Archive for Interviews

Meek Mill Talks Sophomore Album; Says He Recorded Over 80 Songs For It

During the Grammy weekend, (which is tonight), Rap-Up caught up with Meek Mill to discuss details about his latest instagram photo and about his upcoming album. He says the album is set to be released in the Spring, but he also reveals collaborations with Rita Ora and Timbaland. No tracklisting, album title, and says he’s recorded more than 80 songs already for it.

“That’s the OG. Me and Timbaland always kickin’ it for the last year or two, so I seen him one day, I was playin’ some music for him and Hov, and he was like, he wanna go in and make some magic. I was all the way with that.”

Add-2 Talks “Between Heaven And Hell”, Violence In Chicago & More W/ FuseTV

Jamla Recording artist Add-2 recently sat down with the television network FUSE to discuss his latest EP “Between Heaven And Hell”. In the interview Add breaks down the meaning behind the title, the violence in Chicago, the inspiration for several songs including “The Ugly Side Of Beautiful”, “Club Church” & “Death Of Chicago”.

Catch Add-2 along with Jamla on tour 1/27 at SOBs in New York, 1/28 at LIV Nightclub in Washington DC, and 1/29 at Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC.

Jhené Aiko Says “Souled Out” Album Arrives In May; Reveals Features (Video)

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Fresh off of the Would You Like A Tour, with Drake, the lovely singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko sat down with Vibe to reveal some details about her forthcoming project Souled Out. Her latest EP, Sail Out has become one of my favorite EPs at the end of 2013, but most importantly the album is what i’m looking for. Jhené says her favorite song from the EP is the “Comfort Inn Ending Freestyle”, and describes details about the record. Also she’s planning on releasing more visuals from the EP, and the official debut album will arrive in stores, May 2014.

“May 2014. Souled Out,” she tells VIBE, smiling from ear-to-ear, before revealing a very special feature. “I have a song called “Premises” with my daughter Namiko Love. That, right now, is my favorite one.”

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Common Reveals Features On Upcoming “Nobody’s Smiling” Album

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After announcing the news about his forthcoming album Nobody’s Smiling, in 2014 with producer NO I.D.. Common has since released a street record titled “War“, in anticipation for the project. Today, Common has revealed that he album will be out in the Spring and also announced some features. Around the 1:58 mark, Common announced that Vince Staples, and James Fauntleroy are set to feature on the LP, but also some up & coming Chicago emcees. He also talks about the meaning behind the album title and the influences that stem from choosing that specific title.

“I got to the roots of who I am and where I come from,” the 41-year-old lyricist says. “I feel like this is going to be one of the greatest years for me, musically.”

Check out the interview with Vibe after the jump.

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Noah ’40′ Shebib Talks “NWTS”, Not Liking “Wu-Tang Forever”, Aaliyah’s Posthumous LP & More

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In an exclusive interview with VIBE, Noah ’40′ Shebib talks about the making of Drake’s latest platinum album, Nothing Was The Same, his work ethic and more. He speaks on the making of “Tuscan Leather”, the 808 & Heartbreaks influence with Aubrey’s latest album and the direction and decisions behind the album. 40 says he didn’t like “Wu-Tang Forever” (but to me, I think it’s dope), and also goes into detail about the status of Aaliyah’s Posthumous LP. He also mentions that he wants to work with N.O.R.E., Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon.

Many of your collaborations with other artists have come through Drake. Maybe you could be the conduit for his bucket-list collabo with Sade.

Well, I was that for Aaliyah. Aaliyah’s label Blackground—the Hankersons, her uncle and cousin—came to me and said if she was around she’d want you to do this [posthumous] project. I’ve been obsessed with Aaliyah forever, and I know Drake has his relationship with her. But that opportunity was mine. Drake said, “Can I do it with you?” and I was like, “Of course, we’ll do it together.” The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it. That was a very sad experience for me. I was naïve to the politics surrounding Aaliyah’s legacy and a bit ignorant to Timbaland’s relationship and everybody else involved and how they’d feel. Tim said to me “Don’t stop, make the album.” I think that was Tim taking the position of, “I’m not going to stop you. If you’re not going to do it, that’s your decision.” But ultimately, I wasn’t comfortable and didn’t like the stigma. We released [“Enough Said”], but I was seven songs deep. [Aaliyah’s] mother saying “I don’t want this out” was enough for me. I walked away very quickly.

The beat for “Wu-Tang Forever” had that gritty feel, too.

I didn’t like “Wu-Tang Forever.” It sounded too different but I guess that resonated. People loved that shit. Maybe I don’t get it.

Chance The Rapper Performs “Chain Smoker” On “The Arsenio Hall Show” (Video)

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Just a few moments ago, Chicago rapper Chance The Rapper performed his Acid Rap featured record “Chain Smoker”. I admit I slept on that project, but it’s not a bad listen it definitely gets plays. Also before performing, Chance declared peace for Chicago and rightfully so, sad to say they need it.

Check out the interview & performance after the jump.

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Audible Doctor Sway In The Morning (Interview & Freestyle)

Audible Doctor has collaborated with various artist, as well as putting out tons of mixtapes and EPs. Audible Doctor plans to release another mixtape in the near future. French drops some original beats for the aggressive MC’s to tackle as they take over Shade 45.

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Yancey Boys (Frank Nitt & Illa J) Talk “Sunset Blvd”, J Dilla & More W/ Out Da Box Radio

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Out Da Box Radio is happy to bring you a brand new interview with emcees’ Frank Nitt and Illa J also known as the “Yancey Boys”. The group consists of the previous mentioned emcees, alongside the late Legendary Artist “J. Dilla” as the prime Producer. We were fortunate to speak with both Frank and Illa on a number of topics which included their new album “Sunset Blvd”, as well as the influence and impact their great brother “J. Dilla” had on them. Frank Nitt also took the time to share some insight into how the collaborations came about for the album, as well as the mission him and Illa out to accomplish with the music. He took a moment to also speak on his recent solo releases. One of them, being a collaborative project with producer extraordinaire “Madlib” and expounded on what it was like working with him. He even spoke on the similarities between Madlib and Dilla, and gave some insight into how Dilla related to Lib, being an admirer of the earlier “Lootpack” records. We also got a chance to hear both artists speak on memorable moments shared with Dilla while out in L.A. As the interview came to a close, both artists delved briefly into their future goals as well as the next step for the group and the label Delicious Vinyl. Overall, I had a great time speaking with Frank and Illa J. They had a very happy and humble vibe during the interview, which made for a successful flowing conversation. Please take the time to listen and definitely feel free to share if you like what you hear. We hope you enjoy!