Interviews


robin-williams

As one of Robin Williams’ closest friends, Billy Crystal was asked to give a remembrance speech at this year’s Emmy Awards. Beautifully spoken and very touching, Robin’s longtime buddy nailed it on the head. He mixed in humor, classic Robin stories and talked about the late actor’s best character traits. Last night, Billy was The Tonight Show starring Bill Crystal and had more heartfelt words to share about his dear friend. While trading memories with Jimmy about their past times with Williams, the fellas once again made us realize how much we’ll miss him.

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iPhone 6 hysteria is at an all time high here in New York City, just as it is all over the globe. While most New Yorkers are currently standing in lines to cop, Autralia already had their release date, and it went viral thanks to one young man with butter fingers. During a live broadcast on The Today show, the first Australian iPhone 6 buyer had a very embarrassing moment caught on camera.

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dr dre detox

During his recent interview on writer Jeff Weiss and rapper Nocando’s “Shots Fired” podcast, Dawaun Parker shared the best insight into Dr. Dre’s near-mythical Detox album we’ve had in a long time. According to the former Aftermath producer (who worked on Eminem’s Relapse and 50 Cent’s Curtis among other records), Dre actually scrapped the Detox title a couple of years ago, although he wouldn’t reveal the new name.

Parker also says that Dr. Dre has a specific plan to release his album, but he’s waiting on the right single to lead with (and this is despite not letting anything that’s below a 10/10 even get recorded). Ultimately, it’s still up to the Doc if — or when — the album will ever see the light of day. “I feel like one day, he’s gonna wake up and say, ‘today’s the day and I’ll put it out.’ Because the music’s been there,” Dawaun concludes.

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Minus 50 Cent and Young Buck, G-Unit hit Off The Hook Radio’s Pork and Squirrel show on 92Q Jams in Baltimore to talk shop and spit some raps for the camera. After some small talk about The Beauty of Independence EP and the reunion of their clique, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Kidd Kidd got busy over Nas’ “NY State Of Mind” instrumental.

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With Def Jam celebrating its 30th birthday this year, Noisey sat down the label’s fabled co-founders for a special edition of their “Back & Forth” series. In part one of four, Rick and Russell cosy up on a couch as they reflect on some of the early records that defined Def Jam, including T La Rock and Jazzy Jay’s “It’s Yours” and LL Cool J’s “I Can’t Live Without My Radio.” But for all their impact and success over the last three decades, Def Jam’s original ambitions were charmingly humble, says Rick: “If we sold enough 12 inches to make another 12 inch, that was the whole goal.”

UPDATE: Parts 2 and 3 added.

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Bun B took to the baseball mound on Tuesday night, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians matchup at Minute Maid Park. The rapper-writer-professor was on hand to promote and debut his collaborative set of hats with New Era. The Port Arthur-native and New Era teamed up for a limited run of hats, featuring a blend of the Astros classic retro colors and a new design that represents the pride of Houstonians. The Trill OG’s logo is also featured on the side of the baseball cap.

“The Astros star and specifically the old school color scheme with the white, orange and red is what most people recognize Houston by, and we’re happy to represent it,” said Bun B. “I love it, I’m happy the team went back to it and we understand what that means not just to Houston, but to baseball fans in general. It’s good to see the team representing that and the organization being proud to go back to those days of glory.”

Fat Joe was also in attendance on Tuesday night to support Bun B, covering the event for MTV2′s Off the Bat. Available now, the caps can be purchased at the Houston Astros Team Store, Academy Sports + Outdoors and online at www.academy.com.

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Former New York Knicks great John Starks appeared on ESPN’s Highly Questionable on Tuesday afternoon. Along with speaking on his classic dunk over Michael Jordan, and how he proposed to his wife, Starks touched on The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death-classic “I Got a Story to Tell.”

On the Buckwild, Chucky Thompson & Puff Daddy-produced song, Biggie raps braggadocious about robbing a New York Knicks player that stood 6’5″ tall. For decades many have debated as to who that player was, many suggesting John Starks was the unknown victim. Fast forward to Tuesday afternoon, where ESPN’s Bomani Jones asked Starks about the record. While 6’2″ Starks says the record was not about him, he does know who the King of New York was referring to, though he won’t reveal the person’s identity.

BONUS: Which Member Of The Knicks Did Biggie Rob On “Story To Tell”? (The Urban Daily)

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bigsean

Minutes before Big Sean released four brand new songs on the Internet this past Friday (Sept 12), Miss Info stopped by the Def Jam offices to catch up with Detroit’s very own.

In anticipation for his upcoming album, Sean said he needed to share what he has been working on for the past months. While he wouldn’t reveal any working titles or possible release dates, the newest artist on Roc Nation Management wants to get his next album out by the year’s end.

“We got so much music but the four songs are just the very tip of the iceberg. We did the new deal with Roc Nation for management, but it’s still G.O.O.D. don’t get that confused,” says Big Sean of his new album and Roc Nation deal. “I get to kick with with Jay Brown and Jay Z and play them my music. That’s priceless to sit down with them, along with Ye.”

Big Sean also talked about what it was like to watch the events of Ferguson unfold while recording new music with Kanye and the G.O.O.D. Music family in Mexico. He recalls watching the footage of the riots with Kanye by his side.

“I rap about it on “4th Quarter” — about how we was in Mexico, about how we saw Ferguson. I was with [Kanye]. Me and Ye were looking at the footage of the riots in St. Louis,” says Big Sean. “We just sat there and stopped — we were blown away. It was really sad but good to see people not accept it.”

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wiz khalifa

Wiz Khalifa sits down with Pitchfork to weigh in on the weed in Canada, New York and Europe (step it up, Europe), married life, being a father and whether dreamcatchers actually work. Wiz also reveals a pretty amazing coincidence involving Sting, who apparently once rubbed Amber Rose’s pregnant stomach, only for his song “I’ll Be Watching You” to be playing when baby Bash was born.

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Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On the Run” stadium tour came to a close over the weekend in Paris, France. Those who attended the electric show from music’s power couple were treated to various scenes from the pair’s short-film Bang Bang. Starring Queen Bey and Jay as their alter-egos, director Dikayl Rimmasch and Nowness presents for the first of a trilogy of short films.

“Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyoncé and Jay Z. Directed by the New York-based filmmaker and photographer Dikayl Rimmasch, Bang Bang is a trilogy of short films starring Mr and Mrs Carter’s filmic alter egos, appearing throughout their two-and-a-half month long tour, On the Run, which celebrated its finale on Saturday at Stade de France in Paris. Rimmasch was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z via Mark Romanek, and with a creative cohort in the war photojournalist William Kaner put together a filmmaking approach and aesthetic inspired by French new wave cinema and the powerful intimacy of legendary independent director and mentor, Les Blank. Rimmasch’s stripped-back process paid dividends, allowing an incredibly fast, shoot-from-the-hip style using custom camera rigs that he had designed, 50-year-old Russian lenses and lighting effects by Archie Ciotti and Scott Spencer.”

Bang Bang, Part Two arrives on Tuesday as the couple’s On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z HBO special premieres on September 20. An exhibition and screening will be held at Clic Gallery New York in NYC on September 19. Watch below, and read as Dikayl Rimmasch speaks on about Bang Bang’s conception and working with the two music icons.

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