Making The Music

Making The Music

47 Episodes

Whether it’s an album, a book, or tour or otherwise, this is the place to get the scoop on specific projects from artists, producers and executives.

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Making The Music
  • Westside Gunn, Conway & Benny Will Never Compromise The Griselda Sound

    Episode 1

    Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher have built something truly incredible for Rap. These three Buffalo, New York MCs along with producer Daringer have cultivated a style of Rap that calls back to the 1990s grit, with a flare that is taking Hip-Hop into the future.

    In a con...

  • Murs Details Making "The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over" With 9th Wonder

    Episode 2

    Over the past 15 years, Murs and 9th Wonder have made some of the best collaboration albums between an MC and a producer. These works have become standouts in their respected catalogs. In the mix of both men's careers and personal lives, they carved out time to make The Iliad Is Dead And The Odys...

  • Little Brother Discuss Their New Album, Growing As Men, 9th Wonder & More

    Episode 3

    Little Brother's Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh sat with AFH TV for an extensive discussion about the making of their new album, May The Lord Watch. Despite the interview commencing after 11pm, and an interruption in the middle of the conversation, Pooh and Phonte spoke for more than an hour about ho...

  • Skyzoo & Pete Rock Discuss The Album They Made Strictly For The Culture

    Episode 4

    Skyzoo joins a field of rarified MCs who have made an album produced completely by Pete Rock. He and Pete speak with AFH TV about the making of Retropolitan, from start to finish. They discuss everything from how they came up with the concept for the album, to the recording process and how the LP...

  • Blimes And Gifted Gab Tell Their Story & Kick A Verse Worth Talking About

    Episode 5

    Blimes Brixton and Gifted Gab have developed strong chemistry on the microphone. They give AFH TV an exclusive taste with an acapella performance of an upcoming song with a fresh rhyme routine.

    From San Francisco and Seattle, respectively, B.A.G. is two talented MCs come from different scenes...

  • Black Moon Describe The Personal Process Of Making Their First Album In 16 Years

    Episode 6

    An eclipse is a rare event in the sky, which is why people pay attention when they happen. In more than 25 years, Black Moon has only released four albums. One of the most influential and highly-respected Hip-Hop groups takes its time and waits for the right circumstances to happen. That is preci...

  • Spice 1 Revisits The Songs That Made Him A Gangsta Rap Legend

    Episode 7

    For more than 30 years, Spice 1 has made Rap music on his terms. His songs can be violent, menacing, and heartless. However, as Spice explains, they are realistic portrayals of life in the East Bay. This rapper also prides himself on how he tells it, from his flow to gripping imagery.

    Speaking...

  • Erick Sermon Discusses His Vernia Album & Previews Music

    Episode 8

    Erick Sermon is preparing to release his eighth solo album, Vernia. At Def Squad Studios in Long Island, the Green-Eyed Bandit extensively details his LP featuring Raekwon, N.O.R.E., Too Short, Devin The Dude, No Malice, Big K.R.I.T., Pharrell, Styles P, AZ, Shaquille O'Neal, Xzibit, and David Ba...

  • Tech N9ne Discusses His N9na Album & Being A B-Boy For Life

    Episode 9

    Tech N9ne is one of the most prolific Rap artists in his class. For 20 years, the Kansas City, Missouri MC has fed his devoted technicians with 20 albums, handfuls of collaborative projects, EPs, and group work. Notably, every release from Aaron Yates is a mapped out universe and part of a direct...

  • Boogie Is Compton’s Next Great MC & He Plans To Be The Biggest Of All

    Episode 10

    "This world will take your dream from you quick if you don't stay locked in," Boogie says on a cold day in Lower Manhattan. He is referring to a lesson intended for his young son, but it comes from personal experience. For five years, the Compton representative has been persistently pushing the l...

  • Cormega Discusses His New EP, Losing Prodigy & Why The Fans Matter Most

    Episode 11

    In the closing week of 2018, Cormega self-released Mega. The five-song project (that also includes the instrumentals) marked the MC's first in more than four years. The New Yorker partnered with Streetrunner, the veteran Grammy Award-winning producer co-credited for Meek Mill, JAY-Z, and Rick Ros...

  • Smif-N-Wessun Discuss Giving 25 Years Of Their All To Hip-Hop

    Episode 12

    In the mid-1990s, Smif-N-Wessun burst onto the scene brandishing two barrels locked-and-loaded with raw Rap talent. Following a breakthrough appearance on Black Moon's seminal Enta Da Stage, the skills of Tek and Steele shimmered on their 1995 debut, Dah Shinin'. Da Beatminerz-produced album bala...

  • DJ Premier Discusses The Making Of Gang Starr's Moment Of Truth Album

    Episode 13

    When DJ Premier said “the real Hip-Hop,” he meant it. Guru was not just rapping words on their album Moment Of Truth, he was telling true stories. Premier discusses the meaning of their classic album, song by song.

    On March 30, 1998, Gang Starr stepped forth with Moment Of Truth. Guru and DJ ...

  • Pete Rock Discusses His Don't Smoke Rock Joint Album With Smoke DZA

    Episode 14

    Pete Rock discusses Don't Smoke Rock, his joint album with Smoke DZA. Pete speaks about his unique relationship with DZA, working with guests like Rick Ross, the musicians with whom he would most like to work (dead or alive), and whether or not he and CL Smooth will release new music.

  • Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz Discuss The Making Of Their Joint Mona Lisa Album

    Episode 15

    Apollo Brown and Joell Ortiz sit down for a detailed conversation about their joint album, Mona Lisa. They discuss their chemistry as a collective, the process of making the album, the Slaughterhouse breakup and possibility of new music from the group, how commercial success changes artists, the ...

  • Mobb Deep Discuss 20 Years of The Infamous

    Episode 16

    Mobb Deep look back on their classic album The Infamous, 20 years later. Hear their thoughts on coming up in Queens, and why they consider the album to still be relevant after 2 decades.

  • Atmosphere's Slug Discusses Fatherhood, Conscious Rap, Mortality & More

    Episode 17

    Atmosphere's Slug sits down for an in-depth conversation about their new album, Mi Vida Local. He talks about fatherhood, making conscious Rap, aging in Hip-Hop, coping with mortality, the importance of indoor agriculture and much more.

  • Rapsody Discusses How Her Laila's Wisdom Album Was Influenced By Erykah Badu

    Episode 18

    On Sunday, January 28, Rapsody will attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards as a nominee. Having won trophies for past feature contributions (Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly), the Roc Nation/Jamla MC is up for Best Rap Album for Laila’s Wisdom, the only woman in a category which also nominates ...

  • Cyhi The Prynce Discusses His Debut Album & Working With Kanye West

    Episode 19

    Cyhi The Prynce discusses his long-anticipated dubut album, No Dope On Sundays. He also talks about working with Kanye West and Jay Z, why he's one of the best lyricists and more.

  • Big K.R.I.T. Discusses His King Remembered in Time Mixtape, Pt. 2

    Episode 20

    In this episode, Big K.R.I.T. talks about how Bun B has served as a mentor, the relationship between pimping and Hip-Hop, the potential consequences of one night stands and substance abuse, how he uses poetry to express himself and much more.

  • Big K.R.I.T. Discusses His King Remembered In Time Mixtape, Pt. 1

    Episode 21

    Big K.R.I.T.'s King Remembered in Time mixtape is one of his most personal efforts to date. We sat down with K.R.I.T. about the project and he reflected on the meaning behind every track. In this part 1, K.R.I.T. talks about why he named the project King Remembered in Time (effectively after hi...

  • Big KRIT Discusses His King Remembered In Time Mixtape, Pt. 3

    Episode 22

    In part 3 of our interview with Big K.R.I.T. about his King Remembered In Time mixtape, K.R.I.T. discusses the struggles and pressure that came with making his first album; feeling like he failed and let his fans down; his resolve to never let it happen again; the redemption he felt from the rece...

  • Reason Describes His Journey From Hungry MC To TDE's Next Top Dawg

    Episode 23

    In the Summer of 2018, the dominant Hip-Hop label of the 2010s announced that it had added a new MC to its tight-knit family. Carson, California’s Reason signed to Top Dawg Entertainment. The imprint with five #1 releases, including this year’s Black Panther soundtrack held no press conferences n...

  • J. Prince Reveals Why The Tupac/Scarface Album Did Not Happen

    Episode 24

    In 1996, Scarface and Tupac had a magical collaboration called "Smile." For a time, it looked like the two might work together to make a full joint album, but the album was derailed. Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince explains what happened.