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  • Open Mike Eagle Talks With Aesop Rock On “Secret Skin” Podcast | @Mike_Eagle @AesopRockWins

    Open Mike Eagle was in Portland recently and talked with Aesop Rock for his Secret Skin podcast. The discussion between the two artists delves deep into who Aesop Rock is, and it really kind of opens up to understand a bit of his mind behind making music (and just living life and such). He talks about depression, anxiety, music, moving, and more. Check out Mike’s full directory of podcasts by hitting this link.

    On this episode of Secret Skin, Open Mike Eagle checks in with Aesop Rock from the “magical rap forest” of Portland, Oregon, which Aesop calls home (for now).

    In a wide-ranging interview, the self-described “very private” rapper opens up about his bouts with depression and anxiety, moving back to New York City, the artists who have influenced him, what “success” looks like for a working rapper in 2015 and his forthcoming solo record.

    The former Boston University art student, who still considers himself a failed artist, has released six albums in 15 years, plus numerous collaborative projects, EPs, and singles.

    Aesop reveals that he quit his day job in 2001 so he could go on tour, only to bow out of the gig due to an anxiety attack. This meant staying behind in New York City and getting a prescription for anti-anxiety medication, which he filled on September 11, 2001. In downtown Manhattan.

    He spent the next 14 years on various medications, but has weaned himself off everything over the last six months.

    “It doesn’t matter because I don’t feel good anyway,” Aesop says of the decision. “I can at least go back to see who the fuck I am when I’m normal for a second. And if six months go by and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s why I’m on this shit,’ then fine, so be it.”

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  • Watch Skyzoo’s New “Comradery: The Making of Music For My Friends” Documentary (Video) | @Skyzoo

    The full-length album will drop on June 23rd, but Skyzoo has unleashed a 20-minute-plus mini-documentary, titled Comradery: The Making of Music For My Friends, which is about his new projectThe film was directed by Caity Arthur and has Sky not only talking about the idea behind his new album, and a bit about his upbringing, but also shows a few clips of him in the studio making it. You can pre-order Music For My Friends today on iTunes. Watch below.

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  • Soulection – “Inside the Sound of Tomorrow 006″ (Video) | @Soulection

    Take a peak inside the road life of the Soulection crew, as they document their tours through Europe and North America. This video features appearances from Esta, Evil Needle, Iamnobodi, Sam Gellaitry, Mr. Carmack, and more. The Sound of Tomorrow tour returns to Europe on May 7th in Paris. Check out the Soulection website for tickets and more event information.

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  • RBMA UK Interview & Lecture w/ A$AP Rocky (Video) | @asvpxrocky @rbma

    During the Red Bull Music Academy’s (RBMA) UK tour, they sat down on the infamous couch with A$AP Rocky. Yasiin Bey also joined him for a small portion of the interview and they talked about a handful of stuff (per usual). Read a bit below, but get you some time and watch above.

    In 2011, Harlem’s A$AP Rocky emerged at the forefront of a resurgent New York rap underground. Connecting the dots between a wide spectrum of ‘90s rap and the fashion-savvy hip hop vanguard, Rocky quickly ascended to global stardom. In this public lecture at London’s majestic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, as part of the 2015 RBMA UK Tour, the rapper gave a rare insight into his state of mind. Sitting down with journalist Hattie Collins on the Red Bull Studios London couch where he wrote much of At.Long.Last.A$AP, Lord Flacko seemed delighted to hold court. This extensive interview also features a special appearance by Yasiin Bey and the first play of album cut “M’$.”

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Gangrene Interview (Video) | @Alchemst @OhNoTheDisrupt

    The FADER caught up with Gangrene, which is Alchemist and Oh No for those following along at home, for a short three-minute interview discussing a handful of topics. The duo will be dropping something new via Grand Theft Auto, music wise, which will be dropping on April 21st.

    Director: Rob Semmer
    Editor: Sam Balaban
    Director of Photography: Scott Perry
    Titles: Joseph Garvey
    Animations: Jessica Hutchison
    Executive Producer: Joseph Patel
    Production Company: The FADER

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  • Combat Jack Show Has Extensive Interview w/ Kool Herc (Stream) | @CombatJackShow

    The father of hip hop, Kool Herc, recently sat down with Combat Jack and Premium Pete for an extensive interview. No need to talk much on this one. Listen below.

    The father of Hip Hop Kool Herc gives us a very rare interview documenting the birth of Hip Hop, how he ran the game throughout the 1970’s, how his man Coke La Rock was the very first rap emcee, the records he discovered, how he almost died for this culture, his battle with drugs, health issues and his top five emcees and deejays. This one is for the history books. We do this for the culture.

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  • RBMA UK Lecture & Interview w/ Danny Brown (Video) | @xdannyxbrownx

    RBMA (Red Bull Music Academy) UK recently grabbed Danny Brown for a near hour-and-a-half lecture in Glasgow. As you may know if you’re familiar with these lectures, lots of different topics were discussed with Danny on the couch with the infamous backdrop. Read a bit below, but get yourself some time to watch this interview above.

    In an era of industry-obsessed MCs, interchangeable hashtag raps, and “viral” everything, it has become increasingly difficult to find a true original in the rap game. Fortunately, at the start of the decade, along came Danny Brown. In 2011 the Detroit MC teamed up with Fool’s Gold Records and released XXX, a tour-de-force concept record about hedonism, growing up, and his hometown, which took listeners on a profane and psychedelic journey through his own uncensored ID. After a year of universal critical acclaim, Danny divided his time recording his debut full length LP, OLD, and appearing on tracks by the likes of A$AP Rocky, Ab-Soul, A-Trak and Purity Ring. OLD challenged XXX’s achievements, and Brown’s paradigm shredding path hasn’t hit a block since.

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  • Nardwuar vs. Mick Jenkins (Video) | @nardwuar @MickJenkins

    Nardwuar the Human Serviette caught up with Chicago emcee Mick Jenkins at SXSW for an interview. Per usual, Nardwuar digs deep into the Mick’s history. They talk about his curly Mohawk, mushrooms, hidden cash Chicago, what he looks at when he raps, and other random interesting things. Check out that above, and make sure to bump his The Water[s] release from this link.

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