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Q&A With Oakland-Based Emcee/Educator Hip Hop Veteran Jahi

Meet Oakland-based emcee/educator Jahi, a veteran in this hip-hop game who is campaigning his new album Reasonings, and new video, “No More.” He’s part of Chuck D.’s group, Enemy Radio, and was featured on the “Fight The Power 2020” reboot that dropped during the summer, that also features Nas, Rapsody, Black Though and YG. Check out our exclusive Q&A with Jahi below! First of all, congrats on the new album, Reasonings. Before getting to the album, give our readers a brief background on yoursel...
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Q&A With Stoney Kev

What was the earliest hip hop memory you can recall?   My earliest Hip Hop memory that I can remember would definitely be the Def Jam Vendetta game. That was a big win for the culture. When was it when you realized that rapping was for you?   Around freshman year in high school I knew I could go far with this. I just rapped different from everyone I knew.  Where did your moniker originate, Stoney Kev?   I got the name Stoney because of who I am and what I stand for. It’s about staying soli...
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Q&A With Maryland Based Artist Marie

What was the earliest hip hop memory you can recall? The earliest hip hop memory I can recall was when I was about 10 years old and I heard Biggie Smalls, Juicy, for the first time. That record was beyond amazing. After listening to that song, I then listened to Big Poppa and One More Chance. Though I had no business listening to those songs at 10, those songs really inspired me to want to write rhymes. When was it when you realized that rapping was for you? I realized rapping was for me when I...
Tags: Jazz, Timbaland, BLM, Kanye, Dre, Marie, Q&A Interviews, Big Poppa, Biggie Smalls Juicy, Aaliyah Missy Justin Timberlake Jay, Kendrick Lamar Kendrick


Q&A With Mic Pro

What was the earliest hip hop memory you can recall?   Hearing ‘Can’t Touch This’ by MC Hammer and ‘Ice, Ice, Baby’ by Vanilla Ice when I was five years old. I never heard no shit like that, people rhyming over music, I was hooked to the art form ever since. I use to rhyme words together on the bus ride to elementary school every morning. I wouldn’t start rapping for another 10 years but I had to basics down.  When was it when you realized that rapping was for you?   Sometime in the early ...
Tags: Jazz, Bmw, BLM, Myspace, Dre, Bandcamp, Q&A Interviews, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, Mic Pro, Full Sail University, Antonio Vaugh, Mozart Jones


Q&A With Danny Twelvetree

What was the earliest hip hop memory you can recall? My uncle used to play cassettes of Nas on his boombox whenever I’d visit my grandmothers as a shorty. One of my earliest memories but an important one because it was my introduction to an artist who is a phenomenal storyteller and would later become my favorite artist.  When was it when you realized that rapping was for you? In High School we used to have cafeteria cyphers and it made us extremely competitive. During these years I used t...
Tags: England, Nas, Jazz, BLM, Danny, Billy Twelvetrees, Lakenheath, Q&A Interviews, Danny Twelvetree


Q&A With Johnny Smoke

Hey Johnny Smoke! Please tell us how long have you been making music? First, thank you for your time. Time is the greatest gift we can give each other, I truly appreciate it. I started rapping at the age of 10 and recorded my first song at age 11. I think that was 1984. I went with my pop to pick up my older brother from a teen night at this local club. Went in to use the bathroom and the DJ heard me rapping. He pulled me up to the DJ booth and handed me the mic. He booked studio time and I rec...
Tags: Time, Pink Floyd, Aclu, Jazz, Naacp, BLM, South Carolina, Johnny, Q&A Interviews, Quincey Jones, George Floyd, Johnny Smoke, Qwest Warner, Eric Racy


Q&A With Rising Hip Hop Artist Patagonist

Hey Patagonist! Please tell us how long have you been making music? Most importantly, how did you come up with your rap name? I’ve been doing music for 11 years now. I was 11 when I started now I’m 22. A friend of mines named brandon came up with my rap name. After having a long discussion with brandon on the phone about good rap names to use he said “patagonist” I have to admit I didn’t like it at first. I was looking for something that would blend in well with my name “Patrick” but nothing el...
Tags: Jazz, BLM, Patrick, Brandon, Q&A Interviews, Patagonist


Q&A With Connecticut’s Very Own FNX

Hey FNX! Please tell us how long have you been making music? Most importantly, how did you come up with your rap name? FNX is short for Feenixxx. It was hard to scream out F Double E N I Triple X on stage so we re-branded. As for music, I dropped my first mixtape the Blue Moon in 2013 and haven’t looked back since.  What separates you from all the other rappers in your city and nationwide? Me being me. I’m already a top tier lyricist and I can rap with anyone. There’s nothing I can’t do. N...
Tags: Connecticut, Jazz, BLM, Billy, Claire, IMA, Q&A Interviews, FNX, Heltah Skeltah, Public Enemy NMA Dead Prez


Q&A With Los Angeles Based Hip Hop Duo REASON OVER TREASON

Much respect REASON OVER TREASON for the dope debut EP. Before getting into the new EP, for the readers who don’t know, how long have you guys been making music? Divine: We started making music about 5 years ago. Osirius: Yep about 2015. What are some of the major takeaways, positive or negative, growing up in South Central Los Angeles? How has the city embraced your music so far? Divine: I was born and raised outside of Boston and moved to LA back in 2006. My East Coast foundation is the energ...
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2nd Round Q&A With Rising Oakland Rapper HeiR

HeiR! Thanks for the consistent body of work you’ve been putting out for the past year. Before getting into the new EP, for the readers who don’t know, how long have you been making music? I been doing this since middle school when I wrote my first rhyme. Like 20 years ago lol. We have seen a major growth in your music since the last time we did a Q&A!  In your opinion, what are some major improvements in your music? I feel like my songs became a lot more structured since my last releases. It’s...
Tags: Instagram, Jazz, Bank, Oakland, BLM, Queens New York, Q&A Interviews, Heir, COVID


Q&A With Los Angeles, CA Based Rapper Orb Nox (2020 Edition)

Hey Orb Nox! Been a while since that last time we chatted since 2019! Congrats on your latest single “They Can’t Catch Me”! How has 2020 treated you so far? 2020 has been a tough year with lots of surprises as we all know. But when you’ve gone through tough challenges throughout life, is like you’ve been trained for years like 2020 Since the beginning of this year, tell us how has your music career been progressing? This year I got to realize what works and what doesn’t for me in marketing. ...
Tags: Los Angeles, Jazz, BLM, Q&A Interviews, Orb Nox


Q&A With Underground Hip Hop Trio Sg603

Hey Sg603! You guys are a dope trio! So please tell us how long have you guys been making music together? Most importantly, how did you guys come up with the group name? We dropped our first song in 2016 but we were all writing music and freestyling far before then. Our group name started out as “Squad Gang 603” but after evolving spiritually and becoming more conscious of our soul mission in this realm, we changed the group name to “Spirit Gang 603”. We are a gang of brothers trying to lift th...
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Q&A With Los Angeles Based Rapper ethemadassassin

Hey ethemadassassin! Please tell us how long have you been making music? Most importantly, how did you come up with your rap name? I’ve been making music professionally since 2004. my artist name, “ethemadassassin,” was given to me by a college friend, Wunsun Ra (you should check his music out also). Back in those days, the cypher was an all day, daily occurrence. I never cared to just stand around wasting my entire day getting fucked up and spitting, so I was known to jump in the cypher, spit ...
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Q&A With San Antonio Based Rapper Spy MC

Hey Spy MC! Please tell us how long have you been making music? Most importantly, how did you come up with your rap name? I’ve been making music since 2006. I used to go by DJ Spy when I starting spinning drum & bass at raves back in 2000 and was emceeing for DNB djs by 2001. During this time I was also competing in freestyle tourneys and would sign up as Spy MC and decided to keep that name when I started writing & recording music in 2006. What separates you from all the other rappers in your ...
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Q&A With Rising Oakland Based Hip Hop Trio Barbaydose

Much respect Barbaydose for the solid and highly impressive body of work off the debut project, bringing back that much needed raw cutting edge boom bap sound coming out of the Bay Area. Before getting into the new album, for the readers who don’t know, how long have guys been making music as a trio? Hiright: Our first session was late 2017. J.MAL invited Bsidez and myself to a session at Pep Love’s house. We listened to some music and eventually decided to start writing to what is now “Run It ...
Tags: San Francisco, Jazz, Oakland, MPC, Bay Area, Alameda, HONOLULU Hawaii, El Cerrito, Columbus Mississippi, Q&A Interviews, Richmond El Cerrito, Hiero, Pep Love, Barbaydose, Bsidez, Oakland J MAL


Q&A With Rising Hip Hop Artist George Khouri

Hey George Khouri! Please tell us how long have you been making music? Most importantly, how did you come up with your rap name? I had several rap names throughout my career. I started making music in high school when I was battle rapping in the cafeteria during lunch time.  I circled back to my government name because I wanted to be as true to myself and authentic as possible. I try to incorporate the same philosophy in my tracks…so “George Khouri” it is! What separates you from all the oth...
Tags: Hollywood, Jay Z, Nas, Jazz, Wiz Khalifa, BLM, Talib Kweli, J Cole, Wiz, Q&A Interviews, George Khouri


Q&A with Album Art Designer and Illustrator, Cxppington

At a time where album artwork has made a major resurgence in bridging the gap between listeners and their favorite albums and artists in Hip Hop, there have been only a handful of illustrators who are at the forefront of bringing life and meaning to albums before we ever press play. It is our honor to introduce album art designer and illustrator extraordinaire, Manuel CEP Concepcion aka Cxppington. In case you’ve been living under a rock, he is the man responsible for bringing some of the most ...
Tags: House, Yg, Jazz, Banksy, Francis Bacon, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Wu-tang Clan, Blanco, Ghostface Killah, Conway, Sean, Prodigy, Basquiat, Sean Price, Kool Keith


Q&A With San Diego Based Hip Hip Artist Heir Wallace

Much respect Heir Wallace! for the consistent body of work you’ve been putting out for the past year. Before getting into the new mixtape, for the readers who don’t know, how long have you been making music? In a way all my life, since I could remember I’ve been writing music. I started taking it seriously around 11. What area of San Diego are you from? Any particular influences from your area that motivated you to make music? At first City Heights but I moved around a lot.  People I’ve met thr...
Tags: Apple, San Diego, Jazz, Prince, Wallace, Q&A Interviews, Heir Wallace, Wes Walt Trab, NoShenanigins


Q&A With Rising Canadian Rapper Killa Con

Hey Killa Con! Dope project you dropped with Nobody from Namibia! Please tell us how long have you been making music? Most importantly, how did you come up with your rap name? I started rapping when I was 16 after I heard Killer Mike’s verse on Outkast’s ‘The Whole World’. I got into producing beats when I was in 2nd year of University, studying business. I was spending all my time making music, so I decided to move to Australia and do a music degree instead. I’m 35 now, so I’ve been making mus...
Tags: Australia, Germany, Africa, Toronto, University, Canada, United States, Bob Dylan, Jazz, Wu Tang, Connor, Drake, Killer Mike, BLM, Namibia, Rza


Q&A With Buffalo, New York Based Hip Hop Artist AP YCM

Yo whats up AP YCM! Much respect to your up and coming movement making some serious noise out of Buffalo, NY?  Tell us how long have you been rapping? Appreciate you guys! I’m 22 now, and I started putting out music when I was in high school – so it’s been about 4 years. I didn’t really start taking myself or my songwriting seriously until the past two years though I’d say. In that time, I’ve grown a lot and accepted myself not only as a person, but as an artist as well. The progression has bee...
Tags: Jazz, ALEC, Slovakia, Buffalo, Cleveland, BLM, Alex, Niagara Falls, Kane, Buffalo NY, Q&A Interviews, Juice WRLD, COVID, AP YCM, Buffalo New York Based Hip Hop Artist AP YCM, YCM


Q&A With Pensacola, Florida Hip Hop Newcomer therapperbigchris

Yo what’s up therapperbigchris! Much respect to your debut EP release!  Tell us how long have you been rapping? Whats good UGHHB! My name is therapperbigchris and i’ve been rapping since I was 13 years old, however, I started to take rap more seriously about three years ago and I’m just now starting to see the results of that. Where did your moniker originate? So my rap name was originally ‘Big Chris’ and ‘therapperbigchris’ part was my social media handle. About two years ago I decided to c...
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Q&A With New York’s Ian Sean , Talks New Album “If Nothing Else”

  1) What is your earliest HipHop Memory ? I’m from the Bronx so the hip hop influences were all around wether your walking out your house looking out the window, at school even, someone has a boom box (showing my age) a Walkman,and it’s being played without remorse it’s just in your face so by time I was ten I was fully invested without even knowing a spell has been casted onto me…(Q1) 2) What are some of your biggest musical influences ? My influence is drawn from life itself I loved how crea...
Tags: New York, Jazz, Bronx, Q&A Interviews, Ian Sean, Ian Sean Talks New Album


Q&A With Rising DMV Artist King Swag

Yo what’s up King Swag! Much respect to your new album release “The Why Project”!  Tell us how long have you been rapping?  Also, where are you from? I been rapping for years going back to my days in DC scene at the gogo. Im from the DMV an area that will either make you or break you. As a key contributor of building a billion dollar city (National Harbor ) in my hometown of ,Oxon Hill , MD not only made a name for myself but gave me the title” King of the Harbor” aka Forever King. Where did yo...
Tags: Jay Z, Hawaii, Paris, DMV, Jazz, Dc, Iceland, Ali, Snoop Dogg, Ju, National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Q&A Interviews, Itlay, King Swag, Swagaintfree


Q&A With New York’s Realio Sparkzwell, Talks New Album “Bloody Luciano”

We had to opportunity to catch up with New York based rapper Realio Sparkzwell campaigning his new album, “Bloody Luciano“. Read our interview below. Much respect Realio Sparkzwell for the consistent body of work you’ve been putting out for the past couple years. Before getting into the new album, for the readers who don’t know, how long have you been making music? Short answer, I been making music since I was like nine/ten years old making breakbeats by making pause tapes and then recording in...
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Man Behind The Polaroid, Q&A With 1000Words

With the ever growing presence of Hip Hop influencers on social media, underground hip hop photographer 1000Words’ work has been getting him noticed with his infamous Polaroid shots of many artists we have in our playlists today. His unique old-school approach and ear to the latest music trends separates him from many photographers in the game. He definitly has a dope back story, and as we all know, a picture is worth 1000Words. Read our interview with the talented photographer below. – For the...
Tags: Jazz, Polaroid, South Bronx, Q&A Interviews, Kool Herc, 1000Words, Jasmine Rose Lazo


Q&A With Rising Underground Hip Hop Group Gawds

Hey Gawds! You guys are a dope group for sure! So please tell us how long have you guys been making music together? Most importantly, how did you guys come up with the group name? Ans: We’ve been making music together for a little over 4 years now. However, we met in the Baltimore Hip-Hop scene as we were affiliated with different crews/groups originally. Gawds was discovered by an original “Gawds” member Plaii and current member Pinpoint. We wanted something catchy and we all knew how many yea...
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Q&A With Los Angeles Emcee Hexxx

What was the earliest hip hop memory you can recall? I was in grade school chillin’ at my school bus stop at 6:30 in the morning. The homie had Doggystyle on cassette tape the day it dropped. First one he played for me was “Gin & Juice”, I was captivated. I wanted to hear more & immediately became a fan of this West Coast rap.   Who’re some of your biggest musical inspirations? The 90’s was full of wicked shit in rap. From the Flatlinerz to Murder Was the Case, Dr. Dre & B-Real’s “Puppet Mas...
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Q&A With Rising Minneapolis Based Hip Hop Artist Anuahyahu

Please tell us how long have you been making music? I’d say I’ve been making music professionally for 4 years, but before that I used to just freestyle for fun as part of keeping one of the 5 Elements of Hip Hop. How did you come up with your rap name? At the time Id been going through allot of turmoil in my life. And spirituality felt the impulse to change my name to Anuahyahu which is hebrew and based off my character. Pronounce (Uh-New-uh-Yahoo) meaning humble one of Yahuah(God). What sep...
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Q&A With Detroit’s Very Own Rising Hip Hop Artist World P

Hey World P! Please tell us how many years have you guys been making music? Where are you from? Most importantly, how did you get your MC name? I grew up all throughout Michigan From Detroit, Belleville, Port Huron, Roseville, etc but the city  that help cultivate me is a small city called Clinton Township known better as Quinn Rd. I’m a new inspiring Artist who has just started doing music, although I’ve alway been drawn to melodies and word play.I Grew up freestyling but never tried to pursue...
Tags: Jazz, Michigan, Quinn, Detroit, Rick, MC, Clinton Township, Q&A Interviews, World P, Detroit Belleville Port Huron Roseville, Ghani Vision


Q&A With Tel-Aviv Hip Hop Artist Benjamin Elia$

Congratulations on your latest Album release “On The Way”. We checked it out and we really enjoyed the fresh new sound & perspective on new Hip Hop coming out of Tel-Aviv. What motivated you to create this style of music. And how did you come up with your MC name Benjamin Elia$? So glad that you guys enjoyed the project. I’ve been creating music for years and throughout it all my goal has been to find my own unique sound. The truth is, most of that is trial and error and just discovering the th...
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