Archive for the 'Interviews' Category

Video: Fabolous Interview with The Breakfast Club

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Fab stops by the Breakfast Club with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne to talk about The Young OG Project and its 90′s theme, the ongoing King of New York argument, clearing samples, the Diddy vs. Drake disagreement and a similar situation he had with Eve, his new deal with Roc Nation and more.

Previously: Fabolous ft. French Montana – Ball Drop

Video: J. Cole Interview with Angie Martinez

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Cole sits down with Angie at Power 105. He talks about his heartfelt performance of “Be Free” on Letterman and the previously unheard verse that he added to it, infusing his music with social awareness, his issues with capitalism, his references to Eminem and Macklemore on the song “Firing Squad” and how they were received by media outlets, Ferguson and more.

Also, I haven’t listened to it yet, but I’ve heard good things about Cole’s hour long sit-down with Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley for NPR’s Microphone Check, which you can stream in full below.

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Video: DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9 on Juan Epstein

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Preemo and Royce join Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds on a special PRhyme episode of Juan Epstein.

Watch a portion of the sit-down above, and listen to the full podcast below.

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Video: Dave East Interview & Freestyle on Real Late

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Harlem up-and-comer Dave East chops it up with Rosenberg and Laura Stylez and spits some bars on Real Late. During the interview he says he is not in fact officially signed to Mass Appeal, but the discussions are ongoing. He also talks about his relationship with and co-sign from Nas, coming up in Spanish Harlem, his show in Brooklyn tomorrow night with Your Old Droog (flyer below) and more.

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LL Cool J on The Combat Jack Show

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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We couldn’t end this year without having the G.O.A.T. on. How he survived an abusive upbringing, studied his craft with early rap pioneers in the same rap dojo with Kool G. Rap, becoming the foundation stone that became Def Jam, building with Queens’ street legends, battling this rapper, that rapper and Jay Z, why he didn’t sign management with Diddy, the “Accidental Racist” thing, flipping burglars in his castle and the victory of seeing his wife survive Cancer, its all here and more. From Hollis to Hollywood, this episode is most certainly blowticious. LL Cool J will forever remain hard as hell. Pause.

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

Next Up: Rome Fortune

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Rome Fortune is the enigma of new Atlanta’s indie wave: talented, energetic and unexpectedly wise. His ruffled look and off balanced flow are the perfect cover to hide his unbeknownst whit. It’s there where you find the 26-year-old emcee relaying hard life lessons through the masquerade of rap clichés and simple, yet straightforward bars. It’s physically evident too. Three of Rome’s most recent projects (Small VVorld, Beautiful Pimp and Beautiful Pimp II) feature half naked women on the cover. Each represent one of rap’s oldest visual platitudes, each also carry a message hidden to dullest of minds.

Growing up in Atlanta one would think Fortune’s influences marinated in southern sauce (or sawse as Gucci Mane would put it). And they do to some extent. Rome’s childhood was fathered by a northern sound though. His parents and older siblings put the melodies of Wu-Tang Clan and Gangstarr in his ear early rather than the meridional trap offerings of a Master P or Three 6 Mafia. It’s why you hear both when you listen his music. Versatility is what Rome Fortune is going for.

“I can exist in multiple worlds and still be authentic. As long as I’m giving off that emotion that impacts in the way I want it to, that’s all I care about.”

Already releasing three projects in 2014 Rome isn’t finished working. In fact, the hustle has only begun. After performing at a string of shows in New York, he plans to finish off his debut album at the top of next year. It’s the culmination of everything he’s done to this point musically. Beyond his own career, Rome Fortune’s goal is to inspire an even younger generation of hip-hop contemporaries. If his execution of this is any bit as successful as his work in the studio, the ATL’s future is very bright.

“I want to be the representation of this next generation coming up behind me. I want these kids under me to not put themselves in a box. That’s why I make so many different types of music. It’s okay to make rap just a skill set, that doesn’t have to be your whole thing.

“These past two years a lot of genres have been reaching out to me and asking me to try different things and I’ve just been expanding what I want to do and expanding my versatility, making me better rapidly. It’s a constant challenge… I don’t want to do anything twice. I don’t want to make any type of album twice, any type of song twice. Every time I want to reinvent myself.”

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Video: Skee TV x Common – Calm Before The Storm (Ep. 1)

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

DJ Skee and Skee TV kick off their new “Calm Before The Storm” series with Common. The series looks to capture the mindset of the artist just prior to them hitting the stage. In this inaugural segment we join Lonnie right before he takes the stage at House of Blues for the Nobody’s Smiling Tour.

Previously: Snoh Aalegra ft. Common – Bad Things (Video)

A Conversation with Wendy Day (Pt. 2)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

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By Jimmy Ness

Wendy Day has seen it all. The 52 year old has spent two decades using her knowledge of the rap business to help create dozens of millionaires. 2pac, Pimp C, Eminem, and Slick Rick are just a few of the many artists that have trusted her expertise on industry politics. After being inspired by X-Clan and Rakim being jerked by their labels, she set up the Rap Coalition to negotiate deals, break unfair contracts and provide career advice. Some of her first deals were the biggest in music history such as Cash Money’s $30 million distribution deal with Universal and No Limit’s signing to Priority. In the first half of this interview, we chatted about what 2pac planned for his next album, Freddie Foxx putting a gun to Birdman’s head and 50 Cent crushing Young Buck. In part two, Wendy drops gems about Pimp C catching the New York subway, her role in Dr Dre discovering Eminem and the undisguised greed she’s witnessed in the music industry.

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Video: 50 Cent & G-Unit Go Sneaker Shopping with Complex

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

50, Tony Yayo and Kidd Kidd hit up Flight Club with Complex’s Joe La Puma. The main takeaway from this is: 50 is too rich to really care about sneakers.

Previously: G-Unit – Big Body Benz (Video)

Video: Killer Mike Talks Ferguson on CNN

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Killer Mike speaks to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin about the widely diseminated video of an emotional on-stage speech he gave at a St. Louis area show on the day the Ferguson grand dury decision was revealed. He also offers his thoughts on President Obama’s remarks about the situation.

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