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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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)

Produced by Sumit Sharma and Chris Mitchell
Mixed and mastered by Dave Walker
Original artwork designed by Adrien Vargas
Updated artwork designed by Jason Wheeler

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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)

 

Produced by Sumit Sharma and Chris Mitchell
Mixed and mastered by Dave Walker
Artwork by Jason Wheeler

 

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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 21st 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. 

 

Click here to purchase "Glory: The Manuscript" by Tracey Lee here.

 

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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. 

 

Listen to Big Hass' Pulse Of The Streets playlist here.

 

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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.

 

Purchase J. Alexander Martin's book, "Building An Empire", at Amazon here.

 

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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