Archive for the ‘-Interview’ Category

I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Wu-Tang’s Cappadonna to speak about his new release, Hook Off.

We talked the new album, his path from Park Hill to prison to today, and how his message has changed during the ride.

“Most popular hip-hop songs can only be remembered by a catchy hook, so with no hook the listener has no choice but to take in the lyrical content, flow and delivery of the artist, which is what this album comes packed with.”


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I had an opportunity to speak with Well$ of Charlotte, North Carolina on Beatspill Radio, WMUA 91.1FM.  We talked about his label, Immaculate Taste, his new album, MTSYD: Revenge of the African Booty Scratchers, his generation’s old school icons, and why the North Carolina hip hop scene is on it’s way to joining New York, Detroit, and LA as a mecca of the genre moving forward.

Download MTSYD: Revenge of the African Booty Scratchers via audiomack  here.

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We wrapped up our Spring semester with an awesome interview with Virginia producer Backdraft. We talk about the Virginia music scene as a whole, his upcoming project charity-based project Diasporic Connections, featuring globally spread African artists, and his Soulquarian remix tape, which is still in development.

Be sure to tune in to sMiles next week, who will be manning BEATSPILL Radio‘s summer block, Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8.


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Earlier this week sMiles and I had a chat with NY/NC rapper JSWISS. We talked about No9to5 Music, his upcoming release Awthenticity, and what it takes to be a unique artist in this biblical flood of young talent.

Awthenticity drops May 14th

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Jolowitz and I speak with Doodlebug aka Cee Knowledge, MC of the legendary Digable Planets, maybe the chillest, ultra-jazzy hip hop crew of the early 90’s.  We discuss the reasons behind the break up of Digable Planets, the content of modern hip hop, his current and future happenings, artists he regrets not working with, and his ideal setting to write lyrics, among other things.

Note: The Interview is broken up into 2 parts.

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The precision in which Rench combines country and hip hop, two seemingly antithetical genres, into one revolutionary sound is incredible.  Jolowitz and I had the pleasure of speaking with the mind behind, the producer of, and the singer for Gangstagrass.  He discusses his work before Gangstagrass, what propelled him to fuse Bluegrass and Hip Hop, and the details behind his upcoming tour, among other things.  He also gives us exclusive news on an upcoming collaboration.

Here’s a stream of his latest album Rappalachiain case you’re ill-informed of his style:

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We had the good fortunes of speaking with DJ Symphony after the GZA show in Northampton the other night. We talked about Wu-Tang‘s upcoming Coachella and European tour dates, his upcoming project with Ghostface Killah, Certified Crack, and his independent station Radio Invasion. Less official business includes the division of the genre, the essence of hip hop, and, of course, jazz. He’s an incredibly entertaining guy and gave us an terrific interview. We’ll keep you all up to date on his upcoming projects.

Check us out tonight on Radio Invasion and WMUA 91.1 FM.

Check out the DJ schedule for this weekend here.

Follow @djsymphony

Filmed by Thugs Bunny

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Last night GZA was performing at the Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton. The venue was packed and he put on an unbelievable show. We were close, about two and a half rows back. At one point he hopped off stage and rapped on the floor in the midst of the mosh pit.  He was backed by DJ Symphony, who gave us a great interview after the show that you can expect up this Saturday.

This was our first live Wu-Tang experience and there was this overpowering feeling of something historically significant going on while watching The Genius just feet in front of us. He performed his verses of all the songs I was hoping to hear, like a kind of “Best Of” live show. At one point some bearded bozo hopped up on stage. Instead of losing his cool, GZA handed him the mic and offered him the floor. The fool quickly shrunk in the spotlight, speechless and pitiful. It wasn’t until then that GZA shoved that dude back to the crowd.

He was an incredibly engaging performer, finishing the show by performing four or five songs while walking throughout the crowd, nearly to the back of the auditorium. This was a man with nothing to prove and even less to fear walking among the common people, his fans, putting on what is sure to be remembered as so many individuals’ greatest concert experience of their lives.

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Jolowitz and I talk to Tiger Speak members Carter Lee (Bass), Jake Baldwin (Trumpet), Matt Phenix (Drums), and Ryan Easter (MC/Trumpet) as they speak on the origin of Tiger Speak, the logistics of composing a song, problems in contemporary hip hop, their influences, and MORE. The interview was conducted before their headlining performance at WMUA 91.1’s Hip Hop In Renaissance show which took place at UMass Amherst on November 29.

Tiger Speak is an extremely talented and quite refreshing up-and-coming hip hop group composed of a conglomerate of eight members whose backgrounds in music range from jazz to hip hop.  As one might expect, their hip hop sound is greatly jazz influenced, with most tracks becoming a fuse of the two genres.  The members come from all over the United States and even Canada but met and created their debut album in Boston, MA.  This is the kind of hip hop that should be popular – it is real and original.  During their live shows, from song to song, piece to piece, you will find yourself teleporting back and forth from a happening modern hip hop venue to a 1920’s Jazz Club.

Check out the rest of their music here

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