A show about hip hop’s most iconic moments, told by the people who lived them.

Mixtape: Kelly Rowland Meets Her Idol
Aug 5 • 22 min
Kelly Rowland was just a teenager when she and the rest of Destiny’s Child came to New York to audition for a record deal. Over 20 years later, she’s been all over the world, met her idols (including the legendary Whitney Houston), lived out so many of…
Mixtape: Mouse Jones
May 7 • 23 min
In our new interview series The Mogul Mixtapes, we’re talking to some of our all-time favorite people about their most treasured hip hop memories—the craziest parties, the nastiest beefs, and the most brilliant verses ever. This episode features the…
Behind The Beats With Nana Kwabena
Nov 20, 2019 • 26 min
In this episode of Behind the Beats we go behind the scenes and find out how Nana Kwabena wrote the music for the second season of Mogul. It’s a wide ranging conversation that touches on Nana’s creative process, his thoughts on the Miami bass movement,…
Behind The Beats With So Wylie
Nov 13, 2019 • 25 min
This is Behind the Beats. In this series we’ll go behind the scenes to discover how Mogul got its distinct sound. In this first episode we’ll hear from the woman behind the show’s sound design, So Wylie. Her inspirations, her process, her beats.
The DJ Uncle Al Experience
Oct 30, 2019 • 36 min
On September 10th 2001, Miami lost a local legend: DJ Uncle Al. In this episode, we hang at home with DJ Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, and he breaks down why Al was so special. It’s a tale of perseverance, positivity, pirate radio, and songs about Santa…
S2 Part 6: They Call Me Raw
Oct 23, 2019 • 42 min
Miami bass may have been thriving, but lyrical hip hop was still struggling to find a foothold in Miami. And with little chance at getting airtime on popular stations, Miami DJs have to find a way to get their music heard—and the best way to do that was…
S2 Part 5: I Hated That Album
Oct 16, 2019 • 27 min
After pissing off the authorities, the 2 Live Crew start to piss off each other. In this episode, things fall apart, and we contend with the complex legacy of one of hip hop’s pioneers.
S2 Part 4: What’s Dirty To You?
Oct 9, 2019 • 52 min
The fight rages on. Luke and the Crew fan the flames in the court of public opinion, and when they go head-to-head with their biggest critics, things get heated. In this episode we bring you 90s daytime TV and rapping prosecutors, and the nastiest album…
S2 Part 3: Splack!
Oct 2, 2019 • 50 min
The 2 Live Crew drop their classic hit “Me So Horny,” which takes the Miami bass sound out of the Pac Jam and spreads it across the nation. But not everyone wants the 2 Live Crew’s music on the airwaves. A group of conservatives and a notorious Miami…
S2 Part 2: Bass Bro, I Love That Shit!
Sep 25, 2019 • 34 min
The 2 Live Crew is starting from the bottom: crashing at Luke’s girlfriend’s mom’s house. Nobody will sign them, so Luke starts Luke Skyywalker Records, the first hip hop label in the south. And Luke dreams up hip-hop’s most shocking stage show.
S2 Part 1: The Walls Were Sweating
Sep 18, 2019 • 39 min
Our story starts with Luke Campbell of the 2 Live Crew getting thrown in jail. Luke wound up in handcuffs because, according to a Florida judge, his music was obscene. To understand how this happened, we have to go back in time to 1980s Miami, to a…
Introducing Season 2: Miami
Sep 10, 2019 • 3 min
In Season 2, Mogul explores the birth of southern hip hop. It all started in Miami with The 2 Live Crew, a group that took rap music and made it faster, harder, and nastier than anything anyone had heard before. The new season returns September 18th.
Mogul x Dissect with Cole Cuchna
Sep 9, 2019 • 33 min
Today, our host Brandon Jenkins sits down with Dissect’s Cole Cuchna. Dissect is a serialized podcast that dives deep into albums by artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean, forensically dissecting one song per episode. Cole Cuchna…
Mogul Live: A Night For Reggie Ossé
Aug 28, 2019 • 55 min
Back in July we released a tribute to Reggie Ossé, the late host of Mogul. After that episode dropped, we invited Reggie’s friends, family, and colleagues to record a live show at the BRIC Ballroom in Brooklyn. They shared their most personal stories…
The Life and Times of Reggie Ossé
Jul 31, 2019 • 59 min
This episode of Mogul is a tribute to the life and career of Reggie Ossé, who hosted the first season of Mogul. A couple of months after completing the show Reggie was diagnosed with colon cancer and he passed away in December of 2017. We’re going to tell…
Mogul Live!
Sep 25, 2017 • 83 min
Moguls, here it is: The last episode of Season 1. And it’s a classic! Back in August, we recorded a live show at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan. That night, Reggie chopped it up on stage with Dante Ross, Dave Lighty, Mike Lighty, Déja Lighty, and…
Behind the Beats: Part 2
Sep 14, 2017 • 18 min
On this episode of Behind the Beats, Reggie chats with two Gimlet audio engineers who crafted the sound of Mogul. Haley Shaw and Matthew Boll break down how they built such a vivid world in Mogul by combining sound effects and music with hours of…
Behind the Beats: Part 1
Sep 7, 2017 • 38 min
Welcome to Behind the Beats. In this series, we’ll go behind the scenes to discover how Mogul got its distinct sound. In this first episode, we’ll hear from the three artists who wrote much of the show’s original music: Prince Paul, Don Newkirk and Nana…
Cameo: Russell Simmons and Sophia Chang
Aug 4, 2017 • 9 min
This Cameo is from Russell Simmons and Sophia Chang. As one of Def Jam’s co-founders, Russell had a huge impact on Chris’ career, while Sophia was one of Chris’ closest confidants. In this Cameo, they each discuss how they processed the news of Chris’…
S1 Part 6: August 30th, 2012
Jul 28, 2017 • 41 min
August 30th, 2012. A day that shook hip hop. Chris Lighty was discovered dead in his Bronx home. The official cause of death: a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. In this episode, we talk to people close to Chris to and try understand what exactly…
Cameo: Uncle Murda
Jul 25, 2017 • 8 min
This Cameo is from Uncle Murda. The gritty Brooklyn rapper rose to prominence after dropping a series of mixtapes with titles like Murder Capitol, Respect The Shooter, and Summer Time Shootouts. Just like Fat Joe, 50 Cent, and other artists Chris Lighty…
S1 Part 5: How Heavy It Was
Jul 21, 2017 • 39 min
In this episode: cold hard cash. Chris Lighty makes a pile of it, and changes the game forever, when he does the biggest deal of his career—getting 50 Cent a piece of Vitamin Water. But soon, instead of swimming in dough…Chris is drowning. CREDITS: Mogul…
Cameo: N.O.R.E.
Jul 18, 2017 • 6 min
This Cameo is from N.O.R.E. The Queens native climbed the charts in the 1990s as a rapper, best known for his work in the duo Capone-N-Noreaga. Now, N.O.R.E. is a podcast host, so we went to his studio to talk (and, as it turned out, to drink a lot of…
Cameo: Joan Morgan
Jul 18, 2017 • 6 min
This Cameo is from the author and journalist, Joan Morgan. In this exclusive conversation, she shares a few glimpses into what his friendship meant to her — from their shared roots in the Bronx, to the lengths Chris would go to just to chat and catch up.…
S1 Part 4: Gucci Boots
Jul 14, 2017 • 36 min
Lighty is at the top of his game. He’s got the fancy Manhattan office, the high-end designer clothes, and a roster of famous clients calling him 24/7. It all looks perfect. But in this episode, we discover something awful going on behind the scenes.…
Exclusive: Fat Joe
Jul 7, 2017 • 11 min
Fat Joe is one hell of a storyteller. And in this special episode, he drops two great ones. First, the story of how Fat Joe the drug dealer became Fat Joe the rapper. Then, a story he almost never tells— because, as he says, “That’s the realest story. I…
Cameo: Warren G
Jul 5, 2017 • 4 min
This Cameo is from Warren G, who was one of Chris’ first big clients. Warren G shares a story about how Chris went above and beyond the role of manager, to find Warren G’s missing sister in the drug-ridden streets of 1990s Times Square.
Cameo: Maseo
Jul 5, 2017 • 4 min
Welcome to Mogul Cameo. This is a place where we’ll share some of the best stories, jokes, and observations we recorded during the making of Mogul, but were unable to fit into the show. First up is Maseo, who is best known for being one third of the…
S1 Part 3: Rice Pilaf
Jun 30, 2017 • 34 min
Chris Lighty meets Warren G. It’s a story of East Coast beats, West Coast grooves, steak dinners and wild parties. Plus, a stand-off with one of hip-hop’s most infamous figures. CREDITS: Mogul is hosted by Reggie Ossé. This episode was produced by Eric…
S1 Part 2: Not Just Me and Snakes
Jun 23, 2017 • 33 min
Chris is headed for the big time. Meeting Russell Simmons, landing a job at Def Jam, getting into Queen Latifah’s birthday party—the future looks bright. But before he can get there, he’ll have to prove himself by squeezing eight dudes into a Chevy…
S1 Part 1: That Beat, That Beat Right There
Jun 15, 2017 • 38 min
Let’s start at the end—at a funeral. All the brightest stars in the hip-hop universe are gathered to mourn the death of Chris Lighty. He was their friend, their brother, their late-night confidant, the man who discovered them, or saved their careers, or…
Jun 10, 2017 • 3 min
Chris Lighty was a giant in hip-hop. He managed Foxy Brown, Fat Joe, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, 50 Cent—anyone who was anyone worked with Lighty. But in 2012 he was found dead at his home in the Bronx, a death that left the music world…