Archive for the 'Interviews' Category

A Conversation with Wendy Day (Pt. 1)

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

wendy-day-mannie-fresh

Words by Jimmy Ness

Wendy Day has been responsible for over a billon dollars in album sales, meaning she’s involved in shifting units comparable to Jay-Z and P-Diddy combined. But the 52-year-old isn’t a label shark profiting from manipulating artists into bad deals. She’s dedicated her life to building careers, sharing industry insight and negotiating fair contracts for rappers. In 1992, Wendy used her sizable life savings, stocks, Condo and BMW to fund non-profit organization Rap Coalition, a move that former Bad Boy accountant Bert Padell critiqued as “fucking crazy.” Day brokered some of the biggest deals in music history including Master P’s No Limit Records signing to Priority and Cash Money’s $30 million distribution deal with Universal, which allowed them to keep 85% of their royalties. The outspoken industry veteran held nothing back during our chat and has enough stories to fill several autobiographies. In part one of this interview, we discussed what 2pac planned for his next album, the time Freddie Foxx put a gun to Birdman’s head in public, 50 Cent crushing Young Buck, and a possible collaboration between Slick Rick and Kendrick Lamar.

Continue reading this post…

Video: Pusha T Talks “Lunch Money”

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

MTV News caught up with Pusha on the set of his video for the internet breaking “Lunch Money” single and he spoke briefly about the concept behind the song, which he says Kanye came up with, and the message he’s trying to send to his competition.

“That’s the type of energy I’m looking for in creating this new King Push album,” he said of the track’s raw feel. “It needs to be rebellious and angry. I was trying to go for that, I have expressed that to [Kanye] so many times, so I guess when he was cooking up, this is what he came up with.”

via MTV

Previously: Pusha T – Lunch Money (Prod by Kanye West) | Hudson Mohawke ft. Future, French Montana, Pusha T, and Travi$ Scott – Chimes

Video: J. Cole Talks Fans, Stereotypes

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

While on the road for the Dollar and A Dream Tour, FADER spoke to Jermaine about the tour itself, his interactions with fans and how some folks can stereotype or make assumptions about people that they have never met.

Cole recently announced his new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which he’s dropping on December 9th without a single. You can head over to his website where he’s holding a contest that will allow winners to travel to his old home in Fayetville, NC for a special listening session ahead of it’s release.

Previously: Jessie Ware ft. J. Cole – Kind Of… Sometimes… Maybe (Remix)

Video: Eminem on the “Lose Yourself” Demo Version

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

In this second clip from the upcoming Beats documentary piece on Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”, Em talks about the OG demo version of the monster single that he has no recollection of recording. This unreleased version will be included on the second disc of the Shady XV album, due out November 24th. You can hear some of the track playing in this clip and I’ve included a 1 minute snippet below.

Continue reading this post…

Video: YG on Ebro in the Morning

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

YG stops by Ebro in the Morning to talk about his new short film Blame It On The Streets and the accompanying soundtrack, DJ Mustard’s tight-ass shirts, his appearance in the new Fergie video and more.

Previously: A$AP Ferg ft. YG – This Side

Video: Kendrick Lamar on The Tor Guide

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Kendrick Lamar stops by The Tor Guide on Sirius XM with host Torae. He speaks on the pressure of making a proper follow up to good kid, m.A.A.d city, whether or not he’s going to stick to the script he laid out on that album, Dr. Dre’s input and more.

Previously: Watch Kendrick Lamar & Woody Harrelson’s SNL Promos

Video: Freddie Gibbs Interview with Montreality

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Gangster Gibbs sits down with Montreality and, among other things, reveals that he’s about 60% done with his next album, Lifestyles of the Insane. The real headline here though is his affinity for MILF porn. Skip ahead to 3:44 to hear about that.

Previously: Ransom ft. Freddie Gibbs – Demise | Somebody Shot at Freddie Gibbs in Brooklyn Last Night

Joaquin “Waah” Dean on The Combat Jack Show

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

waa-dean

On the streets of the Tri-state, the reputation of the Dean brothers is as well known as it is respected. Dee and Wah, founders of the iconic Ruff Ryders record label that launched the career of DMX and famously rescued The LOX from Puff’s shiny suit campaign, are both shrewd businessmen, but you do not want to test their gangster. In this latest episode of the Combat Jack Show, Joaquin “Waah” Dean sits down with Jack and Premium Pete to recount his extensive  history in both the streets and the industry.

Says Combat:

You think you know the scope of the Ruff Ryders history? You heard all the stories about DMX, Eve, “The L.O.X.” Swizz Beats and the Def Jam takeover? Co-founder Joaquin “Waah” Dean takes the history back to the actual ground zero of Hip Hop with Kool Herc, to the legendary DMX vs Jay Z battle, to taking over the history and more. No shiny suits will be worn during the listening of this episode. Nothing but #BlockWork here b.

Previously: At Least One Unreleased Jay-Z, DMX & Ja-Rule Song Exists

Video: Kendrick Lamar vs. DJ Whoo Kid

Monday, November 10th, 2014

K.Dot’s press run continues as he stops by The Whoollywood Shuffle with DJ Whoo Kid. He speaks on meeting with Ronald Isley to get permission for the “i” sample, confirms that he’s working with George Clinton and much more.

There are also motivational gems contained within the interview. One being that Kendrick emphasizes the basis of challenging yourself. He said “Challenge yourself, and don’t take instances for granted.” “Whether it’s a 16, a hook, or 4 bars challenge yourself. And this is why hip hop is at a point where creativity is stagnant, because artists aren’t challenging themselves.”

via Just Whoo Kid

Previously: Rosenberg Talks “King Kunta”, Other New Kendrick Lamar Tracks | Kendrick Lamar – i (Video)

Video: Troy Ave on Ebro in the Morning

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Troy Ave stops by Hot 97 to chop it up with Ebro, Rosenberg and Laura Stylez. He speaks on his back and forth with Makonnen over the “Tuesday” remix, his new Sean John campaign, where his relationship with T.I. and Grand Hustle stands, the Money, Powder, Respect Tour and future plans. At the end he spits a little something over some Jeru The Damaja and Biggie instrumentals.

Check out the “All About The Money” video here and cop your tickets for Troy’s upcoming show at Highline Ballroom in NYC.

Previously: LL Cool J ft. Troy Ave – You Already