Interviews


andre 3000 interview

Although he’s graced stages across the world on OutKast’s 20th anniversary reunion tour for the best part of the year, André 3000 has remained as reclusive as ever — until now. In a rare and revealing interview with New York Times’ Jon Caramanica, the legendary MC opens up about how the Jimi Hendrix biopic helped him out of his depression, that “horrible” Coachella performance and the advice he received from Prince afterwards, and being a “total dad” to his 16-year-old son, Seven.

Naturally, the conversation touches on the topic of new material, and while 3 Stacks sounds painfully reluctant to properly re-enter the rap game, he leaves us with a glimpse — just a glimpse — of hope: “The biggest thing about the tour is momentum. It’s helpful, because it makes me want to do music.”

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miss info raury

You may have heard the name Raury quite a bit lately. The fresh-out-of-high school singer/songwriter was rumored to have kicked it with Kanye West, has been invited to open for OutKast (alongside Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino) at their concert in Atlanta next month, and just yesterday released his eagerly anticipated debut project, Indigo Child, to immediate acclaim.

Last week, Raury — rocking his trademark wide-brimmed floppy hat — made a trip to the Hot 97 offices to meet our very own Miss Info. The ATLien spoke on his now-confirmed deal with Columbia Records, explaining that they were one of the few labels to understand his ambition to “bring about a new era of music through me.” Which is why, looking forward, Raury isn’t rushing to align himself with bigger artists, instead “focusing on building upon myself as a better artist.”

Stream and download Indigo Child here.

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jeremih

Vitamin Water had SIR Stage 37 rockin’ last night Thursday night with incredible performances by Run The Jewels and Jeremih. While the crooner lit the place up with special guests. Estelle, Fabolous, and Vado, he put on a special dedication to his hometown that was capture beautifully by The Fader.

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mystikal

All is not well with Mystikal and Cash Money Records. The New Orleans rapper isn’t happy with the label, and wants to be released from his contract.

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pusha t king push

Pusha T has remained relatively tight-lipped about King Push since first announcing it last April, but he shared some details on his upcoming sophomore album during a recent interview with XXL. Just like last year’s My Name Is My Name, Pyrex P confirmed that Kanye West will serve as executive producer of the project, which he describes as “straight up, lyric-driven,” adding “I want to infuse more elements of music into ‘King Push’; paint the pictures and smash them with the lyrics.”

Naturally, the G.O.O.D. Music MC believes that he will have “album of the year” when it’s all said and done. But the biggest scoop is the producers he’s been working with, including Pharrell, Nottz, Needlz, Dom $olo, Hudson Mohawke and Baauer. Let’s not forget Chad Hugo either, who was spotted in the studio with Push and Skateboard P during the album’s early sessions at the start of the year.

No word on when King Push will be dropping, but you can read Pusha T’s full interview here.

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indigo-child

This past Sunday (Apr. 17), DJ Funk Flex celebrated his birthday (his real b-day was on the 5th) in New York City at Salsa Con Fuego. With his pitbulls in the building and celeb friends like Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, French Montana and more in the spot, the HOT97 kingpin put it down on the turntables all night long.

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jeezy-tcjs

After stating that he was fan of the Combat Jack show, Jeezy made good on his word and hit the city to hold court with the fellas. There to promote his upcoming album, Seen It All, the Trap gawd also dived into a number of life topics. He did have a lot to say about Ferguson, so definitely find some time to listen to this whole thing.

Before the release of ‘Seen It All‘, his 5th studio album, Jeezy shared his growth as an artist, what the word “leadership” means to him, his experience at Ferguson, St. Louis, moving from being a street cat to a responsible role model, his relationship with Jay Z, his thoughts on Sean “Diddy” Combs and why he’s feeling so happy these days. It’s no more “Young”, it’s now Mr. Jeezy.

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joell-ortiz

Joell Ortiz just wants to rap. Hesitant to open up for an interview on HOT 97′s “Ebro in the Morning,” the Slaughterhouse MC eventually speaks on his new album House Slippers, being pigeonholed as a latin rapper, growing up in Brooklyn, the struggles he’s faced coming up as an artist, MC’s versus rapper’s that just make great records, and more.

Always with bars on deck, Joell Ortiz closes out the interview with another memorable freestyle fans of lyricism will enjoy. Check it out at the 19:40 mark. Arriving on September 16, pre-order House Slippers on iTunes.

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james franco nicki minaj

His proposed “Bound 3″ duet with Seth Rogen at Kim and Kanye’s wedding may not have come to fruition, but James Franco (technically Dave Skylark, his character from the upcoming movie The Interview) had the chance to pick the brain of Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Jason Derulo ahead of the 2014 MTV VMAs this weekend.

Well, the interviews weren’t exactly hard-hitting. If you watched The Interview trailer, you’ll know Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) is a particularly obnoxious tag-team, so naturally the Skylark Tonight host can’t help but to piss off his guests. Like interrogating Nicki about her “superb ass.” Firing off clueless questions about Iggy’s home country. And tricking Jason Derulo into singing his name.

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j cole ferguson interview

J. Cole made it clear that his visit to Ferguson, Missouri wasn’t for publicity reasons, but he briefly broke his no-press rule for old friend D. Scott from Complex, who is currently reporting live from the field with Jinx. Speaking emotionally and candidly, Cole explained why he made the trip down to Ferguson and shared his thoughts on Mike Brown’s death, as well as the other recent instances of police brutality and racism across America. Looking at the few positives of the situation, Jermaine praised how the community has come together peacefully in the name of justice.

This is a beautiful thing. We’ve been here five hours walking through these streets, and it ain’t no violence, everything is love. Yeah, you got a lot people that are mad, but they see the perspective of, like, violence don’t bring peace. By the laws of the Universe, it’s impossible. No matter what the media says, everywhere we go, it’s love.

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