I got columns, bruh. I talked to “Beez In The Trap” and former No Limit soldier Kenoe for the Beat Construction series at Fader. Then I went to Houston (in my mind) for my RBMA carpetbagging column, highlighting Killa Kyleon and the very underrated ’90s crew Coppertone Conspiracy.
3:07 pm • 16 April 2012 • 13 notes
From Public Radio International’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
keywords: rap, chat, me, jesse, kendrick, gunplay, mike, el, tip, bun.
11:10 pm • 10 April 2012 • 10 notes
Spin: Fat Trel "Nightmare On E Street" Review
I reviewed Fat Trel’s Nightmare On E Street for Spin. It’s kind of a mess. (The tape, that is. Hopefully not the review.)
One thing I didn’t have space to get into though is how, ultimately, its messiness doesn’t matter. In her ridiculous diss campaign Rah Digga clowned Trel for not having any fans outside of DC and while that’s not entirely true, his fanbase is still definitively grassroots at this point. This works in his favor though. E Street is a good enough local/underground rap album. Even in its confused current state, it still in the upper-echelon of DC rap albums. DC has never exactly been a rap city and DC Rap has never exactly been an album genre.
10:35 pm • 7 April 2012 • 9 notes
Sum Shit I Wrote
Sorry this space has been so empty for so long, it’s been a hectic few weeks. But here are some of the Fruitkwans of those Labtekwons: I wrote about Nicki Minaj and emerging urban music maximalism at MTV Hive, I talked to Waka & Lil Wayne sound engineer KY about hard work and waveforms for my Beat Construction column at Fader and the Fade Gods also just posted my Young Sam profile from their most recent issue.
Hit the jump if you want to see a teenager do a vertical windmill in the presence of Young Sam.
12:00 am • 3 April 2012 • 20 notes
“Every time I hear something that I can’t explain I know it has to be good. Or I want to learn about it, at least. If you can’t explain it you can’t call it good or bad, you just have to learn it.”
— Raye Rich of FKi. I interviewed the Travis Porter producers for the latest installment of Fader’s Beat Construction series and I also live by this code.
12:38 pm • 19 March 2012 • 35 notes
RBMA: Noz Investigates Nashville
I’m doing a new column for RBMA that takes a then/now look at regional rap scenes. First up is Nashville, focusing on pioneers the Blow Pop Crew and present day favorite Starlito.
1:18 pm • 13 March 2012 • 9 notes
From Public Radio International’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn:
Blogger Andrew Noz from Cocaine Blunts kicks off this week’s show by recommending some recent favorites from the world of rap — ‘Stupid Hoe’ from Nicki Minaj, and ‘Walking Lick’ by Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame.
3:58 pm • 7 March 2012 • 7 notes
Fader: Beat Constuction - Harry Fraud Q&A
Fader’s Beat Construction producer column is back and I will be the one constructing it. For the first installment I interviewed Brooklyn’s Harry Fraud about working with French Montana, growing up with West Coast rap and how his dad managed ’90s Alt-Pop stars Sugar Ray (but not The Beatles).
Check for a new Beat Construction interview every other Monday.
12:23 pm • 5 March 2012 • 16 notes
Spin: Tyga "Careless World" Review
I reviewed Tyga’s Careless World at Spin. It is definitely a rap album.
5:40 pm • 1 March 2012 • 11 notes
Fader: Ab-Soul Q&A
Fader just ran the full transcript of the conversation I had with Ab-Soul while researching the Black Hippy feature. Soul is a great rapper and a pretty fascinating person, one worth paying attention to. After the interview I asked him if he had anything else to add to the conversation, which is pretty customary Interview 101 stuff. It has become close to useless in the era of self promotion, as everyone just says “CHECK ME OUT ON TWITTER @RAPPERRAPPERNAMENAME. ALBUM DROPS NEVERUARY.” but Soul gave what might be the single greatest answer I have ever received: “Uh… save the whales?”
Soul falling backwards off of a treadmill, legs twisted like some sort of bumbling cartoon character was also pretty priceless. We bought out the gym that day, ten deep in street clothes. The woman at the desk refused to believe that Black Hippy were rappers because she had never seen them on TV. “They’re loser rappers,” TDE’s Dave Free jokingly explained, to which the she responded “Why would anybody want to write an article about loser rappers?”
I have since decided to have that question engraved on my headstone.
5:38 pm • 27 February 2012 • 56 notes