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: Rittz

Welcome to The Cipher! Outside the Lines With Rap Genius has been renamed, rebranded, and improved. We begin the podcast’s new chapter with Strange Music’s favorite “White Rapper,” Rittz. We talked to the Atlanta artist on the day his latest album, Next to Nothing, was released. We spoke about syllable matching, the dark side of partying, how the 1996 Olympics changed everything, and tons more.

Rittz’ fast-rapping style first grabbed fans’ attention on Yelawolf’s “Box Chevy Pt. 3” in 2010, after a decade of grinding in the Atlanta underground. He signed to Tech N9ne’s Strange Music label, where his fast-rapping acrobatics and introspective, painfully honest lyrics fit right in. Next to Nothing continues and improves on his patented style while adding some new twists — including a fair amount of singing, which we talk about during the interview.

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About the re-launch:

The Cipher is a revamp and continuation of the long-running and critically acclaimed podcast Outside the Lines With Rap Genius. We’ve taken the show outside of the Genius family in order to devote the time and attention necessary to really make it great. For those who loved the podcast previously, we still have the same in-depth conversations, the same questions no one has ever asked before, and the same variety of awesome guests. But we’ve improved everything else — the sound, the look, the format, and more.

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Past Episodes

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.

064: Dan Charnas

We talk to Dan Charnas, an industry veteran, prolific music journalist, and most recently author of *The Big Payback* - the definitive history of hip hop business.