Navarro (5/19/18)

Navarro is a Chicago HipHop legend that in recent years has dedicated much of his time crafting the sound of a future generation. In this interview we catch up with Navarro since the last interview we had and chop it up on his personal growth since touching on subjects like the Beats and Bars program, … More Navarro (5/19/18)

Victor! (5/19/18)

Chicago R&B & Pop singer Victor! has been riding a wave of his own with a unique style that is generating much attention. In this interview we discuss his upbringing and family background in music, beginning in music, the current Mexican-American wave of artists in the US, navigating his popularity as a teenager, and what … More Victor! (5/19/18)

Aubry (4/28/18)

  Northside artist Aubry, born in Evanston, Illinois, has been surrounded by music since a young age and has been making music since his freshman year of high school. Aside from music, Aubry is also a poet and competed in the Louder Than a Bomb 2017 competition for the Evanston Township High School poetry team, … More Aubry (4/28/18)

Cole Kruggel, Don Hullio & Darwin Derequito of Classick Studios (4/14/18)

Cole Kruggel, Don Hullio, and Darwin Derequito of Classick Studios have been three of Chicago’s premiere engineers that have been crafting Chicago’s current Hip-Hop sound. In this interview we discuss the role of engineers, how they broke into the music scene and began at Classick Studios, artists they have helped develop, some stories behind some … More Cole Kruggel, Don Hullio & Darwin Derequito of Classick Studios (4/14/18)

Swade (3/31/18)

Central Florida spitter Swade is making a name of his own in the Chicago HipHop scene. He swings by to chop it up on growing up in Florida, how he got his rap moniker, upbringing, influences, how he began rapping and producing, the Florida rap scene, coming to Chicago, friendships and networking, future plans with … More Swade (3/31/18)

WemmyMo (3/31/18)

Uptown rapper WemmyMo swing by for an in-studio interview. The 18-year-old Lincoln Park HS spitter talks about his beginnings in music, upbringing, having clout in high school, his support system, growing up in Uptown, living in a Nigerian household, released singles, forthcoming BitterSweet debut, premieres a new single, and gives us a freestyle, among other … More WemmyMo (3/31/18)

Jamal Science (3/31/18)

Chicago spitter Jamal Science stops by for an in-studio interview. The West Side rapper, in this interview, talks to us about his upbringing, generations of hip-hop in his family, beginning to rap and produce, his high school years as a battle rapper, winning rap battle competitions, his history with the legendary Molten crew, previous projects, … More Jamal Science (3/31/18)

YCA Takeover Show [Jose Olivarez, Nate Marshall & Aeon Moore] (3/17/18)

It’s a takeover! We have Jose Olivarez and Nate Marshall takeover The 5th Element HipHop Show with special guest Aeon Moore, winner of YCA’s MC Olympics. In this show, we discuss Louder Than A Bomb (youth poetry competition), break down the Kanye West madness brackets, top 5 Chicago rappers, get a new piece by Jose, … More YCA Takeover Show [Jose Olivarez, Nate Marshall & Aeon Moore] (3/17/18)

Ajani Jones (2/24/18)

Song Showcased: Ajani Jones “Better Days” Southside spitter Ajani Jones makes his way in for an interview. We discuss his origins in music, artistic name changes, attending the University of Iowa and Columbia College, getting involved in the Chicago hip-hop scene, joining AEMMP Records, spirituality, the influence of his mother in his music, versatility in … More Ajani Jones (2/24/18)

Musa Reems (2/24/18)

Songs Showcased: Musa Reems “What I Like” & “44 4’s” A friend of the show and West side spitter Musa Reems swings by for an interview. We chop it up with Musa about joining AEMMP Records (Columbia College’s student-run label), his recently released project Lately I Been Sol Searching and the inspirations behind it, the … More Musa Reems (2/24/18)

From The Archives: Alex Wiley & Kembe X (1/16/14)

This interview happened my last year of undergraduate at DePaul and it was my first time interviewing Alex or Kembe X outside of the blogging I used to do. Till this day this is one of my favorite interviews. This is a mix of serious questions, great humor, and a lot of fun. https://ia601509.us.archive.org/31/items/AlexWileyKemberX11614/Alex%20Wiley%20%26%20Kember%20X%20%281%3A16%3A14%29.mp3

Rich Jones (10/21/17)

We chop it up with MC, vocalist, organizer, and Chicago Hip-Hop ambassador- the homie Rich Jones. We discuss first meeting him a few years back and his early beginnings in music. We discuss anthems, Eminem, food, his monthly series All Smiles, his musical evolution, the Vegas EP, recent benefit show, and advocacy for the Chicago … More Rich Jones (10/21/17)

MFN MELO (10/21/17)

Pivot Gang reinforcer, MFN MELO swings by for his solo interview. We discuss his beginnings in music, meeting Pivot brethren Saba & Joseph Chilliams in high school. We talk Austin, not Steve Austin or Austin Texas, but the community Austin. We delve into the competitive nature of Pivot, basketball and Lakers fandom. In addition, we … More MFN MELO (10/21/17)

Melo Makes Music (9/30/17)

Chicago rapper/musician, Melo Makes Music swings by for an interview. We discuss the process of crafting his own sound, musical influences, growing up in the city of Chicago, college life, experiences touring with Taylor Bennett, horror films, personal philosophy, upcoming project, among several topics that he is passionate about. Songs listed Melo Makes Music- Sleepless … More Melo Makes Music (9/30/17)

Femdot (5/27/17)

Alejandro was able to chop it up with Chicago spitter and DePaul student Femdot. Since been a while since we last talked to him so we were able to talk about changes in his life following the release of his EP’s and LP. Aspirations following college graduation. Fem’s love of Harold’s, Uncle Remus, and Chicken … More Femdot (5/27/17)

Ric Wilson (4/1/17)

Ric Wilson is a 21-year-old Black Self-proclaimed Artist, Performer and Prison Abolitionist from the South-Side of Chicago. On August 30th, 2016 Ric dropped his EP “Soul Bounce” and following that weekend he performed at Northcoast Music Festival opening for BASSNECTAR on the Main Stage. Ric now continues to travel the city of Chicago and the … More Ric Wilson (4/1/17)

Kevin Coval (3/11/17)

As the artistic director Young Chicago Authors and one of the founders of Louder Than A Bomb, the largest youth poetry slam tournament in the world, our guest for today’s show has helped mentor a who’s who of Chicago’s top artists including Chance The Rapper, Noname, Mick Jenkins, Malcolm London, and Jamila Woods, Kevin Coval … More Kevin Coval (3/11/17)

C$ (3/4/17)

C$ (Pronounced C Money) is a Chicago- bred hip hop artist that is looking to become a huge part of the current Chicago hip-hop renaissance. Although C$ may be a fresh face to most, he has actually been doing music for over 5 years pairing up in hip-hop duo Super Fresh Bros. Back in June … More C$ (3/4/17)

Pursuit of Dopeness 5th Year Anniversary Show (2/25/17)

Alberto, Oscar, Alex, and Luis of Pursuit of Dopeness join us in celebrating POD’s 5th year anniversary. More on Pursuit of Dopeness below: Pursuit Of Dopeness is a blog based on the South Side of Chicago, co-founded by Alberto Marquez, Oscar Oliva Jr., and Alex Alcantar. Our team is composed of individuals that possess unique attributes, … More Pursuit of Dopeness 5th Year Anniversary Show (2/25/17)

L.A. VanGogh (2/11/17)

We have L.A. VanGogh in studio! We talk his latest music with the SafeNSound and Friends First EPs. We also dive deep into music influences, growing up in Dolton, making music visually, adjusting to different roles, development as a writer through literature and poetry, college, mental health awareness, cultural background, amongst many other topics in … More L.A. VanGogh (2/11/17)

Old Interview: Chris $pencer (Chris Crack & Vic Spencer) 2/16/16

We had the then newly formed duo Chris $pencer come in for an interview as we went over their Who The F Is Chris $pencer project and how the duo joined forces, amongst other topics. Hosts: Adan, Gerardo, Mario https://ia601902.us.archive.org/32/items/ChrispencerChrisCrackVicSpencer2616/T5E%20013_%20Chris%20$pencer%20%5BChris%20Crack%20&%20Vic%20Spencer%5D%202_6_16.mp3

Pursuit of Dopeness Takeover Edition (1/21/17)

Oscar, Alberto, Alex, and Luis from Pursuit of Dopiness takeover The 5th Element HipHop show. The guys discuss 2017 predictions in music, upcoming films festivals, concerts, music docs on Netflix, Luis’s involvement with the 93 ’Til podcast, amongst other topics. https://ia601501.us.archive.org/10/items/sr_program_2017_01_21_12_08_53/sr_program_2017_01_21_12_08_53.mp3