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

Past Episodes

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...

078: No Malice

One half of Clipse talks the past (and future) of the group, his biggest lyrical regret, and how he hasn't changed nearly as much as you might think.

077: DJ Quik and Eric Biddines

A short but epic and incredibly fun interview with DJ Quik, followed by an introduction to Florida's Eric Biddines, a creative, coffee-obsessed new ar...

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: The Best Of OTL Pt. 2

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

074: The Best Of OTL Pt. 1

The first of a two part segment, 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.