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.


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
Ep. 38: Jill Scott: Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (2000). A Celebration of Life, Love & The Epitome of Soul
Show Details42min 47s
Ep. 37: Buju Banton-Til Shiloh. A "Champion" Album For the Ages
Show Details36min 55s
Ep. 36: D'Angelo-Brown Sugar. The Genesis of Neo Soul
Show Details47min 7s
Ep. 35: Nelly-Country Grammar. Batter Up...
Show Details37min 28s
Ep. 34-Eric B & Rakim: Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em. A Gem For the Golden Age
Show Details34min 42s
Ep. 33: Slum Village-Fantastic Vol. 2. An Album By No Other Name
Show Details41min 9s
Ep. 32: Three 6 Mafia-When The Smoke Clears; Sixty 6 Sixty 1. A Step From Out The Underground
Show Details37min 8s
Ep. 31: Naughty By Nature-Poverty's Paradise. The Last Lap of Naughty
Show Details36min 23s
Ep. 30: Eminem-The Marshall Mathers LP. "I'm...just Marshall Mathers..."
Show Details38min 3s
Ep. 29: Capelton-More Fire. "Fire Is For the Purification..."
Show Details32min 3s
BONUS EPISODE: "The Guest Lounge"-Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound/Reggae Lover Podcast
Show Details41min 1s
Ep. 28: Ice Cube-AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. The Coldest Debut
Show Details40min 36s
Bonus Segment! Cards, Dominoes, Drinks & Smoke #2: What Makes A "Classic"?
Show Details36min 50s
Ep. 27: Mobb Deep-The Infamous. Reporting Live from QB...
Show Details40min 2s
Ep. 26: Public Enemy-Fear Of A Black Planet. "You've Got To Fight The Powers That Be"
Show Details34min 49s
Ep. 25-A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. In The Beginning...
Show Details30min 39s
Bonus Segment: Tale of The Tape (Debut)-A Tribe Called Quest vs. OutKast!!!
Show Details1hr 9min
Ep. 24: Bell Biv Devoe (BBD)-Poison. A Match Made In Heaven
Show Details26min 53s
Ep. 23: 2 Pac-Me Against The World. A Conflict Of Life And Art
Show Details38min 54s
Ep. 22: Black Rob-Life Story. A Story Worth Telling
Show Details35min 55s
Bonus Segment! Cards, Dominoes, Drinks & Smoke #1: Regionalism in Hip-Hop. What Happened?
Show Details33min 11s
Ep. 21: Dead Prez-Let's Get Free. Establishment Advisory Be Damned!
Show Details43min 9s
Ep. 20: Ghostface Killah-Supreme Clientele. A Return to The Essence
Show Details40min 44s
Ep. 19: Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth-Funky Technician. A Diamond In The Rough
Show Details29min 41s
Ep. 18: D'Angelo-Voodoo. A Soulful Masterpiece
Show Details45min 59s
Ep. 17: The Roots-Do You Want More?!!!??! "And You Are All About to Witness..."
Show Details27min 51s
Ep. 16: Smif-n-Wessun-Dah Shinin. Introduce You To Bucktown
Show Details32min 8s
Ep. 15: Pete Rock & CL Smooth-The Main Ingredient. An underappreciated gem.
Show Details36min 19s
Ep. 14: Rawkus Presents Soundbombing II. A Continuation...
Show Details41min 28s
Ep. 13: Common-Resurrection. Only The Beginning...
Show Details41min 42s
Ep. 12: Queen Latifah-All Hail The Queen. A Royal Debut
Show Details28min 56s
Ep. 11: Dr. Dre-2001. A Triumphant Return By The Architect
Show Details33min 50s
Ep. 10: Scarface-The Diary. A Peek Into the Mind of one of the GOATs
Show Details29min 22s
Ep. 9: Nas-Illmatic. Definition- hip-hop classic: 1. See Nas' Illmatic
Show Details36min 46s
Ep. 8: Pharoahe Monch-Internal Affairs. A Forgotten Gem In The Digital Age.
Show Details40min 30s
Ep. 7: Mos Def-Black on Both Sides. Ahead of Its Time?
Show Details39min 48s
Ep. 6: Notorious B.I.G.-Ready to Die. The King of New York Ascends to Throne
Show Details40min 40s
Ep. 5: De La Soul-3 Feet High & Rising. Important? Significant? Yes! Classic?...?????
Show Details31min 30s
Ep. 4: Outkast-Southernplayaisticadillacmuzik. "The South's Got Sumthin' to Say"
Show Details47min 13s
Ep. 3: Prince Paul-A Prince Among Thieves. An Interesting Concept
Show Details38min 40s
Ep. 2:The Roots-Things Fall Apart. A Magnum Opus For "The Legendary"
Show Details28min 3s
Ep. 1-Mobb Deep Murda Muzik. Mobb Deep's Last Great Album?
Show Details36min 42s