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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

Free The Robots :: Not To Be Boxed In

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For the longest I wanted to interview Free The Robots. This producer from California was first introduced to me by my friend Rhettmatic, during a hip hop show in Amsterdam somewhat years ago. Not as a musician though, but as a friend. Read more

Raheem DeVaughn :: Sexually intimidating?

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In the weekend that I went to visit my big sis in Manchester, UK, I got the chance to talk to soul singer Raheem DeVaughn. The singer had a show out there, and I took the opportunity to see what this guy is all about. 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’!

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.

Ca$h Money Records :: Chris Richardson

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Music label Ca$h Money Records decided to throw a private event, together with SwaG ShaQ, in Amsterdam, to introduce three of their new signed artists. The second artist I got a chance to talk to, is Chris Richardson. This Virginia Beach native got a chance to show his talents when he reached the top five on the sixth season of American Idol. This got him in a spot where he caught the attention of Cash Money Records, who just had to sign him.

About the signing, label co-founder Bryan “Baby” Williams aka Birdman excitedly comments, “The second I heard Chris sing, I knew he was a star. Talented beyond belief, he’s got a voice that transcends boundaries, and he’s an amazing addition to our expanding team. Watch out because this kid’s got real heart and soul”.

Chris talks about how after being in the music industry for 15 years already, this opportunity puts him in a place where he feels he can really develop as an artist.

With thanks to Rudii from SwaG ShaQ for making this possible.
Chris Richardson’s official website: www.chrisrichardsonmusic.com.