The Hypemen Podcast, The Lost Episodes: Elliott Wilson

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Way.....way....way....back in the day (aka 2010), when the entire concept of a rap podcast was still in its infancy, there was the


podcast. Up until the last episode in July of 2011, the

Rosenthal brothers


Jensen Karp

delivered almost 50 episodes of incredibly nerdy, incredibly funny in-depth interviews, and RefinedHype was there to lend a helping hand. 

But then, like an Amazonian rainforest reclaiming a once great Mayan civilization, the Hypemen was lost to the fog of time. iTunes stopped carrying the podcast, we

had to switch servers

and our streams died, and just like that, some seriously great hip-hop interviews were digitally buried.


, I worked some server magic and managed to recover every episode, the guys were down to revive the podcast, and here we are. Over the next few weeks I'll be re-issueing some of the Hypemen's best episodes, and after an enlightening

Angela Yee episode

, I had to follow up with

Elliott Wilson

. This interview is from years ago, well before the "Crown" series started, so it's a fascinating look at Wilson's transition from print to digital, along with some dope hip-hop journalism stories.

We're talking The Source magazine, Elliott's falling out with Puffy, why Common's Be got a XXL rating, apologizing to Lupe Fiasco and much, much more! Enjoy...

[Nathan S. is the managing editor of The DJBooth, the proprietor of RefinedHype, and a hip-hop writer. He also occasionally talks in podcast form and appears on RevoltTV. His beard is awesome.

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