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Take It Personal – Episode 21 w/Apathy & Vanderslice

Tuesday, 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?

Saturday, 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.

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Take It Personal (Ep 19: Atmosphere Tribute) with Slug

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Over the past two decades, Atmosphere has been touring the globe, making music, making fans and one member, especially, making babies. Hailing outta Minneapolis, Slug and Ant aren’t just a group, they’re Minnesota Nice! The slept-on beatmaker and storyteller have accumulated copious amounts of success throughout the years, so it was time Take It Personal took you on a tribute trip down Atmosphere lane. We cover the classics, the obscure, fan favorites and even some collaborations. We promise you, there will never be another Atmosphere tribute quite like this one. To further cement that, we invited Slug on the show to break bread with us. The 2-part interview plays throughout this 4+ hour tribute show. We delve into a different side of Sean Daley. We talk Al Franken, ironically, a day before the allegations came out. We talk critics, family, touring, Soundset, DJ Premier and some crazy stories like the time Rick Rubin was courting them. When you think Minnesota musicians, you immediately think of Prince, The Time, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and probably Bob Dylan, but after this show, we have to think Atmosphere will be right there with them.

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Damian Lillard Is Spitting Bars In The Offseason

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

The NBA off-season is a long and painful time for basketball fans everywhere. However, this year has easily been one of the most entertaining breaks we’ve seen in quite some time. There’s been more attention than ever paid to the summer league, and there’s no small amount of gossip about the trouble in paradise between Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. But not every NBA star is staying in the news for drama. Some of them are actually being productive in their time off by pursuing artistic endeavors.

Oaktown sensation, Damian Lillard surprised a lot of people last year when he dropped his debut album, The Letter O, to a healthy amount of critical acclaim. The album featured a ton of quality guest stars including the likes of Lil Wayne, Jamie Foxx, and Raphael Saadiq. He followed it up with another well-received record, B4td Reloaded. The verse he briefly dropped in the State Farm commercial belies his actual talent as a lyricist, and the more you hear from him, the more you have to recognize that he’s actually pretty good.

Lillard is hardly the first NBA star to make his own stab at a rap career. Shaquille O’Neal went platinum with his debut, Shaq Diesel, but that was more on the strength Shaq’s superstardom rather than his actual rapping abilities. And never forget that legendary 1994 compilation, B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret, which featured a host of NBA talent. The 1994 record was the apex of the crossover of hip-hop and basketball and featured the likes of Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, the late Malik Sealy (RIP), J.R. Rider, Cedric Ceballos, Dana Barros, Dennis Scott, and, of course, Shaq. It’s actually not bad at all and pairs the ballers with ’90s rap icons like Sadat X from Brand Nubian and Warren G at the height of his fame. It’s a fascinating time-capsule that’s well worth re-visiting if you’re looking for something nostalgic to bump on your way to the next pick-up game. Sadly, the idea of players having something to say on record would be sullied by the questionable musical efforts of Allen Iverson, Metta World Peace, and Kobe Bryant.

But unlike most ballers looking to moonlight in the rap game, Lillard actually has bars. It’s good to see him getting the recognition he deserves off the court in addition to the praise he gets for his play. If only they’d put him on an All-Star team. It’s become a trend to snub Lillard, who’s the first player to score more than 25 points a game and be overlooked in consecutive years since 1986. Anyone that’s listened to his track “They Sleep” knows that he doesn’t take this lightly. That mean’s he’s just going to play even harder when the season starts up. If anything, it’s plenty of material for another album, and we can’t wait to see what he does when the season starts back this fall.

The future is looking bright for both Lillard and for the Trailblazers. Last year many experts picked either Portland or the Utah Jazz to win the division, and the Northwest ended up sending three different teams to the playoffs. Of course, now that Utah has parted ways with star small forward Gordon Hayward, the only thing standing in Lillard’s way are the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Lillard looking to finally cement his place as a true All-Star in the NBA, the Blazers are a team to watch out for.

Dame will also be contributing some jams to NBA 2k18 to help lend even more authenticity to the already impeccably curated collection. The game will include “Wasatch Front,” a standout song from The Letter O, in addition to a new song called “Shot Clock” that you can unlock in the “My Player” mode. It’s a cool tribute by the best basketball simulation to the best rapper in the sport. NBA 2k18 will drop September 19 and we’re looking forward to balling out with Lillard to the tune of his own music.

Best Producer on The M.I.C.?

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

When Diamond D said he was the best producer on the mic, we kinda agreed with him. Sometimes that self-proclamation just sells itself. When you hear “King of Pop” we all think of just one person. Over the years, many producers have taken a stab at rhyming. DJ Premier started as a rapper before he met Guru. The Alchemist and his buddy Scott Caan were The Whooliganz before ALC became a household name. Today, you have many multi-talented artists who do both very well. Black Milk is a perfect example. El-P another one. Roc Marciano and MF Doom handle most of their production too. This isn’t anything new in hip-hop, the God Rakim did many of his own beats. Legends like Large Professor, Erick Sermon, RZA, Lord Finesse or Havoc have always been equally talented on both ends.

But this poll is about picking just one. Who is the best producer on the mic? Now before you vote, understand, this list could have been as long as Schindler’s if I included everyone. The reality is, this comes down to maybe just a few guys when you truly think about it. And I’m willing to bet whoever you think should be added, isn’t better than the few guys I’m thinking about. It’s not that I don’t recognize many of the newer cats putting in work, but for this poll I went with guys who have been holding it down for decades, not just a few summers. These are guys with healthy track records, impressive catalogs and classics tracks under the belt. These aren’t artists who got a little too drunk one night and spit 16 bars. These are producers/rappers who truly have mastered the art of both. They are the Bo Jacksons of hip-hop.

Remember, you aren’t picking your FAVORITE producer or your FAVORITE rapper in this poll. You’re picking the extremely talented producer who you feel is the BEST rapper in this poll. Essentially, the best producer on the mic!

There can only be one, so who’s it gonna be?

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Take It Personal – Episode 7: Passing The Torch

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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Episode 7 might sound more like Drink Champs cuz we were highly intoxicated while recording this, but the music, like always, is on point Phife. We don’t necessarily have a theme this show, but we do focus on MC’s making dope music these days. It’s our passing of the torch episode, so-to-speak. We got joints from Your Old Droog, Nick Grant, Apathy, Killer Mike, Action Bronson, Roc Marciano and Milano Constantine to name a few. And it wouldn’t feel right dropping this show on March 9th without paying homage to Biggie, so keep it locked as we try to entertain you once again on Take It Personal.

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Philaflava: It Was In The Fuckin’ Movies

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

In January, we’re doing a themed soundtrack episode on Take It Personal, so it only made sense to share with you some of the amazing work TheBigSleep has been putting in on the Philaflava forums lately. Hip-Hop soundtracks have always been important releases. Many created with little association to the actual film, some monumental to the films and it’s critical moments. Today we bring you the first 4 compilations in the series that showcases just that. –Philaflava

01. Grand Wizard Theodore – Subway Theme [Scratch Mix] (Wild Style)
02. Ollie & Jerry – Breakin’ …There’s No Stoppin’ Us (Breakin’)
03. The Treacherous Three – Santa’s Rap (Beat Street)
04. Beastie Boys – She’s On It (Krush Groove)
05. Run-D.M.C. – Krush Groovin’ ft. The Fat Boys, Sheila E., & Kurtis Blow (Krush Groove)
06. Ice-T – Colors (Colors)
07. Beastie Boys – Desperado [Live] (Tougher Than Leather)
08. Flavor Flav – I Can’t Do Nothin’ for You, Man (House Party)
09. Kid ‘N Play – Kid vs. Play: The Battle (House Party)
10. 2 Live Crew – In the Dust (New Jack City)
11. Kam – Every Single Weekend (Boyz N the Hood)
12. Grand Puba – Fat Rat (Strictly Business)
13. Leaders of the New School – Shining Star (Strictly Business)
14. Naughty by Nature – Uptown Anthem (Juice)
15. Big Daddy Kane – Nuff Respect (Juice)
16. Cypress Hill – Shoot ‘Em Up (Juice)
17. Main Source – Fakin’ the Funk ft. Neek the Exotic (White Men Can’t Jump)
18. Dr. Dre – Deep Cover ft. Snoop Dogg (Deep Cover)

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Take It Personal now available on iTunes

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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An “Unfiltered” Interview with Director Deezy Miaci

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

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Deezy Miaci is a director from Detroit living in Houston, Texas. He is beyond a conventional videographer, who just creates visuals to accompany songs resulting in incongruent marriages of graphics and sounds. Instead, Deezy is a documentarian who taps into the spirit of the neighborhoods belonging to the artists he shoots, producing motion pictures that convey the very essence of the artists along with the mud from which they’ve surfaced.

Deezy’s films are not easy to digest. Most are gut-wrenching. However, he transcends the typical “hood video” and in surpassing the status quo, Deezy’s depictions of the artists he shoots are so intimately potent that his projects sometimes come off as brief memoirs of his subjects.

Deezy declares, “I am not driven only by money,” and it is this peculiarity which has permitted Deezy to be a voice for independent artists who are without large production budgets. Deezy went on, “I like genuine good music about the streets, family, or anything with some type of message for somebody.” And whether these gloomy accounts in Deezy’s films enlighten his viewers or give them mental overcast, he tailors many of the artists’ narratives he shoots with statistics on incarceration and death. Deezy professed

I was incarcerated from 2007 to 2012. By me knowing how the system is and how it is designed, I make sure I shed light on that for anybody that is watching my videos. It is not to put the system down. It is to keep my viewers aware of the statistics so they don’t become a part of it… I want to make sure that they know that in no type of way am I trying to glorify that.

In my conversation with Deezy, we discussed his work flow and creative process. Tragically, in a humorous sort of way, he also indicated that he never wanted to be a videographer. And thereafter he talked a bit about three of his most vivid videos. Finally, Deezy shared some of his efforts as a diplomat for the streets, in trying to unify parts of Houston for the purpose of successfully impacting the music industry on a level greater than just local acclaim and according to Deezy, it’s working.

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T.R.O.Y. x Ras Beats Giveaway Soon

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

If you downloaded the latest Sounds Like The 90s, you’ll know that two of the joints came courtesy of Ras Beats. His latest release, Control Your Own features MC heavyweights Roc Marciano, O.C., Elzhi (Slum Village), A.G. (D.I.T.C.), Rasheed Chappell, Blacastan (A.O.T.P.), Breeze Brewin and more. From the Slick talkin Wit No Pressure, the thought-provoking lyrics of Knowledge Of Self, the instrumental anthem Queens to the dedication record God Bless, the album has the versatility of hip hop at it’s best.

Embracing the independent spirit, Control Your Own is a project following its own direction and rules. Check out the video and audio below and don’t sleep on one of the finer releases of 2016. In a few days we’ll have the giveaway info for you, so you can earn a chance at winning  the album. And we’ll we’re on that indie hip-hop tip, both Ka’s Honor Killed the Samurai and MarQ Spekt & Blockhead‘s Keep Playing are must owns as well. Hip-hop has been good to us this year, for a change. –Philaflava

1.Control Your Own                                                                          
2.Wit No Pressure Feat. Roc Marciano
3.Study Feat. Blacastan & Rasheed Chappell
4.Shoebox Feat. JBiz
5.Let It Be Feat. Masta Ace
6.Front Line Feat. Fev
7.Knowledge Of Self Feat. O.C. & Elzhi
8.Anticipation Feat. Kool Sphere
9.Queens
10.Survive Feat. Sadat X
11.Bust The Science Feat. Sureshot La Rock
12.Against The Wall Feat. Sub-Con & Breeze Brewin
13.God Bless Feat. JBiz & A.G.
14.Hero