Hip Hop Saved My Life with Romesh Ranganathan

RangaBee Productions and Mr Box


A comedy podcast about hip hop presented by award winning comedian Romesh Ranganathan. Edited by James Torrance. Co-produced by RangaBee Productions and Mr Box (

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Episode 73: HHSML LIVE with Rag'n'Bone Man

58:33 | Apr 23rd

Rag’n’Bone Man joins Romesh, Rumaj and DJ Martin 2 Smoove for a live edition of the podcast at The Theatre Royal Brighton. Recorded on 13th April 2019 as part of the WAVE Podcast Festival.

Episode 72: Angie Thomas

57:37 | Mar 22nd

Bestselling author Angie Thomas joins Romesh and Rumaj for a chat about her life-long love of hip hop and its influence on her latest book On The Come Up. Oh, and she’s got beef with Drake. Get listening!

Episode 71: Jamie Redknapp

47:20 | Feb 26th

This week, the one and only Jamie Redknapp joins Romesh & Rumaj in the studio. It's a banger!

Episode 70: Kae Kurd

55:36 | Feb 7th

Stand-up comedian and Quotas Full podcast host Kae Kurd joins Romesh and Rumaj for our first episode of 2019.

Episode 69: HHSML Live with Professor Green

1:08:20 | Jan 7th

For our biggest live episode yet, Romesh and Rumaj are joined on stage by the one and only Professor Green - and also get a FaceTime call from Hip Hop legend Chuck D! An HHSML Christmas special held in aid of CALM at the Indigo O2 on 19th December 2...Show More

Episode 68: HHSML LIVE with Dirty Dike

56:40 | Dec 12th, 2018

New edition of HHSML Live with Romesh, Rumaj, DJ Yoda and special guest Dirty Dike. It's a banger!

Episode 67: Straight Outta Crawley

37:48 | Nov 30th, 2018

Bonus episode! Featuring an extract from Romesh’s new book Straight Outta Crawley. In this chapter, we hear all about his lifelong obsession with Hip Hop and also get a bit of background on how the podcast started. If you like what you hear, check ou...Show More

Episode 66: Jimothy

46:59 | Nov 28th, 2018

North London rapper and DIY music star Jimothy joins Romesh and Rumaj to chat about making beats, fashion brands, never remembering track titles and why cats are better than dogs. Everything Is Getting Quite Exciting!

Episode 65: ExP

49:19 | Nov 14th, 2018

Ben Goodwin aka ExP from West Yorkshire rap crew Flame Griller joins Romesh in Part 2 of our special double episode for a one-on-one chat about all things Hip Hop and his latest solo album, Remarkable/Unremarkable.

Episode 64: Murs

1:05:09 | Nov 14th, 2018

We bring you a special double episode this week. First up, we're honoured to have an independent US Hip Hop legend join us - the one and only Murs!

Episode 63: HHSML LIVE with Rodney P

1:01:32 | Oct 31st, 2018

This is one big episode! For our second live edition of the podcast, Romesh, Rumaj, Ben Green and DJ Martin2Smoove are joined on stage by the godfather of UK Hip Hop himself - Rodney P. Recorded on 27th September 2018 at The Moth Club in Hackney.

Episode 62: Jacob Anderson

47:32 | Oct 17th, 2018

The multi-talented Jacob Anderson - aka Raleigh Ritchie - joins us to chat about his acting and music careers, Will Smith, backpacker hip hop and The College Dropout.

Episode 61: James Lavelle

47:48 | Oct 5th, 2018

This week, we're joined by Mo' Wax and UNKLE founder James Lavelle. Yes mate!

Episode 60: Jenny Bede

48:35 | Sep 20th, 2018

HHSML Ep 60 features musical comedian Jenny Bede. We discuss Nicky Minaj, Jay Z, Roseanne and Cross Stitch. It’s a banger.

Episode 29: Clara Amfo

48:05 | Sep 7th, 2018

This weeks guest, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, chats Tribe, Lauryn, Cardi, interviewing Jay-Z and much much more. Double R What?!

Episode 58: Snowy Danger

48:15 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Romesh and Rumaj are back! This week they're joined by the UK rapper and 'lyrical legend' Snowy Danger. Hold on tight...

Episode 57: Mini Ep

26:43 | Aug 6th, 2018

Romesh presents a solo mini episode from his garage where he answers some of your email questions and talks about the new releases he's listening to. This episode is brought you by the new Spike Lee movie BlacKkKlansman - out in cinemas on 24th Augus...Show More

Episode 56: Kiell Smith-Bynoe

43:20 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Actor and former grime artist Kiell Smith-Bynoe joins Romesh & Rumaj in the studio.

Episode 55: Marlon Davis

56:13 | Jun 15th, 2018

Comedian Marlon Davis joins Rom and Rupert to chat Biggie, Tupac, Kanye and being introduced to some pretty tasty language thanks to NWA at the age of 7.  Don't forget to send your track recommendations to: @romeshranga @HHS...Show More

Episode 54: Jordan Stephens

52:40 | May 16th, 2018

Romesh and Ru-Maj are reunited as Jordan Stephens drops by the studio for a chat about Jurassic 5, Pharoahe Monch, Eminem, appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the current disregard for lyricism in hip hop. Formerly one half of Rizzle Kic...Show More

Episode 53: Jamali Maddix

1:01:55 | May 3rd, 2018

Comedian Jamali Maddix steps into the studio to chat about meeting and working with Sway, the Nas track that introduced him to hip hop, Wu-Tang, GZA and MF Doom.  Romesh's Recommendations for this episode are: The Lost Scrolls V2 by Slum Village a...Show More

Episode 52: Sara Pascoe

58:01 | Apr 19th, 2018

Ben Green steps in for Ru-Maj this episode as Sara Pascoe joins Romesh to chat J. Cole, Cardi B and Drake. Romesh has three recommendations for this episode: Pookie Baby by Prof, Murs' A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable and Bobby Tarantino by...Show More

Episode 51: Sarah Callaghan

50:05 | Apr 6th, 2018

Comedian and writer, Sarah Callaghan, joins Romesh and Ru-Maj to chat Kendrick Lamar's back catalogue, Drake, J Cole and Snoop Dogg.. amongst other tangents! Romesh's Recommendation for this episode is: Czarface and Doom  Huge thanks to @sarahecall...Show More

Episode 50: Reggie Yates

59:41 | Mar 21st, 2018

Absolutely delighted to welcome broadcaster, actor and documentary maker, Reggie Yates, to the podcast at long last.  Reggie chats about growing up in a very musically eclectic household, being immediately drawn in by hip hop and its culture from a ...Show More

Episode 49: Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer

52:57 | Mar 7th, 2018

Mr B - aka Jim Burke - chats about everything from his deep love for hip hop, his early career in Brit-pop band Collapsed Lung, the evolution of Mr B Gentleman Rhymer and his niche Chap-Hop sound to the skill of writing hip hop parodies.  Find @gent...Show More

Episode 48 - HHSML LIVE with Ty

1:03:20 | Feb 21st, 2018

British hip hop musician, Ty, joins Romesh and Ru-maj on stage at the Moth Club in Hackney for our first ever Hip Hop Saved My Life LIVE event.  In this extended episode, Ty shares the story of how a school concert and a xylophone kickstarted his lo...Show More

Episode 47: Hip Hop Heroes - Bonus Episode!

25:31 | Feb 15th, 2018

In honour of the release of Marvel's Black Panther movie and the hotly anticipated Kendrick Lamar curated accompanying album, Romesh and Ru-maj compare notes on who they class as their heroes of hip hop.  'Black Panther: The Album - Music From and I...Show More

Episode 46: Doc Brown

56:55 | Feb 7th, 2018

Doc Brown steps into the studio to talk about working with Lenny Henry, blending his love and talent for rap with comedy and his all time favourite hip hop albums. Doc started out as an underground rapper on the London's rap battle scene and relea...Show More

Episode 45: Steve McNeil

49:14 | Jan 24th, 2018

Romesh and Ru-Maj are reunited at long last as actor and comedian Steve McNeil joins them to retrace his love for hip hop.

Episode 44: Andrew Emery

48:54 | Jan 10th, 2018

Andrew Emery is a hip hop writer and journalist. He was the contributing editor of Hip-Hop Connection and founded, edited and published Fat Lace Magazine. Last year Andrew released his new book 'Wiggaz With Attitude: My Life As A Failed White Rapper'...Show More

Episode 43: Tiernan Douieb

47:18 | Dec 27th, 2017

Comedian Tiernan Douieb joins Romesh for the final episode of 2017, taking us back to 1993 North London and his first introduction to hip hop. The guys discuss why there is no place for autotune in hip hop, guest verses and that distinct West Coast s...Show More

Episode 42: Bonus Episode!

39:00 | Dec 20th, 2017

Ben Green joins Romesh for a not so festive bonus episode, where they discuss Star Wars, Christmas hip hop songs, Nas and Eminem.

Episode 41: The Last Skeptik

1:00:23 | Dec 13th, 2017

The prolific UK music producer and DJ chats to Rom about his career to date and his deep love for a hip hop beat. Thanks again to our sponsor, Harry's. Don't forget to claim your trial shaving set by visiting

Episode 40: Jensen Karp

56:57 | Nov 29th, 2017

Executive producer of 'Drop The Mic' and hip hop fanatic, Jensen Karp, joins Romesh for a chat as they discuss how he narrowly missed out on a 1 million dollar record deal with Interscope. Formerly known as the rapper Hot Karl, Jensen is also the a...Show More

Episode 39: Twitter Q&A

50:01 | Nov 25th, 2017

Romesh is joined by Ben Green as they answer your questions about hip hop. Tweet @RomeshRanga if you've got a question you want answered in another episode.

Episode 38: Shanthi Ranganathan

50:32 | Nov 3rd, 2017

That's right, Romesh's mum is the special guest this week as Ben Green and Rom get her to review some tracks.

Episode 37: Dabbla & Illa Man

49:59 | Oct 18th, 2017

UK Hip Hop legends Dabbla & Ill Man join Romesh & Ben Green (live from LA) for Episode 37 of Hip Hop Saved My Life

Episode 36: Adam Buxton

50:33 | Oct 4th, 2017

After a brief hiatus, Romesh and Ru-Maj are back with the mighty Adam Buxton as he traces his hip hop influences back to a joyfully odd mix of Kenny Everett and Eric B. & Rakim. Adam shares stories of hanging out with Coolio and the 40 Thevz with hi...Show More

Episode 35: Fliptrix

50:25 | Jul 19th, 2017

The head of High Focus Records and one quarter of The Four Owls joins Romesh and Ru-Maj to talk discovering UK Hip Hop, being inspired by Big Pun and his plans for world domination... *contains explicit contain

Episode 34: DJ MK

46:19 | Apr 19th, 2017

DJ MK reveals how he became one of the first UK DJs to release regular mixtapes which became the catalyst for him travelling around the world, meeting Nas and touring with Roots Manuva

Episode 33: Chali 2na

50:18 | Apr 5th, 2017

The 'Verbal Herman Munster' himself steps into the studio to talk about the past and present state of hip hop

Episode 32: Mo Gilligan

46:10 | Mar 22nd, 2017

The actor and comedian covers skits, Biggie and his favourite gigs as he traces his hip hop influences

Episode 31: Mike "Miguel Mantovani" Keat from The Cuban Brothers

49:50 | Mar 8th, 2017

Mike traces his hip hop influences right back to the classic 80s movie Beat Street, and brings us up to present day

Episode 30: Loyle Carner

49:01 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Loyle Carner reveals his hip hop influences and his biggest hip hop gripe: mumble rap.

Episode 29: Jehst

47:50 | Feb 15th, 2017

Jehst joins Romesh and Jolyon Rubinstein in the studio to talk all things hip hop

Episode 28: Mistajam

52:15 | Feb 1st, 2017

Mistajam joins Romesh to chat about being on tour with Brand Nubian and the far reaching influences of hip hop

Episode 27: Ocean Wisdom

42:40 | Jan 17th, 2017

Ocean Wisdom joins Romesh in the studio to talk about his hip hop influences, killer hooks and his debut album Chaos 93'

Episode 26: Asim Chaudhry

48:39 | Jan 5th, 2017

Actor and writer Asim Chaudhry joins Romesh to chat about everything from his favourite hip hop album to Michael Jackson gifs

Episode 25: Robert Popper

49:43 | Dec 14th, 2016

Comedy producer Robert Popper aka 'Bobby P' joins Romesh to chat all things hip hop this week #hiphopsavedmylife #romeshranganathan #hiphoppodcast

Episode 24: DJ Yoda

51:54 | Nov 30th, 2016

DJ Yoda joins Romesh for Episode 24 of Hip Hop Saved My Life #romeshranganathan #djyoda #hiphoppodcast

Episode 23: The Four Owls

38:12 | Nov 16th, 2016

Hip hop group The Four Owls join Romesh for this week's episode #hiphopsavedmylife #romeshranganathan #hiphoppodcast

Episode 22: Jolyon Rubinstein

45:32 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Actor, writer & producer Jolyon Rubinstein joins Romesh for this week's episode of Hip Hop Saved my Life #romeshranganathan #jolyonrubinstein #hiphoppodcast #hiphopsavedmylife

BONUS Live episode: Edith Bowman

20:28 | Oct 26th, 2016

Radio presenter Edith Bowman joins Romesh to chat all things hip hop in a live episode of Hip Hop Saved My Life

Episode 21: Friction

49:26 | Oct 12th, 2016

Drum and bass legend Friction joins Romesh for this week's episode of Hip Hop Saved My Life #romeshranganathan #friction #hiphoppodcast

Episode 20: Frankie Boyle

50:55 | Sep 28th, 2016

Frankie Boyle joins Romesh to chat all things hip hop on this week's episode #romeshranganathan #frankieboyle #hiphoppodcast

Episode 19: Fergus Craig

48:50 | Sep 14th, 2016

Comedian Fergus Craig joins Romesh for Episode 19 of Hip Hop Saved My Life #romeshranganathan #hiphopsavedmylife #ferguscraig #hiphoppodcast

Episode 18: Tom Lucy

49:11 | Aug 24th, 2016

Comedian Tom Lucy joins Romesh to talk all things hip hop #romeshranganathan #tomlucy #hiphopsavedmylife #hiphoppodcast

Episode 17: Curtis Davies

46:58 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Hull City footballer Curtis Davies joins Romesh for Episode 17 #romeshranganathan #curtisdavies #hiphoppodcast #hiphopsavedmylife

Episode 16: Inel Tomlinson

48:42 | Jul 20th, 2016

Comedian Inel Tomlinson joins Romesh for Episode 16 of Hip Hop Saved My Life. Actor, comedian and writer Inel is best known for being one half of 'Johnny and Inel', the UK’s first black comedy double act. #romeshranganathan #hiphopsavedmylife #hipho...Show More

Episode 15: Example

49:53 | Jul 6th, 2016

Example joins Romesh in this week's episode to chat about his career, inspirations, and favourite hip hop tracks #example #romeshranganathan #hiphoppdocast #hiphopsavedmylife

Episode 14: Josh Cole

46:25 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Josh Cole, promoter and producer, chats to Romesh in this week's episode #hiphopsavedmylife #romeshranganathan #hiphoppodcast #joshcole

Episode 13: Tom Davis

47:49 | Jun 8th, 2016

Tom Davis, comedian and actor, joins Romesh for Episode 13 #hiphopsavedmylife #romeshranganathan #hiphoppodcast #tomdavis

Episode 12: Afrika Baby Bam

1:02:15 | May 25th, 2016

Bam from the iconic Jungle Brothers joins Romesh this week to talk all things hip hop #romeshranganathan #hiphop #Bam #JungleBrothers

Episode 11: Nihal Arthanayake

54:36 | May 4th, 2016

Nihal, BBC presenter and broadcaster tells Romesh about his journey into hip hop #nihal #romeshranganathan #hiphopsavedmylife #hiphoppodcast

Episode 10: Nathan Caton

48:16 | Apr 20th, 2016

Comedian Nathan Caton joins Romesh for this week's episode of Hip Hop Saved My Life #nathancaton #romeshranganathan #hiphoppodcast

Episode 9: Izzie Gibbs

46:43 | Apr 6th, 2016

MC Izzie Gibbs joins Romesh for Episode 9 of Hip Hop Saved My Life #izziegibbs #romeshranganathan #hiphoppodcast

Episode 8: Katherine Ryan

47:19 | Mar 23rd, 2016

Comedian Katherine Ryan tells Romesh about her favourite hip hop lyrics in this week's episode #katherineryan #romeshranganathan #hiphopsavedmylife #hiphoppodcast

Episode 7: Scroobius Pip

57:03 | Mar 9th, 2016

Scroobius Pip, spoken word artist and podcaster, joins Romesh for this week's episode #scroobiuspip #romeshranganathan #hiphoppodcast #hiphopsavedmylife

Episode 6: Suzi Ruffell

47:24 | Feb 24th, 2016

Comedian Suzi Ruffell, official tour support of Romesh, guests on this week's episode #suziruffell #romeshranganathan #hiphopsavedmylife #hiphoppodcast

Episode 5: Charlie Baker

41:02 | Feb 4th, 2016

Comedian Charlie Baker guests on this week's episode of Hip Hop Saved My Life with Romesh Ranganathan #charliebaker #romeshranganathan #hiphopsavedmylife #hiphoppodcast

Episode 4: Mikill Pane

46:31 | Jan 20th, 2016

Rapper Mikill Pane joins Romesh for this week's episode #mikillpane #romeshranganathan #hiphopsavedmylife #hiphoppodcast

Episode 3: Dane Baptiste

46:26 | Jul 14th, 2015

Dane Baptiste, comedian and writer, joins Romesh to discuss his hip hop influences and his favourite hip hop album #danebaptiste #romeshranganathan #hiphoppodcast #hiphopsavedmylife

Episode 2: Joe Jacobs

47:37 | Jun 29th, 2015

Joe Jacobs, comedian, writer and rapper chats to Romesh in Episode 2 of Hip Hop Saved My Life #joejacobs #romeshranganathan #hiphoppodcast #hiphopsavedmylife

Episode 1: Mark Smith

47:58 | Mar 11th, 2015

Mark Smith, comedian and writer, joins Romesh for Episode 1 of Hip Hop Saved My Life #marksmith #romeshranganathan #hiphoppodcast #hiphopsavedmylife