Welcome to The Cipher, a weekly podcast featuring in-depth conversations with the most interesting figures in Hip-Hop.

Past Episodes

098: Prince Paul, Pt. 1

Paul talks Stetsasonic, De La, RZA, 1970s radio, and lots more in the first half of our epic conversation.

097: Mr. Lif

A look at Lif's life & career, from his beginning in the Boston scene through his rise to underground stardom to his eclectic present.

096: Bishop Lamont

Bishop opens up about his career, from his early days to his time with Aftermath to his hard-won independence. Plus, Duck Tales.

095: Joe Schloss

The professor and author takes us to school about beatmaking, b-boying, Broadway, and more.

094: Tanya Morgan

Von Pea and donwill share their ups, downs, and sandwich preferences in this hilarious, insightful, and moving interview.

093: Wrekonize & Bernz of ¡Mayday!

The ¡Mayday! duo talk their group's history, working with Murs, how signing to Strange Music changed their sound, and tons more.

092: Lisa Cortés

Lisa, a true hip-hop Zelig, shares the story of her amazing life and career. From Def Jam to Oscar-winning movies, she's seen and done it all.

091: Rocky Ford

Meet Rocky Ford, the man who wrote "The Breaks" and "Christmas Rappin'" for Kurtis Blow, mentored a young Russell Simmons, and gave hip-hop its very f...

090: Shea Serrano

The author of Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book talks drawing rappers, getting robbed by Z-Ro, and why action movies were better when the acto...

089: Smoke DZA & R.F.C.

Smoke DZA and Bluntsmoker talk ghostwriting, Harlem, and why rapping about weed doesn't make you a "weed rapper."

088: Divine Styler

Divine Styler traces his path from NYC park jams to stretching musical boundaries along with Ice-T and House of Pain all the way through his return to...

087: Ron Isley, Remixed

Happy New Year! To celebrate, here's a remixed, revamped version of our 2013 talk with soul music legend Ron Isley.