Here Comes the Break

Here Comes the Break

Here Comes the Break is a groundbreaking podcast sparking real conversations about creativity, mental health, friendship, family, hope, and music. Hosted by our protagonist Ruben (Asante Blackk), this fictional narrative featuring real interviews with emerging artists will bring voice to young creators who use social media platforms to amplify their own messages.

Episodes

August 27, 2021 8 min

Here Comes the Break inventively threads together a scripted story—starring EMMY® Award-nominated Asante Blackk and Daniella Perkins—and unscripted interviews with Def Jam’s rising new talent, including Bobby Sessions, Saint Bodhi, Nasty C, Bino Rideaux, and more, to create a high-concept fusion of fictional narrative and real-life conversations with buzzing stars.

And in celebration of Hip Hop Recognition month, Double Elvis and De...

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Daniella Perkins (Janelle) and Bobby Cius (Marco) talk making the podcast from the actor’s perspective. Then writers Taylor Bettinson and Nakia Hill break down the themes of the show, and Taylor wants to know all about Nakia’s experience conducting the artist interviews that would become Mask On’s.


Executive Producer: Asante Blackk

Producer: Daniella Perkins

Starring: Asante Blackk and Daniella Perkins

Co-Starring: Bobby Cius, Rayme Co...

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July 15, 2021 28 min

In this special look behind the scenes of Here Comes the Break, Asante Blackk interviews Gael Aitor of Teenager Therapy and the actors who played Ruben’s parents discuss the making of the show. This is the first of two special behind-the-scenes bonus episodes.


Executive Producer: Asante Blackk

Producer: Daniella Perkins

Starring: Asante Blackk and Daniella Perkins

Co-Starring: Bobby Cius, Rayme Cornell, Christopher V. Edwards and Taylo...

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July 8, 2021 27 min

Ruben and his team complete the podcast season and celebrate by going out to a Black Lives Matter rally in Brooklyn —Ruben even has his parents’ permission. But a new perspective on Ruben’s recent behavior has Janelle worried he might do something reckless at the park.


Featuring the artist Oompa & her new song “Go” [Stream|Download]


Executive Producer: Asante Blackk

Producer: Daniella Perkins

Starring: Asante Blackk and Daniella Pe...

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July 1, 2021 32 min

Ruben, Marco, and Janelle are back in sync, and their latest interview has all their heads spinning. Alone at home afterwards, Ruben meditates on all that he’s learned from the artists he’s met, and comes to some epiphanies about why he’s been acting so wild.


Featuring Def Jam artist Bobby Sessions & his new song “Repeat” [Stream|Download]


Executive Producer: Asante Blackk

Producer: Daniella Perkins

Starring: Asante Blackk and Dani...

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June 24, 2021 27 min

The time’s come for Ruben and Marco to fight it out or bury the hatchet, and with all his inner conflict Ruben’s not sure how it’s going to go. Plus he’s got that therapy session coming up, the one he agreed to for his parents’ sake. Time to face the consequences.

Featuring Def Jam artist Nasty C & his new song “Jack” [Stream|Download]

Executive Producer: Asante Blackk

Producer: Daniella Perkins

Starring: Asante Blackk and Dani...

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June 17, 2021 26 min

Ruben and Marco are beefing over the Viral Villa trip and Janelle is trying to negotiate a truce, but the biggest surprise in Ruben’s social life comes when his mother finally confronts him about his erratic behavior and lays down some truths of her own.

Featuring Def Jam artist Bino Rideaux & his new song "Got To Know It."  [Stream|Download]

Executive Producer: Asante Blackk

Producer: Daniella Perkins

Starring: Asante Blac...

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June 10, 2021 27 min

Ruben sets his plan into motion and runs away to Viral Villa for a whirlwind weekend in SoCal. But when it’s time to come home, everyone feels betrayed: not just his parents, but Marco and Janelle too. With his team’s trust at an all time low, Ruben must find a way for the show to go on.

Featuring Def Jam artist Saint Bodhi & her new song "Heaven is Real." [Stream|Download]

Executive Producer: Asante Blackk

Producer: Danie...

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June 3, 2021 25 min

Ruben is grounded at the worst possible time: the team has just received an invite to Viral Villa, the hottest arts collective in LA. Ruben’s parents will never agree to let him go. But against his better judgment, Ruben starts plotting to run away for the weekend anyway.


Featuring Def Jam artist LA the GOAT & his new song "You Wouldn't Believe it" produced by Jermaine Dupri [Stream|Download]



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May 27, 2021 26 min

With more and more interview opportunities flowing in, Ruben’s latest mission is to go to a recording studio in Manhattan by himself for a sit-down interview. But he finds all his progress endangered when he gets home and his parents have figured out he’s been lying to them about his activities.


Featuring Def Jam artist Stephen Moses & his new song, “Confessions of a Hot Boy.”


Executive Producer: Asante Blackk

Producer: Daniella P...

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May 20, 2021 25 min

The podcast team expands when Ruben brings his new school friend Janelle into the fold. She, Ruben, and Marco sneak into another show in the city, but Ruben’s panic attacks are still kicking in at all the wrong times, leading Janelle to demonstrate her value to the team.


Featuring Def Jam artist OHNO & his new song “JUGO.”


Executive Producer: Asante Blackk

Producer: Daniella Perkins

Starring: Asante Blackk and Daniella Perkins

Co-St...

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May 13, 2021 27 min

Ruben’s parents are excited for his start at a new STEM school, but what they don’t know is Ruben is running on no sleep and the wrong pills, working to score his next interview on the sly, and just about ready to crash. Hard.


Featuring Def Jam artist Masio Gunz & his new song “Slide”


Executive Producer: Asante Blackk

Producer: Daniella Perkins

Starring: Asante Blackk and Daniella Perkins

Co-Starring: Bobby Cius, Rayme Cornell, Chri...

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Ruben and Marco, two young creators from Queens, shoot their shot when they sneak out to Brooklyn for a hip-hop show and bluff their way into an artist interview. But as the friends hustle to turn the interview into a new podcast, Ruben has a panic attack and mixes up his anxiety medication... right when it’s time to hop on the mic.


Featuring Def Jam artist Nevaeh Jolie & her new song “Sorry I’m High.”


Executive Producer: Asante ...

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Ruben is a young creator from Queens whose whole life changes when he finds his voice as an interviewer and host. But as his new gig breaks bigger and bigger, can he handle the growing anxiety and social pressure without having a breakdown of his own? 


Featuring real interviews and exclusive new song drops from the latest Def Jam artists, Here Comes the Break is a mix of music discovery and audio drama like you’ve never heard before...

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