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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

M.O.P. :: Staying Relevant

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The Boogiedown Festival is one that I have been visiting for years and had almost missed it this year. Thanks to the organisation, I still got to be there again, as they always make sure I am aware. This year they gave me the chance to finally meet and talk to the famous Mash Out Posse, better known as M.O.P. consisting of rappers Billy Danze and Lil’ Fame. During our talk, we were joined by Laze Elliot, who definitely had a lot to say as well. Read more

Adrian Younge :: I am Vinyl

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The, in my opinion, super producer, Adrian Younge, finally stopped by in Amsterdam again. Two years ago I wanted to do an interview but it didn’t happen. This time I got the chance to sit with him and pick his brain about all kind of things. 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.

Trapazoyd :: Tetraheathen & Commagang

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Trapazoyd, not the first artist that you would expect me to do an interview with. But when I first heard his song “Hey Selfie Bitch”, I completely died laughing. I had to figure out who he was and as ignorant as he may sound w/ his OCD yelling a certain word, I can’t help but find his lyrics clever and witty, playing into the annoying social media trend of attention whoring. I tracked him down and he was willing to give me an exclusive interview right before his debut album dropped. “Tetraheathen” was released this Tuesday and Trapazoyd tells me more about himself and what this album is about. Shout out to Commagang! 🙂

WEFUNK :: Professor Groove & DJ Static

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Last Sunday was full of funk, soul, hip hop and bboy-ing in Amsterdam as the Spin Off Finals of 2014 took place over here. For this year, they labeled it the Funky Edition and had special guest DJ’s Professor Groove and DJ Static flown in all the way from Canada, to spin some tunes these battles could rock to.

These two funky guys are pretty much legendary to any funk, soul and hip hop listener as they are the founders of WEFUNK radio, set up almost 20 years ago in Montreal, Canada. A lot of the people in my circle have been loyal listeners and fans of their shows and it was definitely great meeting them and talking to them.

In this late late night pretty much laid-back and improvised interview, a lot of random things are discussed. But the funk duo also talks about what WEFUNK stands for, how they feel the need to stick to their jobs (which are pretty cool jobs) next to their passion of music and I made them think about the future of WEFUNK as in my opinion, they should keep this “legacy” alive. This was definitely one of the randomest interviews I have done, in a great way. Shout out to Jurskee for hooking this up, and to Focus and Maurizio for the great exchanges during the late night snacking, which led to this type of funny talk on camera. Keep on Funkin’!

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.