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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

Video: Big K.R.I.T. Goes Sneaker Shopping with Complex

Monday, November 10th, 2014

K.R.I.T. stops by NYC’s Flight Club to look at some kicks with Joe La Puma of Complex. They talk about his affinity for the Jordan IIIs and XIs, tour life and more. He ends up grabbing a pair of the Thunder IVs.

Previously: Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica (Video)

Video: Remy Ma Performance & Interview on Sway in the Morning

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Here’s Remy Ma performing “Go In Go Off” & “Dying to Be Me”, two cuts from her just released mixtape I’m Around, for Sway’s in-studio concert series. Hit the jump for her full interview with Sway in which she talks about her indiferrence to radio play, the BET Awards Cypher, why Papoose has the only feature on her tape, reconnecting with her son since her release, her relationship with Fat Joe and much more.

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Video: Future Interview with Tim Westwood

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Future sits down with Timmy during a recent trip to the UK. He speaks on his new Monster mixtape, the inspiration behind the title and what he was trying to express with the music. He also speaks on trying to balance a public relationship with being a superstar, people’s expectations of him and much more.

Previously: Future ft. Drake – Never Satisfied (Full)

From the Vault: RZA Breaks Down the History of Wu-Tang Clan’s Best MC

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Early last year, I got invited down to a Brooklyn studio to do a story on the making of Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge’s Twelve Reasons to Die album. Unfortunately, Ghostface never showed up, so the story never ran due to his lack of involvement (I ended up interviewing Ghost a couple months later for this though). But I did have the chance to sit down and speak with the RZA that night about his role working on the project, and our conversation veered into a discussion about which Wu members were considered the nicest in the Clan internally at different points in the group’s history. It wasn’t a full, comprehensive breakdown, but it’s a quote I always found very interesting, and with their new album A Better Tomorrow on the horizon, I thought now would be a good time to share it. Read below.

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Interview: Theophilus London “Vibes” with Kanye West & Leon Ware for Sophomore LP

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

Numerous critics and fans have called 2014 one of the worst years for hip-hop music in recent memory. Album sales are down. Many who we deem the kingpins of the sport haven’t yet or aren’t slated to drop LPs this year and the few who did, primarily misfired. Recently, Killer Mike & El-P’s Run The Jewels 2, Stalley’s Ohio and Logic’s Under Pressure have been well received by critics and fans. Add Vibes to that list as well.

What is Vibes? It’s a culmination of every lesson Brooklyn-based rapper Theophilus London learned over the past two years. It’s a representation of every teaching and experiment the 27-year-old has taken on. To understand Vibes, you have to understand the players who created the album. One of those is Kanye West.

You see, Kanye didn’t feel inspired and call Theo into his studio immediately. It took a lot longer for Theophilus to work with one of his heroes. It all began when West was cruising the streets of Paris. “Neu Law,” the most prevalent single London released at the time, was echoing through the system of ‘Ye’s whip. It was then that Kanye knew he wanted to become creatively involved in Vibes but it would be long after when the two would have their inaugural sit down and work on music. First, Theo had to learn though experiencing a slice of West’s life.

“We didn’t work on music right away,” Theophilus said in describing his initial encounters with Kanye. “We just did lifestyle like shop for things or like when I was supposed to go to L.A. to work with him for his verse for ‘Can’t Stop’ and he’d be like, ‘Yo, I’m going to an Opera with Kim and I want you to come.’ And I’m like, ‘Why do you want me to come to an opera?! I’m trying to write with this guy, why are we going to an opera?’” Theo admits spending time with Kanye and experiencing his lifestyle helped make working with him more seamless. The same goes for Leon Ware–another player on the album. Ware may not have the current pop culture relevance of a Kanye West but his contribution to music history is no less. Ware has worked with a slew of luminaries in the business. Everyone from Michael Jackson to Tina Turner has called on Ware for his services.

“He’s like real spiritual man,” Theo said regarding his relationship with Leon Ware. “I’ve never met a more spiritual guy than Leon. So beautiful, great family and he treats me like I’m his family.”

The two-year process that is Vibes and the culmination of learning, experiencing and improving finds its official release on Tuesday (November 4). Nah Right recently talked with Theophilus London about the album, his relationship with both Kanye West and Leon Ware and how his creativity shined through on his sophomore release.

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Video: Kendrick Lamar Interview w/ The Breakfast Club Interview

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Kendrick Lamar continues his promo run and makes his way to The Breakfast Club to talk about his new single ‘i’, the upcoming album, his success, his plan, situation with Drake, “Control” verse and much more.

UPDATED: K.Dot just dropped the official video for “i”, check it out here.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar on Ebro in the Morning (Video)

Video: Kendrick Lamar on Ebro in the Morning

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

K.Dot sits down with Ebro and Rosenberg during a recent stop at Hot 97. He speaks briefly on Scott Vener’s comments about the track that he recently played for a couple of people, whether or not he would add any names to the list of MCs he called out on “Control”, the reaction to his song “i”, his upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live, the infamous Macklemore post-Grammys text (he says it was “uncalled for”) and more.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar Performs “i” at Cleveland Cavaliers Season Opener

Video: Stalley Interview & Performance on The Tor Guide

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Stalley sits down with the homie Torae on Sirius XM to talk about how he fits in with MMG and lessons he has learned from Rozay. He also does an on-air performance of “Always Into Something”.

We recently spoke to Stalley and producer Rashad about the new album and the Ohio musical and cultural tradition.

Previously: Stalley – Ohio (Album Stream)