Isaiah Rashad on Juan Epstein

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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On the latest Juan Epstein podcast, Isaiah Rashad opens up to Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds about his drug and alcohol problems, saying he tore his stomach lining due to excessive drinking and use of Xanax on the Oxymoron tour which led to his hiatus. He also talks TDE, his love of “ignorant rap,” wrestling, and his new album The Sun’s Tirade that drops this Friday. Plus much more.

Hit the jump to check out the episode and also his latest song “Park.”

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Stretch and Bobbito on Juan Epstein

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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Stretch and Bobbito meet Juan and Mr. Epstein. Still on a promo run for their new film, the legendary radio pioneers chop it up with Rosenberg and Ciph about a bunch of shit that didn’t make it into the movie. This is a great listen.

Gems include:

  • Bobbito on how Rock Steady invented the practice of breakers using cardboard boxes and linoleum by swiping trash from the furniture store across the street from their park.
  • The time Bob tried to confiscate a promotional copy of Fear of A Black Planet at Bleeker Bob’s.
  • How Flex influenced Stretch’s on-air style and some later static between the two after some comments made on London radio.
  • Bad Boy’s run as the catalyst for the underground/commercial Rap divide.
  • Ciph calling out Stretch for producing the remix to Lil Kim’s “Big Momma Thing” and Stretch’s explaination of how it came to feature a Jay Z verse and two empty bars at the end.
  • The Kim conversation then leads to Bob hearing Stretch’s “LA LA” remix for the first time in his life and Stretch telling the story of how he accidentally erased part of Havoc’s verse and had to travel to QB to get him to record it over.
  • Tragedy Khadafi has been to Stretch’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.

Listen below.

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De La Soul on Juan Epstein

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

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Well this should be one for the books. De La Soul make their Juan Epstein debut during a special session with Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds down at A3C in Atlanta.

Says Rosenberg:

Well we can finally move on from the lost episode. De La sits down with us at A3C in ATL and covers it all–including the formation of the group, Russell Simmons, touring w NWA, lost Native Tongue groups that never happened, Biz hanging out at their high school, and tons more. Thank you guys!

Listen below.

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Consequence’s History of A Tribe Called Quest on Juan Epstein

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

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Consequence joins Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds for a special A Tribe Called Quest themed installment of Juan Epstein. He touches on everything from Q-Tip’s guest spot on “Buddy”, to his work on “Groove Is In The Heart”, all the way up to Cons’ extensive presence on Beats, Rhymes And Life and how he found himself in the middle of the Q-Tip vs. Phife static during a conversation at Phife’s crib in Atlanta. It’s a fascinating listen for any big Tribe fan and it provides a bunch of context for some of the group’s most iconic records and their historic split.

Listen below.

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Mister Cee Talks Biggie on Juan Epstein

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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Mister Cee joins Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg on the new episode of Juan Epstein for the definitive Biggie retrospective.

Previously: 10 Classic Biggie Smalls Mixtape Cuts

The First Juan Epstein Ever

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

“I don’t really even know what a podcast is” – Ciph

Wow, I clearly remember listening to this. #YouWasntThere

We first linked to an episode of #JuanEp in February of 2008, so I want to say this is from some time in late 2007. The early episodes are no longer available on iTunes so Rosenberg decided to re this up for giggles.

Previously: Cipha Sounds Leaves Hot 97

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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Jermaine Dupri on Juan Epstein

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Dark skinned Jermaine swung by Hot 97 and while he thought he was gonna be plugging his artist Rolls Royce Rizzy, Rosenberg and Cipha had other plans and turned it into a Juan Ep. Dupri’s history in the game is deep.

JD came by to talk about a new dope artist he has named Royce Rizzy who you can peep right here. However, the bulk of this 75 minute Juan Ep is spent discussing the amazing career of JD. We start out discussing his role as a kid on the Fresh Fest tour, continue through the formation of Kriss Kross, stories of how he had TLC before they were on LaFace, Biggie and Da Brat talk, and much much more. Great guy. Great episode.

Previously: Jermaine Dupri ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Migos – Pull Up

Black Sheep Dres on Juan Epstein

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Black Sheep frontman and now prolific solo artist Dres joins Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds for the latest Juan Ep. I have not had the pleasure of listening to this yet, but Peter assures me it’s worth our time.

Dres came by to tell the Black Sheep story and much more. We end up having a pretty in depth Chuck D conversation as well. I would tell you this is not awesome, but I would be lying. It is awesome!

Once you’re done with that, be sure to check out the two pieces we did with Dres back in May, around the time  that he debuted “We Can All Share”, his new single:

Heavy Rotation with The Black Sheep Dres

Pick 6 with The Black Sheep Dres

UPDATED with video of Dres on Juan Ep below.

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Sadat X on Juan Epstein

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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Ciph and Peter get Sadat. He tells stories about Brand Nubian and Biggie, Pac & Jay. I haven’t listened to this yet but looking forward to going through it.

Previously: Sadat X ft. Cormega & Lanelle Tyler – On Fire