Craig G – The 730 Interview

Craig G - The 730 Interview

I Rap and Go Home is a genius concept. It's what most rappers do. Spend a decade-plus interviewing MCs from all walks ...

Psycho Les – The 730 Interview

Psycho Les - The 730 Interview

Psycho Les and The Beatnuts have been noticeably absent as of late. Without new music, fans have been forced to keep their ...

Showbiz – The 730 Interview

Showbiz - The 730 Interview

  Being an architect of one of the most revered eras in hip-hop comes with a price. Not only is every move scrutinized ...

 

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  • O.C. – The 730 Interview

    O.C. - The 730 Interview

    O.C. - The 730 Interview

    From holding down the bulk of emceeing, along with partner in rhyme A.G., on his crew’s long-awaited new project, Studios, to a gang of new albums coming in the next couple of years, Omar Credle hasn’t even had time to stagnate, much less consider it. Thanks to an impressive range of verses on the new Diggin’ album Studios, O.C. shows why he’s one of the game’s most consistent. In this exclusive interview, we talk the new album, his creative process, why he can’t remake Word…Life and much more.

    I love how you started off the Studios album with the first verse. Your first line is “We’ve still got the game in a noose.” Did you know that’d be how the album would start?

    Not at all. That was something, you know, Show is like the orchestrator when it comes to the music and the tracklisting and stuff like that. He runs it by us, usually, when he puts together a tracklist. But I didn’t know it was going to start the album off outside of the Big L intro, nah.

    That seems like a really fitting way to start it though.

    Right. I mean, it is what it is. You know, at the end of the day, I played my position and do what I do and everybody has a position in the crew, even L. L still has a position. He’s not here physically, but anything that we can implement with him and his voice, obviously, is dope.

    When you look at Diggin’ in the Crates and still being on top of your game, do you feel like with this album, you’re at your lyrical best?

    (more…)

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  • Lord Finesse – The 730 Interview (The Complete Interview)

    Lord Finesse - The 730 Interview

    Lord Finesse - The 730 Interview

    The Funky Technician sits down with us to discuss Diggin’ in the Crates’ new album Studios, returning to the microphone, his outlook on music, and more in this classic interview. Scroll down for the complete interview.

    You’ve got the new Diggin’ in the Crates album Studios album is done and officially dropping this September. How do you feel about the way it came out?

    I’m feeling good about it. I’m definitely feeling good about it from where we started to where it’s at right now.

    Did it come out the way you wanted it to?

    Yeah. It is what it is. It was supposed to be a studio album. Basically after making it at the studio and with some of the new producers that were coming through the studio, you know, with the help of that and some of the members that came as a collective to get on there, yes. It is what it is, you know?

    No doubt. Some of the producers aren’t in the official crew, like Vinny Idol. Do you consider them extended family?

    I think it’s more work to put in. Right now it’s just a project. You develop family and close friends after years. You can’t just do it after a project. Okay, they’re family now. It’s a project. But they’re extraordinary individuals from a production standpoint. And yeah, if we continue to work, yeah, I think they will be extended family members eventually.

    Why didn’t the Diggin’ producers handle the production exclusively?

    What it was was we hold a biweekly session called D.I.T.C. BPM and what we do is we have a networking event where you come in, you send your music to this email and you send in three beats and Drawzilla curates that situation and if he likes it, you’re called in and you get to play your beats among other people that were selected and invited and on top of that, we’ll have a guest of honor. Who knows who it will be. We’ve had Pete Rock and DJ Premier and Kid Capri and Large Professor. Da Beatminerz, Rockwilder, Illmind, Marco Polo, K-Def, Bomb Squad.

    So you never know who’s going be at those sessions where they tell a story and the steps they took climbing up in the industry. And you can ask them questions. It’s a unique experience. Producers were picked from that batch, like the Vinny Idols and Super Ugly and Motif Alumni. You got a producer by the name of J. Clyde. So you got new dudes where you get to hear their music on a nice caliber, a nice level.

    For you, what does a new producer have to do to really catch your ear?

    (more…)

  • Al Boges feat. Meyhem Lauren – Ice Cold (Prod. by Ice Rocks)

    Some new heat from Al Boges and Meyhem Lauren with Ice Rocks on the beat.

  • Cormega – The 730 Interview

    Cormega - The 730 Interview

    Cormega - The 730 Interview

     

    The Realness is an album that has stood the test of time. Created over fifteen years ago, Cormega was carrying a huge burden. Released from Def Jam after his debut album, The Testament, being shelved and no longer a member of The Firm, to say Cormega had something to prove on The Realness would be an understatement. There was the label that didn’t believe. A group that cut him loose. And fans that were waiting, some questioning if he could do it on his own, others knowing and waiting with anticipation.

    The Realness was the answer to everyone and everything. The classic debut, released through Landspeed, showed that not only could Mega rap his ass off, but he didn’t need a glitzy crew that was more show than prove or a major label’s budget and backing to be successful. The Realness was an instant classic to fans and proved that Cormega was not only better off as a solo artist, but that he had the potential to build a strong independent career, relying on himself and not needing a cosign from anyone.

    And while plenty of artists and fans can attest to Cormega’s legendary status today, remember that he never asked for it nor needed it. It’s great, and he’ll tell you himself he appreciates it, but it’s not what drives him, fifteen years later, to continue creating introspective and lyrical hip-hop that withstands the test of time. In this interview, Cormega speaks about the impact of The Realness, his artistic perspective, and much more.

    It’s the 15 year anniversary of The Realness. Congratulations. When you look at that today, does it even seem possible?

    Nah. Time definitely flies. It doesn’t feel like it. But I’m happy. (more…)

  • Killah Priest – While I Was Away

    Enjoy this 10 minute banger from Priest.

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