Archive for the 'Interviews' Category

Eminem Talks Revival with DJ Whoo Kid

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Eminem stopped by DJ Whoo Kid’s show on Shade45 (with Lord Sear) with Alchemist, Paul Rosenberg and Mr. Porter in tow to talk about his upcoming new album Revival. At least that was probably the intention, but if you know Em and Whoo Kid, then you know you can’t have a serious conversation with either of these guys for any sustained period of time.

Marshall did take a few minutes to touch on working with Beyonce on “Walk On Water” and to discuss Rick Rubin and Dr. Dre’s contributions to the new project, but he didn’t reveal much else. He did briefly expound on the depth of his hatred for Donald Trump which inspired his vicious BET Awards Cypher verse and mentioned that he was disappointed when he didn’t get a response.

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A$AP Rocky for GQ Style

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

A$AP Rocky covers the new issue of GQ Style and for the cover story he sat with writer Will Welch and fielded questions submitted by a number of his contemporaries including Mahershala Ali, Raf Simons and the elusive Andre 3000. With Ferg, Twelvyy, and Nast at his side, Rocky regaled the room with tales of brawls at Santos Party House, the influence of Raf’s wife Michèle Lamy and on his style and his new deal with Under Armour. He also mused on his hidden talents, the new album he’s working on in London and what Rapper he would name his hypothetical unborn son after. Watch a portion of the interview below and read the full piece, and check out the accompanying photoshoot, here.

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DJ Premier on the “N.Y. State of Mind” & “Memory Lane” Sessions

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

In this new installment of Mass Appeal’s ‘Off The Record’ series, we hear briefly from DJ Premier about the Illmatic sessions with Nas that produced “NY State of Mind” and “Memory Lane (Sittin In The Park).” Preemo talks about discovering the Joe Chambers and Reuben Wilson samples, having to be talked into looping the “Memory Lane” melody and how the track ended up with its two part title.

Previously: The Making of Gang Starr’s Hard to Earn with DJ Premier

French Montana & Diddy Perform “Mo Money Mo Problems” & “Unforgettable” on Ellen

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Diddy, French Montana and Swae Lee hit the stage of The Ellen Show to perform a medley of “Mo Money Mo Problems” and “Unforgettable” for your auntie and her brunch crew. Before the performance, they sat down with Ellen to talk about French’s charity work in Uganda, Puff’s hypochondria and more. Watch above and below.

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Gucci Mane: A Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

After teasing a collaboration of some sort on social media, Gucci Mane shares the first part of his sit-down with his favorite author, Malcolm Gladwell. In this first segment, the rapper and the Outliers scribe discuss his time in prison and some of the books he read during his bid.

Watch below. UPDATED with Part 2 and 3 below.

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Drake, Lebron James & Chris Bosh Talk Toronto & Basketball

Monday, September 25th, 2017

In a new video for UNINTERRUPTED, Drake sits down with Lebron James and Chris Bosh for a 20-minute conversation largely centered around the city of Toronto and the game of basketball. The trio each discuss their individual successes and the impact the 6 had on them, from Drake growing up there to Bosh’s time as a Raptor and Lebron’s admiration for Vince Carter. They also discuss the first time Chris saw Lebron play, false advertising in sneaker marketing and Drake and Lebron’s documentary about Vince, The Carter Effect, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.

Previously: Watch a Promo for Drake’s New OVO Store in Toronto

Jay-Z Performs “Family Feud” & “Numb/Encore” in the Live Lounge

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Jay-Z recently made a rare appearance in the Live Lounge at BBC in London and performed “Family Feud” from the 4:44 album, as well as his “Numb/Encore” mashup with Linkin Park in tribute to the late Chester Bennington. Prior to the performance, he sat down with host Clara Amfo for a 20-minute interview. Throughout their chat, Jay spoke on a number of topics including the new album and Blue Ivy’s lyrical contribution at the end of “We Family,” but perhaps most interestingly, he opened up about the political situation in America and sharply criticized Grand Wizard Trump. Check out the full interview below.

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The Making of Jewelz with O.C.

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

1997 was a crazy year for New York rap music. In many ways, the scene was thriving, with Jay-Z and Nas on the brink of superstardom, and the Wu-Tang Clan making international noise. But the biggest artist of them all—Biggie Smalls—was murdered in March, two weeks before his sophomore double album was set to drop. It was a loss unfathomable to the Big Apple hip-hop community, and it forced the rest of B.I.G.’s peers to step up and rep even more to fill the massive void.

With pride and perseverance, that’s what they did. Biggie’s Bad Boy brethren Puff Daddy and Mase turned tragedy into triumph with a series of platinum hits. Jay and Nas continued to excel, and would go on to lyrically duel for the King of New York slot. And in the midst of it all, New York continued to show its depth, with talented rappers emerging and evolving throughout the five boroughs.

One artist in particular who had shown promise in the past was D.I.T.C. representative O.C. The Brooklyn MC was coming off his stellar debut Word…Life in 1994, which spawned underground hits like “Born 2 Live” and “Time’s Up,” and a critically-acclaimed appearance on the DJ Premier-produced single “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers” alongside Chubb Rock and Jeru The Damaja. And in the summer of ‘97, he was set to drop his sophomore album Jewelz, and show the rap world that in the wake of Biggie’s death, there was another godly MC from the streets of Brooklyn worth worshipping.

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Action Bronson Breaks Down His Best Sports Lyrics

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

ESPN caught up with Action Bronson and had him explain some of his illustrious sports themed bars from the new album as well as past projects like Bon Appetit and Blue Chips 2. He also talks about how he left Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium early and missed out on the game-winning at-bat from the Capo.

Previously: Action Bronson Brings Pizza to Late Night with Seth Meyers

Migos Interview with Montreality

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Quavo, Offset and Takeoff sit down for a quick but informative interview with the good folks at Montreality. They talk about the upcoming CULTURE 2 album which they describe as a “masterpiece,” the rumored Quavo x Travis Scott joint project which is apparently dropping “real soon,” their message to the youth and more.

Previously: Migos ft. Meek Mill – Contagious