Archive for the 'Interviews' Category

21 Savage Makes a Knife

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The big homie Rob Markman from Genius recently sat down with 21 Savage for an interview and rather than post up in a conference room, the pair paid a visit to a real-life blacksmith to forge a knife from scratch. Throughout their interview, 21 speaks on the meaning behind his infamous knife tattoo, his feelings on the “Issa Knife” meme, his relationships with Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin, the creation of his Savage Mode mixtape, ISSA and much more.

Previously: 21 Savage – Issa Album (Album Stream)

N.O.R.E Loves His Pinot Grigio

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The original Drink Champ N.O.R.E joins Mass Appeal for their new series ‘Cocktails’ and talks about his longtime love affair with Pinot Grigio. He speaks on how Puff and Tommy Mottola put him on to that white and he’s been a fan ever since and why he was never a true Henny drinker. Then he tells the story of the time him and Dame Dash had Mariah Carey knocking out bottles of Pinot in the studio on milk crates.

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Live From The Streets with Sean Price

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Not long before his passing in August of 2015, Sean Price linked with Mr. Green to shoot an episode of the producer’s fantastic Live From The Streets series. If you are unfamiliar with the show, Green would head out into the streets of different cities around the world where he would collect audio samples from street musicians, regular people he encountered and the environment. He would then pull those disparate sounds together to create a beat and have an MC come in to lay down bars over the final product.

A number of notable rappers have participated in the series including Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, KRS-One, Waka Flocka and Deniro Farrar, among others. But if you remember this video that dropped when Sean was preparing for the release of Songs In The Key of Price, you’ll recall released to the public and as it turns out, it represents of one of Sean’s very last interviews before his passing.

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Stretch & Bobbito Launch New Podcast with Guest Dave Chappelle

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Legendary mixshow hosts Stretch and Bobbito launched their new podcast What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito today on NPR with guests Dave Chappelle and Donnell Rawlings. The two OG comedians speak on their own relationship, coming up in D.C., working on Chappelle’s Show, Dave’s episode of SNL and the mood in the writer’s room on election night and his upcoming Radio City Hall residency. At the end, Erykah Badu does a surprise call-in.

Listen below.

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The World According To Danny Brown

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

In this new interview with Vevo, Danny Brown riffs for 4 minutes on adjusting to his life in the burbs (he’s got wildlife problems), his penchant for schnitzel when he’s in Europe, the ethical treatment of chickens, ratchet white girls and being a cat person.

Previously: DJ Shadow ft. Danny Brown – Horror Show

Kendrick Lamar Talks Africa, “Duckworth” with Dave Chappelle

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Interview magazine just published a new Q&A between Kendrick Lamar and Dave Chappelle that accompanies their new August cover which is worth your 10 minutes. Referencing the conversation taking place among comedians in the wake of the Kathy Griffin Trump severed head scandal, Dave asks K.Dot if concerns over how some of his more controversial lyrics might be received ever affect his writing process. The pair also discuss how he’s been handling superstardom, returning to Compton after seeing the world, his experience in Africa and the revealing DAMN track “Duckworth.” Read the full exchange, and check out the photoshoot by Gregory Harris, here.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT. (Video) | Freestylin’ with The Roots and Dave Chappelle

Listen to Excerpts From an Unheard Biggie Interview

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Back in 1997, the year Biggie was murdered in Los Angeles, journalist Cheo Coker sat with the legendary MC for an extensive interview that touched on a number of topics that Big’s verses explored, including the similarities between the Rap and drug games, the elevation of the artist through confidence and embellishment and growing up without a father.

On September 4th, A&E will air a documentary called Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G that will include audio from Coker’s sit down with the Notorious one. The following preview includes several statements from Big on those topics and more, as well as commentary from modern-day artists such as 2 Chainz, T-Pain, Mike WiLL Made-It and David Banner about Big’s lyrics and legacy.

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Moh Flow ft. Pusha T – Options

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Spotify is doing a really cool series called “I’m With the Banned,” which pairs artists from countries impacted by America’s discriminatory and absurd “Muslim ban” with Western artists in an effort to give voice to people who may be unfairly demonized by the dangerous rhetoric dominating the conversation around immigration in the U.S at the moment.

One of these pairings is of Syrian vocalist Moh Flow with Pusha T on a track called “Options” which you can stream in full below. Before you do that though, check out the video above which features a profile of Moh and his brother and producer Ay, as well as footage from their sessions with Push.

Desiigner also participated in this series, collaborating on a track called “Durbaan Ka li Tuma” with Somali Rap group Waayaha Cusub. That song and their video profile is also included below.

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Lil Yachty Covers FADER

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Lil Boat graces the cover of the new issue of FADER. In the cover story, Rembert Brown examines the enigma that is Yachty and his rapid rise as a representative of a whole generation of teenagers and his role as a punching bag for industry gatekeepers.

…inquiries into whether or not it’s all a schtick aren’t without warrant. And the more you keep digging, with the young rapper constantly providing reasons for you to question the seriousness of his professional existence, the more you’re forced to realize that the teens have changed the rules, and the easiest way to get left behind is to get hung up on reality.

Read the cover story here.

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Kap G – XXL Freshman Freestyle

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

It’s the SupaJefe’s turn to lay down a Freshman freestyle and the boy wants a Wraith. Watch above and continue below to see his profile interview.

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