Over the past few years, podcasts have sky rocketed in popularity. The most popular podcasts have now become some of the biggest media outlets in the world. Podcasts such as The Joe Rogan Experience have acquired up to 190 million downloads a month. Podcasts are now huge.
Hip-Hop podcasts in particular have also become quite huge. They’ve become a place to not only interview legendary artists, but break new artists as well and create dialogue. With so many hip-hop podcasts out there, its hard to know which ones to keep your eyes and ears on. These are arguably the 10 best hip-hop podcasts of the moment:
“The most professional unprofessional podcast… PERIOD!” is a slogan for Drink Champs which is delivered fresh every Friday at 12am EST via Spotify, Apple, and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. The title of the podcast speaks for itself as you can see and hear hosts N.O.R.E & DJ EFN drinking liquor and other beverages with different guests just conversing and choppin’ it up. The conversations range anywhere from the guests personal lives, careers, and industry obstacles, to what’s going on in the world at the moment.
Million Dollaz Worth of Game
Million Dollaz Worth of Game is a weekly podcast that goes live every Sunday at 7pm. The podcast is hosted by former rapper Gillie Da King and social media influencer Wallo267 which happen to be cousins. For their audience, the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast bridges the gap between social media and reality TV. This podcast goes in depth with their guests on a variety of topics. They talk about anything from their upbringing to how they made it to be who they are today. Just recently they interviewed superstars like Jayson Tatum, Floyd Mayweather, Young Thug, and Kevin Durant.
The Joe Budden Podcast
Former rap star Joe Budden goes so wide and far with what he talks about with his co-hosts Ice and Ish (formerly Rory and Mal) on his self-titled podcast. They sit down every week to discuss life, music, other celebrities, and more. The podcast is very random and that’s what makes it different from other hip-hop podcasts out there. Joe’s eccentric personality is what really gets listeners tuned in and excited for new episodes.
expediTIously with TIP
The man of many hats Tip “T.I.” Harris sheds light on his podcast expediTIously on important social topics, interviews, and discussions within the music industry and culture. On this podcast TI can be seen having conversations that are intended to challenge our perspective and push the culture forward. TIP tends to talk in a sophisticated manner which just might raise your eyebrows a bit and make you want to pull out your dictionary…expediTIously.
The Fat Joe Show
“THE BIG BIG BIG SHOW!!!” is what rapper, entrepreneur, and host, refers to his podcast as. Fat Joe can be seen video chatting with his guests about their life, career, and future endeavors. Recently he talked with Michael Rapaport about the New York Knicks and Felix Trinidad about boxing. Fat Joe also gives shout outs to people within the culture that have or are making an impact on injustice in the world.
Class is now in session! Nick Cannon is known for many things like acting, being a comedian, and an entrepreneur, but he is also a host for his own podcast. Cannon’s Class is one of the best hip-hop podcasts out there which has a studio setup as if it were in an actual class, with books, a book shelf, and table to hold conversations. For Cannon’s Class you can usually see Nick chatting it up and interviewing different artists, doctors, celebrities, and people from different walks of life. Definitely one of the best hip-hop podcasts out there.
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club has been around for many many years and has many many listeners. The trio including Angela Yee, Charlamagne tha God, and DJ Envy have been discussing hip-hop, social topics, political topics, and holding interviews for more than 10 years. They are usually on the air Monday through Friday and can be heard on the New York radio station 105.1 FM. The Breakfast Club is one of the best hip-hop podcasts to this day.
Off the Record with DJ Akademiks
DJ Akademiks has become one of the most popular voices in hip hop today. From his infamous Twitch streams to his popular Instagram account, Akademiks always knows the latest hip hop news, artists, and trends. His new Spotify exclusive podcast Off the Record with DJ Akademiks features some of the most popular hip hop artists and personalities. Without a doubt, this is one of the best hip hop centered podcasts out right now.
New Rory & Mal
After Joe Budden pretty much fired his initial co-hosts Rory and Mal, the duo went ahead and started their own podcast. Fast forward to today and the podcast has actually done quite well. The diss shots at their former boss Joe Budden make the podcast that much greater. Turns out they didn’t really need Joe after all for this duo to have relevant and insightful conversations about the state of hip hop.
The self proclaimed “coolest podcast in the world” is definitely one of the best hip hop podcasts in the world. Hosted by adam22, No Jumper was the outlet responsible for breaking many artists during the “mumble rap” era. These artists included names like Lil Pump and Lil Xan. While the brand of No Jumper continues to expand, at its core its still primarily a hip hop podcast and a good one at that.
Do you know of any hip-hop podcasts that should’ve made the list? Shout them out in the comments below!