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Interview: Sir Michael Rocks Talks Solo Identity, Banco, and Favorite Miami Strip Clubs

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

When most rap fans hear the name Sir Michael Rocks, they instantly think of The Cool Kids. But while the embrace of projects like The Bake Sale and When Fish Ride Bicycles brought the duo nationwide notoriety, Sir Michael Rocks has publicly attempted to separate himself from The Cool Kids’ early beginnings over the past couple of years. In late 2012, he relayed that The Cool Kids would no longer be in existence. Mikey and Chuck wanted to pursue different ventures at the time, and each would, musically. Chuck Inglish released his debut album Convertibles earlier this year, and while Mikey Rocks has a few mixtapes floating out there, an album has never been released. Until now.

This Tuesday, July 29th, Sir Michael Rocks will drop Banco, his 16-track debut studio effort, and according to Mr. Populair, the project is an all encompassing work of everything he’s learned in the past, including how to exist as a solo artist. Chuck Inglish will not have any production on Banco, only a rapping feature. But no worries Cool Kids fans—the duo is slated to reunite for the long-awaited release of Shark Week later this year.

We caught up with Sir Michael Rocks recently, and he spoke about creating Banco, The Cool Kids dynamic, hip-hop journalism, and superlative strip clubs in his new home of Miami. Read below.

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Video: French Montana & Khloe Kardashian Interview w/ Angie Martinez

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

French Montana and Khloe Kardashian give their first joint interview to Angie Martinez as they talk about their relationship, how they met, new album, Kanye West and much more.

Previously: French Montana ft. Fabolous & Wale – R&B Chicks (Trailer)

Video: Nardwuar vs. Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Former NFL wide receiver and all around ham Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, who currently plays for the Montreal Alouettes, chops it up with Nard in Vancouver.

Previously: Nardwuar vs. The Wu-Tang Clan

In The Green Room with Wiz Khalifa

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014


I did my first Wiz Khalifa post on this site 7 years ago next month. “Shorty has potential” I wrote at the time. As it turns out, Wiz isn’t really all that short. And he did indeed have potential. Fast forward to 2014 and the Youngin on His Grind has flourished into an international super star. Now he tours the world with a personal chef and crushes Summer festivals like they’re going out of style. So we figured he’d be a perfect candidate for our behind the scenes series, The Green Room. Ip recently caught up with the Taylor Gang principal to talk about his tour and live performance rituals, how he plans out his sets, the importance of fan interaction and much more. He spoke on sharing a stage (and blunt) with Drake at Houston Appreciation Weekend, and some of his favorite guests to invite on-stage.

Click here to read The Green Room with Wiz Khalifa

Video: Jimmy Kimmel on GGN with Snoop

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Kimmel stops by GGN to shoot the shit with Snoop. They cover many topics including Snoop’s claim that he puffed at The White House, Jimmy’s start in radio, the Snoop DeVille and much more.

Previously: Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign – You & Your Friends (Prod. DJ Mustard)

Common Talks Chicago, New Album on Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Common joins Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club to speak on the violence in Chicago, Nobody’s Smiling, collaborating with new Chicago MCs, No I.D., relationships, and more.

UPDATED: Added a Spotify stream of the album below.

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Video: Common Interview w/ DJ Whoo Kid

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Common stops by Shade 45 to sit down with DJ Whoo Kid on the Whoolywood Shuffle for an entertaining 20 minute interview.

Previously: Common & No I.D. Break Down Nobody’s Smiling (Interactive)

Listen: Remy Ma Calls Angie Martinez From Prison

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Remy is getting out of the box in 10 days. Time flies when you’re not in state custody huh? This afternoon she called Angie’s new show on Power 105.1 to talk about her impending freedom, being married to Papoose, her relationship with Fat Joe and much more.

Previously: Papoose ft. Remy Ma – Whats My Name

Video: Common & No I.D. Break Down Nobody’s Smiling (Interactive)

Monday, July 21st, 2014

This is really cool and I have to say that it’s about time people started utilizing the technology that’s out there to do creative promo stuff like this. The above clip is an interactive video of Com and No I.D. breaking down each track from Nobody’s Smiling. Because of the interactive nature of the embed, you can scroll through and watch the segments that interest you in whatever order you prefer.

Spotted: OnSMASH

Previously: Common Interview & Freestyle on Sway in the Morning

In The Lab with araabMUZIK

Friday, July 18th, 2014

It’s hard to believe, but araabMUZIK has been putting in work on the boards for damn near a decade already. Sometime around the middle of the previous decade we started to hear his signature production style on mixtapes and street singles from various Dipset affiliates, and by the time Cam’s Crime Pays album dropped in 2009, he had made a name for himself as a guy you could trust to give you a banger.

Since then he’s earned a similar reputation in the world of EDM while still finding time to construct killer beats for some of our favorite MCs. With his new project For Professional Use Only 2 now in the streets, we caught up with the MPC maven to ask him about his production process, preferred studio setup, his approach to rocking festivals and working with OG producers such as Alchemist and Swizz Beatz.

Click here to read In The Lab with araabMUZIK

Hit the jump to check out a trailer for the upcoming video for “Lion”.

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