Podcasting is slowly becoming one of the biggest forms of new media available at the moment. It has all the benefits of radio, with less language and time restrictions. It gives the presenter a chance to talk to their guest on a face to face level, while not having to worry about plugging their most recent products. What results is a more authentic representation of the guest as a person. It is safe to that if any of your favourite artists, film makers, writers etc. have been featured on a good podcast, then you will more than likely hear some information about them that wouldn’t be shared anywhere else. Here is a list of my favorite podcasts in no particular order:
- Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces Podcast
This is a podcast that has only been on the go since October and has 13 episodes currently available. In each episode, Scroobius Pip chats to guest for somewhere between 60-90 minutes. He has had such a large and varied array of guests, ranging from Russell Brand, to Watchmen author Alan Moore, to Killer Mike, one half of Run The Jewels. Many good episodes also come from Pip exploring the likes of fullfact.org with it’s creators, or One Million Lovely Letters with Jodi Ann Bickely.
Best episode: Simon Pegg
- The Champs
Hosted by Chappelle Show creator Neal Brennan and comedian Moshe Kasher, the Champs features the two hosts sitting down with a different celebrity each episode. That means there are plenty of rappers featured including Action Bronson, Big Daddy Kane & Freddie Gibbs to name a few. The most interesting episodes come from Neal and Moshe sitting down with fellow comedians, such as Chris Rock or Charlie Murphy to share stories and writing techniques.
Best episode: Charlie Murphy
- Jay & Silent Bob Get Old
“Every saga has a middle age and this is what happens when Jay & Silent Bob get old”. Part of Kevin Smith’s massive Smodcast universe, this one is unique to our list as they do not follow a presenter/guest format. Instead Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, better known as Jay & Silent Bob, recount their tales of making movies and being friends since the early 90’s. It also works as a weekly intervention for Mewes, who has had some previous drug problems, that he explains in detail in the first few episodes. It is a podcast that can be heart breaking at times and hilarious at others.
Best episode: #3 With or Without Mewes
- NPR: Microphone Check
Hosted by Ali Shaeed Muhammed, one-third of A Tribe Called Quest, and Frannie Kelly, an editor at NPR, Microphone Check deals with guests specific to hip hop, mostly artists who have just released an album. They have the opportunity to discuss the album in-depth right around the time of its release with the two knowledgeable hosts. The most interesting episodes come when they host panels to discuss certain topics, such as the Stories of Notorious B.I.G and Inside the XXL Freshman Cover.
Best episode: Eight Million Stories ‘Hip Hop in 1993’
- Juan Epstein
This podcast is hosted by two of the hardest working radio DJs around at the moment, Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds. Both hosts are oozing with charisma while on air, but this gives them the opportunity to sit down with each other and discuss hip hop in a relaxed setting. They often spend the opening segment catching up with each other, inside and outside of the radio universe and then they interview a guest for the rest of the recording. Many artists hold the utmost respect for the two, so it can often result in interesting interviews.
Best episode: Chris Rock & Questlove from the Roots