It’s hard to hear hunger the way one can’t touch a shadow or smell thundering footsteps. But listen to some Starvin B, whether it’s his latest project, Starvicide, or his critically-acclaimed Blood from a Stone, and the sound of hunger becomes more tangible than ever. Starvin B’s music encapsulates the core of the gritty yet hopeful music Queens is known for. Over hard breaks and minimalist samples, Starvin’ B’s story is one of pain and optimism, all the while laced with lyrical potency that has caught the ears of legends like Tragedy Khadafi. ProfileWild catches up with Starvin B to hear his story, talk about his latest projects, what it’s like working with Trag, and much more in this exclusive interview. Stay tuned for a story, talk about his latest projects, what it’s like working with Trag, and much more in this exclusive interview. Stay tuned for an exclusive acapella after the interview too.
- Interviewsposted March 10, 2015 / No Comments
“Each day serves as a reminder/that I’m years away from getting that crib down in Carolina/that I promised my mama,” D-Black spits on “Devil On Me,” a standout track on a standout project, Tunnel Vision, available for free download. Expect to hear that type of raw honesty and emotion in everything D-Black touches, from a song about a failed relationship to why he’s one of the illest on the come-up. The Bronx product has spent the better part of the last decade releasing consistently dope music, from a regular series Mr. October to a slew of underground releases. Fresh off a hiatus, D-Black is not only back, but back for vengeance on any beat unfortunate enough to be cued up in Pro Tools when he approaches the mic. D-Black speaks to ProfileWild about his absence, returning with two quality projects, Tunnel Vision and Heartbreak Hotel, rapping about relationships, his creative process, and much more. After the interview, D-Black survives a round in the random question generator and leaves the listener with a dope acapella.
- Interviewsposted March 9, 2015 / No Comments
Pay attention to the drums and you’ll know if you’re rocking to an Ice Rocks beat. Hard, crisp, and live is that consistent sound, whether it’s with artists like Meyhem Lauren and Eastkoast or his own crew, DXA. From finding inspiration in legends like RZA and Large Pro to forming his DXA crew with his boys, Ice Rocks’ foundation is rooted in hip-hop. On the rise as a talented producer with an incredible sound, Ice Rocks talks working with Meyhem Lauren on the new More Cashmere album, the importance of vinyl, working with Chopped Herring, his production process, and much more in this exclusive interview. As a bonus, Ice Rocks lets an exclusive beat go. If you’ve got what it takes, rock to it and tweet it to @icerocksdxa and @seven3zero and you may hear it on a few sites. And either way, check out the jewels Ice Rocks drops in this dope interview.
- Interviewsposted March 5, 2015 / 1 Comment
After nine albums, one would expect and even allow an artist to start running out of fresh topics and ideas. With junclassic, though, that’s not what’s happening. On his tenth album, Words are Weapons, jun spits fresh perspectives on important social issues complete with his trademark punchlines and acid delivery. From the Maniac-produced boom-bap of “Lunch Table” to the introspective “Babe Ruth,” jun cements his place as a voice to be heard and that he’s only getting better with time. Finding some time on a cold February night, jun sits down with ProfileWild to discuss his tenth album and how his songs and albums come together to social issues like police brutality and protesting the acquittal of Eric Garner’s murderer. Another must-hear interview from PW and make sure you stay tuned after the interview for a dope 730 freestyle.
- Interviewsposted March 3, 2015 / No Comments
When your crew is #TheWinners, it’s only natural for expectations and pressure to be naturally elevated. Not only do fans expect you to constantly win, but your own crew expects the same. Hempstead’s SmooVth is taking it all in stride as he steadily drops dope track after dope track, carving his place in the game over rugged beats with the respect of his contemporaries and vets like Roc Marciano and Agallah. From linking with fellow Winner Hus Kingpin and Marvelous Mag to blindly emailing DJ Premier only to hear Preem rock his song on his radio show, Live from HeadQcourterz, SmooVth is earning the respect of old heads and young cats alike. Taking a break from prepping one of his many projects, SmooVth sits down with ProfileWild to talk about his rise as an MC, how #TheWinners came about, what he has to do to be successful, and why Nas’s It Was Written was more influential to him than Illmatic. SmooVth also survives a round with the random question generator and drops some acapella bars to close it out.
- Interviewsposted March 2, 2015 / No Comments
At times, it feels as though the music, and on a larger scale, the culture, is stuck in a hazy sleep. So much injustice. So much negativity. And while none of this is new, UnLearn’s had enough of it, hence his latest project, The Wake-Up Call, a tour-de-force of an album rife with sharp lyricism, a critical eye on society, and deep personal introspection few artists are capable of. Far from a new jack, UnLearn’s been releasing music for well over a decade, starting off with bangers from producers like Jake One and only growing from there. With a slew of strong independent releases under his belt, UnLearn has earned every fan he has, yet as his music continues to spread, it’s clear there will be many more fans tuning in. UnLearn takes some time out of his day to chop it up with ProfileWild about The Wake-Up Call, his artistic process, his activism, how he succeeds as an independent artist, and much more, and of course ends with a dope acapella.