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

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 ...  Show more

Ep. 2: Takeover | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

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 ...  Show more

Ep. 1: Hola' Hovito | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

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 ...  Show more

Sonny Cheeba (Camp Lo): Diamond Delegate

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 Neptune ...  Show more

Thomas Hobbs: Moths To The Light

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 th ...  Show more

Kurupt: Dogg Pound Gangsta Gumbo

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 thi ...  Show more

Vice Beats: Diggin' The Crates

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 incomin ...  Show more

Tony Touch: Blessed Are The Piece Makers

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.    Get your tickets here: https://www.themetrofest.com/pages/tickets   Foll ...  Show more

Fatman Scoop: Be Faithful Until The End

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.    Get your tickets here: https://www.themetrofest.com/pages/tickets   Fol ...  Show more

Wes Pendleton Interview: Soul Surplus

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 ...  Show more

Prince Po Interview: Push Past The Margin

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. Cr ...  Show more

Pain In Da Ass Interview: Be Prepared For Your Success

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' ...  Show more

Shyheim Interview: Rugged Manchild

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 ...  Show more

4th Disciple Interview: Sonic Algorythm

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, Breaki ...  Show more

Evidence (Dilated Peoples) Interview: The Unlearning Curve

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 Eviden ...  Show more

The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

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! Follow Sumit 💥 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hiphopchronicle 💥 Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hiphopchronicle Follow Chris ...  Show more

Episode 5: Brooklyn's Finest | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

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, ...  Show more

Episode 4: Can't Knock The Hustle | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

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 Procto ...  Show more

Episode 3: Bring It On | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

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 Br ...  Show more

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