Posts by: Shawn Setaro

Bill Stephney

Bill Stephney’s 5 Best ‘The Cipher’ Q&A Moments: “Def Jam Made Me A Cultural Offer I Couldn’t Refuse” [Audio]

[Pioneering producer and music exec Bill Stephney (Def Jam, the Bomb Squad) recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH...

P.O.S.

P.O.S.’ Top 5 The Cipher Gems: ‘I Get Into Skateboard & The World Opens Up’ [Audio]

[P.O.S. of the noted Doomtree collective recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH correspondent Shawn Setaro on his...

Faith Newman

Faith Newman’s Top 5 The Cipher Gems: “You Could Feel Suge [Knight] Had Dropped This Bomb On People”

[Legendary music exec Faith Newman, best known for signing Nas and overseeing the creation of Illmatic, recently sat...

ItsTheReal

ItsTheReal’s Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: “There’s Videos Out Online Regularly That Definitely Bite Our Style” [Audio]

[ItsTheReal, the popular brothers who seamlessly mix comedy and rap, recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH...

Stretch Armstrong Evan Auerbach Photo credit Maxwell A. Schiano

Stretch Armstrong & Evan Auerbach’s Top 5 The Cipher Gems: “You Couldn’t Buy Cool Back Then” [Audio]

[Legendary DJ Stretch Armstrong and Up North Trips founder Evan Auerbach, recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH...

Thirstin Howl the 3rd

Thirstin Howl The 3rd’s Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: “We Were The Streets’ [Audio]

[The Lo-Life general himself, Thirstin Howl the 3rd, recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH correspondent Shawn...

Yo MTV Raps

Doctor Dre’s Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: “Yo! MTV Raps Felt Like A Home To Everybody” [Audio]

[Yo! MTV Raps host Doctor Dre recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH correspondent Shawn Setaro on his...

Saba Photo Credit Tom Vin

Chicago Producer Saba’s Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: ‘When Acid Rap Was Coming, Everybody In The City Was Talking About It’ [Audio]

[The young Chicago rapper and producer Saba recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH correspondent Shawn Setaro on...

salaam-remi

Salaam Remi’s Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: “I Was Able To Give The Fugees A Formula” [Audio]

[Super-producer Salaam Remi (The Fugees, Nas, Amy Winehouse) recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH correspondent...

adam-mansbach

Netflix’s ‘Barry’ Screenwriter Adam Mansbach’s Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: “The Idea Was To Smuggle A Movie About Race Into Cinemas” [Audio]

[Author Adam Mansbach (Rage is BackGo the Fuck to Sleep) wrote the screenplay for the new...

tech-n9ne

Tech N9ne’s Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: “I Wanted To Become What I Feared” [Audio]

[Veteran rapper and Strange Music head honcho Tech N9ne recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH correspondent Shawn...

j-period

DJ J. Period’s Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: “When You Get That Level Of Attention, You Have To Put Up A Wall” [Audio]

[The great DJ J.Period, best-known for his “musical documentary” mixtapes, including the just-released smash The...

atmosphere

Atmosphere’s Slug Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: “What Kid Cudi Does, It’s Bigger Than What Drake Does” [Audio]

[Sean “Slug” Daley of Atmosphere recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH correspondent Shawn Setaro on...

ben-westhoff

“Original Gangstas” Author Ben Westhoff’s Top 5 “The Cipher” Gems: “2Pac Loved Being The Center Of Attention” [Audio]

[Journalist Ben Westhoff, author of the new book

sophia-chang

Sophia Chang’s Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: “Watching Phife & Busta Rhymes Interact Was Really Fun” [Audio]

[Music industry power player Sophia Chang, who has guided the careers of RZA, GZA, ODB, Q-Tip, D’Angelo, and many more,...

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Jerome ‘J-Roc’ Harmon’s Top 5 ‘The Cipher’ Gems: “Jay Z Loves To Have People In The Studio” [Audio]

[Grammy Award-winning producer and key Timbaland collaborator Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Justin...

robert-glasper

Robert Glasper’s Top 5 “The Cipher” Gems: “Technique Is Being Able To Command Your Instrument” [Audio]

[Your favorite rapper’s favorite piano player Robert Glasper recently sat down with hip-hop personality and...

T.C. Izlam

Former Zulu Nation Spokesman T.C. Izlam’s Top 5 “The Cipher” Q&A Gems: “I Consider Kool Herc That Father Of Hip-Hopism” [Audio]

[TC Izlam, founder of hipstep and longtime Zulu Nation member, recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH...

joe-budden

Joe Budden’s Top 5 “The Cipher” Q&A Gems: “[Stack Bundles’ Death] Was Such A Shocking Blow” [Audio]

[The one and only Joe Budden recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH correspondent Shawn Setaro on his popular 

monica-lynch

Ex-Tommy Boy President Monica Lynch’s Top 5 “The Cipher” Q&A Gems: “De La Soul Had A Sound No One Had Done” [Audio]

[Former Tommy Boy Records president Monica Lynch recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH correspondent Shawn Setaro...