Tag Archives: Reflects

30
Aug

Prodigy Reflects On Infamous & Havoc

Before Prodigy and Havoc recite their Infamous album at Rock The Bells this Sunday in NY, P sat with Fuse to explain the inspiration behind Hav’s beat creation and the duo’s classic sophomore set.

Previously: Nas l Cypress Hill l Lauryn Hill l Raekwon


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25
Aug

Raekwon Reflects On OB4CL & Nas

Instead of focusing solely on Only Built 4 Cuban, Raekwon spoke on Nas’ involvement on “Verbal Intercourse”. You can catch The Chef performing his solo debut in its entirety this summer at Rock The Bells.

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23
Aug

Lauryn Hill Reflects On The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn’s currently on tour performing her solo debut live in it’s entirety at Rock The Bells. In this clip, L-Boogie chats with Fuse on recording the project and the creative process behind it.

Previously: Nas l Cypress Hill

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17
Aug

News: Nas Reflects on ‘Illmatic,’ J.Cole Announces World Tour, Hit-Boy on Producing For WTT

Nasty Nas spoke to FUSE on his seminal debut album Illmatic, which as you know still holds weight as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. For those even more clueless folks, Miss Info was the one who gave the album it’s 5-Mic rating in The Source Magazine.

Esco will be performing the album on this year’s Rock The Bells tour.

Read Info’s Illmatic review here.
Check out: Video: Gasface x Miss Info “(All I need is) 5 mics”

J.Cole Cole World dates
Hit-Boy talks producing “N*ggas In Paris”
all after the jump…

J.Cole’s Cole World Tour Dates

August 23rd – Vancouver, BC (Vogue)
August 25th – Edmonton, AB (Edmonton Events Centre)
August 27th – Calgary, AB (Flames Central)
August 30th – Saskatoon, SK (Odeon Theatre)
August 31st – Winnipeg, MB (Garrick Center)
September 3rd – Toronto, ON (Sound Academy)
September 6th – London, ON (Music Hall London)
September 7th – Montreal, QC (Club Soda)
September 10th – Orlando, FL (The Beacham Theatre)
September 11th – Miami, FL (Revolutions)
September 14th – Houston, TX (Warehouse Live)
September 15th – New Orleans, LA (House of Blues)
September 16th – Dallas, TX (Southside Music Hall)
September 17th – Austin, TX (Emos)
September 19th – Denver, CO (The Ogden)
September 20th – Albuquerque, NM (Sunshine Theater)
September 21st – Phoenix, AZ (The Venue)
September 22nd – Los Angeles, CA (Club Nokia)
September 23rd – San Francisco, CA (Regency)
September 29th – Winston Salem, NC (Winston Salem State University)
October 2nd – Atlanta, GA (Tabernacle)
October 4th – Cleveland, OH (House of Blues)
October 6th – Kalamazoo, MI (Kalamazoo State Theatre)
October 7th – Detroit, MI (Royal Oak)
October 8th – Milwaukee, WI (The Rave)
October 9th – Chicago, IL (House of Blues)
October 12th – Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
October 13th – Charlotte, NC (Fillmore)
October 14th – Norfolk, VA (Old Dominion University)
October 15th – Elizabeth City, NC (Elizabeth City State University)
October 16th – Myrtle Beach, SC (House of Blues)
October 19th – Washington, DC (Fillmore)
October 20th – Baltimore, MD (Sound Stage)
October 21st – Albany, NY (Armory)
October 22nd – Worcester, MA (Palladium)
October 23rd – Providence, RI (Lupo’s)
October 25th – New York, NY (Best Buy Theatre)
October 31st – Liverpool, UK (Echo Arena/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 1st – New Castle, UK (Metro Radio Arena/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 2nd – Glasgow, UK (SECC/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 4th – London, UK (O2 Arena/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 5th – Bournemouth, UK (BIC/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 6th – Birmingham, UK (LG Arena/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 7th – Manchester, UK (MEN Arena/Tinie Tempah UK Arena Tour)
November 8th – Cardiff, UK (Motorpoint Arena/ Tinie Tempah UK Arena Tour)
November 11th – London, UK (Electric Ballroom)
November 12th – Birmingham, UK (Institute)
November 13th – Cardiff, UK (Solus)
November 14th – South Hampton, UK (University)
November 17th – Glasgow, UK (ABC)
November 18th – Liverpool, UK (Academy)
November 19th – Sheffield, UK (Academy)
November 20th – Manchester, UK (Academy 2)
November 22nd – Cambridge, UK (Junction)
November 24th – Bristol, UK (Academy)
November 26th – Norway (Waterfront / UEA)
November 30th – Brussels, Belgium (VK*)
December 1st – Amsterdam, Holland (Melkweg)
December 2nd – Germany (TBD)
December 3rd – Copenhagen, Denmark (VEGA)
December 4th – Malmo, Sweden (Babel)
December 6th – Gothenburg, Sweden (Parken)
December 7th – Stockholm, Sweden (Nalen)
December 8th – Oslo, Norway (Rockefeller)
December 10th – Berlin, Germany (TBD)
December 12th – Paris, France (La Cigale)

Tell us how you got involved with Watch the Throne.

H.B.: We had flown over to Abu Dhabi. It was crazy. We were supposed to be there for three weeks, something like that. We get over there, and I had packed clothes for weather that was similar to California. So we get there, and we go to dinner. At dinner, Kanye’s like I’m not really feeling the vibe here; we should just go back to the US. So I’m like okay? [laughs] This is after a 16-hour flight, so we worked a night in Abu Dhabi. We came up with some great music that night, actually. Next day, we decided on coming to New York. It was freezing cold. I was not prepared—had no sweaters. But I ended up knowing some people that gave me some free stuff, shout out to 10 Deep and a few other brands. But yeah, I ended up getting some stuff. So we came out here in January. Everybody was here. Pusha—that’s when I did the “My God” joint up here. I did stuff with John Legend, I did stuff with Kanye, I did stuff with Watch the Throne, CyHi was up here, Big Sean—I did stuff with Cudi—pretty much the whole G.O.O.D. Music. That’s when I started crafting stuff specifically for Watch the Throne.

(Read the full story at XXLMag.com)

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8
Jul

Dame Dash Reflects on Jay-Z’s Classic Album ‘Reasonable Doubt’


(Dame Dash, Nicole Ritchie, Jay-Z and Rashida Jones)

This one is a pretty interesting piece, even with the Dynasty being out of commission for a number of years. We all still seem to still really be interested in that time period when Dame Dash, Biggs and Jay-Z were changing the rap game with Rocafella Records. My homegirl Lacey over at VH1 recently sat down with Dame Dash to reflect on the making of the album that set it off for the Roc, Reasonable Doubt, for its 15 year anniversary. RD was originally released on June 25th, 1996.

“I said he will be the greatest rapper of all-time at a time when everyone told me he was the worst rapper,” he explained to us about his conversations with the suits who run the record labels. “You understand? I had been shopping him, and everyone told me ‘He raps too fast.’” Feedback like this wasn’t about to dissuade the pair (alongside silent partner Kareem “Biggs” Burke), though, and they headed into studio feeling confident that they could birth the kind of record that would make their hustle’s potential turn to alchemical reality.

“Because we believed in it so much, you couldn’t even tell me that it wasn’t going to be the best album that was ever made,” Dash gushed. “And it’s funny because it became that.”

read more and watch video clips after the jump…


(DJ Clark Kent, Biggs, Jay and Irv Gotti)

“Back then, there wasn’t any money that had been presented to us,” Damon explained to us about the time before the politics of big business entered their world. “Like, that test had never presented itself. It was just pure ‘I’d jump in front of a bullet for you.’ Or, ‘Anybody mess with you, they mess with me.’ … That’s what kept us going; the fact that we were friends, brothers and we were making good music.”

“What’s so special about Reasonable Doubt is that it’s the foundation of everything I’ve done,” Jay-Z told our VH1 Classic Albums producers when Reasonable Doubt celebrated its tenth anniversary. “It’s the foundation of me leaving one life to another life. The foundation of my life, my career as a recording artist… it was the foundation [on] which everything was built.”

“I was on tour with Big, so I was playing Jay’s sh*t for him every day on the bus,” recalls Clark. “At that point, I had made him respect Jay’s craftsmanship.” So when Clark accidentally played the “Brooklyn’s Finest” beat in front of Biggie during a Unique Studios session with Junior M.A.F.I.A., Big heard it, and said he wanted it. “I told him it was for Jay, and he was like ‘you give Jay everything!’”

(Read the full story at VH1 / PT.2 )

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18
May

Rick Ross Reflects On His Success, Plus Listen to Maybach Music’s Self Made Album

Rozay has been sliding all over the map as of late. Dude has really been getting some incredible exposure and co-signs. Down at the Cannes Film Festival, Ross and SpiffTV bounced around town, whipping Ferraris, bumping into Leo, all that good stuff.

Here’s something you might not have known, Rozay says he used to kick it at Erick Sermon’s crib in Long Island and was featured on E’s album, Erick Onasis. The track list on Amazon doesn’t feature a “Rick Ross” but maybe he’s the rapper listed as “Teflon Da Don.” Haha.

listen to Maybach Music Group’s debut album after the jump… (Self Made drops on May 23rd)


Link: Complex Album Premiere: Maybach Music Group Presents “Self Made Vol. 1″

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18
Feb

Young Chris Reflects On Hot 97 Freestyles

I promise you, he’s only 16! Ah, memories. During Grammy Weekend last Saturday, Young Chris took a step back and reflected on his 2001 freestyles on Hot 97. Man, those were the days when you actually had to get your tapes ready.


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19
Jan

Young Chris Reflects On Jay-Z & Dame Dash In This Is Hip Hop

In the new installment of ThisIs50’s video series This Is Hip Hop, Young Chris reflects on past memories under Roc-A-Fella Records. He reflects back on MTV’s House of Blues concert series in Orlando with Kanye West n 2004, to what Jay-Z & Dame Dash provided for him during their stellar run on the label. While it’s a story we may never get the real answers to I have to salute guys like Freeway & Young Chris who’ve moved on and continued to grind out, where many would wait for a hand out or fade away.

Directed By Court Dunn

Props to ThisIs50

Previously: Young Chris – “I’m A Boss (Remix)”

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19
Jan

Young Chris Reflects On Jay-Z & Dame Dash In This Is Hip Hop

In the new installment of ThisIs50’s video series This Is Hip Hop, Young Chris reflects on past memories under Roc-A-Fella Records. He reflects back on MTV’s House of Blues concert series in Orlando with Kanye West n 2004, to what Jay-Z & Dame Dash provided for him during their stellar run on the label. While it’s a story we may never get the real answers to I have to salute guys like Freeway & Young Chris who’ve moved on and continued to grind out, where many would wait for a hand out or fade away.

Directed By Court Dunn

Props to ThisIs50

Previously: Young Chris – “I’m A Boss (Remix)”

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23
Oct

Jay-Z Reflects On “PSA” Second Verse

Another song emphasized in Jay’s Decoded, is “PSA” off the Black Album. Jay Guevara explains to MTV the origins of the second verse from the Just Blaze-produced track. He ain’t lie.

“The second verse of ‘PSA’ may not have that many hidden jewels in [it], but the story behind why I wrote the second verse is pretty interesting. It’s sort of that look on rap, how this writer had written this article about me wearing this Che Guevara shirt [with a] Jesus piece, and she was like, ‘The Jesus piece is hitting his head,’ and I was like, ‘You’re going a little too far. It’s a T-shirt and a chain. It’s not literally hitting his forehead’. That [experience] inspired the entire verse. ‘I’m like Che Guevara with bling on, I’m complex.’ It’s the whole entire story of how and why I came to write that second verse on ‘PSA.’ “

Previously: “Big Pimpin”


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