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10 Hip-Hop Podcasts Every Visionary Should Listen To




In the dynamic world of Hip-Hop, staying connected with the latest trends, insights, and stories is crucial. Podcasts have emerged as a powerful medium, offering a unique space for artists, enthusiasts, and cultural commentators to share their perspectives. As we navigate through the year, here's a curated list of the top 10 hip-hop podcasts that deserve a spot in your playlist.


I AM ATHLETE



"I Am Athlete" (IAA) is a unique podcast founded by former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Hosted by Marshall, alongside Adam "Pacman" Jones and Lesean "Shady" McCoy, with contributions from DeSean "Djax" Jackson and Ashley Nicole Moss, IAA creates unscripted and candid content at the intersection of business, entertainment, music, and sports. The platform offers a "locker room" vibe, providing athletes, entertainers, and celebrities a safe space to share their stories, voice perspectives, and control their narrative. The shows delve into cultural discussions covering sports, wellness, society, fashion, and mental health. IAA stands out by fostering authentic conversations and celebrating the diverse experiences of its hosts and contributors.


Behind The Baller By Ben Baller




Ben Baller is a world-renowned jeweler to the stars and the hottest baseball card designer in the business. Former music executive turned entrepreneur, family man, and trash talker extraordinaire, Ben Baller is now bringing his dynamic presence to the microphone every week on his business podcast. Forget Ben Humble, this is all about Ben Baller laying down wisdom and stories that resonate with listeners.


Each week, Ben is joined by celebrity guests or takes the mic solo to deliver unfiltered content that goes beyond the surface. New episodes are released every Monday at 3 PM EST/12 PM PST, with the occasional emergency episode dropping whenever the mood strikes. Produced by DBPodcasts.com, the Ben Baller Business Podcast is not just a show; it's an experience that invites you into the dynamic world of a true industry maven. Get ready for insights, entertainment, and a healthy dose of Ben Baller's signature trash-talking swagger.


The First One by Dj Khaled



DJ Khaled is taking you on a journey through hitmaking history in his new podcast, "The First One." Join the superstar as he interviews his all-time favorite artists, including Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, J Balvin, Fat Joe, Diddy, Jon Bon Jovi, T.I., and more. Get ready for never-before-heard stories behind the biggest hits that made these artists legendary. Because you can't get to "Another One" without understanding "The First One." Tune in for an exclusive peek into the magic that created these iconic tracks.


Young Money Radio



Lil Wayne fans, rejoice! The legendary rapper has made a triumphant return to Apple Music, bringing with him a brand-new season of the immensely popular "Young Money Radio." This show has transcended its status as a mere broadcast, evolving into a cultural phenomenon celebrated for its exclusive DJ mixes and star-studded guest appearances.


With each episode, listeners can expect a dynamic blend of music, sports, and comedy, creating a unique and entertaining experience. "Young Money Radio" has become a go-to platform for fans eager to dive into Lil Wayne's world, gaining unprecedented insights into the artist's life and enjoying candid conversations with some of the biggest names in the entertainment world.


Lil Wayne's influence on the hip-hop and music industry is immeasurable, and "Young Money Radio" stands as a testament to his ongoing impact. Beyond just a radio show, it serves as a bridge connecting fans to the beating heart of the industry. So, whether you're a die-hard Lil Wayne enthusiast or a casual listener, buckle up for a season filled with exclusive content, laughter, and the vibrant energy that defines the world of "Young Money Radio."


Rap Radar



Rap Radar is the go-to destination for hip-hop's most revealing interviews. Every week, renowned journalists Elliott Wilson and Brian 'B.Dot' Miller bring A-listers from the hip-hop industry to the table for the ultimate conversation about life experiences, music, and culture. Get ready for in-depth discussions that go beyond the surface, providing an intimate look into the lives and stories of hip-hop's biggest names. It's where the beats meet the stories, and the culture comes to life.


The Messenger By Dreamville.



Dreamville rapper Bas takes center stage as the host of a compelling new Spotify podcast, "The Messenger," shining a spotlight on the life, career, and activism of Ugandan musician, politician, and activist, Bobi Wine.


Produced by Dreamville Studios in collaboration with Awfully Nice Productions, a creative extension of the record label exploring content beyond music, "The Messenger" is set to debut on Spotify on January 5. The podcast traces Bobi Wine's journey from his upbringing in the slums to his courageous stand against President Yoweri Museveni's dictatorship. Timed just ahead of Uganda's election on January 14, the series unfolds against the backdrop of heightened global attention due to protests and unrest.


Bas not only narrates Bobi Wine's story but also interweaves it with the artist's music and exclusive interviews. The podcast goes beyond a biography, delving into the political revolutions resonating across the African continent. As one of the inaugural projects from Dreamville Studios, announced in October, "The Messenger" sets the stage for a new dimension in content creation for the label's diverse roster.


Executive produced by Rodney (President of Dreamville Studios), Adam Roy, Ibrahim Hamad, and Jermaine Cole for Dreamville, along with Jesse Burton representing Awfully Nice, "The Messenger" is poised to be a powerful exploration of music, politics, and activism, offering listeners an immersive journey into the life of Bobi Wine and the broader sociopolitical landscape of Africa.


Million Dollars' Worth of Game




"Million Dollaz Worth of Game," a distinctive weekly podcast that breaks away from the conventional. Hosted by the legendary Philadelphia rapper/actor Gillie Da King and the social media influencer and disruptor Wallo, this podcast is a breath of fresh air in the world of traditional shows.


Unlike the manufactured personas of New York or LA, or the disconnected former athlete, "Million Dollaz Worth of Game" offers a genuine conversation about the realities of growing up in the streets of Philadelphia. Gillie and Wallo share the values they've learned, emphasizing how these principles apply universally.


The essence of the show revolves around teaching you how to have GAME—authenticity, empathy, and staying true to yourself. Injecting humor into every conversation, the podcast transforms GAME into more than a concept; it becomes a life story. Gillie and Wallo, who took diverse paths, converge to host a show that has the potential to impact and change countless lives. Get ready for a unique blend of authenticity, wisdom, and laughter as "Million Dollaz Worth of Game" unfolds the stories and lessons that shaped its hosts.


Drink Champs



Join the legendary Queens rapper-turned-show host N.O.R.E. and Miami hip-hop pioneer DJ EFN for a night of lively conversation and vibrant storytelling. In this unfiltered series, the hosts and their guests engage in a boozy and boisterous exchange, reflecting on their journeys to success, sharing insights into their lives, friendships, and iconic moments within their careers. The atmosphere is fun, the conversation is light-hearted, and as the drinks flow, the jokes roll. Take a seat at the table with N.O.R.E. and EFN, and remember, "You Gotta Relax!"



People's Party




People’s Party is a weekly interview show led by the iconic Talib Kweli. On this platform, notable guests delve into the realms of hip-hop, culture, and politics, making it a captivating blend of conversations.


The Joe Budden Podcast



Step into the world of hip-hop with Joe Budden and a lineup of special guests, immersing yourself in the freshest beats and the hottest releases in music. This podcast goes beyond the surface, delving into crucial cultural moments that demand attention. From the influence of fashion on the industry to the pulse of the streets, Joe and his guests break it all down.

But it doesn't stop there. Picture this: every Monday and Thursday, the airwaves come alive as Joe Budden and his crew go live, taking your calls in real-time. This isn't just a show; it's a conversation, and you have a front-row seat. Engage with the discussions, share your thoughts, and be part of the dynamic exchange shaping the narrative of hip-hop.

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