From dealing with the death of a close friend to working the indie game, 2016 was a trying year for Walter Reed. But anyone who’s even remotely familiar with his music knows that nothing’s going to be able to stop Priest for long. Due to an eternally positive outlook and a strong sense of spirituality, Priest is armed for whatever comes his way. We reconnect in this interview to talk about his latest projects, his outlook on the next four years, politically, his writing process, legacy, aliens, and much more.
- Audio InterviewsSinglesposted January 16, 2017 / No Comments
Face it. A lot of times when you’re looking for new music, whether it’s for a long ride or when you’re trying to impress someone with your eclectic musical taste, you can only scroll through albums on Spotify for so long before you settle on the same old playlist or the recommendations that they’re probably being paid to show you. That is why I am bringing you Check It, a podcast dedicated to bringing you musical recommendations from people you respect.
Our first guest on Check It is none other than the Cunninlynguist’s Deacon the Villain.
As a member of Cunninlyngusts, Deacon first burst onto the scene in 2001 with the cult classic Will Rap 4 Food. He’s been a part of all five studio albums and the Sloppy Seconds and Strange Journey mixtape series as well as having a successful solo career. Deacon dropped his most recent solo album, Peace or Power, in 2015. Check out Deacon’s recommendations below.
- Interviewsposted September 26, 2016 / No Comments
I Rap and Go Home is a genius concept. It’s what most rappers do. Spend a decade-plus interviewing MCs from all walks of life, and one quickly finds that life onstage and on the road is nowhere near as glamorous as it seems. Save for the few at the top of the pyramid, underneath that rare air is a host of MCs who were once there, so close but never made it, and those who have no shot at making it but haven’t realized it yet.
Fortunately for Craig G, he’s one that’s been to the top of the pyramid thanks to many seminal moments in hip-hop, from dropping “The Symphony” as part of the legendary Juice Crew to battling the freestyle champ Supernatural live with no theatrics. In between those moments and after, Craig G has embodied the spirit of hip-hop, crafting quality songs on his own terms and representing the principles that hip-hop has and should stand for at all levels.
In this exclusive interview, the Queensbridge product talks about his journey over the years, why he raps and goes home now, what it’s like to enjoy his passion on his own terms, his new project with Nottz, and the long-awaited Juice Crew reunion.
I’m definitely feeling the new album, I Rap and Go Home. If you look at your last album title, Ramblings of an Angry Old Man, it seems as though you have a sense of humor with how you present yourself. (more…)
- AudioSinglesposted September 26, 2016 / No Comments
Young Nero, one of Chicago’s newest up and coming artists is teaming up with platinum-selling producer Chopsquad DJ on his newest single “Check A Bag”. (more…)
- Videosposted September 19, 2016 / No Comments
In this video MC Sky Hii finds himself in a dream, surrounded by color, expression, and bliss while chasing the girl of his dreams. (more…)
- Interviewsposted September 19, 2016 / No Comments
Psycho Les and The Beatnuts have been noticeably absent as of late. Without new music, fans have been forced to keep their classic anthems on repeat, which is never a bad thing. But new music from Psycho Les is a huge deal and hopefully the start of much more – a new Beatnuts album, the long-awaited Liknuts collab album with Tha Liks, and more. Running his label, Pit Fight Records, Psycho Les is much more in control of his artistic destiny than he’s ever been in the past, and that freedom is looking and sounding pretty damn good.
Dropping Dank God Volume One, with a slew of heavyweight features including R.A. the Rugged Man, The Lox, and more, Psycho Les stays in the pocket, right where he should be, dropping his classic sample-driven, dirty beats that are more New York than the stains on a concrete subway platform. In this exclusive interview, Psycho Les talks about crafting the album, why there’s more in the clip, why digging should be more appreciated, his record collection, and much more.
I was surprised to see you had a new album dropping, and once it dropped, it’s stayed in rotation. What’s it been like getting Dank God Volume One ready and how’s it doing for you?