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Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2013

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment

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It’s that time of year where top 10 lists pop off everywhere. This year saw plenty of great material and growth of some elder statesmen and new artists. With that being said, after listening to albums over, I have finally put together my 10 Top Hip-Hop Albums of 2013 for Miami New Times. I’ll probably catch heat from some, but keep in mind that I did NOT include mixtapes. Check out a little preview before clicking on the link below.

New rules, new slaves, new mobs and gangs, and more ways of soul-searching. That was 2013.

There’s no denying hip-hop stuck its chest out with enough bravado that would make Michael Jordan believe you were challenging his throne. Who else but Jay Z could sell one million albums BEFORE it was released? Yeah, Beyonce sold 800,000 over albums in a few hours out of no where, but that was just taken out of Kanye’s playbook after announcing Yeezus a month before its release with drive-in-styled showings of “New Slaves” across the country being its primary source of marketing while doing battle with J. Cole on the same release date.

Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2013

Interview: SDotBraddy

December 10, 2013 Leave a comment

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A few days ago I was able to speak to Kendall’s SDotBraddy for an interview for Miami New Times. During our conversation we were able to speak on quitting football for rap, his relationship with his father, why Private Sessions has taken so long to be released and more. Check out a little excerpt below before clicking the link to the full Q&A.

How’s your relationship with your father?
Oh, man. Me and my dad still talk. I know most people who heard Innovation definitely know the relationship with me and my father right now. It’s definitely gotten better, but it’s definitely not to a point where it was before, and I don’t think that it’ll ever be to that point again. We’re definitely working on it, man. You’ll definitely hear more on the tape of how. I definitely touch on the subject a little bit more. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing it mostly for people that are in my situation that have gone through what I’ve gone through. I feel like every child needs that father figure.

Interview: SDotBraddy

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Interview: Black Dave

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

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Before his performance at The Jambox for Art Basel, New York’s Black Dave took some time out his Thanksgiving to speak to me about being an amateur skater, what he keeps in his back pocket, the best Nike Dunk release and more. If you like the preview below then click the link to read the full Miami New Times Q&A.

There’s not one specific place that took your breath away?
I’d say Santiago, Chile. And actually Buenos Aires, Argentina was huge. That was dope. Because that was more like urban, you know? Like, more grimy Argentina.

People were protesting throughout the streets everyday, and there’s a lot of graffiti. We all felt like we were back in New York on the other side of the world. So, I felt almost at home there.

When I was going some of your interviews easily the majority of the questions have been skating questions. They have to be getting old by now or are they still ok to ask?
I mean, skating, it’s not about getting old. I’ve learned new things everyday. This year has probably been one of the most successful for my skateboarding. My whole life is something we could keep going on about. It’s not really that it gets old, but definitely I think when I do interviews with music sites or blogs they don’t really have a lot of skaters come through actually or any. So when they ask me it’s almost like they’re finding out for the first time. I may put them on to something that they might know about. So I don’t knock it. It’s all what it is. It’s all a part of me.

Interview: Black Dave

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Interview: Lil Champ FWAY

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment

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Lil Champ FWAY has been a bit of a Carmen San Diego. The Carol City rapper as of late has been kickin’ it in California. Luckily for me I was able to get FWAY on the phone for an interview for Miami New Times where he spoke to me about his Real Nigga SHXT mixtape, “gods” and “lords” and why he’s in Los Angeles. Check the preview and then click the link for the full Q&A.

Do you feel like you need to prove anything to anybody?
I feel like I need to prove that not only me but everybody in Miami and everybody around me has something to say. That’s why I go so hard. I feel like if somebody around me is feeling a certain way they might not say it, so I’ll say. Basically, yeah, I kind of feel like I do have something to prove, but it’s not only for me, it’s for everybody in my city.

Why do you feel like they may keep their mouth shut?
Because they’re afraid of the politics or what comes with it. they feel like it will cause trouble, rub off people the wrong way. Sometimes you just got to say it so people could understand and it won’t be everybody just fake. Everybody could know where they stand instead of wondering what’s going on and confront the issues all the time.

Interview: Lil Champ FWAY

Nardwuar vs. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

March 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Nardwuar was one busy man while at SXSW. In this latest interview of his, Nardwuar is joined by Seattle’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The duo’s album, The Heistis out now.

Nardwuar vs. Trinidad James

March 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Nardwuar made his rounds while at SXSW and ran into the “All Gold Everything” rapper, Trinidad James. You know what the deal is with Nardwuar and includes a cameo from the cold ass honkie Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Nardwuar vs Flying Lotus (Interview Video)

December 10, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Rogue-journalist Nardwuar approaches experimental Hip Hop producer Flying Lotus to discuss obscure music samples, going to high school with a famous porn-star and FlyLo’s blood connections with legendary R&B/Soul songwriters and Jazz musicians.

For those of us familiar with Marilyn McCleod and John Coltrane, you’d know this man’s music is to be respected when he shares their bloodline.

Mike Skinner & Danny Brown Interview w/ Noisey

December 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Vice’s music channel Noisey has successfully managed to pair up two of my favorite characters in music once again. The ironic thing is I actually favorited a tweet by one of them when these cats initially met one night in London.

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The mastermind behind The Streets moniker Mike Skinner and Bruiser Brigade’s Danny Brown have been brought together to discuss their first encounter at a London bar and on-stage hand jobs during shows. Neither topic will let you down, I can promise that much.

This is just the first installment of this interview series so be sure to check out the rest of them as they are released.

Freddie Gibbs Interview/Freestyle w/ Pitchfork

December 10, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Gary, Indiana’s very  own BFK stopped by for a chat with Pitchfork TV’s Eavvon O’Neal to discuss his recent European tour with Stones Throw Records’ Madlib and TDE’s Jay Rock, as well as an upcoming album with the former, a project with local paisans Str8 Slammin’ Click, and Baby Face Killa‘s successor named Eastside Slim.

Aside from providing the proper title for his collaboration with Madlib (Cocaine Piñata; arguably the most hysterically-dark album name I’ve ever had the opportunity to fall in love with) and a short, impromptu a-capella performance of R. Kelly’s chorus on the song “Hotel”, Gangsta Gibbs blesses us with a freestyle over Erick Arc Elliott’s “Laker Paper”. This is a must watch.

INTERVIEW: Nardwuar vs El-P (Video)

July 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Anyone who knows me knows two things: 1) I’m a Def Jukie FOR LIFE, and I have El-P and his production-style to thank for that, and 2) Nardwuar The Human Serviette tweeted at me once and I almost fainted. I have proof for the latter below.

Anyway, Canadian-journalist Nardwuar is as entertaining as ever, and former-Company Flow original and Definitive Jux Records creative head El-P is equally as hysterically passive. Check this conversation out, as these two very different worlds from Vancouver and Brooklyn collide. Even ATL-ien Killer Mike drops by for a few jewels.

Doot-doo.

@IrkJames