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: 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.

Key Tracks: Pharoahe Monch’s PTSD Interview  

The Queens rapper discusses his deeply personal 2014 concept album PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Red Bull Music Academy Daily contributor, Tim Einenkel. Make sure you check out more from the interview here

The Library: Grandmaster Caz (A Cold Crush Brother)  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim is joined by Grandmaster Caz. The Hip Hop legend talks to Tim about the birth of the culture, what he expected out of it, the night he became "Grandmaster", which Hip Hop elements he's grown to appreciate, whether the disconnect between each Hip Hop generation is organic or industry made, being referenced in a Jay Z song and featured on a Macklemore song, and we get his reaction to Tupac's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Library: Dinco D and Charlie Brown (Interview)  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to Leaders of The New School members Charlie Brown and Dinco D from their Queens, NY studio. The legendary MCs talk about Dinco D's new album, Cameo Flows, the impact singer Frankie Beverly has had on Hip Hop, Chuck D's influence, and the formula for making timeless music. They also let us in on the group's plans for 2017.

The Library: General Steele is Building Bridges  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Smif-N-Wessun/Boot Camp Clik's General Steele. The Bucktown MC sits down with Tim at a coffee shop in Harlem, NY to talk about his new collaboration with Vermont producer Es-K Building Bridges. They talk about writing, Sean Price (R.I.P), almost retiring from the game and the impact gentrification and a Donald Trump presidency might have on Hip Hop culture and rap music.

The Library: Hip Hop God Mikey D (Interview)  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, artist, Mikey D. The Queens, NY Legend, has released a new album—Day Of D'struction. Tim talks with MIKEY D about the album, developing his own style, battling, and how Chuck D, Grand Daddy I.U and LL Cool J have played important roles in his life.

The Library: Illus  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, ILLUS joins Tim to talk about his new album A Perfectly Imperfect Beautiful Naked Creation. The album is produced entirely by legendary Rhymesayer, Blueprint and features guest verses by Blueprint, Slug from Atmosphere, Craig G, Roxxxteady, and Paul Dateh. The MC talks to Tim about working with all those artists, why rap needs more superheroes and working with legendary DJ Johnny Juice.

The Library: DJ Rob Swift  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, DJ Rob Swift. He's a Turntablist, an innovator and a guest lecturer at The New School in New York City. He's also worked with the X-ecutioners, Linkin Park, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Large Professor, Supanatural and many others. Rob sits down with Tim, outside The New School and gives a really in-depth interview about his career. The artist from Queens, NY talks to Tim about album concepts, how he got into teaching, and the music he's most proud of. This is definitely a must listen interview.

The Library: Supa Dave West (I Am Nobody)  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to Supa Dave West, who has helped produce 6 of De La Soul's albums, including their newest release "and the Anonymous Nobody..." Dave talks about the new album and his experiences working with the legendary group for all these years, while striving to create the "perfect beat." He also talks about the late, great J-Dilla and what he meant to music.

The Library: Skyzoo and Apollo Brown's Easy Truth  

This week on The Library with Tim Einenkel, Skyzoo and Apollo Brown. The Detroit Producer and the Brooklyn MC sit down with Tim from a park in Brooklyn, NY to talk about their new album, The Easy Truth, and to discuss the art of sampling, blending the unique features of New York and Detroit, and Skyzoo breaks down one of his verses.

Skyzoo Spits! Tim tries to Spit  

Skyzoo and Apollo Brown recently sat down with The Library with Tim Einenkel to discuss their new album, The Easy Truth. During the interview Tim attempted to recite lyrics by Skyzoo; Skyzoo helped him out. Find out what the lyrics mean and more soon when the entire interview is posted. Here's the lyrics from the track "A Couple of Dollars" [Verse 2: Skyzoo] And it sounds like beautiful like the truth Like "she bad but even more beautiful in the coupe" And seeing that was seeing all that I would need to pursue The e-class that was used to corner me off the stoop Was as clean as the book that your hand on When you prayed that we stayed away from them anthems Fuck is left for us except for us to go stand on A box with a rope and a bottle of Spade Carpe diem, carpe diem, make it pop it for the day I threw money to jeweler, sneaker box full of change Know me, I'm no better I'm about it the same Cause on a box with a rope is how we got in this frame Now flick it up, one time for 'em, one time for 'em Know it's lit if they in here with the 9 on 'em One time for em, one time for em And the parades lining up along the side for 'em

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