Posts Tagged ‘interview’

Interview: Blockhead

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
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This past Tuesday our lil’ brother blog OpinionatedJay featured an interview with former Steady Bloggin’ member and indie hip-hop producer extraordinaire Blockhead. They discuss things like Aesop Rock, Kate Upton, New York Knicks, Tree, Derek Jeter, Necro  andof course the demise of Def Jux. Check it out and stayed tuned for some more interviews dropping every Tuesdays on


INTERVIEW: DaVinci and Al Jieh Of SWTBRDS (Part 3)

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
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This is Part 3 of my interview with DaVinci and Al Jieh of San Francisco’s SWTBRDS label (Part 1 HERE, Part 2 HERE). In this segment we talk about the history of Bay Area rap, certain misconceptions about it, and how SWTBRDS fits into the overall legacy of the region.
As our ride continues we talk more about the close knit nature of The Bay Area’s rap scene, how the connections shared by DaVinci and Al Jieh exemplify working relationships that developed between residents of disparate city and suburban regions. My girlfriend mentions Marin County, a luxurious suburban outpost located across the bridge from SF. The guys laugh and trade jokes about the wide gap between that county and their own world, then turn up a surprising nugget of trivia.
DaVinci & Al Jieh: (remembering nearly in unison) Tupac was from Marin City!

INTERVIEW: DaVinci and Al Jieh Of SWTBRDS (Part 2)

Monday, January 7th, 2013
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photo by Jenna Rodriguez

This is Part 2 of my interview with DaVinci and Al Jieh of San Francisco’s SWTBRDS label (Part 1 was published via Passion Of The Weiss). In this segment we talk about the history of their label and how its heritage derives from the legendary Fillmore neighborhood where DaVinci grew up.

Nardwuar vs. Curren$y

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
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Easily the best thing about Canada, ever. Nardwuar’s schtick gets tiresome, but nobody can front on the energy and preparation he puts in to each interview. Take notes Petey Rosenberg. –Philaflava

Sunday Vaults: R.A. The Rugged Man interview ’04

Sunday, November 7th, 2010
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Seems like Sunday is filler day on the blogosphere so I thought to do a “vaulted” feature today and probably will continue to do so moving forward.

About a year ago R.A. ripped Floyd Mayweather on Shade 45 for fighting pussies. Today I’m digging out an interview I did on The Philaflava Show back in ’04 with R.A. The Rugged Man displaying that same wit. While most people think he got better with age, I think RA has always been one of the best personalities hip-hop has ever offered. Enjoy! –Philaflava

Philaflava Show w/RA The Rugged Man

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A Conversation with Blueprint

Friday, October 9th, 2009
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I recently sat down with my old friend Blueprint to discuss his upcoming projects, his career, and the state of hip hop. 

So Print you have been out of the spotlight for a little while now, what have you been up to?

A few years back I started to feel like I was pigeon-holing myself as an artist who’s known for recreating older hip-hop and I felt that if I continued on that path that I may never get to do anything different or anything that reflects the music I actually can and want to make. It’s almost like realizing you were being too safe. So I had to take a step back from some of the things that were distracting me from my music; like touring as much as I was, promoting shows, or even being out so much locally. It wasn’t really doing anything but working against my progression as an artist. In a lot of ways I had become really used to doing records and writing songs a certain kind of way. So I kind of abandoned that, but as an artist when you decide to change directions a little bit it takes time to master your new style, so I’ve been trying to master my new style.