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Freddie Gibbs :: “I’ll F*%K U Up”

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The second edition of Woo Hah festival this year had an insane line-up. From new up and coming artists to veterans in the game. One of the artists was someone I have been trying  to talk to for the longest, Freddie Gibbs. Read more

Doomtree :: The Minneapolis Sound

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The second edition of Woo Hah festival this year had an insane line-up. From new up and coming artists to veterans in the game. One of the acts that performed on one of the stages, was a group named Doomtree. Read more

EPMD :: Still In Business

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I have been a fan of EPMD since I can remember, and it’s crazy to think I actually became friends with these two great MC’s. Throughout the years I have had the pleasure to interview them and hang out with them, seeing them in their element behind and on stage. Read more

Yancey Boys :: Frank Nitt & Illa J.

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Frank Nitt and Illa J. are the Yancey Boys together. Last year they dropped their debut album “Sunset Blvd” and finally got to Europe to do a few shows including Amsterdam. Both of these MC’s (and producers) are individually known for several projects they have been working on the past years. Read more

Krondon :: MC, Producer, Ghostwriter

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This member of the Strong Arm Steady crew has been on my radar for several years. I got familiar with his music through mutual friends and of course my love for hip hop. Last week I finally got the chance to sit down with him. Krondon talks about the new projects he has been working on such as an album with Shafiq Husayn and Chace Infinite, as well as his production side, producing for younger new artists. Don’t sleep on this guy, he also ghostwrites for a lot of your favorite artists. Much love to Krondon and Max Robin for this interview. And special thanks to my team from Creative Luxury.

Del The Funky Homosapien :: Skateboards, Stabbings & More

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As soon as I got word of Deltron 3030 going on tour for Event 2, I was hoping they would hit Europe as well. Or so to speak, Amsterdam. It definitely was on my “who to meet-bucket list” to shake hands with Del The Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator. As I kept track of the tour, I was traveling from continent to continent myself and for a moment it looked like I was going to miss the show in Amsterdam. Luckily, schedules changed and I happened to be home the week that they were performing out here.

The show was incredibly dope! Kid Koala, Dan the Automator and Del the Funky Homosapien definitely did what they are best at. With the team that supported them, it must have been one of the coolest shows I have seen this year. Thanks to my friend Domino (Hieroglyphics) who is touring with them, I got a chance to interview Del. Though Dan was not feeling well enough to do an interview, I am glad I got a chance to meet him, as I knew his work from other projects (Gorillaz, Handsomeboy Modeling School etc.) besides Deltron 3030.

Seeing the interview was pretty last minute and I wanted to keep it rather short, I decided to pick Del’s brain by throwing words and names at him, like I did with Skeme Richards. It’s a great way to get to know someone. Del shares his thoughts on his latest passion for skateboarding, feels that Public Enemy and De La Soul are equally icons in their own way and shares a story about him and his brother that not many people know of.

Shout out to Domino for making this happen.

Slum Village :: Evolution

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Although I have interviewed Slum Village two times before over the past years, I was excited to do another interview with them, as this formation consists of T3, Illa J and Young RJ. The last two are no strangers to Slum Village fans as they have always been a part of the SV family. At the moment they are touring in Europe, having done the Dillaville tour and following right up with the Evolution tour as their album Evolution was released in June of this year. The three Detroit natives talk about touring in the new formation, the feedback from the fans in Europe and advise anyone not to deal with any negativity. I can only agree wholeheartedly to that.

With special thanks to Frank Nitt.

Black Thought :: Stay True 2 Your Roots

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Last weekend Rotterdam was hosting another group of amazing artists, during the 38th edition of North Sea Jazz Festival. The Legendary Roots Crew is not an unfamiliar band to play this festival as they have performed there before. Having known lead MC/singer Black Thought for a few years now, we never took the time out to sit down and talk on camera. This time, we did. Only to find out he also always wanted to do an interview with little ol Pay. 🙂

Black Thought talks about balancing life as an artist and his personal life, being on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the band’s new album “& Then You Shoot Your Cousin”, which is due around March next year, and he talks about how important it is to stay true to where you are coming from, in order to be successful as an artist.