Citizen Kane

Posted on 15th October 2014 in Hip-hop, Journalism

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Here are a few outtakes from my recent chat with the Big Daddy Kane. The rest of the conversation can be found at StyleWeekly.com.

Your audience is likely to hold two generations of Big Daddy Kane fans these days. Are there any of your songs that young people connect with more than others?

On Twitter and Instagram, I see a lot of young cats, tweeting or posting stuff about “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” or  “Raw.” You know, the mentality of the young generation, the type of music they like, it’s amazin’ to see that they would be into my music.

You’re doing this show with Rakim. There were rumors of a rivalry years ago, including one about a pay-per-view event, where you were supposed to be battle. 

It never happened. It is what it is.  It would’ve been dope.  I would have loved to done it, but it just never happened. We don’t have no problems, we’re cool. I guess it was just something the people wanted to see.

What did you think about your Unsung episode on TVone? Did you think it was fair? Were you cool with it?

Yeah, I was really cool with it. It was like a real uncomfortable situation for me, because, I think that “Unsung” is such a great TV show. It’s a show that artists really truly need, to make people aware of their legacy. I just hate the name of the show. I think it just should’ve  had a better name. I think that “Unsung” is a bad name for the show. It gives the feeling of that person they’re talking about is someone that never made it. Because you call it “Unsung,” you know what I’m saying’? So I was very hesitant about doin’ the show. You know, until they made the money right and gave me some creative control. But I believe that they did an excellent job with the episode.

Back in the day, when the Juice Crew/BDP beef was in full swing, I always wondered why KRS-ONE didn’t dis you on the “The Bridge Is Over,” since he came at your crew so mercilessly. 

Me and KRS was cool. I mean, KRS-ONE and Ms. Melodie are the ones that came and helped me move out of my parents crib, when I moved into my first apartment, with Scoob, (my first dancer.) Me and KRS was carrying the couch downstairs, Ms. Melodie had the TV.

So it wasn’t that he didn’t want it with you, y’all just had prior relationship?

KRS wasn’t scared of me. I don’t think KRS would be scared of any rapper. To be honest with you, if I had a choice, to battle a rapper between Rakim and KRS, I would choose KRS instead of Rakim.

Why?

Because Rakim is dope MC, at saying’ rhymes, but KRS is a battle rapper.  You know what I’m saying’? KRS – that would be some serious serious competition. ‘Cause he’s a battle rapper. He understands the art of battle. There’s a lot of great MCs that say great rhymes, but they can get crushed in one round ’cause they don’t know how to battle. Sayin’ a dope rhyme and battlin’ someone it two totally different things.

 

Over My Bed: Images from the Hip Hop Industry

Posted on 4th January 2012 in Hip-hop

 

I forgot to mention I’m having a little thing on Friday here in Richmond, Va. I’ll be showing some posters form my private collection, mostly promotional hip-hop images of artists from the golden age of hip hop. The show starts at 6 p.m. at Steady Sounds on 322 W. Broad Street. Come on down.

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Infamous Interview

Posted on 21st July 2011 in Hip-hop, Journalism, video

More than decade has passed, not since I’ve updated this blog, but since Mobb Deep’s Prodigy and I talked. We caught up a few weeks back for this article in last week’s Style Weekly. Odd headlline, huh? Peep my 1995 interview with him below.

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A Legendary Lyte

Posted on 29th March 2011 in Hip-hop, Journalism

My interview with hip-hop veteran MC Lyte appears in this week’s Style Weekly. The last time I spoke to rapper was in the basement of Ivory’s Uptown Lounge in 1993. Unfortunately, the Radio Shack microphone I selected for the interview betrayed me, and I’ve been waiting for a another chance ever since. Here’s some parts of my talk with her that didn’t make the cut.

CB: As an older and wiser woman, when you hear records like 10% Dis, do you think maybe I shouldn’t have said that …?

ML: Oh no, not at all. It’s a song and in encapsulates that point in time. So, I’m never regretfull for it, it’s just something that I did. Not that I’m older, I can make the decision as to whether or not I want to create lyrics that leave that type of effect. I’m probably trying to leave a different type of effect on people than I was when I was sixteen, seventeen years old.C

CB: Are there any producer out now that you’d like to work with?

ML: Well, I’ve always wanted to work with Timbaland. I think that would be a different route. I’ve worked quite a few producers, from Jermaine to Puffy, to Teddy, to Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis …

CB: Prince Paul.

ML: The Neptunes, Missy and her camp. I’ve worked with so many, but Timbaland is one that I haven’t work with. I’d like to see how that could go.

CB: Do you ever plan to put another album?

ML: ” … I plan on putting one out. I told all my twitter followers, when I’m up to 100, 000 [followers], I’ll release a free mix cd, which is an album that’s free.