Interviews


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Dom Kennedy paid a rare visit to HOT97 in New York City to get up with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez. Staying to true to himself, the OPM boss talked about the work he in put to stay independent, his opinions on the current rap scene and more.

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Styles P and Jadakiss are promoting healthy living with their Juices For Life chain of juice bars. Elite Daily profiled the Yonkers rappers on their healthy business endeavour which first opened in 2011, providing a different much cleaner option in the hood verses fast food chains, how their lives have changed from making a more conscious effort to eat healthy, and much more.

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Jay Rock is getting closer and closer to hitting fans off with his long awaited 90059 album. Just last week, Rock was out in New York City in full promo mode and stopped by Real Late With Peter Rosenberg. The TDE rapper talked about the amount of work he put into his upcoming LP and discussed how he was the first memeber signed to TDE.

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Eric and Jeff aka Yung Meyer and Yung Bugsy hosted another insightful episode of their podcast A Waste of Time. This week Chromeo’s Dave 1 sat down for dinner with the fellas for dinner and conversation.

Our guest this week is no stranger to the Upper West Side: Dave 1, lead singer of Chromeo, joins us to talk about his time at Columbia University, what it meant re-introducing Juicy J to New York City, and why Bryan Adams is Canada’s Dr. Dre. We also discussed the time A-Trak stole our Tupperware, Dave’s issues with the movie The Wolfpack, and when exactly the last time he wore a hat was. All that, plus Cam’ron, Drake, Solange, and how in the world Jason Derulo ended up on his iPod.

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In conjunction with the release of the new 2016 Scion iA, our friend Eddie Huang scooped up Cam’ron, Prince Paul, Vince Staples, and Stevie Lee to hit the AV All-Purpose Show. During their cruise, the fellas chopped it up about every day life.

Eddie starts things off (literally) with the push of a button—the iA has dope standard features, like the push-start and 7” touchscreen display (with optional navigation). He scoops up plenty of notables, like one of hip hop’s most iconic DJs/producers, Prince Paul (think Stetsasonic, Boogie Down Productions, Big Daddy Kane and De La Soul) with his son, DJ P. Forreal; musicians Vince Staples and Stevie Lee; and rapper Cam’ron, giving them all a small ride-along to soak in the iA’s vibes.

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Coke Boys artist French Montana stopped by HOT 97’s Ebro In the Morning show on Thursday morning. The Bronx rapper, who has hasn’t done many interviews this year, opened up to Ebro, Laura Stylez and Peter Rosenberg for 30 minutes. For the first-time French speaks on the death of close friend Chinx, the backlash and pressure he felt on social media following Chinx’s death, and working with A$AP Rocky on the “Off the Rip” remix.

French chose to stay quiet on his new rumored girlfriend Sanaa Lathan, but also touched on the leaked “Gangsta Way” track with Chris Brown, recording 10 songs while on tour with Chris Brown, the beef/vodka war with 50 Cent, thoughts on the Drake vs. Meek Mill battle, ghostwriting, his sophomore album that’s coming in October, still being friends with the Kardashians, and Caitlyn Jenner.

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The Weeknd’s long-awaited sophomore LP Beauty Behind the Madness, hits stores on Friday. The Toronto singer, who will be performing at the MTV VMAs on Sunday, lands the cover of Billboard’s September issue. In the cover story, The Weeknd discusses his transition from an elusive artist with a cult following to a pop star, joining Taylor Swift on stage this summer, working with producer Max Martin and songwriter Savan Kotecha, and idolizing Michael Jackson.

Tesfaye admires, even emulates, trailblazing black pop giants. One of his prime role models, along with Prince, is Michael Jackson: When he first read the lyrics to “Dirty Diana,” which he covered on Trilogy, Tesfaye says, “I got emotional — it’s when I first knew I wanted to write songs.” Indeed, critics have compared the bubble and flow of “Can’t Feel My Face” to Jackson, and [Savan] Kotecha says the groove of “In the Night” was inspired by the “swing” of Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.”

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Lil’ Wayne returned to ESPN for the second-time this year, stopping by First Take on Monday. The rapper sat down with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith to discuss his Green Bay Packers and their loss of wide receiver Jordy Nelson to injury, Tom Brady and “Deflate Gate,” N.W.A and their successful Straight Outta Compton movie, the upcoming NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, plus much more.

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The MTV crew recently packed their bags and headed to Seattle for an eye-opening visit to Macklemore’s crib. Journalist Adam Fleischer got deep into Mackle’s mental and discussed his introduction to fatherhood, his relapse, working on new music and more.

“I was not at my best when I found out Tricia was pregnant. I was struggling with addiction,” revealed Macklemore. I got down on my knees and prayed just like, ‘God, I’m not ready for this right now.’

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Live from The Pinkprint Tour, not only did Nardwuar get to interview Tinashe, but he got a few minutes with Dej Loaf too. Throughout the interview, Nardwuar asked if she knew about the different “Loaf’s” in music, her favorite BBQ spot in Detroit and if she’s ever rapped over a J Dilla beat. She said no, so he gifted her with an instrumental vinyl, which she might actually use later on.

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