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Breaking Atoms: The Hip Hop Podcast

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Get stuck off the realness as Sumit and Chris break down the important issues in Hip Hop music, culture and politics. From high-brow deep dives to low-end theories, expect clinical analysis and subjective perspectives from these two Rap Scientists. Hosted on Acast. See for more inf… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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Russ: A Deep Dive Into DNA

February 29th, 2024


Fresh off this week's recording of DNA, Sumit and Chris kept the mics on and shared their stories of discovering Russ' music, their favourite songs and what his music means to them. There are funny memories and even an …

Introducing... DNA: The Trailblazers of Hip Hop (Side A)

February 27th, 2024


Step into the world of DNA: The Trailblazers of Hip Hop - a deep dive into the creative gene pool of Hip Hop's new leaders. Each episode explores the …

A Deep Dive Into DNA

February 5th, 2024


Last week, Sumit and Chris launched a brand new mini-series called DNA: The Trailblazers of Hip Hop, where they dive into the creative gene pool of …

Semi-Soundtrack Review: The Book of Clarence

January 16th, 2024


This week, Sumit and Chris review (kinda) the soundtrack for The Book of Clarence, directed by Jeymes Samuel. The hosts don't even know what the movie is about because it's out this coming Friday, but they love …

Documentary Review: May The Lord Watch - The Little Brother Story

January 9th, 2024


We're big fans of Little Brother over here - as musicians, as people... we love what Little Brother brought to the table and brings to our lives to this day. We sit down and chop it up about the Rap Portraits produced

Da Beatminerz (Mr. Walt & Evil Dee)

January 2nd, 2024


Everybody seckle! For our first episode of 2024, we head straight to Brooklyn, New York, to talk to two of the architects of the Bucktown sound. Mr. Walt and Evil Dee are coming to you directly from the house where they …


December 19th, 2023


A couple of years ago, we discovered the work and sound of DK, a dope producer fresh out of Canada. He's since become a friend and supporter of the show, and it's only fitting that we pass the mic over to him so he can …

The Royal Flush Fan Appreciation Society

November 28th, 2023


Royal Flush is one of our favourites; our listeners know this to be true. Last month, news broke that Royal Flush had been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. With that said, we wanted to make our love for Royal Flush even …

Sumit Meets Kishmeister (ITCH FM)

October 19th, 2023


On Sunday, 10th September 2023, our very own Sumit was invited to ITCH FM by Kishmeister to talk about some things with his entire chest. Sternum included. Sumit broke down his vital contributions to The Blog Era, work …

Sowmya Krishnamurthy

October 3rd, 2023


From we were knee-high, one thing we were taught in our respective communities (Black, Asian and Hip Hop) is that you have to look good. Anything less was uncivilised. Real talk, Hip Hop and Fashion are so intertwined. …

Midnight Mastermind on BBC Radio 2

September 26th, 2023


On Monday 14th August 2023, we were invited to be special guests on BBC Radio 2’s Midnight Mastermind with OJ Borg. Midnight Masternind is a format where the host is asked three questions about a specialist subject and …

Franklin Boateng

August 22nd, 2023


We're back with another episode, and this week, we're not speaking to a Rapper, DJ or Producer. We're branching out a little and speaking with an official fashionista and fly thread connoisseur in general. Franklin …


July 17th, 2023


Sumit is flying solo this week and connects with the 'natural born storyteller', Grea8gawd! For those who are unfamiliar with the name, consider this …


July 10th, 2023


The theme for this week's episode is family. First family, to be exact. We're honoured to welcome Brooklyn's very own, Teflon, to the pod to take us down memory lane and bring us up to speed. Teflon talks us through the …

Amadeus 360

July 3rd, 2023


We're back in our boom-bap bag of tricks, and we're joined by Amadeus 360! The MPC Jedi talks about the longevity of the boom bap sound, working with …

Jae Skeese

May 31st, 2023


In the last decade, the city of Buffalo has proven to be a hotbed of talent. Griselda obviously kicked in the door, but they also held it open. One of the brightest stars to come out of the upstate scene is Jae Skeese. …

Phat Phillie

May 23rd, 2023


We're fortunate enough to be part of a thriving international Hip Hop community, and this week, we're spreading the love to Eastern Europe. Phat Phillie is a Hip Hop ambassador in the truest sense and has been …

Vice Beats

April 25th, 2023


There are a select few people who have been on the show twice and Vice Beats is now one of them. We caught up with the Musician, Producer and friend of the show as he gears up to release his new album, Aspects (which is …

DJ Spinna

April 11th, 2023


Bucket list alert! We FINALLY got to speak with the legendary DJ Spinna! Look, fam. People keep throwing around the word underrated all willy-nilly, but this man is a God-level producer who is before his time, of his …

The 'P' Word Is Not The Word To Play

April 3rd, 2023


On Sunday 2nd April 2023, YouTube star, KSI, was featured in a video with the Sidemen where he was heard using the word, 'p***', which is a racial slur aimed at people of South Asian descent and Brown skinned people in …

The MOWO (Music of White Origin) Awards

March 27th, 2023


People love to say “I don’t see colour”. Yeah, right. But when it comes to music, it’s true for us. When the music bangs, it bangs. Don’t fight the …

Reuben Vincent

February 28th, 2023


In his first ever UK interview, we linked up with the future legend, Reuben Vincent, to talk about the making of his new album, 'Love Is War', advice …

House Shoes

February 21st, 2023


We stay in touch with the streets, and the streets said, "we want House Shoes on the podcast". So we made it happen. We linked up with the man to talk about his life, career, and everything in between. We go back to the …

Justin Tinsley

February 14th, 2023


Before we took our hiatus, we spoke to Writer Justin Tinsley, who had just released his book, It Was All A Dream. The book about the life of the late great Notorious B.I.G. was published in time for his 50th birthday. …

Sean Kantrowitz (The Questions Hip Hop)

February 7th, 2023


We caught up with our guy Sean Kantrowitz to celebrate the release of his brand new board game, The Questions Hip Hop. Sean breaks down how he's expanded his brand, the level of planning that goes into putting a project …

Matthew "M-Eighty" Markoff

February 1st, 2023


We told you we were back, and we meant it. So let's continue... this week's guest is A & R extraordinaire, M-Eighty. If you don't know who he is, …

We Like You, But We Don't Like You

January 24th, 2023


We're back! The kings have returned with the newest edition of what you've been missing! Shout out to Low Budget Crew. We originally wanted to take six weeks off but ended up taking six months off. No beef. No tension. …

Breaking Atoms Classic: Mic Geronimo

May 19th, 2022

In the first of our 'Classic' series, we revisit our September 2020 interview with Mic Geronimo.   

The Masta I.C. revisits the making of his first album, 'The Natural', nearly signing to Loud Records, working with …

Dylan Green

May 5th, 2022

We're back with a familiar face and voice. Dylan Green is a serious writer and friend of the show. He featured heavily in our series on The Blueprint, and we really wanted to learn more about him, his passions and what …

Premium Pete

April 20th, 2022

Either the pandemic is over, or Jesus is coming back, or both. We recorded our first episode together live in the flesh for the first time in 3 …

K-Nite 13

April 5th, 2022


Another friend of the show pulls up to share his story and promote his wares. K-Nite 13 is one of the most talented people we know. With the beats, …

The Kathy Iandoli Fan Appreciation Society

March 29th, 2022


Today, we pay homage to a fantastic writer, great mind and friend of the show. We rolled out the red carpet for none other than Kathy Iandoli. …

The Lost Tapes: Phife Dawg

March 23rd, 2022


Originally recorded for Black Sheep Magazine in 2010.


To celebrate the release of Phife's new album, 'Forever', Chris unearths this interview with the Five Foot Assassin from his headline London show at the Jazz Cafe …


March 15th, 2022


We've wanted to speak to Buckwild for a long time. His name often comes up in our Rap Nerd conversations, and the legacy of D.I.T.C. is something that fans or critics cannot quantify. Buck graciously spared some of his …

Shortee Blitz

March 9th, 2022


They say that time flies when you’re having fun. This week’s episode was originally recorded 18 months ago. We had some technical difficulties. Local …

Genesis Elijah

March 1st, 2022


We're keeping the love local this week, and we're joined by one of the hardest working emcees on Planet Earth. Genesis Elijah pulls up, sits down and …

Da Flyy Hooligan

February 22nd, 2022


We travel to North West London to break bread and reason with Da Flyy Hooligan. Hooli is a friend of the show and a friend in real life. This …

Arusa Qureshi

February 15th, 2022

Ladies first - from now until forever. We're honoured to be joined by Scotland's very own, Arusa Qureshi, Author of the amazing new book, 'Flip The …

Rockness Monsta

February 10th, 2022


We went deep beneath the muddy waters of Brownsville to find the Rockness Monsta for this week's episode. Rockness Monsta is the beast from the east who devours everything and everyone in his path - especially on …

Dan Charnas

February 2nd, 2022

Real heads know what it means when February comes around. It's Dilla Month. It's only right that we recognise the man James Yancey by speaking to Author and Human Encyclopedia, Dan Charnas! In his first UK interview …

Ty Farris

January 25th, 2022

We have a certain reverence for the past over here, but we also know it's important to look forward. This week's guest is one of our favourite emcees right now. Ty Farris is fresh from Detroit and has a story to tell …

EZ Elpee

January 18th, 2022


You may not know the name, and you probably don't see the face. But we will bet our pension money that you know the music. This week's guest could …

Anthony Marshall & Danny Castro (Lyricist Lounge)

January 11th, 2022


This week's guests have done more than their 10,000-hour share in the culture. Anthony Marshall and Danny Castro are the founders of the legendary …

Carl McIntosh (Loose Ends)

January 4th, 2022


For our first episode of 2022, we spoke with a living legend in the world of music. Carl McIntosh is a name that kept coming up in our previous episodes, and even though we've always respected the levels, we had to find …

2021 Year In Review: There's Only One Week Left

December 22nd, 2021


We made it to the end of the year. We started out together so we're ending it the same way. We had a quick chat about some of our favourite albums, artists and producers of 2021. We also reminisced on some of our …

Lord Jazz (Lords Of The Underground)

December 14th, 2021


This week, we're gonna hit you one time and it'll definitely be funky. We're joined by one-third of the Lords Of The Underground, DJ Lord Jazz, to talk about the group's history, come up and more. He talks about meeting …

Frank Nitt

December 7th, 2021


We're celebrating another milestone today. This is our 150th episode and we are honoured to have Frank Nitt join us as our special guest.  Frank gets knee-deep into Detroit history. He talks about his early days being …

The Lost Tapes: Raekwon

November 30th, 2021


Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in June 2009. To celebrate the release of Raekwon's new book, Staircase To The Stage, Sumit went to …

The Apollo Brown Fan Appreciation Society

November 27th, 2021

We've not done an episode without a special guest for a minute, but recent events have called for a tag team chinwag. Last week, Apollo Brown dropped …

Wais P

November 23rd, 2021


Our esteemed guest this week has been in the game for a minute. Since the 90s actually. Wais P joins us to talk about his new album, 'T.A.P.A.S. 2' (to all playas and simps), which is one of the illest acronyms we've …


November 16th, 2021


We travel to the West Coast (via Zoom) to have a candid and open chat with Vallejo's own, LaRussell! The conversation is broad but focused as we …


November 9th, 2021


Khrysis on the boards with the heat! This week, we talked to Khrysis - the producer, engineer, emcee and long-serving member of the Jamla squad!

He opens up about his early musical roots, pause tapes, meeting 9th …

Bronze Nazareth

November 4th, 2021


We're joined by one of the best producers on the mic this week. Hailing all the way from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bronze Nazareth checks in to talk about his new album with Roc Marciano, 'Ekphrasis'. We get into the …


October 26th, 2021


You asked for it and we made it happen. Please welcome Shad to Breaking Atoms! Fresh off the release of his new album, TAO, we spoke to him about the …

Mickey Factz

October 19th, 2021


This week, we're joined by master wordsmith Mickey Factz! Earlier this year, he broke the net with his 'Wraith' diss to Royce 5'9", but we skipped over that to talk about his come up in the business, his new EP with …

Kathy Iandoli

October 12th, 2021


For the first time ever in interview form, we have Author, Journalist and Mic Dropper, Kathy Iandoli in the building! She's just released her amazing …

Shawn Setaro

October 5th, 2021


One of our favourite people in this whole world is Shawn Setaro and he definitely needs a 'friend of the show' shirt. Making his third appearance on …

Tanya Morgan

September 29th, 2021


This week's episode is with two emcees who have a knack for making everyday life sound fresh and relatable in their rhymes. Donwill and Von Pea of Tanya Morgan came up from the bottom and know what it takes to sustain a …

Masta Ace

September 21st, 2021


After a short little break, we're back with another weekly episode. This week's guest is someone who has been on our bucket list for a couple of years. Before the pandemic, he was constantly touring, so it was hard to …

Ep. 4: The Ruler's Back | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

September 9th, 2021


In this fourth and final episode, we’ll look at The Blueprint’s release date coinciding with the World Trade Centre attacks, the album’s critical success and commercial reception, its influence on the artists who came …

Ep. 3: Never Change | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

September 9th, 2021


In this third episode, we’ll break down the second half of The Blueprint album, dive even deeper into the creative process and explore the relationships among some of the album’s key contributors.

Guest appearances by …

Ep. 2: Takeover | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

September 9th, 2021


In this second episode, we look at The Blueprint’s creation, the marketing strategy ahead of its release, Jay-Z declaring war with Nas and Prodigy on the big stage and revisit an urban legend that refuses to rest.


Ep. 1: Hola' Hovito | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

September 9th, 2021


From Breaking Atoms comes our new original podcast series celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jay-Z’s sixth album, The Blueprint


In this first episode, we double back to a post-Millenium New York where triumph and …

Sonny Cheeba (Camp Lo)

August 31st, 2021


Chris sits down for a quick chat with Sonny Cheeba of Camp Lo! Hardcore listeners of the pod know how much Chris loves this duo and what the Uptown Saturday Night album means to him as a head. Chris and Sonny Cheeba …

Thomas Hobbs

August 24th, 2021


This episode has been a long time coming, and we're excited to have Thomas Hobbs on the Breaking Atoms! We've had a few writers on the show, but he's our first UK based guest. We talked about his writing career, the …

Kurupt (Tha Dogg Pound)

August 17th, 2021


Ever since we were young whippersnappers, we've been enamoured at the way Kurupt so eloquently expressed his sense of financial restraint on Ain't No Fun. The bucket list gets smaller, and we're honoured to have Kurupt …

Vice Beats

August 10th, 2021


This week, we link up with a friend of the show, James Kennaby, better known as Vice Beats. The host of 'Diggin' The Crates' (one of our favourite pods) stops by to talk beat making, producing music for TV and film and …

Tony Touch

August 7th, 2021


Tony Touch will be performing at Metrofest on Sunday 8th August 2021 in London at Trent Park from 11:00 am to 9 pm. The lineup also includes Fat Joe, Fatman Scoop, Blackstreet, Mya, Horace Brown and more. 


Get your …

Fatman Scoop

August 5th, 2021


Fatman Scoop will be performing at Metrofest on Sunday 8th August 2021 in London at Trent Park from 11:00 am to 9 pm.  The lineup also includes Fat Joe, Blackstreet, Mya, Tony Touch, Horace Brown and more. 


Get your …

Wes Pendleton

August 3rd, 2021


This one is for the Producers. We linked up with Wes Pendleton, Founder of Soul Surplus, to discuss some of the legalities of sampling, sample packs, …

Prince Po (Organized Konfusion)

July 27th, 2021


This week's guest is one-half of the most conceptually creative groups in Hip Hop history. Prince Po of Organized Konfusion comes through to talk about his beginnings in Queens, recording the 'Stress' album, working …

Pain In Da Ass

July 20th, 2021


Following our epic 'Reasonable Doubt' series, we're excited to welcome back the very first voice you hear on that album, Pain In Da Ass! He digs even …


July 13th, 2021


Special Appearance: Dom Pachino (Killarmy) Our adventures through Shaolin continue, as we connect with, the rugged child himself, Shyheim! Now, …

4th Disciple

July 6th, 2021


Believe it or not, when it comes to the Wu-Tang sound, RZA had a few trusted chefs with him in the kitchen. For this episode, we are joined by the …

Evidence (Dilated Peoples)

June 29th, 2021


Evidence is someone who once proudly proclaimed he would "sit up in the shadows and rebel against fame". Ironically, his star has continued to rise …

The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

June 25th, 2021


The next Breaking Atoms original podcast series is coming in September 2021! Look out for The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z! …

Episode 5: Brooklyn's Finest | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

June 24th, 2021


In our fifth and final episode, we examine the legacy of Reasonable Doubt 25 years on and why so many people consider it to be one of the most seminal albums in Hip Hop history.

Featuring in order of appearance: Pain In …

Episode 4: Can't Knock The Hustle | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

June 22nd, 2021


In our fourth episode, we’ll be examining the initial and retrospective response to Reasonable Doubt, shining a light on the tight-knit vibes of the Roc-A-Fella Records staff and connecting with original members of the …

Episode 3: Bring It On | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

June 17th, 2021


In our third episode, we continue our deep dive into the album’s tracklist and key themes. We also analyse the people, places and things that made the album happen, including early live performances, leftover songs and …

Episode 2: Politics As Usual | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

June 14th, 2021


In our second episode, we look at the process of making the Reasonable Doubt album, the internal struggles, signing to Payday Records, Roc-A-Fella Records renting their first office space, and finding a recording home …

Episode 1: Coming of Age | Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z

June 10th, 2021


From Breaking Atoms comes a new original podcast series celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jay-Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt. In this first episode, we travel back in time to a pre-gentrified Brooklyn, New York and …

Nicolay (The Foreign Exchange)

June 8th, 2021


This week's guest is a true musician and we don't use that term lightly. Nicolay stops by to talk about leveraging the internet to create music, …

Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z (Side B)

June 3rd, 2021


Breaking Atoms are excited to announce our brand new original podcast series celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of the most seminal debut Hip Hop albums of all time; Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z.


Across five …

Rapper Big Pooh

June 1st, 2021


We often mention the term "hip hop journey" on the podcast and this week's guest is fundamental to our individual and collective Rap adventures. Big …

Brooklyn's Finest: The Making of Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z (Side A)

May 27th, 2021


Breaking Atoms are excited to announce our brand new original podcast series celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of the most seminal debut Hip Hop albums of all time; Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z.


Across five …

Tracey Lee

May 25th, 2021


Coming in and going out in a blaze of glory is Tracey Lee - who also happens to be our first two-time guest on the pod. We had a real timely and …

Nyce & Havoc (Mobb Deep)

May 18th, 2021


It's the infamous back in the house once again!

We're honoured to welcome Nyce Da Future and the legendary Havoc of Mobb Deep on this week's pod. …


May 11th, 2021


Love is love as we collide with a true original! Our guest this week is the legendary, Cappadonna, from the almighty Wu-Tang Clan! The Captain of The …

Maxim Robin

May 4th, 2021


This week's guest was a friend of the show before we even had a show. Max Robin takes us on a tour of duty and shares stories about being on the road with Freddie Gibbs and Madlib and what he's learned from his journeys …


April 27th, 2021


We're heading back to the East Coast this week to link up with the Rhyhtmatic Eternal King Supreme, otherwise known as Reks, to chop it up with precision about music, family, and his amazing new album. This conversation …

Micall Parknsun

April 20th, 2021


Legend alert! Once again, we're honoured to have a real-life friend and friend of the show on the pod. Micall Parknsun doesn't really do interviews, but we're his people, so he made the time. From the gate, he came with …


April 13th, 2021


Our special guest this week is a friend of the show and a friend in real life. We're letting off some shots of Smirnoff with none other than Kyza! The King comes through to talk about his history in life and music. From …

Gary Suarez

April 6th, 2021


We continue to link up with the people who have a way with words and we're joined by Diction Don, Gary Suarez, to talk about music, popular culture …

Donna-Claire Chesman

March 30th, 2021


Whether a Rapper or Journalist, we respect a nice pen game over here at Breaking Atoms. This week's guest is skilled with the wordage and loves good music. Donna-Claire Chesman joins us to talk about music, writing, her …

Big Hass

March 23rd, 2021


Hip Hop is a global culture, so this week we're taking the pod to Saudi Arabia to link up with Radio Host and Rap Ambassador, Big Hass! Hass shares …

J. Alexander Martin (FUBU)

March 16th, 2021


We're unlocking the fashion chamber of Hip Hop this week with J. Alexander Martin! The Co-Founder of FUBU talks about the start of the company, …


March 12th, 2021


We're internationally known and we're still loyal to the soil. This week, we link up with a friend of the show, Juga-Naut, to cook up some marvellous shit to get your mouth waterin'. We had a chat about any and …

DJ EFN (Drink Champs)

March 9th, 2021


Make some noise! This week, we're pouring up with DJ EFN from Drink Champs! The conversation covers Miami culture, street promotion, working with DJ …

Sean Kantrowitz

March 4th, 2021


This week, we're dropping science with Sean Kantrowitz, who is the host of one of our favourite podcasts - "Can't Knock The Shuffle". We talked to Sean about his entry point into Hip Hop, starting "The Questions" series …

Chris Schwartz

March 2nd, 2021


We're going deep behind the scenes and exploring how the cultural and business sides of Hip Hop meet in the middle. This week's guest is Chris …

Derek "Jazz" Walker

February 26th, 2021


In the great words of A Tribe Called Quest, we've got the jazz. In this episode, we finally got to speak with Derek "Jazz" Walker. If you don't know his name, you definitely know his work. He's done an excellent of …


February 23rd, 2021


This week's episode could have been called "the greatest podcast never recorded", but it was recorded, so that wouldn't have made much sense. We're …

Meyhem Lauren

February 19th, 2021


Feeling hungry? Good. This week we're joined by Meyhem Lauren to talk about some of our favourite cultural and culinary delights. He also shares some …

Neil Levine

February 16th, 2021


Neil Levine has been independent as f*** his whole life. In this episode, the music industry vet takes us through his career and drops gems about …

Schott "Free" Jacobs

February 12th, 2021


How many people in the music business can say they worked with Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, Tha Alkaholiks, Xzibit and Big Pun and just go about their day all …

Blu & Exile

February 9th, 2021


From Hip Hop to Wrestling, we love a good tag team. This week, we are blessed with the presence of Blu and Exile and the nerdery levels get way too high. Blu and Exile talk about their new album, "Miles", how they were …

Shawn Setaro

February 6th, 2021


The love we got for Episode 100 with Pete Rock was so real, we have to show some love back to the people. Here's a bonus episode with the HEIC (Head Editor In Charge), Shawn Setaro! We had a real candid chat about …

Pete Rock

February 2nd, 2021


We've reached a very important milestone. Today's drop is Episode 100 and we're not going to get too sentimental about it here because we have a legend to introduce. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all …

Panik (Molemen)

January 29th, 2021


Chris often talks about the underground Hip Hop rabbit hole that he fell into throughout the 2000s. This is the time he discovered Molemen Records …

Mad Skillz

January 26th, 2021


Our special guest this week is Virginia's very own, Mad Skillz! The infamous ghostwriter talks about his early link up with Q-Tip, working with J Dilla, writing the yearly rap-ups and more. We even clear the air with …

David Lotwin

January 19th, 2021


This week's guest of honour is David Lotwin; Co-Founder of the legendary D & D Studios. If you know your Hip Hop, you will acknowledge D & D …

Carl Lamarre

January 12th, 2021


In the words of the little but legendary Kimberly Jones, we're "billboard bound" with this week's episode. Joining us on the pod is Billboard's Hip Hop Editor, Carl Lamarre. We talked about his most important …

Andrew Barber

January 5th, 2021


This week's guest represents the nation of blogs and firsts and goes by the name of Andrew Barber. You may not know the face, but you've seen the tweets. He doesn't miss anything. We talked about the Chicago music scene …

R.I.P. MF DOOM: Become A Hero & Die A Villain

January 1st, 2021


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2020 Year In Review: It Was A Cute Effort

December 28th, 2020


For our final episode of 2020 and the first-ever "Mics Of The Roundtable" drop, we wanted to make it special. It's been an amazing year for Hip Hop …

Brian "DJ Z" Zisook

December 22nd, 2020


Bad boys move in silence and so do Editors in Chiefs of major Hip Hop editorial outlets. After a decade of emails and pleasantries, we finally got a chance to connect with the Audiomack Daddy, DJ Z, and talk about Rap, …

Lyric Jones

December 15th, 2020


Fresh off the release of her new (and absolutely amazing) album, we're joined by Boston's very own, Lyric Jones! We discussed her early music …

Willie The Kid

December 12th, 2020


This episode is some fly cigar ultimate boss talk for real. We caught up with Willie The Kid to talk about his Capital Gains album, life as a shorty …

Jake One

December 8th, 2020


"Make no mistake son, it's Jake One

He makes beats well like I likes my steaks done"




We concur, Mr. Vaughn, hence why we reached out to the man himself to explore his production set up, John Cena buying …

Statik Selektah

December 1st, 2020


Fresh off the release of his 9th studio album, we are joined by Boston's very own, Statik Selektah! We talked about his stellar production career, battling Pro Era in the studio and finding an unreleased Sean Price …

DJ Snips

November 27th, 2020


Say what you want about DJ Snips, but let it be known that he has a love and passion for Hip Hop culture. This episode finds Snips talking about …

James Prince

November 24th, 2020


"Not from Houston but I rap a lot"... this week's episode is a world exclusive. We're joined by the incomparable James Prince! Mr. Prince doesn't …

Anton Pukshansky

November 20th, 2020


Anton Pukshansky is a liner note legend. This is the man who engineered the seminal Hip Hop classic this podcast is named after. Man like Anton also …

Che' Noir

November 17th, 2020


One name you should be hearing in the "Lyricist Of The Year" discussion is Che' Noir. In this episode, we catch up with the First Lady of Trust Gang …

Domino (Hieroglyphics)

November 10th, 2020


Hiero y'all! For Episode 85, we set some time aside to break bread with Domino of Hieroglyphics. This man is one of the greatest minds in the game. He's one of the key creators of the "Hiero sound" and was there from …

The Lost Tapes: Elzhi

November 7th, 2020


Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in 2011.  This week's Lost Tapes is a classic interview with Detroit's very own, Elzhi. Sumit and The Syllable Sensei talk about the "Elmatic" project, battling at The Hip …


November 3rd, 2020


It's cold outside, but we're hot in the streets. This week, we head back to the East Coast to catch up with the walking library and dictionary, …

The Lost Tapes: Big Boi

October 31st, 2020


Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in 2010.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Stankonia" by Outkast, we had to bust the pot open with another Lost Tapes episode - this time featuring none other than Big …

MC Eiht

October 27th, 2020


This week's episode is an absolute honour for us and hopefully a pleasure for you. We have the legendary MC Eiht on Breaking Atoms! The Quadruple OG …

The Lost Tapes: Nas

October 24th, 2020


Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in 2008.


Sumit dug into his everlasting archives and found a short clip from none other than Nas. This audio is from a Def Jam conference call hosted by the Best of Both …

Shawn Brauch (Pen & Pixel)

October 20th, 2020


Time to get glossy and flossy with this week's special guest - Shawn Brauch of Pen and Pixel! Shawn is the genius behind many of those diamond-encrusted album covers that "shaped the visual aesthetic of Southern …

The Lost Tapes: Ice Cube

October 17th, 2020


Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in July 2008. 

In an impromptu press conference, Ice Cube comments on some disparaging comments that …

Beat Butcha

October 13th, 2020


We have friends in high places. Our mate Beat Butcha - the UK legend and Grammy Award winner - took some time out of his busy schedule to share …

The Lost Tapes: AZ

October 9th, 2020


Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in September 2010.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of AZ's classic album, Doe Or Die, Sumit has …

Rob Markman

October 6th, 2020


Joining us for a campfire-style connect is Rob Markman from Genius! Rob has a storied history in the game and in this episode, he talks about his relationship with Sway and Datwon Thomas, hearing his name on records by …

The Lost Tapes: Just Blaze & The Alchemist

October 3rd, 2020


Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in May 2010.

Sumit sat down with Just Blaze and The Alchemist while they were on tour in the UK. Just Blaze reveals that "Girls, Girls, Girls" was originally for Ghostface, …

Apollo Brown

September 28th, 2020


This week's special guest is none other than man like Apollo Brown! This guy here is responsible for some of the best Hip Hop released from 2010 to …

The Lost Tapes: Lupe Fiasco

September 25th, 2020


For the first episode of our "Lost Tapes" series, Sumit unearths an interview with Lupe Fiasco which took place shortly before the release of his "LASERS" album. Originally recorded for The Hip Hop Chronicle in February …

Ras Kass

September 21st, 2020


On the 24th anniversary of the classic "Soul On Ice" album, we linked up with Ras Kass for a very revealing conversation. The Waterproof MC talks …

Mic Geronimo

September 15th, 2020


Our classic interview run continues with New York legend, Mic Geronimo. In this candid conversation, the Masta I.C. talks about his early days being mentored by Large Professor, recording his debut album and the …

Marco Polo

September 8th, 2020


This week we're joined by one of our favourite producers, Marco Polo. We talked about his journey from Toronto to Brooklyn, his producer influences, …

O.C. Part 2

August 31st, 2020


In Part 2 of our instant classic interview with O.C., we do what we do and solidify Hip Hop history. The Microphone Phenomenon talks about working …

O.C. Part 1

August 24th, 2020


Step into the o-zone as we connect with the legendary O.C. to discuss anything and everything to do with his storied career. From the making of …

Stan By Me

August 17th, 2020


Following his triumphant return to the best Hip Hop pod in the UK, Sumit links up with Chris and they waste no time in addressing a pressing issue - …

Our Most Embarrassing Hip Hop Moments

August 10th, 2020


Put your bravado to the side and let's be real fam. We've all had some moments where we felt shame like a darg. This week, Sumit and Chris discuss their most embarrassing Hip Hop moments from tanking interviews to …

Tracey Lee

August 4th, 2020


Chris had a serious Stan moment this week when he got to interview Tracey Lee - the man who created one of his all-time favourite Hip Hop albums, 'Many Facez'. The conversation highlights Tray's upbringing in Philly, …


July 28th, 2020


After DJ MK gave the BA crew Twitter props for their name, he jumped on Zoom to have a chat with Chris. MK talked about his childhood in North West London, getting into music, pirate radio, meeting Roots Manuva and …

Hip Hop Confessions

July 21st, 2020


This week Chris is joined by Friend Of The Show, Blackeys, to talk about their Hip Hop confessions. Both of them come clean like Jeru about the artists they secretly love and hate, the albums they haven’t heard and …

Why I Hate Hip Hop Twitter

July 14th, 2020


Chris hates Hip Hop Twitter and explains why in his usual loud, abrasive and semi-humourous manner.

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July 3rd, 2020


Rap Dads stand up! This week, we are joined by Hip Hop elder statesman and Philadelphia representer, Kil. We discussed the 80s Hip Hop golden era, …

J Rawls

June 23rd, 2020


This episode is our very own version of 'shoot your shot'. Prompted by his wife, Chris reached out to one of his favourite producers; J Rawls, on Instagram and asked for an exclusive interview. He said 'yes' and here we …


June 7th, 2020


Awon; the rapping half of Awon and Phoniks, hopped on a Skype call with Chris to have a very candid chat about music, culture and politics. Sometimes …

10th Anniversary Review: "TSOL" by Shad

May 28th, 2020


We celebrate classic albums like they were actual factual real live people at Breaking Atoms. This week, Chris is joined by his man Rael Mason to toast and boast about the epic TSOL album by Canadian bad bwoy emcee, …

Dart Adams

May 21st, 2020


Recently, Chris jumped on the phone to politic ditto with the one and only Dart Adams. The conversation touched on Boston (of course!), his early …

Pronounced Loofa: A Tribute To Luther Vandross

May 11th, 2020


This week's episode is a tribute to one of the greatest singers in the history of life. Luther Vandross - affectionately known as 'Loofa' - was the gyal dem sugar archetype. We discuss the voice, the samples and the …

Our Favourite Hip Hop Album Closers

April 30th, 2020


Consider this episode a two-piece to the jaw. Following last week's discussion about our favourite opening tracks on Hip Hop albums; this week, we …

Our Favourite Hip Hop Album Openers

April 27th, 2020


Inspired by the J-Live song of the same name, this week's discussion is about opening tracks on Hip Hop albums. Sumit and Chris deep dive about how important it is for track one to make a great first impression and …

Wash Your Hands

April 5th, 2020


Due to the wonders of technology, Sumit and Chris connect on God's internet for their first-ever remote episode. They discuss how their respective …

Live On Stage

March 29th, 2020


For the first-ever ‘Husband and Wife’ edition of Breaking Atoms, Chris and his Queen; Roxi, make use of their quarantine and share thoughts on their favourite live shows and performers. Even though nobody is going out …

If I Were An A & R

March 19th, 2020


While Chris was at home trying to dodge the coronavirus, he turned his microphone on and recorded a podcast about the albums he would make if he were …

Dopest Nigerian Alive

March 5th, 2020


Following on from last week's episode about knowing yourself, Chris breaks kayfabe with Sumit and reveals the results of his recent DNA test.

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Know The Self

February 27th, 2020


The first words to be uttered on the classic 'Mecca and The Soul Brother' album were: 'to know the truth is to know the self'. This week, Sumit and …

Dillagence: Raise It Up For Jay Dee

February 4th, 2020


February came quicker than premature ejaculation. Like we always do at this time, we're celebrating the life and legacy of J Dilla! Sumit is away on …

The Glory Days Of Children’s TV

January 28th, 2020


On this week's episode of Breaking Atoms, Sumit and Chris share memories of their favourite TV shows coming up. Chris also goes from David Banner to …


January 22nd, 2020


Sumit and Chris have returned. The very first episode of 2020 is named after a recent Ras Kass track. Just so you know. The boys attempt to dissect …

Things We Love and Hate About Working In Marketing

December 10th, 2019


This week, the boys break atoms and wax lyrical about some of the things they love and hate about working in the Marketing industry.

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Day One: A Tribute To D.I.T.C.

November 19th, 2019


For our landmark 50th episode, we wanted to show our respect to the architects and pay tribute to one of the illest crews in Hip Hop, D.I.T.C. From the deepest, dirtiest depths of the underground to the glossiest, …

Where Is The Rice?

November 12th, 2019


Enough is enough. Sumit and Chris have had enough of the New Ethnics Association and their lack of reverence for the ancient art of hospitality. Put your nibbles away, cook some chicken and press play. Make sure you …

Rock The Wedding Bells

November 5th, 2019


Before the ink on his newly minted marriage certificate was dry, Chris linked up with Sumit to share what he learned about family, friends and himself after surviving his wedding day. The PTSD is real.

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Anniversary Reviews: "Word... Life" by O.C. and "Internal Affairs" by Pharoahe Monch

October 22nd, 2019


For this episode, we wanted to celebrate some Hip Hop milestones. This past week marked the 25th anniversary of "Word... Life" by O.C. and the 20th anniversary of "Internal Affairs" by Pharoahe Monch. No hot takes …

Review: El Camino (Breaking Bad)

October 17th, 2019


We've got our own recording setup now. It's a little rough but whatever, we're back. It's been one week since "El Camino" hit Netflix and as usual, we break it down in our detailed style so you won't have to. Chris also …

Speak English Mate

August 22nd, 2019


This week, Sumit and Chris have a back and forth about their experiences growing up as Black and Brown boys in British culture. In a piss poor …

No Games, All Thrones

August 5th, 2019


Two weeks after the highly anticipated finale of "Game Of Thrones", Sumit and Chris sat down to share their thoughts about what went down in Westeros. Then, life happened. This "lost" episode remained unheard until now. …

Review: "Kingdom Come" by Jay-Z

May 21st, 2019


After a whole year of banter and beef, Sumit and Chris finally address the elephant in the room and in their relationship - the ‘Kingdom Come’ album …

Blood On The Small Screen

May 14th, 2019


Murder. Death. Kill. Just another day around the way... This week, Sumit and Chris talk about some of the most memorable character deaths from their favourite TV shows. Sumit and Chris will relive the gruesome details …

Love Thy Neighbour

May 5th, 2019


This week’s episode is all about neighbours. Chris shares stories about his recent woes and nearly coming to blows with his new neighbours. Sumit attempts to keep the peace and save lives.

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Julia Haythorn

March 26th, 2019


This week, Sumit and Chris are joined by Public Speaking Expert, Julia Haythorn, who drops more gems than a clumsy thief about how to body a speech, …

Mini Hiatus

March 7th, 2019


The boys are back after their self imposed mini hiatus. They shoot the proverbial shit about everything from to doing the jail pose in holiday photos …

Lying About Your Best Life

January 31st, 2019


Living your best life? Whatever man © Redman Believe it or not, this episode is inspired by the Harvard Business Review and their deep dive into civility at work. Sumit and Chris began to share notes on how life in the …

Cass Denton

January 24th, 2019


Cue up the Stevie Wonder version of 'Happy Birthday' because The Breaking Atoms Podcast is officially 1 year old! Fire bun cake and festivities …

All Flights Matter

January 17th, 2019


The thought of flying alone strikes the fear of God into some people. For us black and brown folks, there’s a whole bag of stress that we have to …

Email Gangsters

January 7th, 2019


Straight out the gate y'all, they drop hits. For their first episode of 2019, Sumit and Chris call out all the fake email gangsters who try to shoot …

Bad Mon Nuh Wear Santa Hat

December 24th, 2018


Merry Christmas and that. Safe.

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Mobile Phone Memories

December 20th, 2018


From brick to slick is the theme of this week's episode. Sumit and Chris relive some of their fondest cellular memories and share stories of their …

Managers Vs Leaders

December 11th, 2018


It’s no secret that Sumit and Chris have day jobs. Careers, actually. Over the years, our hosts have soaked up much game working in the corporate fields. Therefore, this week’s main focus is managers, leaders and the …

Strategic Friendships

November 29th, 2018


Don’t get it twisted. This isn’t about networking and brown nosing. There’s too much of that going on already. For Episode 30, Sumit and Chris explore some of the needs and requirements of mutually beneficial …

Review: "Contrarian" by DL Hughley

November 22nd, 2018


Check this podcast's description. It clearly states that Sumit and Chris always come with “left field perspectives”. That's just a fancy way of saying that your hosts are career contrarians. It only makes sense that …

Sumit's New Beard

November 15th, 2018


This week’s episode is a catch up between Sumit and Chris who haven’t seen each other in over 6 weeks. They missed each other. That’s a whole UK …

Emergency Therapy Session

October 9th, 2018


Chris was feeling some kind of way and wrote a Facebook post about feeling unappreciated and underrated. Sumit caught wind of this and quickly transformed into a makeshift therapist of Optimistic Prime proportions. …

Remembering Roc-A-Fella

September 30th, 2018


This week's discussion is a retrospective look at Roc-A-Fella Records. Sumit and Chris chop it up about their favourite albums and artists, classic and underrated albums, the label's history, impact, influence and so …

Mazzi (S.O.U.L. Purpose)

September 11th, 2018


For episode 2, the man dem dug deep into their black book of connects and pulled a power move. While in the UK promoting End Of The Week, Sumit's …

The Psychology of Change

September 4th, 2018


We're back. The first episode of Season 2 is out now! This week's topic is all about change. Personal changes, professional changes and just going through life changes in general. Let's break it down... Facebook: …

Under Pressure

July 26th, 2018


All good things must come to an end. Bad things 'should' end too but life isn't fair. For the final episode in season one of 'Breaking Atoms', Sumit …

Jazz Rose

July 19th, 2018


A few months ago, Sumit and Chris had the pleasure of sitting down with serial entrepreneur, Jazz Rose of J & C Education to talk about productivity, managing workloads, prioritising tasks and much more. …

Ben Clube

July 9th, 2018


This week, Sumit and Chris are clapping back at all spiritual vampires. They are joined by special guest, Ben Clube, to talk about Jesus in the 21st century. Relax though. There's no offering bowl in sight. It's just …

The Price Is Right

July 3rd, 2018


Way back in episode 11, your hosts discussed the cost of living and how hard it was hitting their calendars and pockets. They vowed never to let the pressure of keeping up appearances get to them. Well, in a classic …

Darnell Swallow

June 29th, 2018


Family reunions can be fun. You have to deal with the annoying Aunt and the drunk Uncle but for the most part they’re cool. Oh yeah, there’s always a …

Soccer Sanchez

June 22nd, 2018


People are sick. World Cup fever has hit the masses and folks have been laid out. They've been fiending for their four-year fix. Then again, the …


June 15th, 2018


In life, it's good to celebrate milestones. Episode 21 is a big one fam. Not only did Breaking Atoms recently hit 20,000 plays in 5 months, but this episode features the show's first ever guest. Sumit and Chris' …

A Duppy Called Adidon

June 5th, 2018


Some people like their beef slow cooked. They like it to simmer and broil until it’s tender. The beef between Drake and Pusha T is no different. Shots have been thrown over the years in a plethora of album cuts and …

Everybody Knows A Know-It-All

May 25th, 2018


Some mothers do have 'em. Have what exactly? Know-it-all children who grow up into know-it-all adults. We all spar with at least six and a half …

Heavy Mental

May 15th, 2018


Crush. Kill. Destroy. Stress. In this world of organised confusion, many of us are being buried under the weight of stress. The extinction agenda is …

Dataism: The Fastest Growing Religion

May 11th, 2018


It seems like every other week, we’re addicted to something different. The great Alvin Nathaniel Joiner said back in 1996 that “too much of anything can make you an addict”. In this week’s episode, Sumit and Chris, get …

Kanye West Doesn't Care About Black People

May 2nd, 2018


We like to work to a tight schedule and unleash the dragon on Friday mornings. But the past week has been a madness so we have to switch things up …

The Power Of A Name

April 27th, 2018


You know the name! The Breaking Atoms Podcast ain’t a damn thing changed! This week, Sumit and Chris, wax lyrical about the power of names and how they contribute to one's personality, perspective and overall steez. …

Invasion of the Influencers

April 20th, 2018


A couple of weeks ago, Sumit and Chris had a bit of an impromptu moan on the train. What was grinding their gears on this occasion was the influx of influencers online, off-line and in real life. First world problems …

The Dos and Don'ts of Office Life

April 13th, 2018


Supposedly, thirteen is an unlucky number. Well, we snack on danger and we dine on death. Episode 13 on Friday 13th is here! This week, Sumit and Chris compare notes on the dos and don’ts of office life. From gossiping …

Mistrust The Process

April 7th, 2018


Let's talk about trust baby, let's talk about you and me... Inspired by 'Brain Games' on Netflix, this bite-sized episode 12 finds Sumit and Chris exploring the concept of trust in its many forms. They look at how …

The Price of Everything

March 30th, 2018


Up from the 36 Chambers! Nah, not really... but Sumit and Chris are here with episode 11 of the best podcast on road. In this week's episode, the fellas have a natter about the cost of living. As two born and bred …

The Life, Death and Afterlife of Biggie Smalls

March 24th, 2018


Like they always do, Sumit and Chris take a trip down memory lane. 21 years ago, the late, great Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. released his second and final album, 'Life After Death' on Bad Boy Records. …

The 30+ Effect

March 16th, 2018


The big 3-0. Not episode thirty but the actual age. There is something about reaching the age of thirty that has people shook. Cowardly heart type shook. Just thinking about the end of the third decade on Earth has some …

Anti-Social Media

March 9th, 2018


It's all about momentum. They say time flies when you're having fun and Sumit and Chris have officially lost track of time. Life is good. In episode eight, the boys discuss all things social media related. The good, the …

The Art of Peer Pressure

March 2nd, 2018


When God created the Earth, he rested on the seventh day. That’s God though. There’s no rest for Sumit and Chris because they were in the lab creating the seventh episode of ‘Breaking Atoms’. The two anonymous nerds …

Wakanda Forever

February 23rd, 2018


For this week’s episode, Sumit and Chris head straight from the cinema to the studio to share their thoughts about the new Black Panther movie. As per usual, they get down to the nitty gritty of all things Wakanda. …

An Inconvenient Truth

February 16th, 2018


Earlier this week, the Breaking Atoms crew reached their first milestone. Congrats to the man dem for getting 1000 plays across the first episodes. So, as a special thank you gift, here's a bonus episode to kick off …

Is Quincy Jones A Chatty Patty?

February 14th, 2018


Quincy. Jones. Is. Wilding. Following on from last week’s trip down R&B memory lane, it only makes sense to pow wow about one of the genre’s …

R&B: A Nostalgic Retrospective

February 8th, 2018


Episode three already? Time is flying like your Mama's underwear at a Babyface concert. This week's episode finds Sumit and Chris reminiscing over 90s R&B. The list of names and faces is long. Longer than the OJ …

The Golden Era of Animated Cartoons

February 1st, 2018


In episode two, Sumit and Chris get animated and chop it up about the cartoons they watched as kids growing up. Fan favourites like 'Thundercats' and …

The Sopranos Vs The Wire

January 25th, 2018


In the very first episode of ‘Breaking Atoms’, you have the pleasure of a ringside seat as our hosts engage in a head-to-head battle for TV supremacy. In the red corner, we have made man Sumit representing ‘The …

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