The Cipher is a weekly podcast featuring in-depth conversations with the most interesting figures in Hip-Hop and beyond. Formerly known as Outside the Lines with Rap Genius.

New episodes every Tuesday.

Latest Episode: DJ Quik and Eric Biddines

This episode, we have a two-fer. We begin with a really awesome interview with a true West Coast legend, DJ Quik. He has a new album, The Midnight Life, and we talk to him about that, his relationships with longtime collaborators Suga Free and guitarist Robert Bacon, “Hitler microphones,” that time Dr. Dre broke his speakers, and a lot more.

In the second half of the show, we introduce a new artist. Eric Biddines is a Florida-based rapper whose new project, Planet Coffee Bean 2, came to our attention recently. Eric’s futuristic, imaginative, and caffeinated music — and personality — are not to be missed.

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Past Episodes

076: Rittz

Our first show as The Cipher finds us talking to Strange Music powerhouse Rittz on the day his new album *Next to Nothing* is released.

075: OTL: The Best Of, Pt. 2

The conclusion to a two part segment, OTL: The Best Of takes you through OTL's cast of characters -- touching down on its most memorable moments and soundbites.

074: OTL: The Best Of

The first of a two part segment, OTL: The Best Of takes you through OTL's cast of characters -- touching down on its most memorable moments and soundbites.

073: Christopher Jackson

We talk to Christopher Jackson, one of the lead actors in Broadway's 'Holler If Ya Hear Me', the musical based on Tupac's legacy.

072: Todd Kreidler

We talk with Todd Kreidler, writer of the Broadway musical inspired by Tupac's life, 'Holler If Ya Hear Me'.

071: Saul Williams

We talk with Saul Williams about his role in 'Holler If Ya Hear Me', the new musical based on the songs of Tupac Shakur.

070: YC the Cynic

We talk to YC the Cynic, ever-changing MC from the Bronx, whose new project, "GNK", sees the artist exploring how speaking through different perspectives can be equally personal and universal.

069: Gangsta Boo

This episode, we talk to legendary female MC Gangsta Boo, the first and only female member of Three 6 Mafia.

068: Grandmixer DXT

This episode, we talk to Grand Mixer DXT, the first DJ to ever rhythmically scratch a record on a turntable.

067: Nas - Illmatic

In a special edition of the OTL podcast, we host a live conversation with Nas about his iconic album, *Illmatic*, including questions from RG users and an audience Q&A.

066: Pharoahe Monch: PTSD

We spoke with Pharaohe Monch on new album *PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder*, how mental health affects the black community, themes of gun violence, sanity and insanity, dealing with depression, and the musical and thematic evolution of Pharaohe’s style.

065: Rakim

We talk to Rakim, the God MC, widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time.