Interviews

Rap Radar Podcast: Ty Dolla $ign (Video)

Inspired by the upcoming Presidential election and the killings of African-American men by police, Ty Dolla $ign is preparing to release his new project, Campaign. Fresh off Future’s Purple Reign tour, The Taylor Gang hookmaster hasn’t slowed down since the release of his Free TC album. During a quick stop...

Rap Radar Podcast: Jermaine Dupri (Video)

The unsung is back on top. This summer, So So Def Records founder Jermaine Dupri has takin’ over our television screens with his two reality series’, “The Rap Game” and “Music Moguls”. But don’t get twisted, JD isn’t forgetting his roots. Later this year, he plans to release a collaborative...

Rap Radar Podcast: ScHoolboy Q (Video)

 Two years after his successful breakthrough, ScHoolboy Q has a renewed focus with his short film and album, Blank Face LP. But things weren’t always this clear for the TDE signee. In the midst of raising his 7-year-old daughter and kicking his drug addiction, he contemplated about quitting rap. Following a...

Rap Radar Podcast: Z-Ro (Video)

The King of the Ghetto is out of his element. Surrounded by New York City skyscrapers, Z-Ro has made the journey from his native Houston to support his 19th album, Drankin’ & Drivin‘ (July 15). Making the most of his stay, he reunited with longtime producer Mike Dean on the police brutality...

Rap Radar Podcast: Wyclef Jean (Video)

From hip-hop to pop, Wyclef Jean has been blending genres his entire career. After a controversial political run in his homeland of Haiti, the preacher’s son has returned to music with his upcoming album, The Carnival 3. But in the meantime, The Fugees frontman is celebrating the 20th anniversary of...

Rap Radar Podcast: Jonathan Mannion (Video)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, photographer Jonathan Mannion has a lot to say. For over two decades, the Ohio native has shot some of the most iconic images in hip-hop and pop culture. In addition to celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt, he was...

Rap Radar Podcast: O.T. Genasis (Video)

Don’t call it a comeback—or, maybe you should. With the success of his breakthrough single “CoCo”, O.T. Genasis was written off as a one hit wonder. Proving naysayers wrong, the Long Beach native bounced back with a new anthem called “Cut It.” Before performing at the Palms Hotel’s Ditch Fridays...

Rap Radar Podcast: Jim Jones (Video)

  Despite being the most vocal member of The Diplomats, Jim Jones has been quietly at work. Fresh off hiatus, the Harlem heavyweight has reemerged with his new album, The Kitchen. But from beyond the stove, Capo has been recently takin’ heat from Dipset frontman, Cam’Ron. Mobbing through the city, Jomo speaks on...

Rap Radar Podcast: Shyne (Video)

With so much drama in NYC, Shyne knows what it’s like to be in the center of it all. 15 years to the day of his 10 year prison sentence, the former Bad Boy star is finally at peace with his infamous Club NY shooting and ex-label boss Diddy. In...

Rap Radar Podcast: The LOX (Video)

It’s been a long time coming, but after reconciling with Diddy, The Lox are hitting the road as part of the Bad Boy reunion tour. But the trio aren’t just celebrating the past. Later this year, they’re set to release their long awaited junior album, We Are The Streets 2....

Chance The Rapper Talks Kanye West's 'Good Ass Job' & Mixtape w/ Jay Electronica (Video)

Chance The Rapper sits with Zane Lowe and Beats 1 for Apple Music to talk about the journey from Acid Rap to working with with Kanye West, what God means to people, releasing mixtapes since high school, the possibility of making a project with Jay Electronica and much more. Let us...

Kanye West Interviews on The Ellen Show (Video)

It’s been a while since we heard a famous rant from Kanye West, or in fact an interview in general. This week on The Ellen Show, he went all out with a rant about how his ideas can make the human race existence better with the help of money from Mark...

Drake's Entire SNL Sketch 'VIEWS' Episode (Video)

As expected, Drake capitalizes on his latest album, "VIEWS," with a hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch impersonating Rihanna and a very special version of his "Back 2 Back" diss. Check out the sketches in full below! Let us know what you think in the comments.

Rap Radar: Alicia Keys (Video)

Good things come to those that wait. And after a four year hiatus, Alicia Keys is back with an irresistible single, “In Common” and upcoming album. But before hitting the Saturday Night Live stage, the 15 time Grammy Award winner spoke to us about her new music, musical direction, writing...

Joe Budden Talks 'Views' & Drake's regression

I cannot WAIT for tomorrow's release of the infamous "I'll Name This Podcast Later". Joe Budden seems to talk in depth about his opinions on Drake's latest project "Views". Stay tuned! PODCAST ADDED BELOW Let us know what you think in the comments.

Drake talks VIEWS with Zane Lowe on Beats1 Radio (Video)

Originally, fans of Drake were expecting his interview with Zane Lowe to begin at 10:00pm last night. However, listeners grew restless with the show starting over an hour late, as Apple Music quietly rolled out his VIEWS album to Apple Music and iTunes before the festivities began. In the 70-minute conversation, the 6-God touched on...

Rap Radar: Freddie Gibbs (Video)

Freddie Gibbs in an independent powerhouse. In fact, the Gary Indiana native is currently on a national sold out tour in support of last year’s release, Shadow of a Doubt. But things weren’t always this smooth. Two years ago, he survived an assassination attempt in New York City. Back in the Big...

Rap Radar Podcast: Just Blaze! (Video)

Super-producer Just Blaze have been providing us with bangers like "Roc The Mic," "Oh Boy," "Pump It Up," "Show Me What You Got," amongst many more, for the past two decades.  However, as of late he's has stepped away for little bit and ventured into other things such as providing the...

Rap Radar Podcast: Noah Callahan-Bever & Joe La Puma for Complex Media (Video)

When it comes to multimedia, Complex has the game on smash. And recently, the house that Marc Ecko built has been acquired by Verizon and Hearst publishing as part of a multimillion dollar deal. At the forefront of everything are editors, Noah Callahan-Bever and Joe La Puma. Days after their acquisition, the...

Rap Radar Podcast: Big Sean & Jhene Aiko as TWENTY88 (Video)

Fresh off an unorthadox release of their new, self-titled album as the new group TWENTY88, Jhene Aiko & Big Sean invites the Rap Radar Podcast to sunny Los Angeles to talk about the process of forming the duo, their history, and relationships, amongst other things.  Peep the interview below. Hip hop has a new...

Tha Fly Nation Spotlight: Cole King

Tha Fly Nation's 'Spotlight' section is a new column we have constructed here to shine the light on emerging acts in the industry, all while introducing our viewers (new & frequent) to these artists. Our first Spotlight features Cole King (formerly known as Dao Jones), an Upstate New York-bred producer/rapper.  The name...

Rap Radar Podcast: Kareem "Biggs" Burke (Video)

In hip-hop there are a few white horses who rarely bless interviews/podcasts with their presence, Roc-A-Fella Records's co-founder Kareem "Biggs" Burke is certainly one of them; In fact, unless you have had close ties in his circle, you probably have never heard or seen Biggs.  So, whenever one those said white horses...

Rap Radar Podcast: Flatbush Zombies (Video)

The Flatbush Zombies are rising from the underground. On the heels of their national tour, the Brooklyn trio are putting the industry on notice with their chart-topping debut, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. Before hitting the road, Meech, Juice, and Erick talk about the success of the album, misconceptions, independence, production, Chris...

Rap Radar Podcast: N.O.R.E. (Video)

With nearly two decades in the game, N.O.R.E.’s still on the run eating. But these days his plate his bigger than ever. In addition to bringing his Drinkin’ Champs podcast to play.it, the Queens native is also releasing his new mixtape, Drunk Uncle. Fresh off a flight , N.O. talks about his new...

Rap Radar Podcast: Angie Martinez (Video)

For over 20 years, Angie Martinez has been the Voice of New York. But now the veteran jock is stepping into the literary world with her memoir, My Voice. With the forward written by J.Cole, Angie discusses her journey in radio, motherhood, conflicts and everything in between. Following the taping of...

Rap Radar Podcast: Mack Wilds (Video)

We were first introduced to Tristan Mack Wilds as little Michael in the hit drama series The Wire, then immediately followed up with the role as Dixon in another hit-series 90210.  It is safe to say that Mack Wilds hit the ground running and has not looked back.  Since then Mack has gone...

Rap Radar Podcast: Fat Joe & Remy Ma (Video)

Thanks to Fat Joe and Remy Ma, The Bronx will have a new tale this summer. After reconciling, the former Terror Squad members are set to release their debut collabo, Platas o Plomo. Led by the irresistible single "All The Way Up", the duo are poised to recapture the magic...

Rap Radar Podcast: Bryson Tiller (Video)

Bryson Tiller's buzz has definitely skyrocketed since the release of his debut studio album T R A P S O U L, which released in October of last year.  In fact, since the release of the album you haven't been able to log onto social media accounts without seeing tweets & captions...

Rap Radar Podcast: Yo Gotti (Video)

Memphis-native Yo Gotti has been in the rap game for a long time.  In fact, his career spans almost over two decades.  Some of you may remember him from the early-Cash Money Records days, although never signed to the record label, he was featured on various Cash Money albums and cites Birdman...