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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


photo courtesy of Deezy Miaci

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.


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.” –


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

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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

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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.


A Conversation with The Aspiring Me, Son of the Late Big Mello

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

On March 5th I went to a panel discussion at Rice University. The theme was Swishahouse’s impact on Houston culture, rap and Hip Hop in general. Members of the panel included the legendary G Dash, OG RON C, DJ Michael ‘5000’ Watts, Chamillionaire, Lil’ Keke, Archie Lee, and Lester Roy. Prior to the discussion, Rice presented an interesting and thorough documentary on Swishahouse’s come up.  Afterwards, during the question and answer period, a sincere question, caught my attention:

“My name is Andrew, the son of the late Big Mello…how was N Love With My Money created?” I got that down home feeling hearing a question that actually called for an answer, instead of the typical blog drop question structure-“Hello, my blog is ______, my twitter is______, I make beats, what are you doing for the youth?” Andrew’s fan boy vibe captured why we all were really at Rice University’s Grand Hall. His truant shame and unaffected interest in the etymology of Chamillionaire and Paul Wall’s classic song reassured me that the Houston rap fan base was as genuine as I remembered it.

Two days later I went to a Fat Tony show and caught Andrew freestyling by the bathrooms about Mo City, Texas, seminal fluids and Hulk Hogan. But before I got a chance to talk to him about the panel he bounced because he had to serve as Fat Tony’s hype man that night.

The very next day I went to my favorite vegan friendly super market where I, again, coincidentally crossed paths with Andrew a.k.a. The Aspiring Me. We decided to hang and he agreed to bless The Troy Blog by shooting the shit with me about his father, the late Big Mello, Houston rap (past and present), and his upcoming album. Enjoy the conversation (you can listen to the audio here, plus The Aspiring Me’s post interview freestyle). (more…)

Rap City: No, Not the BET Show

Monday, June 11th, 2012

This 1988 documentary about the Philadelphia hip-hop scene originally aired on PBS channel 12 WHYY-TV. Co-Produced by filmmakers Glen Holsten and Lisa Marie Russo, it features Illadelph rap pioneers Lady B, Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Schoolly D, DJ Code Money, Yvette Money and super-producer Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo. The doc resurfaced as a three-part video on Youtube in December 2010, was presented by ego trip at a March 2011 screening at Maysles Cinema in Harlem, and was shown again in August 2011 at L’Etage as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. The latter screening was followed by a pretty comical and informative Q&A session with Holsten and the film’s stars, a rarely seen video of which is embedded below along with parts 2 & 3 of the doc. (more…)

T.R.O.Y.’s Unofficial Wu-Weekly (Week 26)

Monday, January 30th, 2012

At the rate I’m going, it’s more like Wu-Whenever.

This promo interview cd had eluded me during my massive collecting days. But last year I spotted it online in .flac format, now converted it to 320 for you to enjoy. And it’s not really the Wu-Tang Clan, but all RZA and just Ol’ Dirty Bastard on the last track.

Wu-Tang Clan-Exclusive Interview CD (Promo) (1997)

Part 1 The RZA aka Prince Rakeem
01 How Did The Wu-Tang Clan First Get Together?
02 Is There A Philosophy Behind The Band’s Name?
03 How Did You Come Up With The TItle Of The First Album “Enter The 36 Chambers…”?
04 What Role Does Each Member Play In The Wu-Tang Clan?
05 Who Are The Extended Members Of The Clan?
06 What Is The Title Of The New Album And The Philosophy Behind It?
07 Can You Explain The Concept Behind Your Upcoming Album?
08 Besides You, The RZA, Who Is Involved Production Wise?
09 What Inspires And Motivates You As A Producer And As A Lyricist?
10 How Do You Create Your Music / Lyrics For Wu-Tang?
11 In How Far Are You Involved In The Packaging Of Your New Album?
12 What Does The Logo Mean To You?
13 What’s Your Creative Input In Wu-Wear, Your Clothing Line?
14 How Would You Describe Wu-Tang’s Vision For The Future?
15 Can We Expect Another Album From Wu-Tang As An Entity?
16 Tell Us About The Next Upcoming Wu-Tang Projects / Solo Albums
17 Have You Thought About Making Movies In The Future?
18 How Does The Wu-Tang Clan Stand Out From Other Groups And What Is The Key To Your Success?

Part 2 Ol’ Dirty Bastard aka Ossirus
19 WU Stage Shows / Entertainment / The Dirty Way Of Life