Archive for the 'Interviews' Category

Inside The Musical Mind of Mike Dean

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Esteemed producer and engineer Mike Dean, who has been lacing Soundcloud with fire over the past few weeks, speaks with Hypetrak about how he got into music, getting love from Kanye West and the time a studio he was working in got robbed by a bunch of Eazy-E lookalikes. He also reveals that the songs he’s been dropping are a warm up for some new projects he’s working on and rattles off an extensive list of people he’s been creating with, including Beyonce, Travi$ Scott and Flatbush Zombies.

Previously: Mike Dean – White Black Jesus

Video: Just Blaze on GGN with Snoop

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The man and the myth Just Blaze sits down with Snoop on GGN. He talks about the touring he’s been doing throughout the festival circuit over the last couple of years, working on the new Slaughterhouse album, his House music roots from his childhood in Jersey and how that influences what he does now in the EDM realm, overseas love, his dream collaboration and much more.

Previously: Just Blaze x Run The Jewels – Meow The Drums (Drum Kit)

Joe Budden – I’ll Name This Podcast Later (Ep. 40)

Thursday, November 19th, 2015


Joe is nowhere to be found this week as he’s out on the road for the All Love Lost Tour, but Marisa Mendez, Rory, my brother Superstar Lowkey, Scottie Beam and Gia Peppers step in to chop it up with special guest Ty Dolla $ign.

Previously: Joe Budden – I’ll Name This Podcast Later (Ep. 39)

A Tribe Called Quest on Juan Epstein

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015


With Q-Tip noticeably absent, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi drop in on Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds for the latest episode of Juan Epstein.

Says Peter:

Well at first I was disappointed that Q=Tip didn’t show up for this (it was early) but as Ciph pointed out, we have had Tip before. It was amazing to hear about the inception of Tribe and the creation of People’s Instinctive Travels from the other members of ATCQ. Next year when Low End Theory gets celebrated, we will have Tip on with them. This had a few “Juan Ep” gem moments that will blow your mind

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Pusha T Talks “Untouchable”, Lil Wayne & Coke Rap Critics

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Pusha T stops by Ebro in the Morning to talk about his new record “Untouchable.” With a Tunechi plaque lurking over his shoulder, they talk about how it’s possible that he never did a record with Timbaland until now, the shot he sent at Wayne and their history of beef, people who criticize his brand of “Coke Rap,” his new role as president of G.O.O.D Music, Kanye’s album, the CyHi troll and his King Push album, which he promises will be out before the end of the year.

Previously: Pusha T Named President of G.O.O.D Music

A Tribe Called Quest Hates “Can I Kick It”

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi & Phife stopped by Hot 97 this morning and joined Ebro for a little game of “One Gotta Go.”  The hosts presented the trio with 4 classic A Tribe Called Quest records, “Bonita Applebum,” “Can I Kick It,” “Electric Relaxation” and “Scenario” and asked them to pick which one they wished they had never made.

Which, if you asked me that question, you may as well be asking me which one of my kids I love the least. I mean, how do you erase any of those from the Tribe catalog? I guess, gun to my head, it’d have to be “Bonita,” because all of the rest of them are so undeniable.

As it turns out, Phife and Ali fucking hate “Can I Kick It,” and Jarobi wasn’t all that enthusiastic about it either. I feel like Q-Tip might disagree, but this was very distressing to watch as a Tribe stan.

The reissue of People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm drops next Friday and you can catch the guys performing on Fallon tomorrow night.

Previously: A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (J. Cole Remix)

Video: Redman Interview with The Breakfast Club

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Reggie Noble’s new album Mudface drops tomorrow, so this morning he stopped by The Breakfast Club to chop it up with Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne. He speaks on his classic Cribs episode, his time away from music, how beef is different in the social media era, the birth of his close relationship with Method Man, their groundbreaking set on The Hardknock Life Tour, the breakup of EPMD and The Hit Squad, How High 2, Blackout 3, confronting Mobb Deep at the Apollo, Keith Murray, Eminem and much more.

Previously: Redman – Dopeman (Video)

Joe Budden – I’ll Name This Podcast Later (Ep. 39)

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015


Strippers and 50 Cent’s antics are on the menu for the latest episode of Budden’s ‘I’ll Name This Podcast Later.’

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Take a Tour of Yonkers with Jadakiss

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

In the latest episode of Complex’s “The Neighborhood,” Jadakiss takes us on a tour of some of his early haunts in my hometown, the Home of the Brave, Yonkers, New York. He shows us the first building he lived in on Pier Street which is right off the main strip of Riverdale Avenue and a few blocks from the building where I grew up.

Then he takes us to his old grade school and walks us through the Woodworth/Glenwood area where he later moved and started hustling. Those streets, including Ravine and Warburton are the blocks that inspired all of those legendary bars we all love. Finally he hits up the barbershop for a cut, although I don’t know why they didn’t go see the big homie Norm on South Broadway, or swing by 354 or Juices 4 Life for that matter.

The new album, Top 5 Dead or Alive is out on November 20th.

Previously: Jadakiss Answers The Questions From “Why?”

Big Pun & Fat Joe on The Stretch & Bobbito Show in 1995

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015


This right here is a clutch move on the part of DJ Eclipse. If you’ve seen the new Stretch and Bobbito documentary, you know there’s an amazing moment where the pair play a #veryrare Big Pun verse for Fat Joe. I cited that moment as a great example of Stretch and Bob’s legacy and influence in my post about the film, but it’s also a pretty amazing freestyle and a historic moment in NYC Rap radio history.

Well Pun would’ve turned 44 today, and in honor of his born-day Eclipse has liberated the full audio from that August 31st, 1995 show.

He explains:

I always recorded my guest sets on KCR so I couldn’t for the life of me understand why I wouldn’t have the one Riz and I did when Fat Joe brought up Big Pun for the first time (along w/Armageddon & Keith Nut). Come to find out I forgot to label the tapes with the date. Anyway, seems only fitting to post this today on Pun’s birthday. Joe starts the interview (151:40) and plays some joints off his album before introducing everyone to the mic (167:42). I threw on “Broken Language” and Pun set it all off. Other dope moments were the Pumpkinhead, Natural Elements and O.C./Poops promos that Bob started off the night with before Riz got on (10:20) and showed off (see Nas Remix). Bobbito plays a demo set in the middle of the show (113:15) before Terror Squad arrives and then I close it out (179:22). And what would a Stretch & Bobbito show be without comedy from Lord Sear (228:30) For more insight on this Pun appearance check out the movie “Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives”.

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