Take It Personal – Pete Rock Tribute & Interview

March 10th, 2018

Episode 24 was an idea we had for a while. We all said Pete Rock deserves a proper tribute, so we’re proud to finally present the first of two installments of this Soul Brother #1 tribute. If you had asked us a little over a year ago when we started Take It Personal, that we’d have two of the greatest producers of all-time as our guests, we wouldn’t have believed it. This is truly a case of dreams becoming reality. It was an honor celebrating Pete Rock’s distinguished catalog and even a bigger honor having him as a guest on our show. We talk with Pete about Heavy D, DJ Premier, De La Soul, Dilla, Redman, Kanye all the way to his top 5 producers. He shared his thoughts on drumless beats these days. We even get the answer to a possible CL Smooth reunion. Please join us as we celebrate one of the greatest producers to ever do it – Pete Rock!

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KRS-One & Channel Live – Mad Izm (Live 3/2/18)

March 5th, 2018

Watching KRS-One live is an experience unlike no other. Possibly the greatest hip-hop live show you’ll ever see. The energy, the connection, the catalog, the wisdom and the presence is in a league of its own. If you forgot just how great this man is, please go see him live if he is coming to your town. He hasn’t lost anything and will probably remind you that he is one of the best, if not these best rapper of all-time too. Stay tuned for the KRS-One tribute on Take It Personal coming in April –Philaflava


Take It Personal – Evidence – Exclusive Interview

February 28th, 2018

Evidence stopped by Take It Personal to discuss his new album Weather or Not. We get into his passion for photography to growing up with QDIII and Red Foo (LMFAO) as well as memories of making scrambled eggs with James “Sonny Corleone” Caan. We talk Rhymesayers, Kanye West, Dilated and Alchemist too. We find out if there another Step Brothers album in the works, who are his favorite producers of all-time and what’s it really like working with DJ Premier. As an added bonus DJ 360 remixed Dilated Peoples “Marathon,” which can be heard at the end of this interview. Thanks to Mr. Slow Flow and be sure to check out the latest album Weather or Not on Rhymesayers Entertainment. –Philaflava

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Take It Personal (Ep 23: The Weather Report) with Evidence

February 20th, 2018

On episode 23, we’re joined by Evidence, who just released his 3rd solo album Weather or Not. We cover everything from his passion for photography to growing up with QDIII and Red Foo (LMFAO) as well as memories of making scrambled eggs with James “Sonny Corleone” Caan. We talk Rhymesayers, Kanye West, Dilated & Alchemist too. Is there another Step Brothers album in the works? Who are his favorite producers of all-time? What’s DJ Premier like to work with? We got the answers Sway. We even play a game of 6 degrees of Evidence.

In addition to a grip of Ev tracks, we have music from Apathy, Grand Analog, Skyzoo, Freddie Gibbs, J Dilla, A$AP Rocky, David Banner, Rapsody, Q-Tip, Kurious and Ghostface Killah. From all of us @ TIP, our hearts go out to all the family, friends and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The gun control conversation has to be discussed all day, everyday until change is finally made. The future is ours! We dedicate this episode to all our neighbors in Parkland and our good friend James Murphy. Rest in peace.

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Brooklyn Tribute (In Memory of James)

February 10th, 2018

Our close friend, James Murphy, and one of our biggest show supporters unexpectedly passed away on January 26. Just 3 days after his 44th birthday. James was great person who made it his purpose in life to bring joy to others. I first met him in gym class my freshman year while discussing Brand Nubian’s In God We Trust. It was hip-hop that brought us together. Hip-hop was his passion, as it is for many of us. I was fortunate to experience many great concerts with him: A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Run-DMC, Brand Nubian, Heltah Skeltah, all the Rock The Bell tours too, but the one I’ll never forget was Gang Starr. Guru was his absolute favorite. After the show he walked up to Guru, called him by his real name (Keith) and Guru was like, “you don’t know me like that cousin.” Of course, Guru was smiling, signed an auto and we all had our moment- a special moment we never forgot. They called James “MC Murf,” even though he was far from an emcee. He reminded a lot of us of MC Serch. James was born and raised in Brooklyn and proud of it. He was BK to the fullest. When he passed I didn’t know what to do with myself. I still don’t. Losing a close friend is never easy. We all grieve in different ways and mine was to throw myself into music. DJ 360 and myself decided the best way to celebrate James’ life was to do a Brooklyn tribute in his honor. These are tracks that I knew he loved, but also tracks we love and ones we feel capture the essence of BK. We fully intend to do an entire show dedicated to the boroughs of New York, but for now, this is a mini-mix in honor of our friend, James and the great Kings County. We will never be able to replace James, as he was truly one of a kind, but we know he is still listening to us from upstairs. Rest in power, my brother.

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DJ Filthy Rich – 90’s Reggae Hip Hop Vol. 2

February 6th, 2018

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the 1st volume, DJ Filthy Rich had an idea to create a series of mixes containing 90’s dancehall reggae artists over 90’s hip hop beats. Everything from popular hits to obscure white label-only remixes, including his own custom blends of 90’s reggae acapellas over instrumentals from that time period. What began as a casual one-off “best of” type mix, evolved into a multi-volume obsession. Check out the mix below! –Philaflava

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Take It Personal – Episode 22 (Classic Material)

January 26th, 2018

On episode 22 we’re joined by hip-hop historian, journalist and Boston native Dart Adams, as we discuss, dissect and disagree what makes a classic hip-hop album. Are there modern day classics? Are the standards different these days? Speaking of classics, we got a few from Redman, Main Source, K-Solo, Big Daddy Kane, Outkast, Rakim, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Double XX Posse, Da Youngsta’s, Smif-N-Wessun, Big L, Ill Al Skratch, plus some new music from both Planet Asia and Evidence. Thank you for tuning in, we know you’re gonna love this one. Fly, Eagles, Fly!




Take It Personal – Episode 21 w/Apathy & Vanderslice

January 16th, 2018

Season 2 kicks off with special guests Apathy and Vanderslice. We talk classics, dickhead rappers, Griselda rappers and drum-less beats. Ap touches on his upcoming project Widow’s Son, his collabo with Pete Rock and also shares some feelings about the Perestroika support. Vanderslice, an extremely dope beat maker himself, is brutally honest and brutally funny too. Nobody is safe when he is on the mic, not Talib Kweli, not Q-Tip, not Pete Rock and not even our homie Big Ghost. Episode 21 sounds like Stretch & Bob meets Viva La Bam. We pay homage to graffiti and have bangers on this show from Smoothe Da Hustler, Das EFX, Company Flow, Lord Finesse, Artifacts, EPMD, Conway, Roc Marciano, Real Live, Jedi Mind Tricks & Red Hot Lover Tone. Strap on the seat belt, cuz ’18 is going to be one hell of a ride on Take It Personal.

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Remember KMD?

January 6th, 2018

A common misconception seems to be who makes up the Native Tongues collective. The core isn’t as big as you think. There are affiliates like L.O.N.S., The Beatnuts, Brand Nubian and influenced groups like Black Star or Da Bush Babees too. But the NT O.G.’s were responsible for countless classics. Many of which, I’m sure make up some of your favorites. For years, every time there was new group that sounded like they influenced by the Tongues, that group was immediately heralded as the next Tribe. It happened early on with The Roots, then Slum Village and then Little Brother. We desperately wanted a group to fill that void for us, but none could match up to ATCQ. Out of all the groups I mentioned, I have always felt KMD could have carried that torch. Even though they came out around the same time and shared a label with L.O.N.S. and Brand Nu, KMD felt very much like they were from the Native Tongues school. From the lyrical content to the production, it felt very familiar. Back then, everyone was loosely affiliated. You had Prince Paul working with both De La, Latifah and 3rd Bass. You had The Beatnuts working with Pete Nice, Chi Ali, Kurious and Common. Everybody was somehow related. KMD had a short lived career, but their two albums gave every indication that they could have carried on that Native Tongues tradition. There are a lot of similarities between Q-Tip and MF Doom too. Age, personalities, reclusiveness, creativity, production and dopness.

Check out our Complex collabo where we lace you with the 100 Best Native Tongues Songs.


Vote Take It Personal (Best Podcast of the Year)

December 31st, 2017

Please take a minute and head over to On This Day In Hip Hop or http://onthisdateinhiphop.com/2017-otdihh-instagrammy and vote for us. We’re up against the best of the best like Joe Budden or is it Joe Buddens? We’re up against Drink Champs and the legendary Combat Jack as well. The competition is thick, but we know Take It Personal brought something none of those shows did this year and that is classic 90’s hip-hop. 8 ridicolous interviews such as DJ Premier, Slug, Apathy, Bonz Malone and Meyhem Lauren to name a few. 8 tributes, including 6 hours to DJ Premier and Prodigy and our 17+ hour West Coast Classic series. The polling will take you a few minutes and these were all fan nominated so many of the options you won’t know (like me). Some are WTF but definitely support Black Thought for best freestyle of the year and please, vote Take It Personal because we’re the indie label against the commercial corroborate giants. Think Rawkus late 90s vs. Def Jam (Ja Rule era).

As a thank you, here is Ep 20, our New Year’s Eve edition. It features 100% music with zero talking so you can let it bang from start to finish tonight!

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