Making The Music

Making The Music

31 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
  • DJ Premier Discusses The 20th Anniversary Of Gang Starr's Moment Of Truth

    Episode 1

    DJ Premier speaks about the 20th anniversary of Gang Starr’s album Moment Of Truth. He reveals inside stories about how the album was crafted, why they chose guests like Scarface, Inspectah Deck, Rakim, and K-Ci and JoJo, his relationship with Guru and more. This is a must see interview about one...

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

    Episode 2

    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 3

    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 4

    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 5

    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 6

    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 7

    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 8

    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 9

    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 10

    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 11

    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 12

    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 13

    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 14

    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 15

    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 16

    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 17

    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 18

    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. ...

  • Astro Speaks on His New Mixtape and Participating in the BET Cypher

    Episode 19

  • Big K.R.I.T. Discusses His 4eva N A Day Mixtape

    Episode 20

    Big K.R.I.T. breaks down the concept behind his 4eva N A Day mixtape, its cover, and how the project came about. He also talks about the first single, "Boobie Miles," and some of his favorite songs on the project.

  • Stalley Speaks About His Savage Journey To The American Dream Mixtape

    Episode 21

    Stalley speaks about his mixtape, Savage Journey to the American Dream, the meaning behind the title, his patriotism, what it was like working with Chad Hugo from the Neptunes and more.

  • AG Discusses J Dilla's Contributions To Hip-Hop

    Episode 22

    AG from D.I.T.C.discusses J Dilla's contributions to Hip-Hop, as well as his album, A Taste Of Ambrosia.

  • Token Speaks About His Eraser Shavings Album

    Episode 23

    Token talks in-depth about his Eraser Shavings debut album, his journey as an MC, and how music saved his life.

  • Big KRIT: Rewind- Rich Dad Poor Dad

    Episode 24

    Big K.R.I.T.'s "Rich Dad Poor Dad" (off his Live From the Underground album) is a deeply personal record. In the song, K.R.I.T. shares some of the many pearls of wisdom his father gave him as a kid and how that shaped him as a man. For the video to the song, K.R.I.T. went even deeper. In this ...