Archive for Interviews

From The Vault: Danny Boy Interview W/ Hank McCoy


It may be a gift, it may be a curse, but I am constantly looking for the next best thing. Whether it be in my personal endeavors, or business opportunities, who doesn’t love the feeling of reaching the top first? I mean, isn’t that the metaphorical line that separates genius and insanity? I’ve grown to really enjoy my work here on NQM & AO! because it has allowed me to connect with real niggaz close to my age from all around the country, who share similar visions of leaving a legacy, and being able to provide comfortably for their family & friends. First it was with the Finally Famous, Detroit supported Key Wane, and then we covered Closed Sessions with Chicago’s own Thelonious Martin. I am now pleased to introduce a real beast of a producer from Philadelphia, PA, by the name of Hank McCoy.

I was first introduced to Hank McCoy while he was freestyling backstage at a Chill Moody concert out in Philly late last year. I wasn’t sure if he was an artist, or if he was just the homie – but I did know he was entertaining as shit. I learned two things that night, the Talent Island family likes to show love, and they really like to drink Jameson. Part of the reason I’ve remained cool with those guys is because they share the same vision I was speaking on earlier. It only made sense to have our next segment swing in that direction. The night after his visit to NYC for Chill Moody’s headlining performance for Hot 97, I linked up with Hank to chop it up and get some real insight unto who the freshest new Philly producer really is. While we shot the shit, some subjects of commonality lied in our appreciation for the new Gatsby soundtrack, and both wanting the Heat to lose a series before The Finals. We spoke on his early beginnings as a sound maker, evolving into the artist he his today, his relationship with Chill, learning from 9th Wonder and much more. Keep it moving to read about the come up of a loyal, humble & comedic producer who is steadily on the rise to becoming a household name in his city, and in the music industry.

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DJ Mustard: “I Got 8% Of The Hot 100, I’m Just Trying To Feed My Family”


The good folks over at HardknockTV sat down for an in depth interview with DJ Mustard. Before the interview started, DJ Mustard shows how YG platinum single “My N***a” was created, and breaks the entire beat down. During the interview the platinum selling super producer talks about how the single was created and didn’t plan on the single being as big as it is. Also DJ Mustard discusses his influences, how he got started, using FL Studio, and preferring to work on an entire album with artists and more. Don’t mention to him about his music sounding like the Bay Area. He also goes on to say how he has 8% of the Hot 100 which is produced by him. You can’t even get mad at that.

Check out the in depth interview after the break. Part two next week.

UPDATE: Last week was part one. Today we included part two of the interview with HardKnockTV. DJ Mustard plays the original version of “Sanctified”. Says he gave Kanye West a hundred beats, says he’s working with J. Cole, Jay Electronica, and JAY Z.

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No Malice: “I’m Somewhere Else Now, I Am Not Doing Another Clipse Album. Be Very Clear.” (Video)

Welp. If you want to hear the Clipse music, you gotta buy them old albums. While in Texas at the SXSW festival, No Malice once again denounces a new Clipse album. He goes on and says how he doesn’t want to do that type of music anymore, and into detail of how he can’t cater to “every generation”. In this interview he also talks about his name change, his movement, and more.

Shouts to the homie P on the heads up.

Rapsody – Dark Knights (In Studio Performance) + Interview W/ DJ Enuff “The Hot Box”


While in NYC, Jamla’s own Rapsody stops by “The Hot Box” with DJ Enuff. The two discuss about her follow up to her debut album The Idea Of Beautiful, shooting videos for her latest mixtape, She Got Game. Rapsody also shares her in studio experiences with 9th Wonder and Kendrick Lamar. Rapsody also gets an exclusive beat from 9th Wonder and freestyles exclusively on air as well. Also she gives a performance of the latest single “Dark Knights” which is produced by E. Jones.

“What I’ve learned from 9th and watching Kendrick is to be yourself,” Rapsody said. “And creating your fan base and sticking with your people is what keeps you around. You know? There are no rules in this. You write your own story. So, just that and being more personal. Making music that someone can connect with versus just rhyming. Like ‘Aw, that’s a dope rhyme. That’s a dope cadence. But I got this story.’ And it’s like ‘Wow, I can relate to that.’ Or ‘This beat makes me feel this kind of emotion that makes me think of this memory.’ Like putting all of that feeling into music and connecting with people.”

Check out the in studio performance and interview after the jump.

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Madlib Speaks On Upcoming Madvillain Sequel W/ MF Doom; Explains What Happened W/ Kanye West Collab


Fresh off his collaborative studio album Piñata, with Freddie Gibbs, Madlib gets his “Q&A” on with Grantland. This was a very hilarious but informative interview, but Madlib also hints at a brand new Madvillain sequel album. He says that they have 10-12 songs already completed with MF Doom. We can’t wait for this, if it’s actually sees the light of day.

Speaking of the Madvillain sequel, any word on more work with Doom?

He wants to do it. It’s just like me with Quasimoto — it just has to be right. It ain’t like it’s gonna be worse or better. It’s a continuation. We got like 10, 12 songs. It’s up to him. We talk. He saying he recorded new material. We gon’ see, we gon’ see very soon. I’m gonna go to Europe, we gonna hook up with him. Next month, London, first thing I do is go see Doom.

Another interesting part of the interview was when they asked Madlib about working with (or not working with) Kanye West. It was said that Madlib would be producing for Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Madlib explains that maybe it was the direction Ye didn’t want to go in, but doesn’t go into much detail.

Check out the interview after the jump.

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August Alsina: “I Don’t Really F**k With Trey Right Now, We Ain’t On The Same Page”


It was all good just a week ago. August Alsina sits down with Rap-Up to promote his debut album Testimony, but he reveals beef with fellow r&b artist Trey Songz. The crooner talks about how the remix to his number 1 single “I Luv This Sh*t” came about and more. He says he and Trey recently had a falling out because the two planned a show and didn’t go as planned. August says he can’t deal with egos, who’d ever think Trey Songz would have an ego.

“Once ni**as go to talkin’ a certain type of way, that shit ain’t gon’ fly with me and that’s all that was and I just had to not do the show ’cause I can’t stand on side of a ni**a if I really got something that I feel in my heart. It just ain’t gon’ work, so I just had to dip and we didn’t do it, but it is what it is.”

Check out the interview after the jump. Also August Alsina enlisted Rick Ross, and Pusha T for his debut album.

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Jake One: “3 Kings” Was For Dr. Dre (Detox), He Was Gonna Put Kendrick Lamar On It First”


Jake One is one of favorite producers in the industry, especially from White Van Music, The Stimulus Package (with Freeway), so on & so forth. In a interview with Life + Times, Jake Ones discusses his catalogue ranging from MF Doom, Drake, J. Cole, Rick Ross, Dr. Dre, and more. One of the most interesting facts about the interview, was the story behind “3 Kings”. He says the beat was originally for Dr. Dre which was set to feature on his long awaited Detox album and set to feature Kendrick Lamar. Honestly, I would’ve loved to hear Kendrick Lamar on this beat.

That was originally a beat for Dr. Dre. That was a Detox song for sure. He was going to put Kendrick Lamar on it first, but for whatever reason that didn’t work out. Then he went to Miami and did the joint with Ross. That was probably about a full year before it came out. It was kind of just sitting there, but Dre loved the song. I don’t really talk to Dre at all, so I would just hear from the people around him that the record was crazy. I figured it had to be a banger with all these people telling me that the song was amazing. I had some other songs that he had done for Detox, so I had heard that before. I just wasn’t really sure what was going to happen with it, because obviously the music hasn’t really come out. It was bugged out, because the Ross album was getting ready to come out and a guy in Dre’s camp nonchalantly texted me one morning like “So yeah, Ross is using that record and JAY Z is on it.” I was like holy shit! [laughs]. When the song premiered, I happened to be in New York at a friend’s house. Hot 97 played the record for like 45 minutes straight. That was definitely a different experience for me. I never really had songs that played on the radio like that. That was really cool. When I made that beat I had just heard “Lord Knows” by Drake. Just Blaze destroyed that beat. I just loved it. I had some beats in that vein already, but that Just beat just put me in zone.

Also after the jump, check out the story behind the beat for “Mo Money (Interlude)” which was originally for Drake.

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Video: J. Cole & Bas Perform In London, Ontario + Bas & Omen Interviews

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In -23 degree weather fans of J.Cole and the Dreamville clique stood in line for hours as Jermaine and crew hit up London, Ontario on the Canadian segment of the What Dreams May Come Tour. Above you can watch highlights of the show as well as fans’ reaction after the set. Under the jump watch highlights of the show as well as interviews with Dreamville members Bas & Omen. Bas opens up about the steady rising path to success, what he has learnt from being on the road with Cole and much more. Omen speaks on early influences his families history in music and much more.

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