Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank) (Prod. by T-Minus)

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Kendrick x T-Minus, sounding proper. From Kendrick’s TDE/Interscope/Aftermath debut, good kid m.A.A.d city, due out October 2nd.

In related news, this happened.

Video: Timbaland Song Featured in Culo Trailer

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Timbaland’s “Pass At Me”, which is the first single from his new album, features David Guetta and Pitbull and is being used in the trailer for the upcoming book from photographer Raphael Mazzucco entitled Culo. Produced by Timbaland and co-produced by David Guetta. GQ says Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine also has a hand in the book.

Blaqstarr ft. Talib Kweli – War of Roses

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I know what you’re thinking, me too. Here’s a Blaqstarr record featuring Talib Kweli off his upcoming, self-titled, mixtape (pictured above) which drops April 12th through his website. I was otherwise unfamiliar with Blaqstarr, but apparently he was signed to Interscope by M.I.A.

Blaqstarr ft. Talib Kweli – War of Roses | Nukeshare

Kweli had told me he’d be doing all sorts of different shit (musically) this year. Thanks to Dana at Biz3 for the premiere.

Video: Rick Ross’ The Untouchable Maybach Empire Super Bowl Blog: Game Day

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Uh oh. The Cop and Diddy were escorted to Cowboy Stadium to watch the Super Bowl from Interscope’s Sky Box with Jimmy Iovine and Chris Brown. If they had anything of the wing variety, I feel sorry for Lyor Cohen and the rest of these guys. Then again, the CEO of Warner Brothers Records got him Mr. Chow‘s so it’s really a toss up.

How Bangladesh Really Feels About Polow Da Don

Friday, April 16th, 2010


VIBE’s Best Producer Alive Bracket definitely provoked this statement, but as Bangladesh was speaking on his track record, claiming that he deserved to be in a completely different category than the one he was put in, he had this to say about other producers, namely Polow:

“All the producers in [‘Mass Appeal’], they strive for certain things,” he continued. “Like Polow will go in and say we need to make a pop record, we gotta make a Top 40 and that’s what he’ll make. See, I create organically and it becomes mass appealed. That’s why I feel like I’m better. I don’t do what is going to make me money or what the DJs are going to want to play. I just do me. And everything that I’ve done has been knocked down in the beginning, but at the end of the day it sticks to the walls. It don’t take a label to back it up, it just blows because people want different shit.”

“Honestly, I’m better than all them peoples. I’m not disrespecting them because I was influenced by Timbaland and Neptunes and all of them, but your time came and went. There’s time for other things to happen.”

“A lot of them producers, some have a sound and some don’t. I think Polow kinda does whatever, he doesn’t have a certain sound, he emulates other peoples stuff. To me, he’s probably a well-sought-out producer, but at the same time its about who you’re with, who you’re around, who’s getting you the work,” he continues. “I don’t have assistance so I’m not in Jimmy Iovine’s face. I don’t get all the Interscope work, I create the work. That makes me better because I don’t have people in my pocket. My sound is so powerful that the artist love it and it skips all the middle men. All my beats have been placed by getting it directly to the artist. I don’t really need nobody cosigning.”

That shit that makes your soul burn slow. He even went as far as to say that “A Milli” was probably the greatest beat of this era.

Link: Bangladesh On VIBE Producer Tournament

Previously: Polow Da Don Jamming to Bangladesh’s “Stupid Wild”

It was all good just a year ago: Bangladesh & Polow Da Don in L.A.

Video: Dr. Dre Confirms Detox For 2010

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Of course, they promote his headphones for 90% of the interview. At the 6:40 mark, Dre says the single is coming in the next two weeks and that he’ll finally be dropping the album this year.

But fuck all that, towards the end Jimmy Iovine starts talking about on-demand streaming of music (on portable devices such as phones,) the licensing side of things and what it would mean for Interscope Records/Universal. That > this Detox myth they’ve concocted.

Game Talks Curtis, Jay-Z & Interscope w/ Complex

Thursday, November 19th, 2009


J.L.P. over at Complex spoke to Jayceon last night and he had some truly interesting things to say. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him be so reasonable about things. He says he’d be willing to work with Curtis because he knows that was the best period of both their careers, that he was reassured when Jay didn’t respond to him and that Jimmy Iovine keeps telling him he fucked up the money when he broke the Beatles up. He claims to be John Lennon if 50 is Paul. Game does, not Jimmy.

Link: Interview: The Game Talks R.E.D, 50 Cent, Jay-Z And Interscope

Video: Wale Interview w/ HardKnockTV Pt. 2

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Wale talks about what he is listening to right now, the DC music scene, Mark Ronson and Rhymefest.

Previously: Part 1

Video: Sha Money XL Blacks Out On Interscope

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

I didn’t know Sha and em were still on good terms.

A few weeks ago I was hanging out with 50 Cent’s right hand man, Sha Money XL at his One Stop Shop Producer Conference In Arizona. After a day of talking about business, beats and breaks I pulled him aside to address some of the G-Unit rumors for our faithful readers of While he started out pretty calm I think the Redbull kicked in and diplomacy went out the window. Gotta respect his honesty, but we cleaned it up a bit for you folks at work.

Spotted at FWMJ’s Rappers I Know

Wale in Gentlemen’s Quarterly

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


They’re running a piece on Wale in the June issue of GQ (with Christian Bale on the cover). Here’s an excerpt:

The Multitaskingest Rookie in Rap

Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, now 24, cut his teeth as an 18-year-old by jumping onstage to kick rhymes with D.C.-area go-go bands. A self-released single, “Good Girls,” found its way to Mark Ronson, who signed Wale to his label, which led to a management deal with Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation. Now, finally, his first official album is finished—and Attention Deficit might be the most sonically adventurous major-label hip-hop debut ever. With production from Ronson, Cool & Dre, and even Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, the upbeat album has tribal go-go drums, throwback horns, walls of sound from Sitek, and a live-band feel developed over countless club dates. And like a young Jay-Z or Kanye, Wale has a crystal-clear, jocular flow—They keep sayin’ “whale” but my name Wah-lay / Hos call me Mr. Never-Wear-the-Same-Thang—that puts him leaps ahead of his freshman competitors.

Read the full piece here. Photo credit: Mark Seliger for GQ.

Previously: On The Road With Wale (Video Podcast 1) (Video)