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Rap Radar Podcast

Rap Radar Podcast

United States

Hip hop's premier website connects with our culture's most important voices. Hosted by Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.Dot" Miller.

Episodes

EP 85: Tech N9ne  

When it comes to business, Tech N9ne is a boardroom bully. For close to 20 years, he's applied his hands on approach as CEO of independent juggernaut, Strange Music. Outside of the office, Tech is set to release his 17th album, The Storm. The project features guest stars from across all genres. In this in depth chat, Tech speaks on his new music, family, collaborations, independence, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and more.

EP 84: Erykah Badu  

Erykah Badu's a trip. In fact, she'll be conducting the hippest trip in America as returning host/producer of the Soul Train Music Awards. But that’s not the only thing that's been keeping Ms. Badu busy. In addition to her appearance on D.R.A.M.'s self titled debut, she returned to the silver screen in The Land. Back in New York, Erykah talks about her children, 1997, inspirations, J Dilla and so much more.

Ep 83: Rapsody  

Rapsody knows a woman's worth. After signing with Roc Nation this past summer, the North Carolina native puts the ladies first on her new EP, Crown. Under the guidance of mentor 9th Wonder, the project features some of the game's most eclectic voices. A day after the release, Rap speaks on her music, Jay Z, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Lauryn Hill and more.

EP 82: Russ  

For over a decade, Russ' calling card has been independence. Dubbed the "DIY Pioneer,” the Atlanta rookie is a one man gang who records, produces, and engineers his own music. An example of his craftsmanship can be found on his breakout hit, "What They Want". Following a sold out performance in New York City, Russ speaks on his self efficiency, media gripes, come up, family, songwriting, competition, finances and more!

EP 81: Salaam Remi  

Versatility has been a major key throughout SaLaAM ReMi's career. From Super Cat to Nas, the Queens producer has left his fingerprints on some of music's greatest recordings. More recently, he self produced the hip-hop trio No Panty (Joell Ortiz, Bodega Bamz, and Nitty Scott) project. Celebrating his 30th year in the game, SaLaAM discusses his formative years, working with the Fugees, Nas, Amy Winehouse, Miguel, Mack Wilds and more.

EP 80: Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua  

Amongst rap fans, Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua is known as Biggs' brother and No I.D.'s friend. But behind the scenes, Hip Hop curated the sound of Roc-A-Fella Records and was the first to sign Kanye West as a producer and an artist. These days, the Harlem native is busy executive producing Nas' highly anticipated album. On the eve of the Roc-A-Fella pop up grand opening, Hop discusses Esco's next project, Jay Z's discography, Kanye’s evolution, Lil Wayne, Gee Roberson and so much more.

EP 79: Cortez Bryant  

If there were a secret to success, Cortez Bryant probably has the answers. As a member of the Maverick management firm, Tez has branded the careers of hip-hop superstars of Drake, Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy and childhood friend Lil Wayne. More recently, he saw the release of Weezy's memoir, Gone Til November. Here, Tez details the financial fiasco behind Lil Wayne and Cash Money Records, Birdman's business practices, Weezys rise, G-Eazy, Tyga and more.

EP 78: DJ Mustard  

For the most part, it's been a quiet for summer for DJ Mustard. Making up for the lost time, the Los Angeles reconciled with longtime partner YG and released his new album, Cold Summer. Outside of hip-hop, he produced the biggest hit of his career with Rihanna's "Needed Me". In this in depth chat, Mr. 10 Summers speaks on his new album, depression, RiRi, touring, YG, EDM, family, label and more. It's Mustard on a podcast, yo!

EP 77: Bill Adler  

History is made everyday. Thankfully, Bill Adler has been around long enough to preserve most of it. As the first publicist for Def Jam Records, Bill's been collecting hip-hop photographs and memorabilia for the over 30 years. Recently, he sold a majority of his collection to the Smithsonian's newly minted National Museum of African American History and Culture. Here, Bill speaks on his pioneering tenure, collection, Lyor Cohen, Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and more 

EP 76: Lecrae  

There's a war going on outside and Lecrae is putting himself on the front line. In addition to his contribution on The Birth of A Nation soundtrack, the Houston native raged against the machine with an emotional freestyle at this year's BET Hip Hop Awards. Weeks before his Destination Tour, the Grammy award winning stops by to talk about his religion, misconceptions, celebrity, independence and more

EP 75: Prodigy  

On and off mic, Prodigy of Mobb Deep has been putting his lifetime in between the paper lines. And recently, he returned to the literary world with his new book, Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook. The book features recipes and anecdotes from his three year bid. Putting down the apron, P discusses his culinary skills, Mobb Deep, their classic catalogue, Diddy, verses, past beefs, new media, & more.

EP 74: Common  

Common wears many hats. Not only is he one of the most revered MCs in the game, but he's also a celebrated actor, author, and Academy Award winner. Weeks before the release of his 11th album, Black America Again, Com chats with us about his new project, upcoming film roles, Ice Cube, Kanye West, J Dilla, classic albums, and more.

EP 73: Sickamore  

There aren't too many mixtape DJs that have transitioned from the streets to label suites. But since 2014, Sickamore has served as Vice President of A&R and Creative Director at Epic Records. More recently, the Brooklyn native curated Travis Scott's chart topper 'Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight' and YG 'Still Brazy'. In this lengthy chat, Sick discusses his mixtape origins, A&R roles, Nicki Minaj, Bill Clinton, photography and more.

EP 72: D.R.A.M.  

Go ahead, call it a comeback. A year after being written off as a one hit wonder, Big Baby D.R.A.M. has defied the odds with his double platinum hit, "Broccoli". Currently on his The Spread Love tour, the Virginia native chops it up about his success, come-up, co-signs, upbringing, and more

EP 71: Andre Harrell  

It's hard to think where Black music would be without Andre Harrell. As the founder of Uptown Records, he launched the careers of former intern Sean “Puffy” Combs—signed Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, and Heavy D—and birthed the sub-genres, New Jack Swing and Hip Hop Soul. These days as Vice Chairman of Revolt TV, Harrell is curating the upcoming third annual Revolt Music Conference. Thankfully, Mr. Champagne & Bubbles took some time to talk past, present and future. Cheers!

EP 70: Kevin Liles  

He's been a power broker in the business of music for over three decades, and Kevin Liles—author, executive, trendsetter, leader—is just gettin’ started. Fresh off the second year anniversary of indie juggernaut 300 Entertainment, the Baltimore native speaks on the success of 300, the challenges and triumphs of entrepreneurship, his long friendship with Lyor Cohen, and his own Def Jam presidency days (back when Jay Z, DMX and Ja Rule ruled). Plus: Liles talks about the new adventures of Young Thug, Fetty Wap, and much, much more.

EP 70: Kevin Liles  

He's been a power broker in the business of music for over three decades, and Kevin Liles—author, executive, trendsetter, leader—is just gettin’ started. Fresh off the second year anniversary of indie juggernaut 300 Entertainment, the Baltimore native speaks on the success of 300, the challenges and triumphs of entrepreneurship, his long friendship with Lyor Cohen, and his own Def Jam presidency days (back when Jay Z, DMX and Ja Rule ruled). Plus: Liles talks about the new adventures of Young Thug, Fetty Wap, and much, much more.

EP 69: A-Boogie, Don Q & HighBridge  

New York City hip-hop is under new management. And at the heart of the revival are Highbridge The Label stars, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Don Q. Last month, Boogie, armed with his hit "My Shit," opened up for Drake on the  remaining three nights of his Summer Sixteen tour at Madison Square Garden. Meanwhile, Q has the airwaves ablaze with radio freestyles. Joined by label founders QP and Bubba, the Bronx rookies speak on success, fame, women, and everything in between.

EP 68: DJ Clark Kent  

It's scary to think of what hip hop would've become without the presence of Brooklyn's finest DJ Clark Kent. One of the culture's greatest mixers behind the turntables, Clark was instrumental in the careers of Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Dame Dash, and countless others. And he's got the stories prove it! On the eve of his upcoming Ultimate Sneaker Expo (Yes Clark's footwear passion is on par with his music collection prowess), Clark weighs on everything from Spike Lee's role in the explosion of sneaker culture, the musical greatness of Kanye West and how Dave East's upcoming project may have sparked his return to production. Listen and learn!

EP 67: Eif Rivera  

If you watched a hip-hop music video lately, chances are Eif Rivera directed it. Since 2011, The Bronx native has created visuals for some of the biggest names in rap. More recently, he filmed visuals for Fat Joe ("All The Way Up", "Cookin") and DJ Khaled ("Nas Album Done)". Taking a break from shooting, Eif talks about breaking into directing, creating logos for Big Pun and Young Jeezy, and working with 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Future, DJ Khaled, Nas, Nicki Minaj and Diddy.

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