Mogul

19 EpisodesProduced by Gimlet

The stories of hip hop history told by the people who lived them. Season 1: Chris Lighty was a giant in hip-hop. He managed Foxy Brown, Fat Joe, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, 50 Cent—anyone who was anyone worked with Lighty. But in 2012 he was found dead at his home in the Bronx, a death t… read more

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Introducing Conviction — Part One: The Private Eye

February 12th, 2019

36:21

The first episode of Gimlet’s latest release: Conviction. This investigative series explores the dark truths about the criminal justice system in America and the developing case of Pedro Hernandez. Pedro’s case has …

Mogul Live!

September 25th, 2017

1:23:36

Moguls, here it is: The last episode of Season 1. And it’s a classic! Back in August, we recorded a live show at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan. …

Behind the Beats: Part 2

September 14th, 2017

18:11

On this episode of Behind the Beats, Reggie chats with two Gimlet audio engineers who crafted the sound of Mogul. Haley Shaw and Matthew Boll break …

Behind the Beats: Part 1

September 7th, 2017

38:37

Welcome to Behind the Beats. In this series, we’ll go behind the scenes to discover how Mogul got its distinct sound. In this first episode, we’ll …

Mogul Cameo: Russell Simmons and Sophia Chang

August 4th, 2017

9:14
This Cameo is from Russell Simmons and Sophia Chang. As one of Def Jam’s co-founders, Russell had a huge impact on Chris’ career, while Sophia was one of Chris’ closest confidants. In this Cameo, they each discuss how …

On That Lo Life $hit

August 3rd, 2017

29:31
Moguls, meet your new favorite podcast. It's called The Nod.

Luther Vandross ballads. Oil sheen spray. ‘Twice as good.’ What do these things have in …

Part 6: August 30, 2012

July 28th, 2017

41:57

August 30th, 2012. A day that shook hip hop. Chris Lighty was discovered dead in his Bronx home. The official cause of death: a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. In this episode, we talk to people close to Chris …

Mogul Cameo: Uncle Murda

July 25th, 2017

8:03

This Cameo is from Uncle Murda. The gritty Brooklyn rapper rose to prominence after dropping a series of mixtapes with titles like Murder Capitol,

Part 5: How Heavy It Was

July 21st, 2017

39:18
In this episode: cold hard cash. Chris Lighty makes a pile of it, and changes the game forever, when he does the biggest deal of his career—getting …

Mogul Cameo: N.O.R.E.

July 18th, 2017

6:15

This Cameo is from N.O.R.E. The Queens native climbed the charts in the 1990s as a rapper, best known for his work in the duo Capone-N-Noreaga. Now, N.O.R.E. is a podcast host, so we went to his studio to talk (and, as …

Mogul Cameo: Joan Morgan

July 18th, 2017

6:36
This Cameo is from the author and journalist, Joan Morgan. In this exclusive conversation, she shares a few glimpses into what his friendship meant to her — from their shared roots in the Bronx, to the lengths Chris …

Part 4: Gucci Boots

July 14th, 2017

36:14
Lighty is at the top of his game. He’s got the fancy Manhattan office, the high-end designer clothes, and a roster of famous clients calling him 24/7. It all looks perfect. But in this episode, we discover something …

Exclusive: Fat Joe

July 7th, 2017

11:50
Fat Joe is one hell of a storyteller. And in this special episode, he drops two great ones. First, the story of how Fat Joe the drug dealer became Fat Joe the rapper. Then, a story he almost never tells— because, as he …

Mogul Cameo: Warren G

July 5th, 2017

4:20

This Cameo is from Warren G, who was one of Chris’ first big clients. Warren G shares a story about how Chris went above and beyond the role of …

Mogul Cameo: Maseo

July 5th, 2017

4:56

Welcome to Mogul Cameo. This is a place where we’ll share some of the best stories, jokes, and observations we recorded during the making of Mogul, …

Part 3: Rice Pilaf

June 30th, 2017

34:48
Chris Lighty meets Warren G. It’s a story of East Coast beats, West Coast grooves, steak dinners and wild parties. Plus, a stand-off with one of …

Part 2: Not Just Me and Snakes

June 23rd, 2017

33:05
Chris is headed for the big time. Meeting Russell Simmons, landing a job at Def Jam, getting into Queen Latifah’s birthday party—the future looks bright. But before he can get there, he’ll have to prove himself by …

Part 1: That Beat, That Beat Right There

June 16th, 2017

38:09
Let’s start at the end—at a funeral. All the brightest stars in the hip-hop universe are gathered to mourn the death of Chris Lighty. He was their friend, their brother, their late-night confidant, the man who …

Trailer

June 10th, 2017

3:28

Chris Lighty was a giant in hip-hop. He managed Foxy Brown, Fat Joe, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, 50 Cent—anyone who was anyone worked …

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