Exponentially fresh.

Quite a bit of time has past since I first interviewed Gunplay’s groupmate Torch and learned about this thing called Triple C’s over at A-List Radio, but recently I spoke to Gunplay to figure out what the deal is with the group, check up on their solo careers, see what else Maybach Music has in store, plus ask him some other fun shit. Like if his new escort service is going to be nationwide. Or what kind of cereal he would eat if he had a “Cartoon & Cereal” day (plus, where was that track with Kendrick originally supposed to end up anyway?). Read it all over at HipHopDX…

[READ] Gunplay Talks “Cartoon & Cereal” Kendrick Lamar Collab, His Escort Service (via HipHopDX)

Flosstradamus took it back a decade or so to remix Ludacris and Shawnna’s classic “What’s Your Fantasy” in their latest musical creation.

Hood Fantasy by Flosstradamus

Thursday is going to be a busy night event-wise in NYC, but one thing that should be on your to-do list is to head on over to SRB in Brooklyn to catch PNC Radio’s “Protect the Cosign” concert series, hosted by none other than my HipHopDX partner-in-crime The Company Man, and featuring performances from people like the homie Kane Mayfield (DMV stand up!). Oh, free alcohol always helps, too.

In case you haven’t seen any of the other Mr. Green “Live From the Streets” videos I’ve posted in the past, he usually takes sounds he samples from his adventures in various cities’ streets and crafts them into a beat in his home studio. If you were fortunate enough to make it to his performance last night at the 14th St. Apple Store in NYC, you’d know about this special edition of the series already…instead of using his usual equipment, he creates his beat entirely from Apple products (Macbook, iPhone, Garageband, etc.). Love it.

Well, I didn’t go to SXSW this year (and I’m not too sad about that, honestly, since NYC has been blessed with 70-something degree weather most of the last week or two), so what the hell have I been doing?

Answer: a whole lot of Spring cleaning, gym sessions, late night trips to the park, and apparently learning to play handball. Because summer is coming and I want to be on a beach this year and I need to be ready for it.

But all that aside, I’ve actually been on the receiving end of some interviews lately, which is a major change for me. So in case you’re interested in what I actually have to say to people instead of what I have to ask them, please direct your attention to the offerings below:

Blurring the Lines: Journalist, Scholars & Fans from Words Beats & Life on Vimeo.

The above video is footage from a panel that Words Beats & Life (a non-profit based in D.C.) invited me to be a part of. We spoke about a film we saw (Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes), internet and media, and more.

And if the visual type of discussion isn’t your thing, you can head on over to the Tanning of America website to read my interview (conducted by the wonderful Company Man) with them about, well, the “tanning” of America (including interracial dating and if Hip Hop has helped U.S. race relations).

[READ] My Take On Tanning: Amanda Bassa (via Tanning of America)

Thanks for all of the ongoing support!

There’s a lot of illegal shit happening in this video. I fucks with it. I wonder who that kid is though?

I’ve been listening to a lot of music that isn’t anywhere near the Rap genre lately…so this caught my eye when it hit my inbox. According to Warner Bros. Records, Sabi’s debut album will be dropping this fall.

Fuse TV catches up with Brooklyn emcee Torae in Austin at this year’s SXSW festival. I thought this was an interview worth posting from SXSW because he took some time to speak on how SXSW is changing and whether it’s for better or worse…has SXSW gotten too big and lost some of its appeal? You tell me, since I didn’t go this year and can’t really say shit.

It feels like half of the Brooklyn population is down in Austin for SXSW right now, and emcee Skyzoo is one of those lucky people. Somehow thanks to some futuristic video making skill shit, he managed to film a music video, edit it down, and blast it out to the blogs…and SXSW isn’t even close to being over yet. Now that’s dedication.

It sure feels like Springtime out here in Brooklyn today, and I don’t know about you, but when the seasons change I get a serious urge to update my wardrobe. So what better way to do this than hit a sample sale? 10.Deep is having theirs this upcoming weekend at their Brooklyn headquarters on Jay St. in DUMBO…you already know what to do.