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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.

Breaking Atoms: The Hip Hop Podcast The Main Sauce Network

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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.

    Mickey Factz: Controlling The Narrative

    Mickey Factz: Controlling The Narrative

    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 Blu, The Narrative, working with Nottz and dig into some of his bars. 


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    • 41 min
    Kathy Iandoli: Baby Girl Better Known As Aaliyah

    Kathy Iandoli: Baby Girl Better Known As Aaliyah

    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 book about the life and legacy of Aaliyah. We had the pleasure of speaking to Kathy about why she wrote the book, Aaliyah's influence on music, the way men and women are marketed differently and a lot more. Once again, grown folks are talking and you have the pleasure of listening.
     
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    Shawn Setaro: Dummy Boy

    Shawn Setaro: Dummy Boy

    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 the pod, he's back to talk about his new book, Dummy Boy, which details the rise and fall of 6ix9ine. It's not all about opps and shots though. We get into some deep conversation about the attention economy and how to avoid some of those same pitfalls that Daniel Hernandez couldn't quite get past. 
     
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    • 53 min
    Tanya Morgan: Don & Von's Excellent Adventure

    Tanya Morgan: Don & Von's Excellent Adventure

    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 music career away from the glamour and glitz that so many fall victim to. We got to speak to them about their new album, not mixing their first album, some of their fan favourite collaborations and more! Do remember! Tanya Morgan is a rap group. 
     
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    Masta Ace: A Breukelen Success Story

    Masta Ace: A Breukelen Success Story

    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 pin him down, but we finally have Masta Ace on Breaking Atoms!
     
    Ace shares stories about, concept albums, his memories of Biz Markie, career regrets and much more, as usual.
     
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    • 43 min
    Ep. 4: The Ruler's Back | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

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

    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 before and after and its enduring legacy 20 years on.
     
    Guest appearances by Andrew Barber, Young Guru, Just Blaze, Jayson Buford, Nuface, Oliver Wang, Jesse Bernard, Lily Mercer, Nicolas Tyrell-Scott, Dylan Green, Akaash Sharma, Miki Hellerbach, Shawn Setaro, Pain In Da Ass, Bink, Yemi Abiade, Thandie Sibanda, J’na Jefferson and Carl Lamarre
     
    1:23 - Andrew Barber on Def Jam bringing the release date of The Blueprint forward
    1:48 - Young Guru on recording in Miami and receiving physical copies of The Blueprint
    2:56 - David Courtney on being the source of inspiration for The Blueprint cover
    4:22 - Young Guru on Just Blaze and Freeway discovering their chemistry
    4:56 - Just Blaze on seeing the crowd reaction to The Blueprint
    5:40 - Young Guru on close Roc-A-Fella friends and family passing away
    6:20 - Young Guru on waking up on 911 and learning about the World Trade Centre attacks
    7:47 - Andrew Barber on being in college and being excited about a new Jay-Z album
    8:44 - Jayson Buford on being in kindergarten on 911 and remembering people being scared
    9:46 - Nuface on losing his job on 911 and using music to lift his spirits
    10:55 - Oliver Wang on having reservations when first listening to The Blueprint
    11:52 - Jesse Bernard on how The Blueprint appeals to various Hip Hop fans
    12:42 - Lily Mercer on The Blueprint’s lack of features and commercial success
    14:01 - Nicolas Tyrell-Scott on Jay-Z stepping up with another quality album
    14:55 - Dylan Green on other artists creating songs inspired by The Blueprint
    15:55 - Akaash Sharma on how The Blueprint has inspired a generation of artists and fans
    16:31 - Miki Hellerbach on discovering new things on The Blueprint
    17:10 - Shawn Setaro on how The Blueprint set up Jay-Z to become the top rapper
    17:42 - Pain In Da Ass on The Blueprint being the perfect Jay-Z album
    18:15 - Bink on how The Blueprint changed the way people made music
    19:11 - Young Guru on the legacy of The Blueprint and his memories of Kamel Abdo
    20:06 - Jayson Buford and Bianca Gracie on Jay-Z becoming untouchable
    21:24 - Yemi Abiade on Jay-Z’s influence on UK Hip Hop and Grime acts
    22:08 - Thandie Sibanda on The Blueprint being a positive representation of Black people
    24:28 - Nuface on The Blueprint’s addition to the National Recording Registry
    25:18 - J’na Jefferson on Jay-Z’s unapologetic confidence on The Blueprint
    26:45 - Shawn Setaro on how The Blueprint links the past and future
    27:32 - Carl Lamarre on The Blueprint helping to give New York Hip Hop a new boost
    29:13 - Just Blaze on the game-changing legacy of The Blueprint 20 years later
     
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Customer Reviews

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45 Ratings

45 Ratings

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Difficult takes a day impossible takes a week

Blueprint docu series was amazing hope to hear more

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One more for the road

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Breaking Atoms puts in the work

Each episode takes thorough and insightful looks inside the world created by the featured artist. B.A. ask excellent questions in their interviews and do their due diligence. And the 5-part series on Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt is a must listen. Highly recommended.

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