If there’s a lot of anything these days, it’s new rappers. XXL‘s The Break podcast is for those aspiring MCs who need a little help getting on. This is the place to hear valuable info on how to make it in hip-hop from some of the biggest and most experienced names in the game. Hosted by XXL‘s Vanessa Satten and Miranda J., The Break podcast is an essential tool for artists willing to listen and learn. XXL‘s The Break: Where New Artists Come First.

Today, XXL kicks off the second episode of what we’ve deemed the rule book for rappers dying to blow up.  Narrated by XXL Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Satten, and Editor Miranda J., the second installment is titled “What To Focus On.” Listen above as lyricists A$AP Rocky and Vic Mensa plus J. Grand, the SVP of  A&R for RCA Records, offer expertise on the primary things to focus on when launching your career. Listen to The Break Podcast on iTunes here.

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Listen to the latest episodes of XXL’s new sports podcast, Ante Up, here. Watch the first episode of The Break below.