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Murs Details Making "The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over" With 9th Wonder
Over the past 15 years, Murs and 9th Wonder have made some of the best collaboration albums between an MC and a producer. These works have become standouts in their respected catalogs. In the mix of both men's careers and personal lives, they carved out time to make The Iliad Is Dead And The Odys...
Spice 1 Revisits The Songs That Made Him A Gangsta Rap Legend
For more than 30 years, Spice 1 has made Rap music on his terms. His songs can be violent, menacing, and heartless. However, as Spice explains, they are realistic portrayals of life in the East Bay. This rapper also prides himself on how he tells it, from his flow to gripping imagery.
Erick Sermon Discusses His Vernia Album & Previews Music
Erick Sermon is preparing to release his eighth solo album, Vernia. At Def Squad Studios in Long Island, the Green-Eyed Bandit extensively details his LP featuring Raekwon, N.O.R.E., Too Short, Devin The Dude, No Malice, Big K.R.I.T., Pharrell, Styles P, AZ, Shaquille O'Neal, Xzibit, and David Ba...
Tech N9ne Discusses His N9na Album & Being A B-Boy For Life
Tech N9ne is one of the most prolific Rap artists in his class. For 20 years, the Kansas City, Missouri MC has fed his devoted technicians with 20 albums, handfuls of collaborative projects, EPs, and group work. Notably, every release from Aaron Yates is a mapped out universe and part of a direct...
Boogie Is Compton’s Next Great MC & He Plans To Be The Biggest Of All
"This world will take your dream from you quick if you don't stay locked in," Boogie says on a cold day in Lower Manhattan. He is referring to a lesson intended for his young son, but it comes from personal experience. For five years, the Compton representative has been persistently pushing the l...
Cormega Discusses His New EP, Losing Prodigy & Why The Fans Matter Most
In the closing week of 2018, Cormega self-released Mega. The five-song project (that also includes the instrumentals) marked the MC's first in more than four years. The New Yorker partnered with Streetrunner, the veteran Grammy Award-winning producer co-credited for Meek Mill, JAY-Z, and Rick Ros...
Smif-N-Wessun Discuss Giving 25 Years Of Their All To Hip-Hop
In the mid-1990s, Smif-N-Wessun burst onto the scene brandishing two barrels locked-and-loaded with raw Rap talent. Following a breakthrough appearance on Black Moon's seminal Enta Da Stage, the skills of Tek and Steele shimmered on their 1995 debut, Dah Shinin'. Da Beatminerz-produced album bala...
DJ Premier Discusses The Making Of Gang Starr's Moment Of Truth Album
When DJ Premier said “the real Hip-Hop,” he meant it. Guru was not just rapping words on their album Moment Of Truth, he was telling true stories. Premier discusses the meaning of their classic album, song by song.
On March 30, 1998, Gang Starr stepped forth with Moment Of Truth. Guru and DJ ...
Pete Rock Discusses His Don't Smoke Rock Joint Album With Smoke DZA
Pete Rock discusses Don't Smoke Rock, his joint album with Smoke DZA. Pete speaks about his unique relationship with DZA, working with guests like Rick Ross, the musicians with whom he would most like to work (dead or alive), and whether or not he and CL Smooth will release new music.
Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz Discuss The Making Of Their Joint Mona Lisa Album
Apollo Brown and Joell Ortiz sit down for a detailed conversation about their joint album, Mona Lisa. They discuss their chemistry as a collective, the process of making the album, the Slaughterhouse breakup and possibility of new music from the group, how commercial success changes artists, the ...
Atmosphere's Slug Discusses Fatherhood, Conscious Rap, Mortality & More
Atmosphere's Slug sits down for an in-depth conversation about their new album, Mi Vida Local. He talks about fatherhood, making conscious Rap, aging in Hip-Hop, coping with mortality, the importance of indoor agriculture and much more.
Rapsody Discusses How Her Laila's Wisdom Album Was Influenced By Erykah Badu
On Sunday, January 28, Rapsody will attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards as a nominee. Having won trophies for past feature contributions (Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly), the Roc Nation/Jamla MC is up for Best Rap Album for Laila’s Wisdom, the only woman in a category which also nominates ...
Big K.R.I.T. Discusses His King Remembered in Time Mixtape, Pt. 2
In this episode, Big K.R.I.T. talks about how Bun B has served as a mentor, the relationship between pimping and Hip-Hop, the potential consequences of one night stands and substance abuse, how he uses poetry to express himself and much more.
Big K.R.I.T. Discusses His King Remembered In Time Mixtape, Pt. 1
Big K.R.I.T.'s King Remembered in Time mixtape is one of his most personal efforts to date. We sat down with K.R.I.T. about the project and he reflected on the meaning behind every track. In this part 1, K.R.I.T. talks about why he named the project King Remembered in Time (effectively after hi...
Big KRIT Discusses His King Remembered In Time Mixtape, Pt. 3
In part 3 of our interview with Big K.R.I.T. about his King Remembered In Time mixtape, K.R.I.T. discusses the struggles and pressure that came with making his first album; feeling like he failed and let his fans down; his resolve to never let it happen again; the redemption he felt from the rece...
Reason Describes His Journey From Hungry MC To TDE's Next Top Dawg
In the Summer of 2018, the dominant Hip-Hop label of the 2010s announced that it had added a new MC to its tight-knit family. Carson, California’s Reason signed to Top Dawg Entertainment. The imprint with five #1 releases, including this year’s Black Panther soundtrack held no press conferences n...
J. Prince Reveals Why The Tupac/Scarface Album Did Not Happen
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.
J. Prince Discusses "Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta"
Rap-A-Lot Records Founder J. Prince has maintained a lower profile than many Hip-Hop executives, choosing to let his accomplishments speak for themselves. But, he did step into the spotlight with 2 verses on the Geto Boys' "Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta." He discusses his verses and the son...
Ras Kass Reflects In-Depth On The 20th Anniversary Of Soul On Ice
For the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Soul On Ice, Ras Kass gave one of his most comprehensive interviews ever about the project. He spoke for nearly an hour, going in-depth about the meaning behind several tracks, and the earliest days of his career, generally.
Wyclef Jean Discusses The Carnival III & Why He's Still Relevant
Wyclef Jean speaks in-depth about his album, the Carnival III. He explains the installment seeks to bridge 1997 and 2017. Throughout the interview, the co-founder of The Fugees mentions his daughter, and how he’s perceived by younger generations. Asked about his secret to relevance, ‘Clef says, “...
Rapsody Discusses Her Debut Album The Idea Of Beautiful
Rapsody speaks about her debut album, The Idea of Beautiful, and how a trip to Africa changed her life and shaped the sound of the album. She also discusses her code of culture over everything, why she considers herself an MC--not a female MC, and her idea of what's beautiful.