon on Friday mornings. But the past week has been a madness so we have to switch things up with an early drop. Kanye West is on one. We’re not sure what this particular ‘one’ actually is, but it’s crazy. In the last 24 hours, your man Mr. West said “slavery was a choice”. Fam. What part of the game is this? Harriet Tubman must be turning in her grave like remind my soul. We recorded this episode before the slavery comment but we can no longer sleep at night while this guy does the Devil’s work. Kanye must be stopped. Oh, and Nas... we’re very disappointed in you. No questions, we haven’t got any answers. Listen to Chris' Kanye West playlist on Apple Music here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/playlist/kanye-west/pl.u-XkD0J4Rtl85zR
May 02, 2018
The Power Of A Name
31:46
You know the name! The Breaking Atoms Podcast ain’t a damn thing changed! This week, Sumit and Chris, wax lyrical about the power of names and how they contribute to one's personality, perspective and overall steez. From government names to family names to surnames to rap names - the boys analyse meaning, impact and history of a range of epithets Supposedly, this is called onomastics. Whatever though. Things get kinda political when the word ‘nigger’* is discussed. Not only is it still the most inflammatory word in the world lexicon, it can make even make two close friends like Sumit and Chris feel awks. While Chris talks about how he is trying to wean the offensive word out of his vernacular, Sumit just listens like he’s police. What does your name mean? Would you ever disrespect your old earth by changing your name? Is it cool to change your name when you get married? These are the questions… *If you ever call Chris a ‘nigger’, with the ‘er’ at the end of it, you will end up in ‘ER’.
Apr 27, 2018
Invasion of the Influencers
40:21
A couple of weeks ago, Sumit and Chris had a bit of an impromptu moan on the train. What was grinding their gears on this occasion was the influx of influencers online, off-line and in real life. First world problems but problems nonetheless. This week, the Breaking Atoms Boys stop, drop, shut 'em down and open up shop in a new studio to talk about influence in all its good and bad incarnations. They politic over the heroes and legends that influenced them, the rise of influencer marketing and try to work out exactly where these so-called influencers are leading us. It's messy out here and they just want a bit of clarity. Cool? Good. What is more important - followers or engagement? Who decides what amount of influence is enough to be an influencer? Where do influencers go when their influence runs out? These are the questions...
Apr 20, 2018
The Dos and Don'ts of Office Life
46:11
Supposedly, thirteen is an unlucky number. Well, we snack on danger and we dine on death. Episode 13 on Friday 13th is here! This week, Sumit and Chris compare notes on the dos and don’ts of office life. From gossiping to punctuality to effectively communicating with colleagues - the fellas explore the nuances of workplace politics in a bid to keep their listeners out of the unemployment line. Listen up youngsters, in the world of work, you can't be out here making moves any type of way. There's rules to this ish so we wrote you a manual. Why do our colleagues talk slick on emails? How do you secure that elusive bag known as the bonus? Is working in an office really the equivalent of selling your soul? These are the questions...
Apr 13, 2018
Mistrust The Process
15:19
Let's talk about trust baby, let's talk about you and me... Inspired by 'Brain Games' on Netflix, this bite-sized episode 12 finds Sumit and Chris exploring the concept of trust in its many forms. They look at how familiarity and routine play a role in getting us to drop our guards and let people in. It wouldn't be 'Breaking Atoms' if they didn't flip the coin and talk about the other side of the equation including reasons that they themselves don't trust certain things and people. Why is it so hard to trust some people? How do we move on when our trust is broken? Who should we trust? These are the questions...
Apr 07, 2018
The Price of Everything
27:01
Up from the 36 Chambers! Nah, not really... but Sumit and Chris are here with episode 11 of the best podcast on road. In this week's episode, the fellas have a natter about the cost of living. As two born and bred Londoners, they've seen their fair share of overdraft charges and they've just about had enough of how much it is costing them to breathe. They have a good moan about the cost of going to concerts, ringside wrestling tickets, technology, priorities and the going price for one's soul. No haggling though, please. Why are Jay-Z and Beyonce charging so much for a piece of Black excellence? How did we ever get bumped into paying stamp duty? When is payday? These are the questions...
Mar 30, 2018
The Life, Death and Afterlife of Biggie Smalls
55:13
Like they always do, Sumit and Chris take a trip down memory lane. 21 years ago, the late, great Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. released his second and final album, 'Life After Death' on Bad Boy Records. As we all know, Biggie didn't live to see the album stop time and push the culture forward because he was tragically gunned down just two weeks before by some bad mind parasite. Whilst the dates, times and places may be hazy for some, Sumit and Chris time travel back to March 1997 and recount - with stunning accuracy - some of the key points around this cutting-edge double album. Themes such as sound, content, featured artists and favourite songs are explored. Like typical Hip Hop heads, they also pick apart all the subliminal shots sprinkled throughout the 24 track opus. Your favourite rapper likely caught a head shot. It was a competitive time. Shrug... Why didn't Biggie ever learn to drive? Did he dig his own grave with his own mouth? Who killed the best rapper of all time? These are the questions...
Mar 24, 2018
The 30+ Effect
29:24
The big 3-0. Not episode thirty but the actual age. There is something about reaching the age of thirty that has people shook. Cowardly heart type shook. Just thinking about the end of the third decade on Earth has some of us running for cover like Putin just pressed that button. Once again, Sumit and Chris gather around the imaginary campfire and discuss some of the ways that life changes when you reach thirty. From career aspirations to all the weddings, christenings, baby showers and other unnecessary parties you're expected to attend - it all gets dissected without a trace of decorum and no broughtupsy. How can thirty-somethings grow old gracefully? Why do we feel like we must have our lives figured out by this age? Who came up with this stupid rule in the first place? These are the questions…
Mar 16, 2018
Anti-Social Media
35:18
It's all about momentum. They say time flies when you're having fun and Sumit and Chris have officially lost track of time. Life is good. In episode eight, the boys discuss all things social media related. The good, the bad, the ugly and the annoying get picked apart like meat off the bone. From the lengths some of us go to for likes and shares to the pursuit of the seemingly perfect life - Sumit and Chris cast six analytical eyes at your favourite social media platforms. As usual, there is no filter. Pun intended. Is social media really bringing us closer together or is it some hairbrained government plot to kill us all? Why is social media making us less social? Who are YOU to tell US not to debate YOU?* These are the questions... *You don't have clout like that fam.
Mar 09, 2018
The Art of Peer Pressure
40:08
When God created the Earth, he rested on the seventh day. That’s God though. There’s no rest for Sumit and Chris because they were in the lab creating the seventh episode of ‘Breaking Atoms’. The two anonymous nerds have a chinwag about peer pressure and the many forms in which it raises its ugly head. They reminisce about their young, hard-headed days when they were told to say no to drugs and not to play with firearms. They also have a grown folk natter about peer pressure on social media and in the workplace. To wrap things up, they bring their experiences right up to the present day and wax lyrical about how their own parents struggled with peer pressure when raising them. Never accuse these boys of not being real. Even Mum and Dad can get it... How did we go from sniffing glue to smoking crack? What kind of idiot plays on the train tracks? Why do our parents lie to each other how well their kids are doing? These are the questions... Follow The Breaking Atoms Podcast Facebook: @breaktheatoms Instagram: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Soundcloud: @breaktheatoms Twitter: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Recorded, mixed and mastered by Man Like Darnell
Mar 02, 2018
Wakanda Forever
53:43
For this week’s episode, Sumit and Chris head straight from the cinema to the studio to share their thoughts about the new Black Panther movie. As per usual, they get down to the nitty gritty of all things Wakanda. Tough subjects like racism, colonialism and slavery get the collar and elbow treatment with no remorse. Word on these Wakandan streets is that Sumit got teary eyed when watching the film. On the other hand, Chris is considering growing an Afro and getting a DNA test to find out what tribe he’s from. It’s that serious. Was T’Challa really sipping lean after his scuffle with M’Baku? Who is Killmonger’s barber? What happened to N’Jobu’s side piece? These are the questions... Follow The Breaking Atoms Podcast Facebook: @breaktheatoms Instagram: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Soundcloud: @breaktheatoms Twitter: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik
Feb 23, 2018
An Inconvenient Truth
48:55
Earlier this week, the Breaking Atoms crew reached their first milestone. Congrats to the man dem for getting 1000 plays across the first episodes. So, as a special thank you gift, here's a bonus episode to kick off your weekend. Heads up though, because this one is heated. Using the recent Nike London advert as a muse, Sumit and Chris tackle some loaded subject matter such as diversity, inclusion, cultural appropriation, social anxiety, peer pressure and lots more. Sumit ups the ante by airing out his own community for what he calls, their inherent racism. He blacked out. Pun intended. The conversation closes with some reflective insight into why we as people sometimes become threatened, angry and uncomfortable when faced with the truth. What is it about the truth that makes us want it so bad but run away from it when we get it? How thin is the line between constructive criticism and hate? Why is yo ass so sensitive? These are the questions... Follow The Breaking Atoms Podcast Facebook: @breaktheatoms Instagram: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Soundcloud: @breaktheatoms Twitter: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik
Feb 16, 2018
Is Quincy Jones A Chatty Patty?
49:44
Quincy. Jones. Is. Wilding. Following on from last week’s trip down R&B memory lane, it only makes sense to pow wow about one of the genre’s cornerstone contributors, Quincy Jones. Damn right, we respect the architect. Your man Quincy has been on the media trail as of late and he’s dropping gems, saying names and spilling all kinds of tea. Sumit and Chris link up to discuss some of the key themes from Jones’ recent interviews like stealing music, developing your craft and exposing the dirt of dead people. Be a Pisces. Jam. Did Prince really try to run over Michael Jackson’s mother? How did Ivanka Trump shoot her shot? Was Ringo Starr’s drum game really that trash? These are the questions… Follow The Breaking Atoms Podcast Facebook: @breaktheatoms Instagram: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Soundcloud: @breaktheatoms Twitter: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Recorded, mixed and mastered by Man Like Darnell
Feb 14, 2018
R&B: A Nostalgic Retrospective
59:43

Episode three already? Time is flying like your Mama's underwear at a Babyface concert. This week's episode finds Sumit and Chris reminiscing over 90s R&B. The list of names and faces is long. Longer than the OJ Simpson trial but everything from New Jack Swing to Quiet Storm gets covered here. Old school legends are showered with praise and the young bucks are put in the position to pay it forward. Much of the debate focuses on the changes in the genre and examines why we don't sing about love anymore. Things do take a violent turn when Sumit threatens the well being of a world-renowned producer. Multiple shots were fired. Things get pseudo-friendly again when the two homeboys also have an impromptu soundclash and play R&B bangers from yesteryear. If you like your slow jams, then get ready to drop the knickers and pop the snickers. How did Al B. Sure get away with having one single eyebrow across his forehead on his first album cover? Was Mary J. Blige a better singer when she was drunk and high? Can you really get pregnant to a Frank Ocean riddim? These are the questions... Follow The Breaking Atoms Podcast Facebook: @breaktheatoms Instagram: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Soundcloud: @breaktheatoms Twitter: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Recorded, mixed and mastered by Man Like Darnell

Feb 08, 2018
The Golden Era of Animated Cartoons
56:49
In episode two, Sumit and Chris get animated and chop it up about the cartoons they watched as kids growing up. Fan favourites like 'Thundercats' and overlooked cult classics such as 'Ulysses 31' all get a mention and are remembered fondly. As per usual, our hosts break it down and analyse these cartoons with finely tuned hindsight and a mature perspective. Were cartoons used a slick way to perpetuate racist and sexist stereotypes? Was the beef between Optimus Prime and Megatron worse than Biggie and Tupac? Will Gummi Bear juice ever be sold in shops? These are the questions... Follow The Breaking Atoms Podcast Facebook: @breaktheatoms Instagram: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Soundcloud: @breaktheatoms Twitter: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Recorded, mixed and mastered by Man Like Darnell
Feb 01, 2018
The Sopranos Vs The Wire
01:53:29
In the very first episode of ‘Breaking Atoms’, you have the pleasure of a ringside seat as our hosts engage in a head-to-head battle for TV supremacy. In the red corner, we have made man Sumit representing ‘The Sopranos’ and in the blue corner, we have Chris; live and direct from the towers waving the flag for 'The Wire’. They deep dive into what makes each show great and how both shows explore themes such as family, violence, feminism, hyper-masculinity, homosexuality and much more. It’s not all serious convo though. There are lots of laughs to be had as they pick characters from their favourite respective show for a fantasy five a side football face off. Would Tony Soprano beat the brakes off Avon Barksdale in a fistfight? Can Stringer Bell easily outsmart the likes of Christopher Moltisanti with a swift Jedi mind trick? These are the questions... Follow The Breaking Atoms Podcast Facebook: @breaktheatoms Instagram: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Soundcloud: @breaktheatoms Twitter: @breaktheatoms / @hiphopchronicle / @iamkinetik Recorded and mixed by Man Like Darnell Mastered by Imperial (@imperialbeatsuk)
Jan 25, 2018