A music podcast rooted in hip hop culture that aims to spotlight rising and under-appreciated artists. Hosted by music journalists Thomas Hobbs, Sam Davies and Oumar Saleh, each episode of Exit the 36 Chambers features thoughtful debate, beats, and interviews with artists, writers and industry insiders.
Episode 10: UK Drill Special w/ AM & Lavida Loca
The final episode of our first season is a UK drill special! We chat to UK drill pioneer AM about censorship, being part of the UK's coolest rap duo (alongside Skengdo), the gentrification of Brixton, and drill music's continuing political relevance. There's also an interview with rising star Lavida Loca, a 22-year-old female drill rapper who calls herself the "King of Drill". She talks to us about solidarity among women in rap, emotive storytelling, and the lessons she learned from going to prison. And with 2020 (finally) coming to an end, we look at our favourite rap albums, producers and moments that each defined the year + made lockdown a lot more bearable. This week's pair of atmospheric drill beats comes courtesy of the great RizlyBeats.
P.S. You can find a playlist with all the songs that defined the first season of Exit the 36 Chambers right here. Play it loudly: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7KoCRIwRqQ2MUBQQ2PowyI?si=M9C0JQOvR0ei1ntyoARPbg
Episode 9: Norman Whiteside of Wee
In the penultimate episode of our first season, we have a very special interview and live performance courtesy of Ohio soul legend Norman Whiteside. While serving a highly contentious prison sentence, music from Norman's 1977 masterpiece You Can Fly On My Aeroplane (recorded under the moniker of Wee) began to be sampled by the likes of Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Jay Electronica, Madlib, and Freddie Gibbs. Now a free man, Norman tells us how hip hop sampling changed his life, helping him to fall in love with music again, while he also plays some of his best songs live on our show. We also discuss our favourite rap conspiracy theories + review Rico Nasty's Nightmare Vacation. This episode's beautiful beat is by Andemoii Sama.
Episode 8: Drillminister & Dean Van Nguyen
Welcome to Episode eight! We interview Drillminister, an outspoken political rapper from south London who thinks Boris is a "p*ssio", wears a balaclava, and is running for London Mayor. We also go deep on the career of the inimitable Ghostface Killah with Irish rap writer Dean Van Nguyen, share our thoughts on the rise of TikTok, and review Megan Thee Stallion's Good News LP. This episode's beat comes from Kilasi.
Episode 7: OthaSoul & Olumide
On episode seven we chat to rising UK rap duo OthaSoul about channelling psychedelics, the revival of jazz rap, and their experiences working with Frank Ocean. There's also an interview with Olumide, who is one of PG County's trippiest rappers, a discussion on the timelessness of OutKast with gal-dem's music editor Tara Joshi, a 'Pedigree' segment on why rappers love Stone Cold Steve Austin so much, and a review of the brilliant new Roc Marciano. This episode's beat comes courtesy of Asendo.
Episode 6: Jayaire Woods & Jaelani Turner-Williams
It's episode six! We chat to brilliant Chicago emcee Jayaire Woods about how rapping helps him to be less introverted + what it was like being label mates with the Migos. There's also a timely discussion on misogyny in rap with US writer Jaelani Turner-Williams, a review of the new Busta Rhymes LP, and a chat with UK music journalist Jesse Bernard about whether British hip hop has finally left America's shadow. This episode's beat comes from Oscar Kemanci.
Episode 5: R Baron Group & Five Steez
On a jam-packed episode five we chat to Picaso and TK Kimbro about running the R Baron Group, a pioneering rap management firm that discovered and manages already legendary west coast artists such as 03 Greedo, Shoreline Mafia, and Drakeo the Ruler. There's also an interview with Jamaican rapper Five Steez about the revolution that fuels his music, a review of the new Ty Dollar $ign LP, and we also give our thoughts on the rise (and rise) of rap reality TV shows. This episode's beat comes courtesy of Killer Bee.