Interviews


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Since the release of his latest No. 1 album 4:44 back in June, JAY-Z has chosen to the let the music do the talking passing on doing any press run. Instead, the mogul/rapper has kept fans at attention by dropping brilliant “Footnotes” visual conversation pieces, plus music videos for songs like “Moonlight,” “BAM” and last week’s offering “MaNyfaCedGod.”

For this week’s drop, the man himself gives an in-depth interview speaking about his most personal album to-date. In part 1 of the Rap Radar podcast, JAY-Z hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian ‘B.Dot’ Miller at his Los Angeles area mansion, where he sites down and discusses how 4:44 came together with producer No I.D., the massive marketing plan, putting so much content into a 10-song LP, 4:44‘s ranking with all his solo projects, Billboard not counting corporations pre-purchasing albums and free downloads, Tyler the Creator’s recent rant towards TIDAL, Spotify vs. TIDAL, empowering African-Americans, the controversial money phone lyric on “The Story of O.J.,” his current relationship with Kanye West and why is hasn’t been reconciled, the infamous elevator fight with Solange, and Jay confirms the 4:44 album title theory is real.

Available exclusively on TIDAL, watch the nearly 70-minute first part below.

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A$AP Mob’s AWGEST summer madness continues. After A$AP Twelvyy’s 12 debut, A$AP Ferg steps up to the plate next, with the release of his Still Striving mixtape. Ferg’s first full-length project since is last year’s Always Strive and Prosper album is lead by the songs “Plain Jane,” “Nasty (Who Dat)” and the star-studded “East Coast” remix.

The 14-track mixtape boasts a guest feature lineup that includes A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, Cam’ron, Migos, Meek Mill, Dave East, NAV, Lil’ Yachty, Playboi Carti, Busta Rhymes, MadeinTYO and more. Available now on iTunes, stream Still Striving in full below and watch A$AP Ferg’s recent visit to Sway In the Morning.

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Royce Da 5'9- Say's He'd Go Anywhere Paul Rosenberg Is At & Is Down To Sit w- Def Jam In The Future
 

Royce Da 5’9″ was the latest guest on the Grass Routes Podcast’s with Erin Ashley Simon and Brandon “Killabh” Hall. Recorded on location at Heaven Studios in Detroit, the PRhyme emcee opens up about his battle with alcoholism, being a family man, his forthcoming solo LP Book of Ryan and the future of Slaughterhouse.

Listen to the intimate interview, which includes a quick snippet of his upcoming album, after the jump!

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Two years after earning his first (and instantly iconic) cover, Kendrick Lamar graces the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Speaking with Brian Hiatt during his DAMN. tour, K. Dot delves into a wide range of topics including Drake, Donald Trump and his definition of a wack artist. The Compton rapper also puts the ghostwriting debate to bed once and for all: “I cannot call myself the best rapper if I have a ghostwriter. If you’re saying you’re a different type of artist and you don’t really care about the art form of being the best rapper, then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won’t be there.” The King has spoken.

Check out more excerpts from Kendrick’s interview below and click here to read the full cover story.

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Stretch and Bobbito promised big-name guests when they announced their new podcast on NPR, and they aren’t disappointing. On episode four of What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito, the rap radio legends sit down with Chance The Rapper to talk about art, life and activism. During the half hour conversation, Chano discusses the importance and evolution of mixtapes, how Kanye West, Souls of Mischief and Freestyle Fellowship influenced his music, and how moving from L.A. back home to Chicago made him a better person — to both his 1-year-old daughter and the kids of Chicago.

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D.R.A.M. had his dream interview come true as he chopped it up with Nardwuar in Vancouver, British Columbia earlier this week. While being showered with gifts, Big Baby talked about DeBarge’s influence on his music, the Coliseum Mall in Hampton, Virginia (R.I.P.), his short-lived career as a club videographer, meeting Rick Rubin and Beyoncé, and his love for local pioneers like Chad Hugo, Clipse, Timbaland and Magoo. D.R.A.M. also recalled the crazy reaction he got when he performed “Cha Cha” for the first time: “We knew that then and there we had to make it into a real song.”

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After taking over the Hot 97 airwaves earlier this week, Dave Chappelle made his way to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. The legendary comic talked about his star-studded Radio City Music Hall residency, which runs from August 1 through August 26, his physical transformation, and why town hall meetings in his home of Yellow Springs, Ohio aren’t as boring as you might think. Extending his list of classic Chappelle quotes, Dave also shared his latest thoughts on Donald Trump: “He’s like a bad DJ at a good party.”

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Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia have hit the ground running with their new gig as podcast hosts. After kicking things off with help from Dave Chappelle and Mahershala Ali, the rap radio legends chop it up with author, chef, TV personality, fashion designer (etc. etc. etc.) Eddie Huang on the third episode of What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito. The D.C. native talks about sneakers, hip-hop and the American Dream while sharing hilarious stories from his childhood.

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ItsTheReal made their 130th podcast episode one to remember as they rounded up several members of Roc-A-Fella Records to celebrate the storied rap label. Recorded in front of a live audience at New York’s Highline Ballroom, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal sat down with key — and normally elusive — players including Just Blaze, Young Guru, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua, Lenny S., Chaka Pilgrim, Freeway, Young Chris, Neef Buck and even Jim Jones to reminisce over the Roc’s legacy.

It wouldn’t be A Waste of Time With ItsTheReal without some amazing stories, like JAY-Z battling LL Cool J and DMX, how Freeway’s “Flipside” was almost Hov and Beyoncé’s first collaboration, and Dame’s plans to build a Roc-A-Fella theme park (seriously). And the award for best podcast episode of the year goes to…

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Meek Mill Talks Dirt Bike Culture, Short Film & More with DTLR Radio
 

Meek Mill recently stopped by DTLR Radio in D.C. during his promo run for his new LP Wins & Losses. During his conversation with King Flexxa, the Dreamchaser general talks dirt bike culture, short film, confirms signing Baltimore buzz-maker YBS Skola, Pusha T and Pharrell giving him his first cameo in a music video and more.

Check out the interview in its entirety as well as YBS Skola’s visual for his viral single “Shinning” below.

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