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  • Martin Shkreli Interviewed on The Breakfast Club (Video)

    Pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has made a name for himself in the news as of late. Whether by him jacking up the price on AIDS medication, buying two million dollar Wu-Tang albums, or talking shit to Ghostface on Youtube.

    More recently, he stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club to try and explain the his reasoning behind the bold moves that have drawn such attention to his name and practices. The first ten minutes of the video are about the Ghostface beef, but the rest of the interview gets pretty interesting because you find out a lot about his past. He does bring it back full circle as he threatens to slap Ghost in the face. He wrapped the interview by stating, “I wish you would”.

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  • Elzhi – “coSIGN” ft. Skonie

    Elzhi has resurfaced with a new single, “coSIGN”, and announcement of a new project. If you’ve been following along at all, you’ve seen fans upset at the Kickstarter campaign that people put money into that didn’t end up turning in to a project. Well, he’s now announced an album in Lead Poison, and he talked with Noisey in depth about all of that and his new project. Listen to the song below and click this link to read the full interview.

    One of the things I’ve seen people say is “we don’t care if it takes a long time, we just want more updates,” and I’m just curious is that something you wish you had done differently?
    I’m a perfectionist, like cut and dry. We did some updates. I did a couple of audio updates, and I did a couple of video updates. And when I look back on it, man, I just feel like this shit is wack. They wasn’t the type of tunes that I would’ve liked to put out for my fan base.

    In that moment in time, when I was doing that, I was embarrassed to let my fans know where I was at in life at that time. Because I was going through a lot of shit I had to deal with. I just look at those videos, and I felt like I was faking it til I’m making it, but then I had to think about it like, “What happens when you don’t make it, you just fake it?” So I felt like I was being false and felt embarrassed and, yo I don’t want my people to see me like this. But I do wish that I could’ve done more and I wish it could’ve looked the way I would’ve liked it to look.

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  • IAMNOBODI – “Mad World” & Interview

    The talented IAMNOBODI just recently released a multiple-layered song in “Mad World”, which he discussed with OKP. The song/instrumental clocks in at just 10-minutes, and features multiple change-ups and vocals samples that emphasize his overall theme. Listen below, check out the interview, and stay tuned for more.

    OKP: First off, what’s on your mind right now? It feels like you’re letting these samples, these speeches, especially the first one from William Hayden, are pretty clearly a call out for justice and a better world. Just fill us in on your view of the world right now.

    Nobodi: That’s what it really is to be honest. There’s so much going on in the world right now and instead of helping and care for each other we treat each other like shit. I notice that everyday again and again. We live in a time where a man like Donald Trump is running for President! In a time where f.e. people in North Korea don’t know what Facebook is because one man is dictating and controlling everything! It’s 2015 and racism is still a major issue all across the globe. So ‘Mad World’ really is an attempt to encourage people to think about that a little bit.

    OKP: Musically there are so many joints in here, some of them dense and some a little looser. Did you make these all during the same time? Were they extras you had lying around that you decided to put together recently? Or were they all composed newly, for “Mad World” specifically.

    Nobodi: It’a bunch of ideas i had but i never really found time to finish it. So one day i just sat down and finished it. It’s some newer material in there, for sure. But this is not an EP, Sampler, Album or anything like that. It is more like an audio experiment. That’s what i would call it. My official album is dropping early next year and it’s called Wide Awake In A Dream.

    Read the Full Interview at Okayplayer.com

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  • Interview w/ G-Koop & O-Man on Creating Brother Ali’s “Ya Mawlana” (Video) | @GKoopAndOMan

    I’m just now getting hip, but in volume 54 these guys G Koop & O-Man talk about creating Brother Ali and Ant‘s “Ya Mawlana”, and follow it up with a performance. G Koop & O-Man is a unique beat-making play-by-play documentary series in which Bay Area musicians G Koop (Rob Mandell) and O-Man (Graham Richards) create new music from scratch and videotape the process. Quite interesting.

    They’ve got me going through their other volumes. Do that by visiting their YouTube channel.

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  • Ewonee – “Radiance” (Release) | @ewonee_ @Beathausshow

    Listen to some new beat goodness from Ewonee, who just recently dropped his Radiance project with Beat Haus. Get familiar and put a face to the music by watching the video interview that Beat Haus did with the young beatsmith above, listen to the music and read a bit below, and cop from iTunes.

    When a young Ewonee (pronounced “E-1”)@ewonee-thee-beatnik decided to borrow his father’s copy of “It Was Written”, he had no idea how it would transform the rest of his life. Entranced by what he had heard, he eventually began collecting instruments and flipping vinyl records, developing his own brand of dusty, fashionably off kilter hip-hop in the process.

    Born in Mount Vernon, NY, Ewonee is the first signee of East Coast record label & producer collective, Beat Haus Records. Today, we are proud to release “Radiance.” In addition to the single, which features vocalist ellareese, listeners are treated to three tasteful remixes by producers Noah B., Iman Omari and VESA. Radiance is available on all major retailers now!

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  • Koncept x J57 – “The Fuel” ft. Akie Bermiss (Video) | @Koncept @J57

    Koncept and J57 are gearing up to drop a new project on November 20th, and “The Fuel” is a new video from the project. The song features oft-collaborator Akie Bermiss, and is track two on their upcoming The Fuel EP. Watch as Koncept goes through some tough times and does what he has to for his family. You can pre-order today from iTunes. I’ve also added an interview that Rapology recent conducted with J57.

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  • RBMA Lecture w/ Che Pope (Video) | @RBMA @CheGOODMUSIC

    RBMA (Red Bull Music Academy) is in full swing in Paris, and they had renowned producer/businessman Che Pope on the spot for a great detail lecture that I highly suggest you watching. Especially if you’re a musician or producer on the up and up. Read a bit more about this lecture and Che himself below. Or, just free yourself from the world for an hour and a half and hone in.

    Between 2012 – 2014, American producer and songwriter Che Pope went from a partner, to the head of A&R, to the president of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label collective, and become one of the most influential figures in contemporary US rap and hip hop culture. Recently, he’s penned and produced hits for A$AP Rocky and The Weeknd, but his work dates back to the early 90s: deeply involved in the production of Lauryn Hill’s iconic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, as well as working as head of A&R at Warner Bros, producing alongside Dr Dre at Aftermath Records, and composing film scores alongside the legendary Hans Zimmer.

    In this in-depth lecture, Che Pope breaks it down about what it means to work intimately with Kanye West, the labour of love that was working with Hill, how the hip hop industry has involved into an often ruthless business, and the rewards and challenges of musical collaboration.

    Hosted by Jeff “Chairman” Mao

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  • Blu x MED x Madlib – “Knock Knock” ft. MF DOOM | @HerFavColor @meda4ox

    Blu, MED, and Madlib just collaboratively dropped “Knock Knock”, that features the one and only MF DOOM. Teaming up for a collaborative project titled Bad Neighbor, the trio will drop their new project on October 30th. Listen to the funky groove below. MED and Blu also recently did an interview with Rolling Stone, which you can read in full here.

    How did you two meet? It was on the Emanon tour, right?

    MED: Actually, it was a MED tour and Emanon was opening up for me. This is in, like, 2006. Emanon brought along Blu just to season him up, to get him ready for the game.

    Blu: It was my first time in Europe. We’ve been good friends since.

    MED: When I heard the [Blu and Exile] Below the Heavens album, when they played it for me while out on tour, I was pretty in awe about it. I was like, this sounds like some honest music. It was good to hear that. We bonded on tour partying and whatnot, having fun.

    What led you to start making music together?

    MED: He was on my Bang Ya Head 3 mixtape. “Your Life” was one of the first songs we collabed on. Then we got on “The Burgundy” and from there that’s we decided let’s do a whole album together.

    Blu: Q-Tip from Tribe showed us a lot of love for [“The Burgundy”]. New York showed us a whole lot of love. That just got ate up everywhere. It was one of the biggest selling hip-hop 12-inches that year.

    “The Burgundy” 12-inch dropped in 2013. Why so long between then and Bad Neighbor?

    Blu: We weren’t in a rush, because we knew we were working with one of the most classic producers of all time. Some of the biggest classics: Jaylib, Madvillain, Quasimoto, Lootpack, you know what I’m sayin’? And that Freddie Gibbs [Piñata] is crazy. So we knew we had to give the people something nice. We had some great records to follow up on.

    MED: You know when you’re dealing with Madlib, he’s such a creative cat. He has so many projects going on at once. Me and Blu actually recorded about 30 songs. We’re going to possibly manage to do something with some of the other leftover joints. Madlib always figures out things to do with songs and stuff.

    Blu: We’d go to the lab, and there were these beautiful songs. Madlib’s orchestration is, like . . . he’s like the Duke Ellington of hip-hop. You go in and you’re hearing drums, loops, cuts and basslines you’ve never heard before, and rhythms and patterns never delivered to the hip-hop genre. Everything Madlib drops is fresh, brand new, unseen.

    It’s surprising to see AMG on your album.

    MED: Blu got collab-happy, man. I ain’t gonna lie. He told me, “I got AMG.” And I was, like, “Bitch Betta Have My Money AMG?” And he was, like, “Yo, he’s trying to charge a crazy number.” And I was like, “We don’t got that in the budget.” Somehow Blu pulled it through.

    How did you connect with Hodgy Beats?

    MED: Blu suggested, “Yo, let’s get Hodgy on something.” So we reached out, we met up at the Stones Throw office and we smoked the hell out of that office. That was fun. I thought we were going to get banned. We were smoking the whole shit out and the workers were catching contact. [Odd Future are] fans of Stones Throw, and they’re fans of the Lootpack movement that I was involved with. During that time, a lot of cats were making beats in their room. We’re in that underground hip-hop scene in L.A., you know, Dilated Peoples, Alkaholiks. We’re lucky enough to where some of these young kids grew up knowing who we were.

    Blu, between your 2014 album Good to Be Home and now Bad Behavior, it seems like you’ve turned your focus to your hometown lately.

    Blu: Everywhere we go around the world, people ask us about L.A. So we wanted to do a record for L.A, which was Good to Be Home. It was natural for me and MED to just pick up where that left off. Bad Neighbor is just an album where everywhere we go, we shut it down. Bad Neighbor, you know what I mean?

    MED: I’ve traveled the world doing shows, but I’ve never had the chance . . . you know how some artists are, like, “I lived in New York for two years,” or “I lived in Atlanta for eight months,” and they can get a vibe of the community of musicians? It looks like Atlanta has a good relationship with musicians out there, the way they collab together. I think that’s how L.A. is. To me, it’s a great place to be as a musician. It’s not only that there’s so much talent out here, and there’s so much good vibes; but I’ve also watched a lot of people’s careers blossom, from Aloe Blacc to Anderson .Paak. There’s always the friendly competitiveness. Everyone wants to have that great music. But as far as the community, I can reach out to a lot of people if I want to, and either get some good information from them, some business savvy, or I can just get a collab or something. L.A. is the place to be if you’re a musician, in my eyes.

    Blu: L.A. is the best place to be in the world. I just hope they feel the same way with having us here.

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  • Real Late w/ Peter Rosenberg Interviews Mick Jenkins (Video) | @MickJenkins

    Mick Jenkins is currently on tour on the strength of his recently released Wave[s] project, and he just sat down and talked with Peter Rosenberg. Tune in and get familiar with Mick a little more. He talks about his label some, his favorite artists, taking pictures with fans, and a few other things (also joins with !llmind and Joell Ortiz later). Enjoy.

     

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