Interviews


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Michael Bonner is a 2nd grade teacher at South Greenville Elementary school in Greenville, North Carolina. Mr. Bonner caught nationwide attention for implementing music and dance into his teaching regimen as an easy and more comfortable way for the kids to learn, recording a song and video called “Read It.” The successful method caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who brought Mr. Bonner onto her show back in January to spotlight him and his students.

This week, Mr. Bonner returned with his 2nd grade class to The Ellen Show where they debuted a special remix version of their original song “Run It.” On the educational song, Ellen taps Big Sean, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ice Cube, Migos & Ty Dolla $ign to join in on the track. Taking it a step further, Big Sean surprised the kids on set of their “Run It” music video and filmed the visual together.

Watch the great moment below.

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With a new album arriving next month and a new web series freshly launched, Trey Songz appeared on The Breakfast Club to promote his latest projects. The R&B singer sat down with Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God to first clear up a few controversial stories. Trigga spoke on the infamous yacht photo with players on the NY Giants ahead of their NFL playoff game and Keke Palmer accusing Trey of using her in a music video unwillingly.

The 32-year-old also speaks on taking a two-year hiatus from releasing an album, Tremaine the Playboy reality series, his new solo LP Tremaine due Mar. 24, revealing the project will have no features, songwriters like Rico Love, Pooh Bear and more contributing on his 7th studio LP, his upcoming Blood Brothers movie, the political and social climate has effecting his music, Khloe Kardashian dating rumors, social media and more.

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Future pulled out quite the surprise on Valentine’s Day, announcing his new self-titled album and 37-date North American tour with Migos, Tory Lanez, Young Thug and more. Before the album drops in the U.S. and Canada at midnight (internationally it can be streamed here), the Freebandz general caught up with Zane Lowe for an exclusive interview on Apple Music’s Beats 1 that aired on Thursday (Feb. 16).

Recorded at Atlanta’s staple retail boutique Walters, Future and Lowe discuss working on What a Time to Be Alive with Drake, taking a step back and not putting out new music for a while, his social media hiatus, returning as Future Hendrix on his new album, fans dictating his moves in 2017 and more. Shortly after the interview concluded, Zane Lowe announced the launch of Freebandz Radio on Beats 1, premiering tonight at 10 p.m. EST hosted by DJ Esco.

Hear the full 30-minute interview below.

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Despite being one of the biggest new artists of the last few years, Desiigner is still a bit of a mystery. In this new interview with Funk Flex, however, the Brooklyn native brings us up to speed on his career so far. He talks about how he started rapping at 14-years-old (when he called himself Sid the Kid), making his worldwide smash “Panda,” and being at the center of an 11-label bidding war (he declined to reveal who was after him, though).

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Pusha T swung by 93.9 WKYS’ The Fam In the Morning during a stop in D.C. last week. During the interview, Push talked about chilling with Barack Obama at The White House and “100% disagreeing” with Kanye West over his recent meeting with Donald Trump. “I was like, ‘man, ain’t nothing to go talk about!” he said. “[Kanye] was like, ‘man, we gotta talk. There are some things I wanna get across in regards to education and so on and so forth. We either gon’ communicate or we not gon’ be heard.’ My stance was like, ‘I can’t deal.'”

Pusha T also confirmed that Kanye West is working on a new album while his own King Push LP is set to be released this spring. As for the possibility of a new Clipse project (or even performance), don’t get your hopes up. “There’s not another Clipse album in the making,” he clarified. “My brother’s on a different mission right now. He’s been making Christian rap. The Clipse DNA is not in his makeup.”

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Chance the Rapper is everywhere. The now three-time Grammy Award winner announced his spring 2017 North American tour on Tuesday (Feb. 14), and now a day later graces the cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s Entertainment issue with Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler. Sitting down with Justin Tinsley of The Undefeated, the two entertainers discuss first meeting each other via Lil’ Wayne at Chance’s Magnificent Coloring Day festival, various social issues in the city of Chicago, using their power in a positive way to speak out on those issues, and Donald Trump’s idiotic tweet on how to stop gun violence in the Windy City.

How daunting is it knowing the perceptions that come with being young and black and male in Chicago?

CHANCE:It’s heavy, you know what I’m sayin’? Like, I’m at the age where most of my friends have kids, and I’ve seen a lot of crazy s— happen, just in a Chicago fashion. To be a Chicago mainstay for a lot of people, you wanna give people familiarity, but you also want to give them something to look up to. So it is a hard balance.”

BUTLER:It comes with the good and the bad. But with that being said, I think there’s a lot more good that happens than bad. They look up to us. We give a lot of people hope. And I think that’s all you can ask for. That’s all you can want to do.”

Read the full feature here and watch video highlights below.

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Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s joint album Plata O Plamo arrives in-stores this Friday (Feb. 17). The Terror Squad duo are currently on a promo run to push the project, making a stop to The Breakfast Club on Wednesday (Feb. 15).

During the hour-long conversation, the Bronx natives speak on losing Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance to Drake and Chance the Rapper respectively at the GRAMMYs, the awards overall and their choices to win, the success of “All the Way Up” pushing Plata O Plamo‘s release to 2017, and the potential of their new single “Heatbreak” featuring The-Dream.

Remy Ma also speaks on deciding to reveal her miscarriage , her solo album 7 Winters & 6 Summers, and the media trying to create a beef between her and Nicki Minaj citing vague lyrics on freestyles and remixes last year.

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For the second cover of their 2017 Sex Issue, The FADER taps none other than Mr. Ya Ya himself aka Lil Uzi Vert. Taking place in Hawaii, the magazine’s Felipe Delerme had the opportunity to discuss the rockstars move from Philly to ATL, stereotypes, dating, being a working artist and more.

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Frank Ocean has been as elusive as ever — aside from the occasional and much appreciated Tumblr post — since dropping Endless and Blonde last August, but here’s a recent interview that’s surfaced online. In the video (via TeamKanyeDaily), Frank talks about his latest albums, feeling frustrated (“there’s been a bunch of times where I just feel like I really fucked up”) and his overall creative process. “There’s no fantasy on this record,” he says. “It’s all, for better or for worse, autobiographical—just my experience, the foundation of what’s made me who I am today.”

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Bootleg Kev recently sat down with Run The Jewels aka, Killer Mike and El-P, ahead their Tempe, AZ tour stop for an intimate interview. During the half hour discussion the trio discussed RTJ3’s success, politics, ATL rap culture and more.

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