Chop It Up

Chop It Up

20 Episodes

Chop It Up is an open invitation for Hip-Hop luminaries to discuss anything from the music business to politics, and everything in between.

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Chop It Up
  • Killer Mike Has Made The Most Dangerous Show On Television

    Episode 1

    Gil Scott-Heron said the revolution will not be televised. Apparently, Killer Mike did not get the memo. He has made the most dangerous show on television.

  • EPMD Are Working On A New Album & It's Big Business

    Episode 2

    EPMD discuss their forthcoming album, Big Business, how they've stayed relevant for 30+ years, the artists who taught them how to be MCs, mentoring the artists in Hit Squad and Def Squad, the importance of making music with lyrics that will live past the moment, being Hip-Hop's Funk pioneers, tou...

  • 9th Wonder Discusses The Benefits Of Owning His Own Record Label

    Episode 3

    9th Wonder discusses Rapsody's The Idea Of Beautiful album, as well as releases with Buckshot and Murs. 9th also talks about owning his own label, what he looks for in an artist, how he tailors beats to specific MCs, teaching at Harvard and Duke, paying it forward and more.

  • Common Discusses the 15th Anniversary of The Light

    Episode 4

    Common discusses the 15th anniversary of his song, "The Light," the impact of his Grammy and Oscar-winning song "Glory," and his continued love for Hip-Hop.

  • Locksmith Explains Why He Hasn’t Written A Rhyme Since High School

    Episode 5

    Locksmith has built his career by spitting some of the hardest and smartest rhymes in Rap. Speaking with AFH TV, the Richmond, California MC reveals that he writes none of those bars down. Since Lock' was a battle rapping sensation or a standout in The Frontline, he's manufactured his verses in h...

  • J. Prince Reveals How He Got Dr. Dre's Production Formula

    Episode 6

    Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince discusses wanting his records to have the big sound that Dr. Dre's productions did, and sending in producer Mike Dean to learn Dre's secret formula.

  • J. Prince Speaks About Working With Def Jam

    Episode 7

    Rap-A-Lot Records founder James Prince discusses the pros and cons of working with Def Jam to release Scarface's The Fix.

  • J. Prince Explains His Early Connection To Death Row Records

    Episode 8

    Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince details how he inspired Michael "Harry-O" Harris to partner with Dr. Dre and launch Death Row Records. He also reveals why he did not join the partnership.

  • J. Prince Reveals Why The Tupac/Scarface Album Did Not Happen

    Episode 9

    In 1996, Scarface and Tupac had a magical collaboration called "Smile." For a time, it looked like the two might work together to make a full joint album, but the album was derailed. Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince explains what happened.

  • ScHoolboy Q Discusses How Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul Make Him Better

    Episode 10

    ScHoolboy Q discusses his earliest shows in NYC, the meaning behind the name Black Hippy, how he Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul compete to make each other better, the tragedy that inspired his song "Blessed," making records about harsh realities, weak rappers, his respect for Nas, 2Pac and ...

  • Tech N9ne%27s _We Won%27t Go Quietly_ Has A Message Everyone Needs To Hear

    Episode 11

  • Tech N9ne%27s Influence On The New Wave

    Episode 12

  • Tech N9ne%27s Advice To Rappers With Dyed Hair

    Episode 13

  • Tech N9ne%27s Planet Inspired By The Storm%27s Poor Reception

    Episode 14

  • Joey Bada$$ Details The Origins Of His Pro Era Crew

    Episode 15

    In one of his earliest interviews, a young Joey Bada$$ speaks about the origins of his Pro Era crew, how long he's been rapping, how he balances school and a Rap career, producers he'd like to work with, what he stands for and more. Get to know Joey Bada$$.

  • Rapsody Discusses J Dilla's Impact, Meeting MC Lyte & More

    Episode 16

    Grammy-nominated artist Rapsody discusses the importance of J Dilla, speaking with MC Lyte for the first time, working with Anderson .Paak and more.

  • A-F-R-O Discusses His Influences & Acting In The Breaks

    Episode 17

    All Flows Reach Out, better known as A-F-R-O, took the world by storm in 2014 when an off-the-top freestyle he did for R.A. The Rugged Man went viral. After that, the then 17-year old MC, with a much older soul and sound, was embraced by a number of Hip-Hop legends, including DJ Premier and GZA. ...

  • Pharoahe Monch, J. Period & Mumu Fresh Discuss Falling In Love With Hip-Hop

    Episode 18

    Pharoahe Monch, J. Period and Mumu Fresh recorded a live mixtape with Rakim, Black Thought, Black Sheep Dres and more. They discuss the event, their first mixtapes and why they fell in love with Hip-Hop.

  • Sa-Roc Explains Why Rhymesayers Is The Perfect Fit For Her

    Episode 19

    Interviewed backstage at the Soundset Festival, Sa-Roc describes why bringing her talent to Rhymesayers Entertainment was the perfect fit.

    The Atlanta, Georgia (by way of Washington, D.C.) representative looks at some of her powerful lyrics from video single "Forever." She describes overcoming...

  • Royce 5'9 Discusses His Relationship With J Dilla

    Episode 20

    As a fellow Detroit native, J Dilla was an important figure for Royce 5'9. As an up and coming MC, Royce saw Dilla as a hometown hero. Royce discusses meeting Dilla, what it was like to work with him, and what made him unique as a producer. Royce also discusses current MCs he respects, gives advi...