Making The Music

Making The Music

40 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
  • Blimes And Gifted Gab Tell Their Story & Kick A Verse Worth Talking About

    Episode 1

    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...

  • Erick Sermon Discusses His Vernia Album & Previews Music

    Episode 2

    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 3

    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 4

    "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 5

    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 6

    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 7

    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 8

    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 9

    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 10

    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 11

    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 12

    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 13

    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 14

    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 15

    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 16

    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 17

    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 18

    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.

  • J. Prince Discusses "Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta"

    Episode 19

    Rap-A-Lot Records Founder J. Prince has maintained a lower profile than many Hip-Hop executives, choosing to let his accomplishments speak for themselves. But, he did step into the spotlight with 2 verses on the Geto Boys' "Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta." He discusses his verses and the son...

  • Ras Kass Reflects In-Depth On The 20th Anniversary Of Soul On Ice

    Episode 20

    For the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Soul On Ice, Ras Kass gave one of his most comprehensive interviews ever about the project. He spoke for nearly an hour, going in-depth about the meaning behind several tracks, and the earliest days of his career, generally.

  • Wyclef Jean Discusses The Carnival III & Why He's Still Relevant

    Episode 21

    Wyclef Jean speaks in-depth about his album, the Carnival III. He explains the installment seeks to bridge 1997 and 2017. Throughout the interview, the co-founder of The Fugees mentions his daughter, and how he’s perceived by younger generations. Asked about his secret to relevance, ‘Clef says, “...

  • Rapsody Discusses Her Debut Album The Idea Of Beautiful

    Episode 22

    Rapsody speaks about her debut album, The Idea of Beautiful, and how a trip to Africa changed her life and shaped the sound of the album. She also discusses her code of culture over everything, why she considers herself an MC--not a female MC, and her idea of what's beautiful.

  • DJ Premier & Royce 5'9 Talk All Things PRhyme

    Episode 23

    DJ Premier and Royce 5'9, the collective known as PRhyme, speak in-depth about their debut album with Adrian Younge. They discuss the making of the project, their working relationship for over 15 years, how Hip-Hop has changed and more.

  • A-F-R-O Discusses His Influences & Acting In The Breaks

    Episode 24

    All Flows Reach Out, better known as A-F-R-O, took the world by storm in 2014 when an off-the-top freestyle he did for R.A. The Rugged Man went viral. After that, the then 17-year old MC, with a much older soul and sound, was embraced by a number of Hip-Hop legends, including DJ Premier and GZA. ...