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The Vault: Classic Music Reviews Podcast

The Vault: Classic Music Reviews Podcast is a show by music fans that grew up during hip-hop's golden era of 1990s and the boom of the early 2000s. We review classic hip-hop, R&B and reggae albums 20, 25 and 30 years after their release to see if they still stand the test of time. It's a perspective on classics from a fresh point of view.

Also includes:

  • Bonus segments guest interviews with artists, critics, fellow creators & influencers.
  • Round table discussions around classic music topics.
  • Head-to-Head artists catalog debates.


Boomerang: Original Soundtrack (1992). Music To Our Ears (feat. Charlee D.)
Show Details56min 12s
Capone-N-Noreaga: The War Report (1997). The Unlikely Classic
Show Details31min 54s
Pete Rock & CL Smooth: Mecca and The Soul Brother (1992). "Before The Shift...A Cultural Force"
Show Details36min 45s
Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Forever (1997). The Clan Is Back To Stay...
Show Details34min 31s
Eminem: The Eminem Show (2002). Marshall's Goes Live -- From His Perspective
Show Details27min 36s
Super Cat: Don Dada (1992). "Wild Apache" Reigns (featuring Kahlil Wonda of Reggae Lover Podcast)
Show Details55min 21s
Musiq: Juslisen (2002). Soulchild...Slight Return
Show Details31min
Gang Starr: Daily Operation (1992). A Workman's Approach to the Underground
Show Details25min 42s
Mary J. Blige: Share My World (1997). On the other side of darkness...light.
Show Details29min 10s
Adriana Evans: Adriana Evans (1997). A Lost Treasure Through Time.
Show Details42min 37s
Das Efx: Dead Serious (1992). Ciggedy-Coming Straight From The Sewer...
Show Details26min
En Vogue: Funky Divas (1992). Giving You Something You Could Feel...
Show Details20min 13s
A Word On Arrested Development: 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days In the Life Of... (1992)
Show Details19min 49s
Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (1997). Biggie's Greatness Lives On After Death
Show Details39min 27s
Brandy: Full Moon (2002). The Legend of the "Vocal Bible" is Born
Show Details28min 54s
"We'll Always Love Big Poppa" The Murder of the Notorious B.I.G., 25 Years Later
Show Details40min 31s
TLC: Ooooooohhh...On The TLC Tip (1992). R&B Enters A New Era. (feat. Charlee D.)
Show Details51min 56s
BONUS EPISODE! Relics Of The Past: The High School Freestyle Cypher
Show Details27min 20s
Erykah Badu: Baduizm (1997). Enter The Goddess...
Show Details32min 35s
BONUS EPISODE! Relics of The Past: "The Legend of the Blank Tape"
Show Details24min 11s
Camp Lo: Uptown Saturday Night (1997). "Coolie High To El Caminos, Cadillacs & Cool Cats"
Show Details29min 59s
BONUS EPISODE! Relics Of The Past: Record Release Tuesdays
Show Details27min 6s
BONUS EPISODE! Pop Culture Corner: "Juice", 30 Years Later
Show Details40min 37s
The Year That Was: 1997...
Show Details24min 32s
The Year That Was: 1992...
Show Details29min
2021 Year-End Review & Wrap Up: '91, '96 & '01
Show Details33min 49s
Nas: Stillmatic (2001). Hip-Hop's "Edmund Dantes" Gains 'Justice'
Show Details36min 5s
Redman: Muddy Waters (1996). From Out of the Mud, Emerged A Masterpiece
Show Details35min 18s
Tony! Toni! Tone!: House of Music (1996). Before the end, one show for the road.
Show Details25min 5s
Ludacris: Word of Mouf (2001). The "Mouf Of The South" Speaks Up
Show Details34min 14s
Mobb Deep: Hell on Earth (1996). The Saga Begun...And So Did War
Show Details32min 29s
Lil' Kim: Hardcore (1996). The Queen Bee Takes Her Throne.
Show Details37min 29s
Makaveli (2Pac): The Don Killuminati-The 7 Day Theory (1996). Rap's Revolutionary Lives On In Death
Show Details35min 34s
Ice Cube: Death Certificate (1991). "Death is The Mirror...Life is The Direction"
Show Details38min 26s
Ghostface Killah: Ironman (1996). The Wu's Fortress Is Fortified By Iron
Show Details38min 17s
Bonus Episode! 'Cards, Dominoes, Drinks & Smoke': Talking Old School Southern Hip-Hop
Show Details41min 22s
A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory (1991). Bass Is The Weapon...
Show Details39min 59s
The Roots: Illadelph Halflife (1996). "Breaking Emcess Down to Fractions..."
Show Details29min 54s
Jay-Z: The Blueprint (2001). A Day of Infamy, An Album Like No Other.
Show Details35min 32s
BONUS EPISODE! Ode to "Summertime"/Top 10 Summer Jams of 1996
Show Details54min 56s
OutKast: ATLiens (1996). The Upstarts Become Major Players.
Show Details1hr 3min
Aaliyah. One In A Million (1996). "The Moment That Changed Everything"
Show Details33min 36s
Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill (1991). Street Life Goes "Up In Smoke"
Show Details33min 34s
UGK: Ridin' Dirty (1996). A Texas Rap Manifesto (feat. Nathan "The Professor" Rideaux)
Show Details50min 27s
BONUS EPISODE! "The Guest Lounge" w/ Breaking Atoms Podcast (with Sumit Sharma & Chris Mitchell)
Show Details1hr 12min
A Tribe Called Quest: Beats, Rhymes & Life (1996). Something You Can't Quite Put Your Finger On...
Show Details33min 55s
Main Source: Breaking Atoms (1991). "All of The Pieces Fit..."
Show Details28min 38s
Bilal: 1st Born Second (2001). A Soulquarian Experience
Show Details31min 10s
De La Soul: Stakes Is High (1996). "You Know The End of this Movie..." (featuring 12Kyle of the 12 Kyle Podcast)
Show Details59min 30s
Nas: It Was Written (1996). The "Golden Child" Strikes Gold
Show Details35min 20s
Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt (1996). The First Diamond in "The Dynasty"
Show Details43min 33s
Heltah Skeltah: Nocturnal (1996). A Rap Duo By No Other Name.
Show Details27min 36s
Toni Braxton: Secrets (1996) From R&B Superstar To Icon
Show Details31min 34s
Shabba Ranks: As Raw As Ever (1991). The Emperor Reigns (featuring Reggae Lover Podcast)
Show Details40min 19s
NWA: Niggaz4Life aka Efil4Zaggin (1991)-The End of An Empire
Show Details28min 13s
Jodeci-Forever My Lady (1991): "It's A New Day..."
Show Details35min 4s
De La Soul-De La Soul Is Dead (1991): "The Hippies Strike Back"
Show Details25min 44s
Master P-Ice Cream Man (1996). From Restrictions to No Limit (w/ Nathan "The Professor" Rideaux)
Show Details46min 29s
Bonus Episode! In Memoriam: #RIPDMX The Crew Remembers A Legend
Show Details56min 40s
Maxwell-Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite (1996). The Chill Spot That Became Love's Home
Show Details30min 33s
Busta Rhymes-The Coming (1996). The Dungeon Dragon Fully Unleashed
Show Details36min 13s
India Arie: Acoustic Soul (2001). Making Brown Skin Ready For Love.
Show Details39min 9s
BONUS EPISODE: "The Guest Lounge": Uchay & QD of The Ill-Advised Wise Guys Podcas
Show Details1hr 9min
Project Pat: Mista Don't Play (2001). Tales From The Hood.
Show Details37min 58s
Geto Boys: We Can't Be Stopped (1991). "The Time Is Now"
Show Details33min 52s
Fugees: The Score (1996). "Consider It Done" (Featuring D & T of the PIC Podcast
Show Details54min 28s
2Pac: All Eyez On Me (1996). A Classic Triumph Shaped By Tragedy
Show Details47min 10s
Total: Total (1996). The Bad Girls of R&B
Show Details31min 37s
Bonus Episode! Cards, Dominoes, Drinks & Smoke-The Year That Was: 2001
Show Details46min 32s
Bonus Segment! Cards, Dominoes Drinks & Smoke: The Year That Was-1996
Show Details37min
DJ Quik: Quik Is The Name (1991). A Compton Legend's First Step
Show Details33min 27s
Gang Starr: Step In the Arena (1991). Let The Games Begin...
Show Details33min 47s
Year End Series: Top 5 Rankings
Show Details32min 11s
"The Guest Lounge": 'The Professor' Nathan T. Rideaux of "Playerz From The South"
Show Details41min 25s
Brand Nubian: One For All (1990). Brothers Down For The Cause
Show Details32min 8s
"Cards, Dominoes, Drinks & Smoke": The '95th Element/Soul Ownership
Show Details52min 51s
Erykah Badu: Mama's Gun (2000). "Orange Moons, Green Eyes & Black Excellence"
Show Details33min 37s
Musiq Soulchild: Aijuswanaseing (2000). "From the Streets to the Studio-A Soul Story"
Show Details31min 7s
Goodie Mob: Soul Food (1995)-A Feast for Hungry Spirits, A Requiem for the Soul of Atlanta
Show Details40min 29s
GZA: Liquid Swords (1995). The Legend of "The Genius"
Show Details35min 14s
OutKast: Stankonia (2000). "Welcome to Stankonia"
Show Details37min 6s
Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought (2000). A Quest For Hip-Hop and Black America's Soul.
Show Details40min 36s
AZ: Doe or Die (1995). How "Visualizing The Realism Of Life" Became Reality
Show Details32min 26s
Kool G Rap: 4, 5, 6... (1995). An Hip-Hop OG Takes Center Stage
Show Details31min 4s
Bonus Episode: "Pop Culture Corner"-Friday, 25 Years Later
Show Details42min 6s
BONUS EPISODE!! "Tale of The Tape" Nas vs. Jay-Z Part 2
Show Details57min 32s
BONUS EPISODE!! "Tale of The Tape" Nas vs. Jay-Z Part 1
Show Details1hr 3min
Faith Evans: Faith (1995). The First Lady of Bad Boy
Show Details37min 8s
LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out (1990). "Don't Call It A Comeback..."
Show Details41min 37s
Bonus Segment! Cards, Dominoes, Drinks & Smoke #3: The Disappearance of Rap Groups
Show Details37min 42s
Raekwon: Only Built For Cuban Linx...(1995). "The Legend of The Purple Tape"
Show Details47min 55s
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: E. 1999 Eternal (1995). A View of Rap At the Crossroads
Show Details33min 42s
Jill Scott: Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (2000). A Celebration of Life, Love & The Epitome of Soul
Show Details42min 47s
Buju Banton: Til Shiloh (1995). A "Champion" Album For the Ages
Show Details36min 55s
D'Angelo: Brown Sugar (1995). The Genesis of Neo Soul
Show Details47min 7s
Nelly: Country Grammar (2000). Batter Up...
Show Details37min 28s
Eric B & Rakim: Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em (1990). A Gem For the Golden Age
Show Details34min 42s
Slum Village: Fantastic Vol. 2 (2000). An Album By No Other Name
Show Details41min 9s
Three 6 Mafia: When The Smoke Clears; Sixty 6 Sixty 1 (2000). A Step From Out The Underground
Show Details37min 8s
Naughty By Nature: Poverty's Paradise (1995). The Last Lap of Naughty
Show Details36min 23s
Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). "I'm...just Marshall Mathers..."
Show Details38min 3s
Capelton: More Fire (2000). "Fire Is For the Purification..."
Show Details32min 3s
BONUS EPISODE: "The Guest Lounge"-Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound/Reggae Lover Podcast
Show Details41min 1s
Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990). The Coldest Debut
Show Details40min 36s
Bonus Segment! Cards, Dominoes, Drinks & Smoke #2: What Makes A "Classic"?
Show Details36min 50s
Mobb Deep: The Infamous (1995). Reporting Live from QB...
Show Details40min 2s
Public Enemy: Fear Of A Black Planet (1990). "You've Got To Fight The Powers That Be"
Show Details34min 49s
A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990). In The Beginning...
Show Details30min 39s
Bonus Segment: Tale of The Tape (Debut)-A Tribe Called Quest vs. OutKast!!!
Show Details1hr 9min
Bell Biv Devoe (BBD): Poison (1990). A Match Made In Heaven
Show Details26min 53s
2Pac: Me Against The World (1995). A Conflict Of Life And Art
Show Details38min 54s
Black Rob: Life Story (2000). A Story Worth Telling
Show Details35min 55s
Bonus Segment! Cards, Dominoes, Drinks & Smoke #1: Regionalism in Hip-Hop. What Happened?
Show Details33min 11s
Dead Prez: Let's Get Free (2000). Establishment Advisory Be Damned!
Show Details43min 9s
Ghostface Killah: Supreme Clientele (2000). A Return to The Essence
Show Details40min 44s
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth: Funky Technician (1990). A Diamond In The Rough
Show Details29min 41s
D'Angelo: Voodoo (2000). A Soulful Masterpiece
Show Details45min 59s
The Roots: Do You Want More?!!!??! (1995). "And You Are All About to Witness..."
Show Details27min 51s
Smif-n-Wessun: Dah Shinin (1995). Introduce You To Bucktown
Show Details32min 8s
Pete Rock & CL Smooth: The Main Ingredient (1994). An underappreciated gem.
Show Details36min 19s
Rawkus Presents: Soundbombing II (1999). A Continuation...
Show Details41min 28s
Common: Resurrection (1994). Only The Beginning...
Show Details41min 42s
Queen Latifah: All Hail The Queen (1989). A Royal Debut
Show Details28min 56s
Dr. Dre: 2001 (1999). A Triumphant Return By "The Architect"
Show Details33min 50s
Scarface: The Diary (1994). A Peek Into the Mind of one of the GOATs
Show Details29min 22s
Nas: Illmatic (1994). Definition- hip-hop classic: 1. See Nas' Illmatic
Show Details36min 46s
Pharoahe Monch: Internal Affairs (1999). A Forgotten Gem In The Digital Age.
Show Details40min 30s
Mos Def-Black on Both Sides. Ahead of Its Time?
Show Details39min 48s
Notorious B.I.G.-Ready to Die. The King of New York Ascends to Throne
Show Details40min 40s
De La Soul: 3 Feet High & Rising (1989). Important? Significant? Yes! Classic?...?????
Show Details31min 30s
Outkast: Southernplayaisticadillacmuzik (1994). "The South's Got Sumthin' to Say"
Show Details47min 13s
Prince Paul: A Prince Among Thieves (1999). An Interesting Concept
Show Details38min 40s
The Roots: Things Fall Apart (1999). A Magnum Opus For "The Legendary"
Show Details28min 3s
Mobb Deep: Murda Muzik (1999). Mobb Deep's Last Great Album?
Show Details36min 42s