MIC/LINE

MIC/LINE

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Hosted by HYPEBEAST music editor Emmanuel Maduakolam, Mic/Line delivers in-depth conversations with your favorite music artists every Tuesday. We dig into their origin stories, learn about their inspirations, and ask the challenging questions you want answered. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please don’t forget to rate, comment and subscribe to our other shows.


Justine Skye Is Finally Making the Music She Wants
Sep 17, 2019 • 47 min
On the season 4 finale of MIC/LINE, we sit down with Justine Skye. Coming off her latest acclaimed EP Bare With Me, she discusses how she transitioned from Tumblr fame into a successful career in music. The “Build” singer also discusses becoming an…
Big K.R.I.T. Wants to You to See the Beauty of the Country South
Sep 10, 2019 • 46 min
Mississippi rapper, Big K.R.I.T has been in the rap game for over a decade. On this week’s episode of MIC/LINE, he discusses his newfound peace, making timeless music, staying true to his country roots all while giving us immeasurable advice. As always,…
Mr Eazi Wants to Be the Jay-Z of Africa
Sep 3, 2019 • 44 min
Nigerian superstar, Mr Eazi has traversed the African music scene, fusing together Nigerian and Ghanaian influences. From managing a number of successful business ventures to becoming one of Africa’s most prominent musicians, he details the importance of…
iLoveMakonnen Doesn’t Hold Back
Aug 27, 2019 • 42 min
Innovative rapper, iLoveMakonnen began making music by posting songs online and offering free EPs with music videos of his well-known mannequin trademarks. From dropping his latest album, ‘M3’ and moving to Oregon, he discusses his journey of personal…
DJ Jazzy Jeff Knows How to Read the Room
Aug 20, 2019 • 21 min
Record producer, DJ, actor and comedian, DJ Jazzy Jeff has had a long history in music. Whether it was appearing in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air or his Grammy nominated hits, Jazz remains today as a pillar in the world of djing. From working with Will…
Joe Kay Believes Soulection Is a Way of Life
Aug 13, 2019 • 39 min
Joe Kay is the Soulection co-founder, head of A&R and radio host. From a splash page with a zipfile to now a long-standing Beats 1 Radio show and 500k SoundCloud subscribers, he details Soulection’s early beginnings, his passion for discovering music, the…
Trippie Redd Believes in Speaking Things Into Existence
Aug 6, 2019 • 23 min
At only 20-years-old, Trippie Redd has made a name for himself amongst the rise of SoundCloud rappers. The Ohio native, born Michael Lamar White, is notable for his fiery-red dreadlocks, face tattoos, and amalgamation of music ranging from hip-hop to rock…
BbyMutha Is Sick of the Bullsh*t
Jul 30, 2019 • 42 min
Badass rapper, BbyMutha is known for her unfiltered raps, lyrical wit and honest perspective, all of which have amassed her a cult following. From making music on her Samsung Galaxy Tablet to amassing a legion of fans, she details how she started music as…
Lil Wayne Values the Importance of a Rap Family
Jul 23, 2019 • 14 min
This week we sit down with one of the greatest rappers of all time, Lil Wayne. Debuting his American Eagle x Young Money collaboration, he talks the current state of mixtapes, compilation albums, sports and much more. As always, thank you for tuning into…
Flying Lotus Reminds Us to Seize Each Day
Jul 16, 2019 • 25 min
Flying Lotus, born Steven Ellison, is known for his experimental multi-genre music and even deemed a genius in his own right. Leaving the world with ‘You’re Dead’ back in 2014, what may have seemed like a century for fans was only a snippet of time for…
Lupe Fiasco Breaks Down How Martial Arts Impacted His Life
Jul 9, 2019 • 74 min
On this week’s episode of MIC/LINE, we sit down with Lupe Fiasco at Mission Chinese to discuss his new docu-series Beat N Path. Detailing his travels through China as he learns martial arts, its culture and historical importance, Lupe tells us about his…
Does Tyler, The Creator Have the Best Project of 2019?
Jul 2, 2019 • 62 min
On the Season 4 premiere of MIC/LINE we discuss the songs of the summer and best albums of the year so far with music editors Regina Cho and Brian Josephs and Spotify’s Dissect podcast host, Cole Cuchna. From Megan Thee Stallion to Tyler, the Creator, the…
E-40 and OMB Peezy Recognize the Importance of Mentorship Within Hip-Hop
May 14, 2019 • 23 min
On the season 3 finale of MIC/LINE we sit down with the legend E-40 and promising rapper OMB Peezy. They discuss the future Sick Wid’ It Records album, mentorship, taking pride in black-owned businesses and much more. As always, thank you for tuning into…
Freddie Gibbs & Ben “Lambo” Lambert on Why Versatility Drives Longevity
May 7, 2019 • 38 min
Seasoned rapper Freddie Gibbs and his manager Ben “Lambo” Lambert discuss 14 years of navigating the music industry, their upcoming album Bandana, working with Madlib and much more. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please…
DAWN Wants to Expand the Idea of What a Black Artist Really Is
Apr 30, 2019 • 36 min
For the last 14 years, Dawn Richard has had an unconventional path to success. From joining Diddy’s Making the Band 3 to Danity Kane to Dirty Money and then going solo, the New Orleans native details how preconceived notions left the singer with…
Doja Cat Just Wants to Have Fun
Apr 23, 2019 • 24 min
The 23-year-old, Doja Cat, is most notable for her viral hit, “Mooo!” that gained spotlight from memes and celebrities alike. But aside from the quirky hit, Doja Cat is a talented artist who initially gained exposure with her 2014 EP Purr and her 2018…
10k.Caash on Bringing Dallas Back on the Map
Apr 17, 2019 • 20 min
10k.Caash, known as the creator of “The Woah” dance popularized the dance on the Triller app back in the summer of 2018. With the likes of Lil Uzi Vert and Drake embracing the dance, it became a cultural phenom. In this episode he talks Dallas dance…
Davido Wants to Break Your Misconception About Africa
Apr 9, 2019 • 13 min
International star Davido has had an illustrious career paving the way for the popularity of Afrobeat music outside of Africa. On this episode he tells us about breaking misconceptions about Africa and wanting international inclusivity in American media.…
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Doesn’t Need Your Opinions
Apr 2, 2019 • 21 min
Hailing from Highbridge, Bronx, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, born Artist Julius Dubose, rose to prominence with his 2016 mixtape Artist, leading him media attention, an opportunity to open for Drake and Future‘s Summer Sixteen tour at Madison Square Garden and…
Blueface Is More Than Just a Viral Sensation
Mar 26, 2019 • 40 min
The “Thotiana” rapper explains how football shaped his music career, going viral, his rapping style and more. Thank you for tuning in. Please don’t forget to rate, comment and subscribe to our channel, as well as HB•R and Business of HYPE. As always,…
The-Dream Explains What it Takes to be a Successful Songwriter
Feb 20, 2019 • 42 min
The-Dream discusses becoming a songwriter in the music industry, what it takes to break into the field, transitioning to becoming an artist and when you should stick to just songwriting, his newest projects ‘Sextape Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3,’ his loves…
Vivian Host, Eric Diep and Timmhotep Aku Break Down the Good and Bad of the 2019 Grammy Awards
Feb 12, 2019 • 69 min
For our season three opener, Vivian Host, Eric Diep and Timmhotep Aku discuss hip-hop having a big night at the award ceremony with Cardi B taking home the Best Rap Album and Childish Gambino snagging Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. The group…
Nick Cannon Stresses the Importance of Comedy When Tackling Difficult Topics
Dec 18, 2018 • 23 min
For this episode, Nick Cannon discusses returning to music for his upcoming project, the importance of ‘Wild ‘N Out,’ Arsenio Hall, staying true to himself, importance of comedy, making sound business decisions, if the ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood will’…
ALLBLACK and Kenny Beats Explain the Art of Making a Authentic Collaborative Project
Dec 11, 2018 • 54 min
For this episode, ALLBLACK and Kenny Beats discuss the art of making an authentic collaborative project, the first time they ever met and their first impressions, their unique career paths, sports and so much more. As always, thank you for tuning into…
Tee Grizzley Thinks Detroit Artists Don’t Get the Shine They Deserve
Dec 4, 2018 • 21 min
Tee Grizzley discusses making his debut album ‘Activated’ to his new mixtape ‘Still My Moment,’ Detroit’s music scene, LeBron James and many more. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please don’t forget to rate, comment and…
Dom Kennedy & Jay 305 Remember the Early Days of OPM
Nov 27, 2018 • 50 min
Dom Kennedy and Jay 305 discuss the beginnings of OPM (Other People’s Money) and what sets them apart. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please don’t forget to rate, comment and subscribe to our other shows Business of…
Kris Wu Embraces New Challenges
Nov 20, 2018 • 26 min
Kris Wu discusses making his debut solo album ‘Antares,’ crossing over, And1 basketball and more. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please don’t forget to rate, comment and subscribe to our other shows Business of HYPE,…
J.I.D Wants to Become the Next Big Scriptwriter
Nov 13, 2018 • 33 min
The Dreamville signee discusses the making of his newest project ‘DICAPRIO 2,’ his favorite movies, scriptwriting and much more. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please don’t forget to rate, comment and subscribe to our…
Kranium Credits Persistence for His Success
Nov 6, 2018 • 40 min
Kranium discusses breaking out with his single “Nobody Has To Know,” the power of persistence, cultural appropriation, the explosion in popularity of reggae and afrobeat, being a dancehall artist coming out of New York rather than the Caribbean plus so…
Father Is Taking Awful Records to the Next Level
Oct 30, 2018 • 43 min
Father discusses partnering Awful Records with RCA, linking with Adult Swim for ‘Awful Swim,’ being a creative from Atlanta, television and so much more. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please don’t forget to rate,…
6LACK Welcomes Vulnerability When Making Music
Oct 23, 2018 • 31 min
6LACK discusses his time between his 2016 debut album ‘Free 6LACK’ and his newest album ‘East Atlanta Love Letter,’ plus personal growth, fame, Atlanta’s current music scene, songwriting and so much more. https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/e5drlt
Estelle Loves the New Artists Coming Out of London
Oct 16, 2018 • 45 min
On the premiere episode of season 2, Estelle discusses the inspiration behind her new album ‘Lovers Rock,’ schools us in the differences within the subgenres of Caribbean and African music, pop culture, the story behind her biggest songs, voicing the…
Elliott Wilson Breaks Down the Art of Creating Playlists
Aug 21, 2018 • 45 min
On the season 1 finale, Elliott Wilson walks us through the process of making Tidal’s Thoro Hip-Hop playlist, the state of music and music journalism, his career path from Ego Trip to Tidal, interviewing JAY-Z, and so much more. As always, thank you for…
Miguel Sings More Than Just Loves Songs
Aug 14, 2018 • 32 min
Miguel walks us through his albums, from All I Want Is You, to War & Leisure, his definition of success, the state of R&B, the responsibility of an artist to be socially aware, releasing a Spanish version of his latest LP and so much more. As always,…
Curren$y Will Continue His ‘Pilot Talk’ Series With Help From Next-Gen Rappers
Aug 7, 2018 • 35 min
Curren$y talks about taking a step back from music, the new generation of hip-hop, his latest projects, continuing the Pilot Talk series, working with Wiz Khalifa, his career path and so much more. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and…
Waka Flocka Flame Believes Traditional Pop Music Is Dead
Jul 31, 2018 • 40 min
Waka Flocka Flame talks about moving away from hip-hop and into the dance music scene, the music business, his newest project ‘Big Homie Flocka,’ updates on ‘Flockaveli 2,’ the artists on his label Brick Squad Monopoly, Gucci Mane and so much more. As…
Ronny J Never Wants to Be Content
Jul 24, 2018 • 31 min
Ronny J talks about moving from New Jersey to South Florida without knowing anyone, meeting Denzel Curry, Smokepurpp, Lil Pump and XXXTentacion, developing his sound, signing a major label deal with Atlantic Records, and so much more. As always, thank you…
Jessie Reyez Is the Definition of Perseverance
Jul 17, 2018 • 17 min
The Colombian-Canadian singer talks making music with Daniel Caesar and meeting King Louie. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please don’t forget to rate, comment and subscribe to our other shows Business of HYPE, The…
DJDS Spent Six Weeks Working on Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’
Jul 10, 2018 • 33 min
The duo talk about LA’s electric scene then and now, their new album Big Wave More Fire, working with Kanye West and a ton more. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please don’t forget to rate, comment and subscribe to our…
Key! Found Musical Maturity in Fatherhood
Jul 3, 2018 • 29 min
On this episode, our host sits down with rapper Key! The ‘777’ rapper talks Atlanta’s music scene, producing, working with A$AP Mob and becoming a father. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please don’t forget to rate,…
Smokepurpp & Murda Beatz
Jun 26, 2018 • 29 min
“We were making fire for a year straight,” says Murda. “One day, we brought the party back to the studio and I made ‘1, 2, 3’ on the spot.” As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and MIC/LINE. Please don’t forget to rate, comment and…
Mike WiLL Made-It And Trouble
Jun 19, 2018 • 51 min
Introducing MIC/LINE (formerly named Sound Check) — HYPEBEAST Radio’s music-centric podcast that looks to deliver in-depth conversations with your favorite artists, digging into their origin stories and asking the questions you want answered. Our host…