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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 95: Stephen Hill  

If revolution won't be televised, Stephen Hill, BET's President of Program, is rewriting the rules. Last month, the network put cable television on the notice with their highly rated biopic, The New Edition Story. More recently, the network green-lit Nas' life story. With a string of original programming, Hill has eyes set on this year's BET Awards. In this lengthy chat, Hill talks the channel's recent success, tenure, award show memories and more!

EP 94: Nick Grant  

Nick Grant's a student of the game. Influenced by hip-hop's greats, the South Carolina fire-spitter proves his self worth on on his debut release, Return Of The Cool. Following his debut appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Nick talks about his love of the game, lyricism, childhood, battle rap, Andre 3000, Heavy D, Nas, and more.

EP 93: Troy Carter  

Troy Carter is a business, man. After years of working behind the scenes for Bad Boy and Ruff Ryders, Mr. Carter is now the Global Head of Creator Services at Spotify. Prior to the role, he served as CEO of the entertainment firm, The Atom Factory. Outside of music, he turned his interest to venture capitalism and appeared on 'Shark Tank'. Here, the Philly native talks about streaming wars, labels, Lady Gaga, Eve, finances, and more. 

EP 92: 6LACK  

Despite being one of the game's most enigmatic rookies, 6lack is rather forthcoming. After a listen of his debut album Free 6lack, you'll find out that the Atlanta native has survived homelessness, heartbreak, and even bad record deals. Before his inaugural NYC performance, 6black details how he over turned his tragedy into triumph.

EP 91: BJ The Chicago Kid  

BJ The Chicago kid is all grown up. Recently, the Illinois native performed the national anthem at President Barack Obama's farewell gathering. Next month, he hopes to walk away with a Grammy award for his debut album, In My Mind. While in the Big Apple, The Chicago kid talks about his music, city, upbringing, inspirations, Kanye West and more.

EP 90: 21 Savage  

21 Savage has lived a hard knock life. From murders to shootouts, the Atlanta native has witnessed more than enough violence. Despite the hardships, Savage has persevered. Last summer he teamed up with producer MetroBoomin for his best work to date, Savage Mode. By the fall, he scored his first platinum single. More recently, he joined LA Reid at Epic Records. Roaming the streets of the New York, 21 speaks on his recent success, fame, death, family, and more.

EP 89: A$AP Rocky & A$AP Ferg  

Although It's been two years since the passing of A$AP Yams, his presence is still felt. A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg are ensuring it remains that way with their annual Yams Day concert at Madison Square Garden. In this candid conversation, the Harlem duo speak on Yams' legacy, new music, fashion, cougars, run-ins with the law and more!

EP 88: Lin Manuel Miranda  

There aren't too many people that had better 2016 than Lin-Manuel Miranda. After winning the Pulitzer Prize for his Broadway blockbuster Hamilton, the New York native scored the Disney film Moana and released the chart topping album, The Hamilton Mixtape. The project features some of the game's most celebrated names. Closing out 2016, Lin discusses his presence on the Great White Way, success, Alexander Hamilton, Trump presidency, hip-hop and much more.

EP 87: Dave Free  

Dave Free doesn't do interviews. That's because as president of Top Dawg Entertainment, he's busy overseeing the careers of his growing roster. In fact, this year has been especially hectic with the release of projects from Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, and Lance Skiiiwalker. Braving the New York cold, the LA native speaks on his productive 2016, Grammy nominations, Obama, trolling, validation, and more. 

EP 86: Ab-Soul  

After sitting two years on the bench, Ab-Soul's back in the game with his long-awaited fourth album, Do What Thou Wilt. Inspired by women, the Black Lip Bastard promises to give new meaning to gender equality. Back in NYC, Soulo opens up about his new project, TDE family, writing process, theology, and so much more.

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

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