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Take It Personal – Pete Rock Tribute & Interview

Saturday, 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)

Monday, 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 (Ep 23: The Weather Report) with Evidence

Tuesday, 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)

Saturday, 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

Tuesday, 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)

Friday, 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!



Vote Take It Personal (Best Podcast of the Year)

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Please take a minute and head over to On This Day In Hip Hop or 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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Take It Personal (Ep 20: Anniversary Special)

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Our first year is in the books! Take It Personal has released 20 episodes, including two 6+ hour tributes to both DJ Premier and Prodigy. We featured 8 exclusive interviews and dropped 8 tributes. We put together not 1, but 4 West Coast Classics, clocking in over 17 hours long. We had some fun giveaways, too. We celebrated Wu-Tang, ATCQ, Atmosphere, the architects, indie hip-hop and Philly hip-hop, but the biggest celebration we had was right here on episode 20 with you—the listeners. On Episode 20, our anniversary special, we bring it back to the essence with the music that speaks our names. The music that cold rocks a party or makes you want to cold cock somebody. It’s a non-stop celebration and best of all, we did it with your support. Thanks to all of you who called-in and chopped it up with us on the air. We had people from all over calling in and we even had a surprise call-in from Super Bowl XLVIII champion and Legion of Boom member, Walter Thurman. Your stories, your energy and your appreciation is what made this show so special for us. I’ll keep what we played on here a bit of a surprise for now, but I know EVERYONE will enjoy it! We put everything into making these shows and at the end of the day, we know, there isn’t another hip-hop podcast quite like Take It Personal. After listening to us for a year, we hope you’ll agree. Happy holidays and have a healthy New Year to all!

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Take It Personal (Ep 18: Return Of The Boom Bap) with Meyhem Lauren & Planet Asia

Friday, November 17th, 2017

After spending the last 4 episodes on the West Coast, we return to the boom-bap for episode 18. Hip-hop has been very good this year and it’s because of guys like Meyhem Lauren and Planet Asia. Both Gems From The Equinox and Anchovies are up there for album of the year, so it only made sense to have these guys as our special guests interviews. We have new music from Apathy & O.C., Sean Price, Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs, MF DOOM, Conway, Benny, Westside Gunn, Fashawn, Da Flyy Hooligan, Edo. G, SmooVth & Giallo Point, Defari, Apollo Brown & Planet Asia, Masta Killa, Hus Kingpin, Heavy Metal Kings, Big Twins, Bermuda Triangle and Mach-Hommy to name a few, plus a ridiculous DJ 360 remix of Winter Winds. Keep it locked as the TIP crew entertains you for the next 3 hours with hip-hop and hilarity.

Take It Personal – West Coast Classics IV

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

It’s exactly a year today, we debuted our Take It Personal show and here we are with Episode 17. This is the final installment of our West Coast Classics series. That’s 4 shows total clocking in over 17 hours of everything West Coast. NOBODY, let me repeat, NOBODY has ever done this kind of tribute before and I don’t see anyone dumb enough to try. On this show we have tributes to the great West Coast indie/underground scene, another Bay Area homage and we couldn’t forget about Death Row Records. We also have classics from Blu, Suga Free, Styles of Beyond, Zion I, Spice 1, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ Shadow, Madlib, Mac Dre, Tha Dogg Pound, Eazy-E, Dru Down, Odd Future, 2Pac, The Jacka, Kendrick Lamar, The Coup, Souls of Mischief, Paris, C-Bo, Living Legends, Fashawn and E-40.

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