The Vault: Classic Music Reviews Podcast

The Vault: Classic Music Reviews Podcast is a show of music fans that grew up in the 1990s and 2000s that 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.


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