The Library with Tim Einenkel

The Library with Tim Einenkel

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"Tim Einenkel does one of the best interviews in all Hip-Hop and rap music." Chuck D. Front man of Public Enemy "This was by far one of my best interviews in recent years. I love it when I can speak about things that actually matter without it being sensationalized for click-bait journalism. Well played!" - Rah Digga "Tim Einenkel asks the kind of questions that only a person with a deep knowledge and care for hip-hop could ask. The Library is a podcast like no other."- Dan Charnas, author of The Big Paycheck: The History of The Business of Hip-Hop “The Library is one of my favorite podcasts. Tim Einenkel asks great questions and gets fascinating stuff out of his subjects. It’s exactly what hip-hop junkies need and deserve!!!” - Brian Coleman, Hip-Hop Historian, Journalist. In-depth interviews with authors, Hip-Hop artists, scholars and entertainers. Notable interviews have been with: Chuck D. Kool Moe Dee, Big Daddy Kane, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Common, Kool G. Rap, Slimkid3,and many more. Subscribe to The Library w/Tim Einenkel- here


The Library: Mr. Complex  

Mr. Complex is an actor, artist, performer, director, author and MC who has been making an impact on the game since he first started showing up on mixtapes around 1995. The Queens, NY MC sits down with Tim to discuss his newest album, Forever New, his ability to make timeless music, the impact Rakim and producer Lee Stone has had on his career and how his love for film helps influences his music.

Dan The Man Talks Sean Price and New Album  

Dan the Man is an Engineer, Producer, Composer and Mixer who has worked with Kanye West, Nas, Lil Kim, Ice T, Kool G. Rap, M.O.P, 50 Cent, Redman, Jadakiss, Mobb Deep, Pete Rock, Timbaland, the late, great Sean Price and many more. Here's a clip from Dan's interview with Tim Einenkel on The Library where Dan talks about the first time he met Sean Price, working with him on all his albums and the completion of posthumous album, 'Imperius Rex", which drops on August 8. Check out the entire interview here Credits: Host: Tim Einenkel​ Producer: Tim Einenkel Editor: Tim Einenkel Sound Design: Tim Einenkel Research: Tim Einenkel Engineer: Tim Einenkel

The Library: Dan The Man  

Dan the Man is an Engineer, Producer, Composer and Mixer who has worked with Kanye West, Nas, Lil Kim, Ice T, Kool G. Rap, M.O.P, 50 Cent, Redman, Jadakiss, Mobb Deep, Pete Rock, Timbaland, the late, great Sean Price and many more. On the latest episode of The Library with Tim Einenkel, Dan sits down with Tim in his recording studio and talks about how he first got into the music industry, the best way to listen to a mix, and working with Timbaland, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and Pete Rock. He also talks about his first meeting with the late Sean Price, working with Price on all of his albums, and the completion of posthumous album, 'Imperius Rex", which drops on August 8.

The Library: Reggie Ossé aka Combat Jack  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim is joined by Combat Jack himself, Reggie Ossé. The Combat Jack Show has been going strong for four years now and he drops by The Library to talk about his new podcast series Mogul: The Life & Death of Chris Lighty. Osse talks about what he's learned in the research and production of this six part series, and what he's learned about his own story during the process. The two podcasting veterans also discuss mental health awareness in not just the hip hop community but also the black community.

The Library: Ms. Miri Ben-Ari  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to Ms. Miri Ben-Ari. The Hip Hop Violinist talks about how she went from the life of a classically trained violinist to an appearance on BET's 106 & Park, to working with artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Patti Labelle, and many more. The Grammy Award winning artist also discusses the musical arrangements she did for Kanye's first album, The College Dropout, what drew her to Hip Hop culture and how she uses music to support her humanitarian work. Make sure to check out and follow her on twitter @miribenari for updates regarding her amazing work.

The Library: Rich Ahee  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim sits down with producer, engineer, label and studio owner and much more, Rich Ahee. Rich and Tim discuss the history of both 7888 Recording Studio and Yosumi records. Rich also talks about his long collaboration with Masta Ace that started back in 2001 with the album Disposable Arts. Rich talks about meeting and recording Sean Price for the first time, adjusting to new technology, having MCs rap over video game beats, and when Eminem and Masta Ace met for the first time. Rich tells the story behind Prodigy dissing Roc-A-Fella Records which led to Jay Z's "The Takeover." Rich Ahee also talks the difference between working with a producer and a beat making, while breaking down why he doesn't use the traditional MC recording booth.

The Library: David Banner  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to David Banner. The actor, activist and MC discusses his new album, The God Box, Donald Trump helping to expose the facade of American politics and how that will impact artists. The Mississippi MC reveals the anxiety he experienced at the height of his success and the serious consideration he gave to quitting hip hop.

The Library: Bob Power  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to NYU Professor, Producer, Composer and Engineer, Bob Power. The music legend talks to Tim about working with artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo and J Dilla, the importance of hearing everything when mixing an album, what drew him to these artists and whether he still enjoys listening to music.

The Library: Otis Clapp  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to Writer, Producer, Engineer and MC, Otis Clapp who has just dropped his latest album, Helen Keller. The Queens, NY MC talks to Tim about the new album, why he writes, the beauty of letting the instrumental just play, and which of his albums he appreciates the most.

The Library: Brother Ali, Music, Government Spying and Death Threats in Iran  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to Brother Ali. The Minneapolis MC talks about why he made each of his albums, including his newest release All The Beauty In This Whole Life. He also reveals his reasons for stepping away from music, the U.S. government spying on him, death threats he received during a trip to Iran and MCs who take their talents to a whole new different level. Transcript Below: Tim Einenkel: On May 5th, my next guest will release his newest album All The Beauty In This Whole Life on the label Rhymesayers Entertainment. This incredible artist has been blessing us with lyrics, music, for 17 years, and I'm honored to speak with him today. Brother Ali, welcome to The Library with Tim Einenkel, Brother Ali: Thank you, thank you. Tim Einenkel: This is not new album, but on the track Us, from Us, you said, "I started rhyming so I can be somebody. Turns out I already was." Kind of expanding on that, and this is your sixth album, has the purpose for why you started rhyming changed? Brother Ali: I think there has always been a balance between who I am inwardly and outwardly. Writing music and the act of creating music is really about exploring ourselves inwardly, and then the act of performing music is about expressing ourselves outwardly. When I'm at home or with Ant or with one of my really close collaborators, that's a really personal kind of thing, and then when we go out ... By writing those songs, we learn more about about ourselves, we explore ourselves. We get to know all sorts of things about ourselves through any creative process, and then when you bring it out to the world, then you start to get a sense of who we are outwardly and socially and things like that. I would say it's always been a mixture of those two. Tim Einenkel: Turning back to this album. You said in an interview, I don't know, a while ago with HipHopDX. You talked about the album, that you were in the middle of creating this album. You said it'd be a lot less overtly political this time. I was just curious when you said that, when were you writing the ... like, where were we in now our political world when you said that? Do you think, now the album's complete, that that statement still holds true for you? Why did you decide to consciously to be, I guess, less overtly political on this album? Brother Ali: When I made my last album, it was Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, most of the albums prior to that ... so if we look at all the things that I've released, most of them are a mixture of autobiographical stuff. Some of them are rapping for the sake of trying to be excellent with the art form. A lot of the songs have themes or they're stories, and then some of them are overtly political. Some of them are very social. They all tie together in one way or another, but on Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, I really leaned in on the political stuff a lot more. That was reflecting what was going on in my life where I started to ... I basically had this trajectory where, like I said, I started rhyming just to be somebody. I did the first album just to show the world that I can rap and I wanted to be respected as somebody who can make music. I wanted to add my contribution into the world of hip hop, and so that album was everything that I could figure out how to do on one record. Then the next full-length album, in between those times, I got divorced and got custody of my son and we didn't have anywhere to live for a little while. While that was going on, I actually did develop a career where people come to see me and they actually care about what I'm saying. People like Chuck D are my mentor and my friend now, and Rakim brought me on tour. Brand Nubian brought me on tour. I did shows with Big Daddy Kane, and Big Daddy Kane [inaudible 00:03:30] love. The people that I came into this thing loving, respecting, admiring, my heroes, those people all showed me love in one way or another. I had this really amazing growth period but then also it was really difficult personally, and so I made The Undisputed Truth album, which was my second one. That one is really autobiographical, and then those stories I told on that album. Then, like I said, you create an album personally, by yourself, and then you go out and perform it. You put it in the world and it starts to circulate around to the public, or to people that you don't even know. When that album came out, the response that I got from people was, "I feel like you're telling my stories." Because of the way that I told the stories of my own personal life, people connected with them. But then I also was noticing that a lot of the people that come to my shows didn't grow up in the environment that I grew up in. So I started wondering, "Can I tell stories that are never really told to the dominant culture in a way that may make them feel a sense of kinship with them too." Like okay, so if I can tell my stories, can I tell my friends' stories? My friend [Ethan Graham 00:04:45], that was my first friend when I moved to Minneapolis, beautiful guy. Funny, smart, tap dancer, artist, worked, always had a job, but he always sold weed. He was murdered. He was shot in the head in the front of his house and the police never investigated it, and it went in the story, a paper as "this drug dealer got hit by a stray bullet." So I know that somebody will read that story and think like, "It's another black drug dealer." You know what I'm saying? Tim Einenkel: Right, right, right. Brother Ali: But I know the truth about that person, whereas a lot of the people that come to my shows, they might not know that. They might not know somebody like that. So I made an album called Us where I told all these other peoples' stories, but I didn't tell them from the perspective of, like a third-person narrative about somebody else. I told them in a first-person way about loving them. I didn't try to tell Ethan's story for him. I just talked about what it's like to love somebody and then they are murdered and taken away from you, and nobody cares because he's black and because part of his life was street economy, something that now is legal. Do you know what I mean? Tim Einenkel: Right. Brother Ali: Basically he was murdered and his case was thrown away, and so his family never got closure because of something that now is legal. It's super crazy. That Us album was me getting a chance to work through that and then offer that to people. The response for that one was great too so I started wondering, "Okay ..." And so I'd tell these stories about people, but will you actually come out and be activists to try to right some of these things? To try to right some of these wrongs? So on the Mourning in America album, in my personal life, I was getting more into organizing and activism and things like that. We had a project called Occupy Homes where we were going to peoples' houses, basically like, Occupy Wall Street was going on and there was Occupy in every city. So you had a bunch of young people whose parents come from the dominant culture but they feel disenfranchised. It's like maybe young, white, middle-classed people, but they're realizing that the American dream isn't there for them, and they're [inaudible 00:07:03] to why it is. They know that it's not because Mexicans are stealing their jobs, and it's not because black people are on welfare, and it's not because any of this other stuff. It's because the people at the top are just taking more and more for themselves and they're not paying for what they're receiving, the service they're receiving. These people were putting their bodies on the line, and so we had a project where we went to the Occupy space and said, "Hey, there are black people in North Minneapolis and white people, and elders, and veterans, and moms, and a lot of people, but primarily mostly black and brown people are ... The banks are taking their house from them illegally and they're stealing the wealth out of their community by doing that." Because the bank, they get a down payment, they get years of payments, and then they take the house away, and nobody really cares, and then they sell the house again. They get another down payment, they get years more payment, you know. So this is this money that's being stolen and what should be generational wealth is being stolen from these communities. "Well, you come chain yourself to a house." And this whole group of young, white, middle-class kids did it. We're like, "Hell, yeah, we'll do that." And they did it and I got to see that, and it was really [inaudible 00:08:19]. So I made an album about ... kind of like inviting and calling people to that type of work, but it's because that's what I was going through in my life. That album was a really overtly political album. And this new one, All the Beauty in This Whole Life basically ... Then I had a series of heartbreaks related to politics. I started realizing the worst of all of them was that I was feeling a sense of despair about what was going on and about the response that I was receiving versus the response that I thought I should be receiving, and I realized that ... Rumi says, the poet Rumi says, "When I was young, I was clever and I wanted to change the world. Now I've grown old and wise and I want to change myself." Not that you ever have one without the other. The two are obviously connected, but what I realized is that along with the ... We don't only have political problems, but our political problems stem from spiritual problems on a heart level. I'm starting with myself, so I said, "If I'm in despair and I'm feeling like almost jaded because people that used to like my music, now they hate me because I'm talking about this stuff that they don't want to hear about, and now they're ..." Some of them are threatening me and the government is messing with me and all of this stuff. I started realizing that I need to work o

The Library: Godz Chyld, Reborn  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim sits down with Godz Chyld who just released his latest project, Reborn. The EP, entirely produced by the city of Amsterdam's Jordan River Banks, features Loaded Lux and Killah Priest, and really highlights the lyrical talent of the Bronx MC. Godz Chyld tells Tim what it was like working with those two artists and also explains his long term goals an a MC.

The Library: Substantial, The Past Is Always Present In The Future  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks with Hipnott Records artist, Substantial. The Maryland MC talks to Tim about his new album The Past Is Always Present In The Future, breaks down the subtext of each track, the hypocrisy of people who claim to support the troops and how he is honoring the legacy of the late producer Nujabes..

The Library: Mark Steele, Creating a Soundtrack to His Life  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to Mark Steele who recently released his 2nd album, Almost Time - featuring Rapper Big Pooh, Raheem Devaughn and more. The North Carolina MC talks to Tim about the album, his ode to Juvenile's "Ha", lessons learned from 9th Wonder and Christopher "Play" Martin. Mark Steele also discusses how he confronts police brutality in his art and the importance of the date, December 5th.

The Library: Mickey Factz  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim sits down with Mickey Factz. After a decade of making game-changing music, this Bronx MC released his debut album this past fall. The Achievement: Circa ‘82, produced entirely by Nottz features collaborations with artists such as: Blu, Phonte (Little Brother), Styles P and others. Tim and Mickey Factz talk about his collaborations and discuss the influences John Lennon, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. have had on his career and in his personal life.

The Library: Boldy James Interview  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to Boldy James. As the first artist signed to Mass Appeal Records by Nas, Boldy talks about the pressures of being a signed artist, the influence the late J-Dilla had on him, Detroit and Hip Hop culture. The Detroit MC also discusses his album, The Art of Rock Climbing and answers the question whether we'll hear a Boldy James/Nas collaboration in 2017.

The Library: Denzel Curry's Getting Personal  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, 2016 XXL Freshman Denzel Curry joins Tim to talk about the hard copy release of his album Imperial, spitting on the same track as Rick Ross, his plans for the future, what music his fans might be surprised he listens to and how a Trump presidency will influence his lyrics.

The Library: Dan Lish Blends Worlds with Art  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to artist, Dan Lish, the creator of Egostrip. Dan talks about discovering his artistry and who helped foster his talents as a child, finding the best place to sit in class, blending the Hip Hop and fantasy worlds, using color vs. black and white, and working on Raekwon's upcoming album.

The Library: DJ Illegal of the Snowgoons  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks with DJ Illegal from the German Production team known as the Snowgoons. Illegal joins Tim via Skype from Germany to talk about what brought him to Hip Hop culture and beat creation. He talks about working with artists of different languages, the late Pumpkinhead, the importance of album's artwork and how collaborating with American artists helps the growth of Hip Hop culture in Germany.

The Library: Token, Not Letting Music Define Him  

18 year old MC/artist, Token is taking the hip hop world by storm. His real name is Ben Goldberg and his video 'No Sucka MC's" has already been watched over one million times. He's been a guest on Sway in the Morning, and was featured on BET's 2016 Hip Hop Awards Cyphers. This week on The Library, Tim talks to Token about his debut album Eraser Shavings, overcoming obstacles in order to live his dream, what he loves about performing, and getting mentioned in the sentence as Joell Ortiz, Big Daddy Kane, and Sway in the Morning. He talks about his writing process and clears up some misconceptions he sees between the older and younger Hip Hop generations.

The Library: Gensu Dean (Music without Parameters)  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim is joined by producer Gensu Dean. Based in Texas Gensu has worked with such artists as David Banner, Large Pro, Roc Marci, Brand Nubian, Planet Asia, Diamond D, J-Live and many more. Tim and Gensu discuss his latest album, "RAW", the importance of track placement on the album, the significance of his albums' artwork and his musical influences.

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