Interviews


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Ab-Soul’s new album DWTW is out now and offically in-stores. After a visit to HOT 97, the TDE spitter continued his promo run with an appearance on Sway in the Morning this week. The lyrical MC spoke with Sway about the new album, broke down some lyrics from the project, touched on the subject of satanism, spoke on his relationship with model/video vixen Yaris Sanchez, and kicked an acapella freestyle (27:30 mark). Soulo also stopped by The Breakfast Club where he touched on his issues with Jay Electronica and Troy Ave, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly inspiring him and what that album maybe hard to digest for the younger audience.

At the 24:00 minute mark, Ab-Soul confirmed that the long-rumored collaborative album by Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole exists and is in the works. When asked by Charlamagne if he has a verse on the album, the Carson-native responded, “I can’t speak on that. I wish I could.” “These guys, they move like the mob,” he continued. “You never know with these guys… I don’t know too much about it. I just hope the use my verse.”

But there is a Kendrick-Cole album?,” Ab-Soul was asked by Charlamagne. “They got it,” Ab-Soul said. “They got something in the works. They’ve been working on that motherf**ker for a while.” After Breakfast Club interview aired, FADER reached out to Ab-Soul for further comment, to which he replied “It’s a myth” *joker smile*.”

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Miss Info TV’s own Mikey Fresh also serves as the music editor for VIBE.com. After visiting HOT 97 many times in the past working as Miss Info’s intern for years, Mikey Fresh stopped by as a guest for the first-time, appearing on Ebro in the Morning show. It’s that time of the year many publications reveal their year-end music lists, so Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez sit down with Mikey Fresh to debate some of the categories VIBE.com will be putting out along with the GRAMMYs nominations.

Beyoncé’s “Formation” song, Anderson. Paak’s Malibu LP, A Tribe Called Quest’s final group album and praising our rap legends for delivering great work, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, and the selection process are some of the topics touched on during the 20-minute conversation.

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The Hidden Figures film and motion picture soundtrack is in theatres and stores today. Pharrell Williams, who produced the project and scored the movie, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night. Along with Texas gospel star Kim Burrell and a full choir, Pharrell performed “I See a Victory” off the soundtrack.

Pharrell would also sit down with Jimmy Fallon to discuss a recent meeting with friend David Blaine in Paris, and gave the host some fashion advice.

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Ab-Soul is one of many artists who will be releasing new projects at the stroke of midnight. The TDE rapper joins a list that includes J. Cole, Post Malone, Lloyd and the Pharrell-led Hidden Figures soundtrack. Just hours before Ab-Soul’s DWTW album arrives, the California spitter liberates the intro called “RAW (Backwards)” featuring Zacari. The record also features a few lines aimed at Jay Electronica, which Soulo first spit on stage at the second annual Steez Day back in July.

I was like a swami to Jay Electronica until he figured Kendrick wouldn’t admit he would body him for a milli,” raps Ab-Soul. “I told Dizzle “keep quiet, I’ma get him, We don’t need dirt on your hands getting the keys to the city, you feel me?”/ It hurts when your OG who’s supposed to be a G-O-D, Is standing next to King Kunta feeling like Toby. Moose, what I gotta do boy?
I’m just waiting on your cue to take ’em to school, boy.

Listen below and watch Ab-Soul’s interview with HOT 97’s morning crew.

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Pharrell Williams serves as composer and producer for the upcoming motion picture soundtrack Hidden Figures, which hits stores on Friday. The film, which Pharrell also scored, also hits theaters this weekend. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer, the American biographical drama based off a true story centers around three African-American women at NASA who pull off the greatest operation in history by launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

To promote the film and soundtrack, Pharrell stopped by HOT 97 for an in-depth conversation about the film, what compelled him to join the project, the various social issues in America minorities face such as systematic racism, poor education and police brutality, plus his thoughts on Donald Trump being elected President. The fashion icon and hitmaking producer also touched on his love for A Tribe Called Quest’s new album, the success of “Happy” and it originally being a song for Cee-Lo Green, and Kanye West’s recent personal issues.

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DJ Khaled got great news on Tuesday (Dec. 6), as his Major Key! album received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Rap Album.” The DJ/CEO/mogul continued his incredible year with an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his New York Times best seller book The Keys. Along with schooling Colbert on some “keys,” Khaled touched on living the American dream, President Barack Obama walking out to “All I Do Is Win,” THEY (the haters) and introduced a collaborative special edition of Palmers Cocoa Butter called “THEYblock.”

The Snapchat King followed that up with an appearance on The View on Wednesday (Dec. 7), bringing along his newbown son Asahd Khaled. Khaled touched on fatherhood, snapchatting the birth of his song, touring with Beyoncé this year, visiting Obama at the White House and his new book.

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Childish Gambino jumped on the phone with Australia’s triple j radio this week to give his first interview since the release of his new album, Awaken, My Love!

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Divine Council, the four man rap group made up of $ilk Money, Lord Cinco, Cyrax! and producer ICYTWAT, are quickly popping up on rap radars online. With a freshly inked Epic deal, and an EP, Council Sh*t, the fellas’ stock is quickly rising. And did we mention they are André 3000’s current favorite rappers?

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Big Syke might not have been on your top 5 rapper lists, but he definitely played a great role on a number of Tupac records. However, the 48-year old rapper was found dead earlier this week at his California home.

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Our very own Miss Info is down in Miami for this year’s Art Basel, and she’s co-hosting a special instalment of Public School NYC’s WNL Radio this weekend. She’ll be talking politics, culture and, of course, music alongside the likes of Stretch & Bobbito, Ronnie Fieg, Fonzworth Bentley, Akinyele, Heron Preston, Uncle Luke and many more.

The broadcast runs between noon and 8pm EST today and tomorrow (December 3). Tune in below!

Update: Mos Def is debuting new music now and announced 2 new albums (one with Mannie Fresh).

Update 2: Nahright posted footage of Mos performing at Art Basel.

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