Archive for the 'Interviews' Category

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

Kendrick Lamar & Top Dawg Cover Billboard

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Kendrick Lamar and TDE founder and president Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith cover Billboard‘s new Hip-Hop Power Players issue. For the cover story, they sat down with Datwon Thomas to talk about the father/son dynamic of their relationship, Top’s transition from the streets to the industry, “Duckworth”, the formative years of the TDE label and how Kendrick came into the fold.

How would you two define your relationship?
Tiffith: I trust his judgment, he trusts mine. Some shit I’m tripping on, he might call me and change my whole mind about it.

Lamar: You don’t get too many people like him this side of the neighborhood. A lot of motherfuckers want you to see them down just like them. Or don’t want you to come up like them. If it weren’t for him, I’d probably be sitting around with this motherfucking money and face and platform and not doing shit because I didn’t have the proper guidance to know exactly what to do and how to inspire the next kid.

Read the full story, which also features commentary from TDE executives Punch and Dave Free, here.

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Watch Jay-Z’s Rap Radar Interview on Youtube

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

If you are not a TIDAL subscriber, there’s a very good chance that you haven’t had an opportunity to listen to Jay-Z’s epic sit-down with Elliott Wilson and Brian Miller of Rap Radar, as it was exclusive to the streaming service up until yesterday. In all honesty, I wouldn’t have even been mad if it had remained there because this is a textbook example of adding value with original content. But the powers that be have seen fit to liberate the full interview for the masses and so here’s your chance to catch up.

In one of his most revealing interviews ever, Jay goes on for over two hours about a number of topics many of us probably assumed he would never address directly, considering his tendency to let his lyrics and the symbolism of his visuals speak for themselves. Over the course of the conversation, Hov opens up about his famously strained relationship with Kanye, the elevator fight with Solange that lead to Beyonce’s Lemonade and ultimately helped inspire the 4:44 album, his ownership of TIDAL and his philosophy of empowering Black artists, his mom’s contribution to “Smile,” the meaning behind the names he and Bey gave the twins, moving past beefs with people like Fat Joe and Jim Jones, the death of Prodigy and his respect for the new generation.

The interview covers all of that and much more and it really is a must watch for Jay fans and students of Rap in general, so clear a couple of hours from your schedule and dig in below.

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A$AP Ferg Breaks Down the “East Coast” Lyrics

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Here’s A$AP Ferg breaking down some bars from “East Coast” and the real life events that inspired them for the latest episode of Verfied. Hit the link below to watch the new video for “Nandos” that dropped yesterday.

Previously: A$AP Ferg – Nandos (Video) | A$AP Ferg ft. Busta Rhymes, A$AP Rocky, Dave East, French Montana, Rick Ross & Snoop Dogg – East Coast (Remix)

Yasiin Bey Talks Trump, Return to Music and Film

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Yasiin Bey stopped by Hot 97 for an honest, enlightening and at times hilarious discussion with Ebro and Laura Stylez. Over the course of an hour, they talk Mayweather vs. Mcgregor, his legal issues in South Africa, the exploitation of the African continent at large, the importance of seeing the world with your own eyes and the lack of leadership in the Trump era and how crazy the United States is looking in the eyes of the rest of the world.

He also goes deep into why he has fallen back from acting and music over the past several years, critiques the artists of today and the deals they are signing and speaks to whether or not we’ll see him returning to the game anytime soon. Finally, he speaks on Colin Kaepernick and the hypocrisy on his inability to find a job and the national conflict over Confederate flags, statues and history.

Previously: Yassin Bey Live at The Apollo Theater (Full Show)

Meek Mill Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Meek Mill hits up Stadium Goods with Joe La Puma of Complex for the latest episode of Sneaker Shopping. He talks about the popularity of New Balances in Philly, his affinity for Vans, no longer rocking with Puma like that and memories of less baller days when he had to rock a pair of Pony’s for a year straight.

Previously: Rick Ross ft. Meek Mill, Young Dolph & Bruno Mali – She On My D!ck (Remix)

ASAP Twelvyy Breaks Down the “Strapped” Lyrics

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Here’s A$AP breaking down various bars from his 12 single “Strapped” and offering some interesting backstory on some of the references. Check it out above and look for A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes Vol. 2 to drop tonight.

Previously: A$AP Twelvyy Interview & Freestyle with Rosenberg

ScHoolBoy Q in The Smokebox with B-Real

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

ScHoolBoy Q makes his return to The Smokebox with B-Real for a fresh session after his 2013 visit. Over the course of their conversation, they talk about his rise in the game, the personal nature of his next project, the resurgence of the West Coast, the pivot to legalized recreational weed in Cali, the best and worst places to smoke around the world and why real smokers burn in papers.

Previously: CyHi The Prynce ft. ScHoolboy Q – Movin Around

Dave East Breaks Down the “Perfect” Lyrics

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Here’s Dave East speaking on the concept behind his Chris Brown-assisted single “Perfect” from the Paranoia: A True Story EP. This is probably my least favorite song on a record full of bangers, but he was definitely spitting.

Previously: Dave East – My Dirty Little Secret (Video)