Category Archives: Interviews

Kurtis Blow talks on Bob Marley and raps a little!

That Kween G is a problem. While I was away eating tacos and trying not to get kidnapped by taxi drivers, she was filling in on my show plotting a coup. This is her interview with Kurtis Blow backstage at Tone Nightclub in Sydney, before his performance. Pssssttt… whatever.

MP3: Kurtis Blow – Don’t Stop The Body Rock | iTunes

MP3: Mos Def, Q-Tip and Tash – Body Rock | iTunes

Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae Interview Part 2: Relationships, Karaoke and Albums

What do you imagine M.O.P. would sing at karaoke? Aladdin’s ‘A Whole New World’, maybe Lionel Richie ‘Hello’ or possibly ‘Stay’ by Lisa Loeb? Find out when Pharoahe tells of his karaoke experience with the Mash Out Posse, and Jean Grae gives some amazingly sensible relationship advice in part two of our interview with the pair.

Listen: Pharoahe Monch – Haile Salassie Karate ft Mr Porter | iTunes
Listen: Pharoahe Monch – The Light | iTunes
Listen: Jean Grae – You Don’t Like It (So What)
Listen: Jean Grae – Love Song | iTunes

Video: Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae Interview Part 1 on Tattoos and Cheese Cake
Pharoahe Monch Interview: Pancakes, Ghostwriting for Diddy, Hilltop Hoods and W.A.R.
Jean Grae Interview: Poisoning Boyfriends, Cafeteria Fights and Baking

Interview: Pharoahe Monch & Jean Grae on Tours, Tattoos and Cheese Cake

Tours, Tattoos and Cheese Cake. We talked to Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae a little while ago. Such agreeable company. Both of them have albums to sell. Pharoahe’s is out now, and Jean’s should not be far off. Be a darling and pick up a copy of W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) and Cake or Death.

Listen: Jean Grae ft Styles P and Talib Kweli – Rock In Pocket

Listen: Pharoahe Monch ft Jean Grae & Royce Da 5’9″ – Assassins | iTunes

Pharoahe Monch Interview: Pancakes, Ghostwriting for Diddy, Hilltop Hoods and W.A.R.
Jean Grae Interview: Poisoning Boyfriends, Cafeteria Fights and Baking

Podcast: Oh No Interview & J Dilla Tribute Mix

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Stone Throw rapper and producer Oh No pops in for a chat. DJ Naiki pays tribute to J Dilla with a set of tracks he produced and the original samples. Plus we kick it off with a set of summer jams.

Dj Quik – Summer Breeze
Ice Cube – You Know How We Do It
Dove Shack – Summer Time In Da L.B.C
Koolism – The Season
Paper Plan Project – Sunshine ft.Noelle Scaggs & Raashan Ahmad
Jay-Z and Marvin Gaye – Hello Brooklyn (Mike Boogie Remix)
Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness
D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Lootpack – Return of the B-Boy

Gangrene – Take Drugs
Oh No ft MED – Keep It Lit

Jaylib – The Mission (Stringed Out Remix)

Lawless Element Feat. J-Dilla aka Jay Dee – Love
Towa Tei – Technova
A Tribe Called Quest  – Find A Way
Stan Getz – Suede Ven
Pharcyde – Runnin’
Dorothy Ashby – Canto De Ossanha
Que.D – Supa Shit (feat. Jay Dee)
Slum Village – Fall in Love
Gap Mangione – Diana in the Autumn Wind
Bobby Caldwell – Open Your Eyes
Common – The Light
The Impressions – We Must Be In Love
J Dilla feat. Pharoahe Monch – Love
The Love Unlimited Orchestra  – I Wanna Stay
Q-Tip – Vivrant Thing
Jackson 5 – Dancing Machine
Q-Tip – Move
Jackson 5 – All I Do Is Think Of You
The Roots – Can’t Stop This
The Stylistics – Maybe it’s Love This Time
J Dilla ft. Madlib & Guilty Simpson – Baby
Cris Williamson – Shine On Straight Arrow
Jaylib – The Red
Fabulous Souls – Take Me
Erykah Badu – Love

Lee Monro – The Return
Ghostface Killah – In Tha Park (feat. Black Thought)
Von Pea – We Should Be Rocking
MED – Where I’m From feat. Aloe Blacc
Talib Kweli – Uh Oh (feat. Jean Grae)

MP3: Oh No ft MED – Keep It Lit | iTunes

MP3: Jaylib – The Mission (Stringed Out Remix) | iTunes

Podcast: Download full show with Oh No and Dilla Tribute Mix

Tour Dates: Oh No Australian Tour Dates
Mixtape: DJ Naiki ‘Gangstarr vs Original Samples’ Mix
Mixtape: DJ Naiki ‘A Tribe Called Quest vs Original Samples’ Mix

Video: K-Os Interview on Natalie Portman

Ooooooh dear! I was going to interject there, but I let it go. Don’t admit to being a Star Wars freak in public. Now you totally lost any chance you had of coming off as being cool and semi-normal if you ever do meet Natalie Portman. Listen to your Mum dude.

MP3: K-Os – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman | iTunes

K-Os talks on Drake’s Success and Canadian Greatness
Podcast: Listen to full K-Os interview on Bob Dylan, The Strokes, Bieber and more

Pharoahe Monch Interview on Pancakes

Pancakes, The Hoods, J Dilla. Some of the things we talk about with the Pharoahe. We thought we would re-up this on the blog, since Mr Monch is in town for a wee Australian tour.

Podcast: Pharoahe Monch Interview Dec 2009

MP3: Pharoahe Monch – We Must Be In Love

MP3: The Impressions – We Must Be In Love

Jean Grae Interview on Hennessey, Baking, Chinatown and Poisoning Boyfriends

Jean is a pretty good rapper. She also makes awesome interview talent. No talking about what was your first hip hop album here. We get straight into ‘Why cyphers are wack, poisoning boyfriends, baking, selling flatmates on craig’s list, getting Josie Styles kicked off 2SER and taking people down to Chinatown’. If you only check out one interview on this blog, definitely listen to this one I did on Jean’s last trip to the country earlier this year.

Jean also makes music. This is what it sounds like…

MP3: Talib Kweli ft Jean Grae – Black Girl Pain

MP3: Jean Grae – Keep Living

MP3: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Be Real Black For Me

Live Concerts: Australian Tour Dates with Pharaohe Monch

Tongue Freestyles and talks on Dudley Perkins collabo

Alternative Energy! New album from the The Tongue. He has cooked up some radcore shit. With production from Dizz1, El Gusto and M-Phazes, collabos with Ngaiire, Urthboy, Gift of Gab and Joyride, and The Tongue being a pretty alright rapper himself, we have a recipe for awesomeness. It is out September 10. You may be inclined to purchase it.

MP3: The Tongue – Innervisions ft Gift of Gab

Listen: Full interview and freestyle with The Tongue

Wiley’s Zip Folder Giveaway Bonanza… Our Favs!

So a week or two ago Wiley had a bit of a spaz and decided to put up all his unreleased material online in about 10 separate zip files, including an album which he just signed a deal for. I been working my way through the zips, and thought I would share some of the gems I found amoungst all the half finished tracks.

One of the standouts is ‘Georgeous Girl’, where Wiley gets his Shakespeare on with lines like “She had eyes like Granny Smith apples”. Breath taking!

Wiley ft. J2K, Mz Bratt & Brazen – Runway

MP3: Wiley ft. Rinse, Ice Kid & Mike Skinner – Don’t Hide Away

MP3: Wiley ft. Kano & Chipmunk – Hello People

MP3: Wiley ft. Diesel & Charlie Brown – Georgeous Girl

Bonus: Wiley and Skepta talk to Shantan Wantan Ichiban

Ozi Batla performs ‘Shoot the Breeze’

Mr Batla performing a live rendition of ‘Shoot the Breeze’ in the Stolen Records pimp palace. Catch Ozi Batla at the Stolen Records Gala Ball alongside Koolism, Thundamentals, Katalyst (DJ Set), The Optimen, Apsci, Loose Change, Daily Meds, Phat Chance ft The Coptic Soldiers and the Stolen Records Gangstaz on Friday July 16 at the Gaelic Theatre. It is well cheap $12 supporters / $17 non supporters / $22 on the door.

Get tickets: Stolen Records Gala Ball at the Gaelic Theatre
Listen: Full show including the rest of the Ozi Batla interview