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Pharoahe Monch Tribute + Interview

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Episode 32 has been long overdue. Pharoahe Monch is a part of the lyrical elite, and yet, still doesn’t quite receive the props he deserves. After this tribute, that WILL end today! There has never been a Pharoahe Monch tribute of this magnitude before. We felt it was not only necessary, but equally important to do. Additionally, what would a Take It Personal tribute be without the man of the hour stopping by to share some stories? We talk Paul C., Extra P, and even Kool Keith. We find out what it was like being passed on by Russell Simmons (along with Nas) and signing with Disney. We break down the Stress: Extinction Agenda album cover. We touch on his relationship with O.C. and the fact he thought the Time’s Up beat was pretty wack. We talk Rawkus, ghostwriting for Puffy, sampling, sports, what went wrong on The Equinox; yes, we went there. We asked everything and he answered everything, including the possibility of an OK reunion. We have 86 tracks displaying the brilliance of Pharoahe Monch; we’re proud as hell of this tribute, and honored to have had Pharoahe Monch as our guest. We usually say, we hope you enjoy, but it would be damn near impossible if you didn’t. This is – our Pharoahe Monch Tribute!

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The Man Who Saved New York with Roc Marciano

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

On episode 26, we’re joined by the man responsible for saving New York hip-hop, Mr. Roc Marciano. Fresh off Rosebudd’s Revenge Part 2 (The Bitter Dose), we discuss the past, present and future with Roc Marci. We check the status of the Metal Clergy project with Ka. We dig into his production style and sequencing. We touch on his influence on today’s rappers and even find out his opinions on certain rappers like Black Thought, Eminem, Jay Electronica, Podsnous, Kool Keith and GZA. We learn he’d like to work with Rick Ross and that his pimp hand is very strong.

We got a heavy dose of Roc jawns on this episode too, as well as music from Meyhem Lauren, Crimeapple, Apathy, Oddisee, Freeway, Breez Evahflowin’, Brother Ali, Recognize Ali, Westside Gunn, Murs, Daniel Son, O.C., Showbiz & A.G. & Phonte to name a few. Plus, DJ 360 cooks up a marvelous Marci remix. Keep it locked!

1. Roc Marciano – Respected
2. Freeway & Jake One – One Thing feat. Raekwon
3. J.U.I.C.E. – It’s All One
4. Roc Marciano – Snow (Remix) feat. Sean Price
5. Daniel Son & Giallo Point – Big Remo
6. CRIMEAPPLE & Big Ghost Ltd – Grey Poupon
7. Recognize Ali – Shiny Ski Mask feat. Daniel Son, Eto & Vic Spencer
8. Showbiz – City of The Gods feat. A.G.
9. O.C. – John Wick
10. Phonte – So Help Me God
11. Casual, Vordul Mega, Tragedy Khadafi & Roc Marciano – Think Differently
12. Roc Marciano – Emeralds
13. Roc Marciano – Corniche feat. Action Bronson
14. Meyhem Lauren – Ventian Loafers feat. Conway
15. Ill Al Skratch – Don’t Shut Down On A Player
16. Craig Mack – Get Down (Remix) feat. Q-Tip
17. Heltah Skeltah – Letha Brainz Blo
18. Fresh Daily – Video Gaming
19. Oddisee – Own Appeal
20. Murs – A Lean Story
21. Apathy – Obi Wan
22. Westside Gunn & Conway – Fendi Seats
23. Roc Marciano – Power
24. Blu & Nottz – Atlantis
25. Breez Evahflowin’ – Break The Wheel feat. Cryptic One
26. Kool G. Rap – Wise Guys feat. Lil Fame & Freeway
27. The P Brothers – Outta Control feat. Roc Marciano
28. Arch Druids – Scorched Earth Policy feat. Roc Marciano & Planet Asia
29. Ras Kass, Heltah Skeltah & Canibus – Uni-4Orm
30. Meyhem Lauren – Crossroads feat. Roc Marciano
31. Roc Marciano – Don Shit
32. Roc Marciano – Warm Hennessey (DJ 360 Remix) feat. Hus Kingpin

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KRS-One Interview

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

When the teacha talks, you listen. KRS-One stopped by Take It Personal to discuss, well, everything. This isn’t just our best interview, it’s our most favorite! KRS-One is not one to shy away from any topic, so we covered his beef with MC Shan, politics, working with R.E.M., Ced Gee’s involvement on Criminal Minded, working with DJ Premier again, his musical influence, his fame and he even laced us with an off-the-top freestyle. Don’t forget to check out the full tribute episode if you haven’t already. It contains countless classics, unreleased gems, remixes and stellar guest spots. This interview is so good, by the time that 60 minutes is up, I’m certain you’ll be wanting more Blastmaster.

DJ Premier Interview

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

After putting together a 6+ hour tribute to the man, it was only right he stopped by Take It Personal to shoot the shit with us. Unfortunately, this happened during our Prodigy tribute (another 6+ hours), so Preem was kind enough to share some great stories about Mobb Deep, and of course, his rather illustrious career. Now, you can listen to the exclusive DJ Premier interview in its entirety, right here. RIP P!

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Take It Personal Podcast (Ep 11: with Apathy)

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Episode 11, I didn’t think we’d make it after our vainglorious DJ Premier 6-hour tribute, but with some much needed time-off –we’re back. Apathy of The Demigodz joins us, and what was supposed to be a 20 minute interview turned out to be 75 minutes unedited. Ap gets personal with us, holding nothing back, while discussing everything from his come-up, the trials and tribulations of an indie rapper, being courted by Jimmy Iovine, signing with Atlantic records, being a Freemason, his production process, his mental health, his love for Don Mattingly, all the way to his future projects, including his collaboration with O.C., Perestroika. Of course, a Take It Personal episode has to include dopeness, so we’ve included music by Ghostface Killah, Shyheim, Kurious, De La Soul, Black Moon, Fashawn, Open Mike Eagle, Brother Ali and a bunch of slept-on goodies and new heat rocks to keep you entertained. –Jason Gloss

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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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The Story of Hiphop Legend Q-Tip of ATCQ

Monday, July 7th, 2014

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Stories: Benji B tells the story of hip-hop legend Q-Tip – founding member of A Tribe Called Quest. Hear from Q-Tip at length as well as Pharrell, Nas, The Pharcyde and more. Benji speaks at length with Tip about his musical upbringing in Queens in the 70’s, releasing a debut LP as a teenager, his reluctance to fame and the part he played in introducing the late J Dilla to the world. There is also an exclusive Tribe announcement and Tip gives more details about his forthcoming LP, The Last Zulu, which he describes as “The Evil twin to Tribe.” – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047759k

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Here’s a quote from Q-Tip about the 25th Anniversary Release of “Low End Theory”…

“We’re going to come to 25 years on Low End Theory pretty soon, and I’m going to put out a special edition. I’m announcing it here first to the world. I will be putting out a special edition 25th year anniversary album. We’re going to include all of the stuff you guys probably never heard, different mixes. And one of those songs I’ll include when we get to the Low End Theory is this song that we did – I think it was called “Silence” and Leaders of the New School were on it.”

Here’s a DL link of a nice quality rip for the show via core news.

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OpJay Interview: Meyhem Lauren

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

If you haven’t been following, our lil’ brother blog OpinionatedJay has been running weekly feature called Tuesdays with. This past week Meyhem Lauren was the guest and he talks his latest collabo with Buckwild, Action Bronson in the kitchen, his thoughts on Riff Raff, Pusha T, Aesop Rock and Lord Jamar’s latest comments about white rappers. Don’t forget to stayed tuned for more interviews dropping every Tuesdays on OpinionatedJay.com.

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Did Self- Induced Illness have too many (41) tracks on there for its own good?

Yes it did and a lot of them got over looked because of that.

Looking back would you have done anything different with the release? As much as I enjoyed it, even for me,  it was a bit overwhelming at times.

I don’t regret it because putting out all of my material on one project forced me to move forward and create new music but I definitely should have split that project into two albums.

You did How The Gods Chill with Sean Price and Roc Marciano and shortly after you all spoke about doing a collabo album. What the fuck man?

That was taken out of context. Sean was really saying that we are all fam and work closely together. We never sat down collectively and discussed doing an album.

I read online that the project between you and Buckwild came together because of Dante Ross, Action Bronson’s former manager. Considering Action and him had a very public falling out, I have to imagine your relationship with Dante Ross was a bit strained.

Buckwild X Laurenovich drops Feb 2014. In music or any other business, people don’t always see eye to eye but D and Action have no current issues. They went there separate ways but there is no beef.

If this were 2003 would Riff Raff be getting a pass?

It’s not 2003 and in 2013 Riff Raff is a big deal, so either embrace it ignore it or cry the blues to some one who will listen. I’m not directing that at you but in 2013 that’s all we can do.

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OpJay Interview: J-Zone

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

If you haven’t been following, our lil’ brother blog OpinionatedJay has been running weekly feature called Tuesdays with. This past week J-Zone was the guest and he talks just about everything, so don’t sleep. And don’t forget to stayed tuned for more interviews dropping every Tuesdays on OpinionatedJay.com.

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You took a little break from music. Was there ever a point where you felt like fuck this shit, I’m just going to do something completely different with my life?

Definitely. Early 2009 I just didn’t have it anymore and I got into a slump. It never really went way after that. My studio got messed up in a flood that summer and I boxed up all my equipment and put it away for about a year and a half because I got to the point where I actually hated the thought of making music, which had never happened to me before. From late 2008 through spring of 2011 I was focused on trying to get established in the traditional job world and quit doing music. I had no plans of returning to music, despite artist retirement being notoriously bullshit.

Nine years later you’re finally releasing a new solo Peter Pan Syndrome, what can folks expect to hear on this album that they wouldn’t find on any of the previous ones?

It’s more honest than the previous ones and even though it’s pretty silly, profane and low-brow like the rest of my stuff, there’s an undertone of seriousness and vulnerability that wasn’t there before. I’m older and am dealing with different life shit. I use the humor to make it digestible and entertaining, but there’s a lot of self-realization that I never approached as an artist before.

The last album your bought, you wish you hadn’t?

I liked everything I bought, but I borrowed Watch the Throne from my local library on a recommendation from a friend and that was a bit of a mistake.

You’re a villain, so I’m going to list some other villains and I want you to rank them in order of greatness. Darth Vader, MC Ren, Mama Fratelli, Biff Tannen, Buffalo Billl, Ivan Drago and Doctor Doom.

MC Ren, Mama Fratelli, Darth Vader, Doctor Doom, Biff Tannen, Buffalo Bill and Ivana Drago.

causes problems in other areas of my life like relationships. I’ll probably never be able to start a family or retire.

You’ve had a few jobs during your hiatus, which was the worst of them?

Actually none of the jobs were terrible, it’s more that the pay was so low and there was no room to advance. But the data entry job at the school was tedious. Id leave the school with my eyes burning and headaches. It paid like $50 per 8 hour day after taxes and gas money. I had to quit to finish my book because there was no way I could hold 2 other side jobs and still write a book. My body didn’t allow it. Lame as it sounds, I give a ton of credit to people who can pursue arts careers full steam and still work a full time day job. People do it all the time but I can only go 100% one way or the other. I tried. I Just can’t do that 50/50 shit. If I gotta get a full time job it’s a wrap for the J-Zone shit. If I do the J-Zone shit, it’s gotta be full steam. I never could do both and still be adequate at either one.

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Arrest the President 4: A Conversation with Fat Tony on Hood Party

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

I got a chance to interview the sure-footed Fat Tony about Hood Party, one of the singles off of his new album Smart Ass Black Boy. I am dropping this interview under our Arrest the President column because the song Hood Party is a comment on gentrification, a sociopolitical issue which occurs when poorer residents are displaced and supplanted by an influx of Louis Tully lookin’ Vans Original Classic Authentic wearin’ Newgrass fans. As you know, Arrest the President is a column here at T.R.O.Y., started by Thun, which looks at Hip Hop, past and present, from a sociopolitical perspective. In the song Hood Party, Fat Tony, and featured artists Kool A.D. and Despot, cleverly poke fun at some of the effects gentrification has individually on locals and “gentrifiers” and collectively on affected communities.

In this interview, Fat Tony and I briefly discuss his new album, conduct a line by line analysis of his verse on Hood Party, chat about the positive and negative effects of gentrification on established communities, I share my experience of hearing Hood Party for the first time in the courtyard of a highly ranked undergraduate university, and we even tackle the question of whether or not Hip Hop is being gentrified. Towards the end of this great conversation, Fat Tony, with his command and knowledge of Hip Hop, along with his clear and deductive thought process, really helped me understand and come to terms with some of my insecurities with Hip Hop right now.

I suggest you listen to the interview here, where you’ll be able hear Fat Tony read the lines of Hood Party with his soft yet sandy voice, over a piano which was quietly played in the background throughout the entire interview. It’s quite pleasant, especially if you enjoy the song.

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