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    Drums Bang Interview w/ ILL Brown (Video) | @ILLBrown @ProducerBeatBox

    We orchestrated, along side Drums Bang, an interview with Chicago bred producer ILL Brown a few weeks ago. This interview was in light of him launching a Producer Beat Box with Drums Bang, and you can check out more about all of that by hitting this link. You will be able to download his drum kit by itself on 9/1/14 at Drums Bang’s website.

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    Killer Mike Talks Ferguson & More on CNN (Video)

    After his piece on Billboard Online about everything currently going on in St. Louis, Killer Mike today talked with CNN. Read his Op-Ed piece here, and watch the interview above.

    “This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them.”

    I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope-filled insight to deliver. I only have this warning to all Americans: Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.

    The police are paid by the public and carry a public trust, and they take an oath to protect us as citizens. The police have lost sight of that and must be reminded that we pay them to protect us, not to simply engage and cage us.

    We trust police with the power of life and death and with that trust comes a greater responsibility to be better than the current standard of policing I see across America everyday. Being a cop must be hard. My dad was one, and never wanted any of his children to follow in his footsteps. Being a cop is often seeing the worst of the human condition and behavior. With all of that said, there is no reason that Mike Brown and also Eric Garner are dead today — except bad policing, excessive force and the hunt-and-capture-prey mentality many thrill-seeking cops have adapted.

    This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them. This is not Egypt or Syria or Palestine, but today it feels that way. It feels as if death can come, without reason, from a uniformed government official and, if we do not press back against this Blue Wall of Silence and gang-like mentality of our local police, we all are in danger. Whether it is illegal rd stops & checkpoints, where your rights are being violated — through being forced to answer questions that the 5th Amendment protects you from, or illegal stop-and-frisk that the 4th Amendment is designed to protect you from — all of our rights are violated and in danger when any American’s rights are violated.

    I have chimed in about the brutality that killed this child, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, and so many others. It’s shameful, but these are not simply words to commiserate; these words, I hope, serve as a wake-up call to all Americans. Our rights are being violated by people we pay daily. This must end, or every American has failed.

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    Ebro In The Morning Interview w/ Freddie Gibbs (Video) | @FreddieGibbs

    Let’s keep the interviews going this afternoon with this Freddie Gibbs sit-down on Ebro In The Morning. The Gangsta Gibbs discussions on Young Jeezy have been going on for a while, and this interview touches on the “situation” quite a bit. There are some other topics as well, such as Gary and Piñata. Check this out.

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    #INDIANA: G. Granite “The Lost Seeds of Nibiru” Interview | @greygranite

    Last summer G. Granite began a mystical journey when he dropped the first of many to come albums, Rich in the Blood, Book 1: The Eye The Shield. He has created a culture phenomenon with his #SacredGameRap, which has become a rally cry for local hip hop artists in the area.

    Now, in 2014, he has jumped to book six in the Rich in the Blood series and has released The Lost Seeds of Nibiru earlier this summer. The album itself is a great stand alone, but when asked why he jumped to the sixth book in the saga Granite said that there were two reasons. “There is an order of importance and what you need to know about to be able to follow through the story. The second, to let people know that I am serious about this Book game.” The series will consist of nine different books all being let loose every June and then, if we are lucky, a second release will come in October.

    In fact, he already has recorded two more albums, but decided to let Nibiru loose before those other two. Granite records with Matt Riefler, who recently helped with the J. Brookinz project, The Gateway. The emcee also had to say that he felt more of a purpose with this album and that what the album conveys brought upon its release instead of other albums. “I felt like I may have been searching for a purpose with The Eye The Shield and with this one, it made itself aware and gave me purpose.”

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    The books themselves have a life of their own because of the emotions that each brings to the artist. There is also no set-in-stone order for the release of the books due to this fact. This doesn’t mean that he hasn’t thought about the order, just that it is something of a loose schedule and that even though he may have recorded the albums already, the script could change.

    Speaking to him about this project, you could sense a change in tone with the artist, especially with the flow. Granite has always been one to get people out of their seats with both beats and lyrics, but with Nibiru he brings a more subtle ebb and flow to the tracks. You can get lost in the beats that are a bit slower paced, but the emcee keeps you on the edge of your seat with his fast paced lyricism. This allows you to either jam on Sunday mornings or get live at the house party. “I feel like, for one of first times, it is finally okay to release some slow rap music.” But there are tracks that he feels can be flipped when performing live that may bring new life to a slower track. “Depending on which tracks the crowd is really feeling depends on how much energy I can put into when performing.”

    Bobby Brown was one of his (and mine as well) favorite singles from the project. Granite says that if he could ship one to the radio, this track would be it. Another track from the album would be ERYTHANG. This single features another native to the Naptown hip hop scene, Freddie Bunz. The two have often collaborated in years past and will be on the road again this summer for the Ghost Gun Summer, which kicks off tonight at the General Public Collective at 7:30pm.

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    Collaboration is also nothing new to the emcee. You know that whenever a release is coming, Granite is bringing a slew of featured artist and producers that join his fellowship to help complete his ethereal quest into hip-hop. We talked about the process he goes through when deciding who gets on the album and what affects those decisions. “I knew who was going to be on this album because of the way the beats sounded. The topic also helps decide who is on the track.” He mentioned bringing Grxzz on for Project Pegasus due to his real life experience and how that emcee could seriously immerse himself in the track due to those experiences. In turn, this helps breathe life into the track.

    I also talked to him about the almost eerie sample that he uses on the third track of Nibiru, which serves as the intro. This sample is provided by Lee Hazelwood, a country musician from the 60s and 70s. It’s definitely not something I would expect to hear on a hip hop album, but his music is actually one of Granite’s biggest influences. “You have got to open your eyes to all genres and Lee is a totally different side of country. He is my favorite artist. I love outlaw music, it is real men making real music, real men doing real shit.” He then explained how using these cross genre tracks can really help other artists grow and bring familiarity to something they never knew existed.

    As for which book he will release next? It’s a toss-up between Book 4: The Hollow Earth, which he took on tour this past winter and released online, but hasn’t pressed yet. The other option is Book 3: The Dark Matter Hand. The artist was more excited about the idea of the latter coming first, “Something is telling me to release this one, man!” I guess we will have to wait until October 31st to find out which one wins.

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  • Nardwuar vs. Wu-Tang Clan (Video)

    The Wu-Tang Clan stopped in British Columbia recently, and in so, the Human Serviette, Nardwuar, got to stop in and talk with them. Lots of RZA knowledge, but you can also spot Ghostface, U-God, Rae, and a handful of others. Get your Kung-Fu knowledge up.

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    Dave Chappelle Talks With David Letterman (Video)

    For the first time in many years, Dave Chappelle made an appearance on a late-night television show as he stopped by David Letterman’s couch to chat it up about his upcoming spotlight at Radio City Music Hall. There will be performances from none other than Busta Rhymes, Nas, The Roots, and DJ Premier. In this interview he talks about that, but also quite a bit about his past surrounding him leaving his own show.

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    Sound Session Interview w/ Freddie Gibbs (Video) | @FreddieGibbs

    As Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour stopped in Seattle a few weeks back, Freddie Gibbs stopped by the KUBE studios to chop it up with DJ Hyphen. It was a lengthy sit-down, and Gibbs talks on a lot, including his early days, move to LA and scene, his hooping skills, some criticism, and other interesting topics. When you get about 15 minutes press play on this one.

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    Drums Bang Interview w/ Slot-A (Video) | @IAMSLOTA @ProducerBeatBox

    When Slot-A was in town for our Writer’s Block showcase last month (June’s is this upcoming Wednesday), Drums Bang sat down with Slot and talked about his past and how he got started, his production and sound, and some about on his new beat tape that we’re sharing tomorrow. Be on the lookout for “High Tide,” and make sure to check out his featured Producer Beat Box over at Drums Bang’s website. A few things you get if you buy the box are listed below.

    Our inaugural DRUMS BANG: Producer Beat Box for June 2014 features Michigan to Chicago producer/DJ SLOT-A, who has produced for the likes of Jamall Bufford aka Buff-1 (The Black Opera/Athletic Mic League), Add-2 (Jamla Records), Scheme (Molemen), Neak, Grumpy Old Men, Gerald Walker, Sincerely Yours, and many others.

    If you purchase DRUMS BANG: Producer Beat Box for June 2014 you will get the contents listed below shipped to your doorstep, and yes, shipping is free in the US. More details on your box is listed below:

    1) Exclusive drum kit from SLOT-A with 40 custom crafted sounds. These aren’t just any kicks, snares, hats, breaks, etc…these are customized and crafted by SLOT-A himself. No copy and pasting from other kits!

    2) Live musician samples in bass form. Basslines Basics played by Clarence Jones (aka Gritts) of Sweet Poison Victim. There are 74 authentic bass samples, loops and one shots included.

    3) Live musician samples in guitar form. The Ted Somerville Guitar experience features Ted Somerville of Sweet Poison Victim. There are 104 guitar samples, loops, one shots and other experimental sounds included.

    3) Maja 7th & Dominique Larue’s “GRAND” EP with exclusive acapellas for five of the tracks.

    4) Slot-A’s brand new exclusive “High Tide” beat tape in digital form.

    5) Writer’s Block beat tape in physical form (CD) for the month of June. Special one-of-a-kind packaging. It features 10 dope producers from around the world, sponsored by BDTB. You can submit to be a part of it next month by hitting this link.

    6) Stickers, stickers.

    7) An item to add to your gear/adapter collection OR a discount coupon for either a music store or gear. It varies each month.

    8) Artwork for SLOT-A’s “High Tide” beat tape. The artwork is also signed. 8×10.

    9) Exclusive music from Chicago’s Sincerely Yours that was produced by SLOT-A.

    10) An informational and possibly comedic video about producing from Chicago’s ILL Brown (producer for Bun B, Freddie Gibbs, Casey Veggies, GLC and more).

    11) A one-of-a-kind button made by Make Me Sandwich. Pin it to something.

    12) Detailed information on all of the artists and vendors involved with the Producer Beat Box for this month.

    13) All of the digital information comes on a customized 4GB flash drive.

    14) Yes, that’s over $100 worth of freshness for only $30!

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