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.
- Interviewsposted February 27, 2015 / No Comments
Don Status, the title of Agallah’s latest mixtape, is redundant in a sense because it implies that Ag has reached a level that he’s been at for over a decade. For years, Agallah has been one of the best MC/producers in the game, crafting a unique sound both on the mic and behind the boards that is reminiscent of the mid-’90s, the era he came up in, but far from being stuck there. Agallah catches up with ProfileWild to talk about his latest project, showing love to up-and-coming artists, his production process, if he’d ever get back with Purple City, the making of “Crookie Monster,” what other voices he can do, and much more in a sense.in a classic interview for the ages. Stay tuned after the freestyle as Ag rocks a 730 beat for your listening pleasure.
- Interviewsposted February 25, 2015 / No Comments
“I rap for lifers and felons,” Nutso proclaims on “Unda Ground,” the intro to his latest EP, Divided Souls, completed with DJ Pain 1 and his Divided Souls production team. But Nutso’s lyrics transcend and boxes one may try to place them in. Perhaps Nutso’s most important gift as an MC is his ability to describe the beautiful struggle while never slacking on a bar. While the Queens product has dropped a slew of quality EPs over the past few years, he’s also stayed busy working with and showing love to the next generation of MCs on the rise. With a winner-take-all mentality and the quality music to back him up, Nutso shows why he’s one of the most consistent and gifted MCs coming out of the NYC. In this exclusive interview, we talk about Divided Souls, finding success as an indie artist, his new album with Domingo titled Red Sunday, working with legends like Kool G. Rap, and much more. Stay tuned after the interview as Nutso drops an exclusive acapella and survives a round of questions served via the Random Question Generator (if you want to know what homie’s last dream was, here’s your chance).