What’s better than Peter and Ciph having 2 of my top 3 MCs of all time on Juan Epstein within the last month? They might as well call up Lord Finesse and go for the trifecta, no? There’s a new Big L album out, that could definitely be an excuse to get him up there. I’m just gonna throw that out there.
This episode is pretty dope, although not as great as the Jay episode, in part because that R&B guy Miguel wastes a lot of time flapping his gums. Seriously, no shots at Miguel, but what qualifies him to even sit in a room with Redman much less take up valuable Juan Ep interview time? SMH.
In any event, topics covered include: Def Jam’s loss of cultural relevance, the best tour he ever went out on (Hard Knock Life in ’99 – I was there), DMX, beating up the soundman, the internet’s impact on shit talk, groupies, Jay-Z back when he was a regular guy, being a regular guy himself, his few beefs including the short lived static with Mobb Deep, respect over financial success, the criteria for being considered one of the best of all time, Jersey in general and Newark specifically, his long history of collaborations, says he wants to do an album with Jamiroquai, he claims he has a freestyle over a Dilla beat that was ultimately used by Q-Tip (presumably “Move/Renaissance Rap“) that he’s gonna send to Peter and Ciph, Biggie and copping trees from Branson.
He swears up and down he’s gonna emancipate that Dilla joint, so we might get blessed with that later today if he can get his hands on his laptop.
Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg got Jay-Z to sit for an episode of Juan Ep and he discussed Ciph as an employee, the Stretch and Bob freestyle with Big L, Ether vs. Takeover, getting “murdered” by Eminem on Renegade, the depth of his friendship with Biggie, his thoughts on J Dilla and much more.
Iron Solomon links up with the ItsTheReal guys and their other friend.
Rapper and battle titan Iron Solomon joins the Hype Men to discuss battling E. Ness + working with Talib Kweli + transitioning from battling to original songwriting + Will.I.Am vs. Xzibit at David Faustino’s club + West Coast rap on the East Coast + Cross Colours + free Beats by Dre headphones + the most underrated rappers + Paul Barman + Jim Jones’ ad-libs + more!
Jeff, Eric (It’s The Real) and Jensen sit down with Just Blaze for their latest Hype Men podcast and honestly, this is probably the best one.
EPISODE 7: super producer Just Blaze joins the Hype Men to discuss what he owes the Diplomats + his portrayal in Jay-Z’s movie Fade To Black + early Kanye + Jay Electronica’s next move + Amil’s whereabouts + the latest on T.I. + running into Charles Hamilton + his current thoughts on Joe Budden + “Pump It Up” + his falling out with Dame Dash + what Aloe Blacc’s done for cancer research + more!