Q-Tip is one of hip hop’s greatest MCs and producers. As a member of A Tribe Called Quest, he helped to shape the sound of hip hop throughout the ’90s. The group’s exceptional run of full-lengths became a blueprint for MCs looking to balance the literate and the absurd, as well as producers searching for the perfect (and unexpected) break—Tribe’s influence is pretty much unmatched in hip hop circles. Since Tribe’s split in 1998, Q-Tip has kept busy with a solo career that has included four albums as well as countless productions and guest appearances in places both expected (Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, and Jay-Z) and improbable (Chemical Brothers, R.E.M.). He has also honed his DJ chops, spinning regularly in New York City and beyond.
Hip hop’s golden age began in 1986, the day Rakim stepped to a microphone to record “Eric B Is President.” Only 18 years old (though he sounded considerably more worldly), Rakim (real name William Griffin) had a smooth, effortless flow that brought a cool melodicism and high intelligence to the MC game—he gave both fire and ice, set within the wiry frame of his serious features. Even those who didn’t get the Five Percenter reference wouldn’t have bridled at his nickname, God. His partnership with his DJ, Eric B, yielded four great albums and numerous classic singles before Rakim split for a solo career. Despite initial success with 1997’s The 18th Letter, he endured several frustratingly fruitless years signed to Dr Dre’s Aftermath, working on an album that never came. Now Rakim back in his native New York, the city where his immense influence is most clearly audible, notably in other NYC wordsmiths such as Nas. As recently as 2012, The Source named him the greatest MC of all time.
In this exclusive interview, artist and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson talks to the Wall Street Journal’s Lee Hawkins about his evolution as an artist and a businessman throughout the years and how he has dealt with the wealth, the fame and the challenges that have accompanied his success. He also speaks about Eminem, promoting Yuriokis Gamboa, Floyd Mayweather, Gamboa, the UFC, Manny Pacquiao, artist management, his boxing promotions business, his new album, and his philanthropic efforts to feed a billion children across the world.
In this extensive Interview with Montreality, Ghostface Killah speaks about:
– The type of student he was at school
– Jobs he had as a teenager growing up
– The key to success
– His passion for literature & favorite books
– What he would call his book, if he were to write one
– What he thinks he were in a previous lifetime
– His favorite cartoon character
– His favorite video game
– His last meal of choice
– His upcoming projects, “Supreme Clientele 2: Blue & Cream”
– The likelihood of one last Wu-Tang album
– Having settled his beef with Biggie the day before he passed
– What made him stop smoking marijuana
– His message to the youth
New interview with Ghost talking progress on the long awaited collaboration album with Mf Doom.
No more talk, we NEED the album!
In a rare interview, Star shared his past, how he was an actual street pimp in New York City in the early 1980′s, how he went to war with a handgun against a Dominican chick armed with and uzi and got sprayed up, his cocaine and mescaline fueled days, how he pimped MTV, Hot 97 and Power 105, why he has no issue with Big Tigger, how he’s never been impressed with Howard Stern, his love for DJ Vlad, what his hate is really about, how he doesn’t know who the fuck Just Blaze is, how someone who doesn’t fux with Hip Hop became a Hip Hop icon and more. Via www.thecombatjackshow.com
Hip hop’s last enigma sits down on the Academy couch to break down the message behind the mask, rap beef behind his different personas, and why good things come to those who wait.