Interviews


dr dre 2015

Making a rare appearance on radio (which may or may not have anything to do with the 20th anniversary of Eazy-E’s passing), Dr. Dre swung by Big Boy’s Neighborhood this week to talk about the upcoming N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, and what he hopes fans will take away from the movie. “I hope they can be inspired, that was the main word we used when we went into this,” he said. “We want to show the ultimate brotherhood, betrayal — it has everything. And one of the things we really wanted to get across was how we feel about women, because there’s a big misconception.”

Dre also admitted that he was initially against doing an N.W.A movie because he was scared it would “put a blemish on our legacy,” but “once we got into it, it started feeling good.” Straight Outta Compton is set to hit theaters on August 14.

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nardwuar ilovemakonnen

Another day, another video of Nardwuar interviewing famous people at SXSW. After two semi-awkward conversations with Rae Sremmurd and Migos, The Human Serviette welcomes iLoveMakonnen to Austin, Texas. OVO’s newest recruit talks about his love for Shania Twain and The Delfonics, his reaction when he first heard Drake’s verse on “Tuesday” and the time he recorded three albums with his mom. How can you hate this guy?

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nardwuar migos

After getting to know Rae Sremmurd, Nardwuar is back with another hilarious interview from his SXSW trip — this time with Migos. Rocking his own (knockoff) Versace shirt, the Human Serviette talks to the three wise trappers about Quavo’s high school football career, the politics of strip club parking and YouTube sensation and fellow Gwinnett native Matty B.

I can’t help but laugh at how Nardwuar pronounces OJ Da Juiceman’s name.

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tpain-interview

During SXSW 2015, T-Pain dragged me out to some far off spa & resort in Barton Creek, Austin. Nearly 40 minutes out from the downtown area, Teddy Pendergrass preferred to be away from the commotion while preparing for his 42-song Fader Fort set. As we casually spoke about his upcoming The Iron Way mixtape, Pain dropped a bombshell on me.

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big sean crwn

Fresh off scoring his first No. 1 album with Dark Sky Paradise, Big Sean sat down with Elliott Wilson at SXSW last week as the latest subject of his CRWN interview series. In part one, Sean speaks on the recording — and emotional — process behind his new album, the impact his grandmother’s passing had on him and how Birdman inspired “Mula.”

Always repping for his hometown, Sean also discussed the culture — and struggles — in the city of Detroit, as well as his 2012 project Detroit, which he admits should have been released as his sophomore album.

UPDATE: Part 2 added. Sean talks about “IDFWU” and his “All Me” verse (“I remember Ye hit me up like, ‘this my motto for the whole year!'”), spirituality, the supa dupa flow and working with legends like Hov, Ye and Wayne.

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A$AP-rocky

It’s a day by day process for A$AP Rocky. The recent passing of A$AP Yams continues to linger over his head — even when he has happy moments. Both the NY Times and MTV have interviewed Flacko about Yams’ drug use before his death. But during another candid interview, I spoke to Rocky about the day of Yams’ funeral and burial.

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nardwuar rae sremmurd

Having been snapped with everyone from Migos and Mike WiLL Made It to iLoveMakonnen and Mick Jenkins, it’s safe to say that Nardwuar was putting in work down at SXSW. However, his first interview-slash-interrogation comes with Rae Sremmurd, who were also tearing it up in Austin last week. Just about managing to keeping a lid on their energy, Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy sampled Elvis Presley’s cologne, revisited their early days in Tupelo, Mississippi and explained the science behind their swag.

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earl sweatshirt 2015

Two years after his first interview with Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley, Earl Sweatshirt made his return to NPR’s Microphone Check at SXSW last week for another candid conversation. Right off the bat, Earl spoke on his new album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside and the messy rollout which he vented about on Twitter.

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bronson

Action Bronson continues to flourish in the food world. Despite leaving his full time culinary career to pursue superstardom as a famous rap singer, BamBam’s inner chef hasn’t left him. Yesterday (March 22), Action revealed to Laura and Peter that he is indeed working on a visual cookbook with famed chefs, Mario Batali, Michael White and Michael Voltaggio. They each created some divine creations inspired by Mr. Wonderful. It’s tentatively titled Fuck, That’s Delicous Presents Cooking with Mr. Wonderful: Dishes Inspired by the Music.

Also, be sure to catch Bronson on David Letterman tonight.

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While at A$AP Rocky’s SXSW show for Samsung, I also talked to Ferg backstage before he jumped on a plane for L.A. to work on music. While the Mob rapper is nearly done with his forthcoming album, he still needs to had a few things to make it complete, he said. At the end, Fergastein also gave some great comments about keeping Yams’ legacy alive.

“I feel his spirit every time I walk out the house,” Ferg tells VIBE. “I talk to his moms like every day. There’s not a day that goes past that I don’t think about Yams. Like I said on my Instagram, ‘Your body is just a shell, your spirit is here forever.’ I really believe that Yams is still here with us, rockin’ with us.”

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