Video: Rob Markman – Writer (Prod. by Chase N. Cashe)

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Rob Markman is back with a new visual for his Chase N. Cashe-produced track “Writer,” off the Write To Dream EP. As on the original track, the Dan The Man-directed clip features confused voicemails from N.O.R.E, DJ Drama and Royce Da 5’9.

Previously: Rob Markman – I Don’t Wanna Wait (Video)

Skyzoo – Showoff Radio Freestyle

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Here’s Skyzoo going in off the head on Showoff Radio with Statik Selektah during a recent visit right before his dropped his Peddler Themes EP a couple of weeks back.

Continue below for a bunch of bonus freestyles from Rob Markman, plus Chris Rivers, Whispers and Nems on Tony Touch’s show.

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Video: Rob Markman – I Don’t Wanna Wait

Monday, July 31st, 2017

You surely know Rob Markman from his current position as Manager of Artist Relations at Genius, or from one of his previous stints at MTV News or XXL, but you may not have known that the Brooklyn native’s new EP is out now. Rob has been rapping for years and after an extended hiatus, he returned last week with Write To Dream, an 8-track tape that features commentary from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, DJ Khaled, Wiz Khalifa, Royce 59 and DJ Drama. Check out the new video for the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League-produced lead single “I Don’t Wanna Wait” featuring Kirby Maurier above, and stream Write To Dream below.

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Joe Budden Breaks Down “All Love Lost”

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

In this second clip from Budden and Rob Markman for Genius, Joey breaks down the lyrics to the new album‘s title track, “All Love Lost.” Budden, never one to hold anything back in his bars, explains an embarrassing incident in LA that he references on the track where he was with a lady and couldn’t rise to the occasion, so to speak.

Check out the Genius page for “All Love Lost,” including annotations from Joe, here.

Previously: Tsu Surf ft. Joe Budden – Conversations

Joe Budden Breaks Down “SlaughterMouse”

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

In this new clip from Genius, Rob Markman, who recently took his talents to the lyric annotation site, grills Joe Budden on his track “SlaughterMouse” from the upcoming All Love Lost album. The track, which Joe calls his “Stan” record, is an open letter to his Shady Records boss Eminem and was teased by Joe in a snippet that was widely circulated as a preview of an “Eminem Diss”.

Read the annotated lyrics for the track here and look for All Love Lost to drop on October 16th.

Previously: Joe Budden – I’ll Name This Podcast Later (Ep. 30)

Video: Troy Ave x Rob Markman – New York City Vignette Pt. 3

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Rob Markman talks NY Hip Hop and Troy Ave’s New York City album in part 3 of his vignette series.

Previously: Troy Ave ft. Raekwon & N.O.R.E. – New York City (Remix) (Video)

Heavy Rotation with MTV’s Rob Markman

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

There are a handful of scribes in the rap journalism world that I highly respect, and one of them that I’ve always considered somewhat of a kindred spirit is MTV’s Rob Markman. I’ve never met him in person, and aside from a couple brief Twitter exchanges, we haven’t interacted much since I started writing professionally. But I’ve been a fan of his work since he was at XXL (him and NahRight founder eskay were brief co-workers), and always admired his passion for the culture, and refined taste in rap music. Plus we both used to rap, and coincidentally once shared the same bill opening up for Slick Rick in Manhattan back in 2005 without crossing paths. And when I saw him last year on MTV bigging up Joey Bada$$ early (I was stuck on “Waves” at the time), and tweeting about how one of my personal favorites—Group Home’s Livin’ Proof LP—is “the greatest produced rap album ever,” it made me pay even more attention to what he was contributing to the culture.

In 2013, Rob Markman remains one of the most important follows for hip-hop fans. He holds down MTV News daily with breaking articles and interviews, and also is the co-producer of MTV’s RapFix Live, a one-of-a-kind live hip-hop talk show hosted by Sway that airs weekly online and on MTV Jams with no commercial breaks, featuring appearances by all the biggest superstars in the game, past and present. It’s the only “must watch” talk show on television for hip-hop heads, and his influence is all over it.

So for today’s Heavy Rotation feature, we reached out to Rob, and asked him to break down the five songs he’s feeling the most right now. There’s mad new shit out, so we were definitely hyped to see his short-list, and hear why he chose the records on it. Check his picks out below, and stay tuned to Mr. Markman on Twitter for briefings and opinions on all the latest happenings in the hip-hop world.

1. Mack Wilds “Own It”

Rob Markman: “I’m a huge hip-hop head, obviously. But I’m a big R&B fan, too. I remember when it was taboo to cross hip-hop and R&B. And then, you had the old Ron G tapes [that would blend hip-hop and R&B records together]. And obviously Diddy was very instrumental in bridging the gap and actually figuring out the cross-section between hip-hop and R&B. So the Mack Wilds song reminds me a lot of that, with the ‘Eric B. Is President’ drums. It’s just the melody of it, and the words [are] dope. Ne-Yo actually wrote the song with Mack and [producer] Salaam Remi. I think it’s just a dope song.

“It’s funny, I was in the studio with Salaam, and he played me the record, and didn’t tell me who it was. Just to get my general thoughts and feelings. And later, I found out it was Tristan Wilds [from The Wire]. That was like the icing on the cake. But I liked the song before I [knew it was him], because that’s how they’re going to sway my opinion in either direction. And it feels right for summer.”

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