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

Past Episodes

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.

084: 88-Keys

Super-producer 88-Keys tells all about making beats for Kanye West, Mos Def, Beanie Sigel; his run-ins with Paul McCartney and his record company; an...

082: Nino Bless

The Illuminati Reject himself tells us about mixtapes, how he keeps challenging himself, and why Drake is the realest rapper out there.

081: Sage Francis

An epic chat with the indie-rap icon Sage Francis about writing, cats, his four year hiatus, and, of course, France.

080: Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman breaks down his brand-new book of "invisible liner notes" of classic hip-hop records, Check the Technique Vol. 2.

079: Lisa Leone

Photographer, cinematographer, and director Lisa Leone shares her tales of the glory days of graffiti, photographing some of rap's biggest stars, and...