Archive for the 'Interviews' Category

Video: Action Bronson on The Cruz Show

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Bronson joins the crew on Power 106′s Cruz Show. He fields some left-field questions from Reddit users, shows off his Spanish (pardon, Mexican) dirty talk skills, does a taco taste test and reveals a non-Rap artist that he dreams of working with.

Previously: Proper Beard Etiquette with Action Bronson

Video: Wiz Khalifa Reflects on Kush & Orange Juice After 5 Years

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

It’s hard to fathom that it’s been 5 years now since Kush & OJ dropped (you wasn’t there). To this day, that’s probably my favorite Wiz project ever and his catalog is not insignificant. I remember when I was moving into the house I live in now, I had that tape in constant rotation and this was probably a good 6 months after it had been released. I’d say I was at the height of my personal weed consumption and honestly, I blame Wiz. In this clip, he speaks to MTV News about the creative space he was in when he created the project that so many people now call his classic.

Previously: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – See You Again (Video)

Diamond D on The Combat Jack Show

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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Who can follow Kool Herc? Nobody, but Bronx legend and D.I.T.C. co-founder Diamond D is certainly a strong contender. Check him out on the latest episode of The Combat Jack Show.

Says Jack:

Keeping it in the Bronx, we have the incomparable Diamond D. We play his hits, he gives us the science behind them. The recipe for a classic episode. Ain’t nothing more to it.

Previously: Kool Herc on The Combat Jack Show | Lord Finesse on The Combat Jack Show

The NY Times‘ T Magazine Profiles Kanye West

Friday, April 10th, 2015

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NY Times writer Jon Caramanica shadowed Kanye back during New York Fashion Week, observing his first Yeezy/adidas fashion show and digging into the mind of Ye. The T Magazine profile is now available for your reading pleasure and it offers a look at Ye’s new attitude after finally having achieved a goal he strived towards for over a decade.

He explains his frustration with being shutout by the high-end fashion establishment for so long:

A couple of years ago, in 2013, West could be found inveighing against the gatekeepers he perceived as impediments to his success: the designers who wouldn’t collaborate with him, the financiers who wouldn’t back him. He did this in interviews as well as on stage, from the 60-foot tall mountain that was the centerpiece of his Yeezus tour. “I would scream — ‘Look at this mountain I just made! You don’t think I can make a T-shirt?’ ” he told me. “ ’Look at everyone in the audience — we’re selling $300,000 worth of T-shirts every night!’ ”

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Joe Budden – I’ll Name This Podcast Later (Ep. 8)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Joe Budden sits down with Peter Rosenberg, Rob Markman and LowKey for episode 8 of I’ll Name This Podcast Later to discuss “weirdos” taking over Hip Hop.

Previously: Joe Budden – I’ll Name This Podcast Later (Ep. 7)

Kool Herc on The Combat Jack Show

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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The man, the myth, the oracle of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Kool Herc, is the latest guest on The Combat Jack Show.

The father of Hip Hop Kool Herc gives us a very rare interview documenting the birth of Hip Hop, how he ran the game throughout the 1970′s, how his man Coke La Rock was the very first rap emcee, the records he discovered, how he almost died for this culture, his battle with drugs, health issues and his top five emcees and deejays. This one is for the history books. We do this for the culture!

Previously: LL Cool J on The Combat Jack Show

Video: Tink Interview with The Breakfast Club

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Tink sits down with Ms. Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne to introduce herself to Power 105 listeners. She speaks on why she didn’t take the Drill music route, comparisons to Lauryn Hill, the message in “Ratchet Commandments”, working with Timbaland and more. At the end she shares a few bars with a quick freestyle.

Completely unrelated, but Charlamagne’s hoody is classic.

Previously: Tink – Ratchet Commandments (Video)

Take a Tour of Long Beach with Vince Staples

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Vince Staples takes Complex on a tour of the LBC in this new episode of “The Neighborhood”.

Previously: Vince Staples – Screen Door (Video)

Video: Nardwuar vs. Mick Jenkins

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Nardwuar caught up with young Mick Jenkins during their time in Austin during SXSW.

We spoke to Mick about his recording process for our In The Lab series, be sure to check that out here if you haven’t already.

Previously: Mick Jenkins – Time

Video: Rapsody on Her Appearance on Kendrick’s Album

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Speaking to Mikey Fresh for VIBE, Rapsody speaks on her contribution to the new Kendrick Lamar album To Pimp A Butterfly on the track “Complexion (A Zulu Love)”. She speaks on hearing the 2 Pac interview on “Mortal Man” for the first time, how K.Dot initially pitched the idea for “Complexion” to 9th Wonder, and how he eventually explained the concept to her.

Nah Right contributor Eric Diep also spoke to Rap about the track for Complex, you can check that out here.

Previously: Rapsody – The Man (Video)