Masta Ace Interview: Hip-Hop’s Music Man

by Alex Shtaerman In just about every sense Masta Ace is a Hip-Hop legend. Rappers are rarely characterized as musicians, sometimes due to stereotypes but more often than not for good reason. A dude that comes in a studio and spits bars over beats selected by his manager…

Frukwan Da Gatekeeper Interview: Nightmare In A-minor

by Alex Shtaerman Courtesy of www.Fetal-Position.com – This interview with Frukwan was done in 2001 shortly after the passing of Poetic The Grym Reaper. Poetic fought colon cancer while recording the third Gravediggaz LP Nightmare In A-Minor with Frukwan. The Lone Gravedigga – Frukwan openly raps with Fetal…

Ali Shaheed Muhammad Interview: Shaheedullah Stereotypes

by Alex Shtaerman Spending the first part of his career as one third of the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest, Ali Shaheed Muhammad quickly regained his footing following Tribe’s 1998 breakup by collaborating with Raphael Saadiq (formerly Raphael Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!) and Dawn Robinson…

Big Noyd Interview: On The Grind

by Alex Shtaerman Getting ready to drop his 2nd full length LP, Big Noyd is eager to make up for lost time. “The time I’ve been in the game, I should have had out at least five albums or four albums”, concedes the acid tongued MC who first…

The Alchemist Interview: 1st Infantry

by Alex Shtaerman The true sound of the NYC underground is the most sacred in Hip-Hop; there is no question about that. There is no debate; you either get it or you don’t. If you get it, then you must also know that tingling sensation that creeps up…

Wyclef Jean Interview: Welcome To Haiti Creole 101

by Alex Shtaerman Wyclef Jean has always been different. The Fugees frontman has traversed every genre remotely adjacent to Hip-Hop and still continues to experiment and bend the lines in making music. You can never think of Wyclef as an artist who makes music to please someone other…

Krumbsnatcha Interview: Takin’ A Piece

by Alex Shtaerman Boston native Krumbsnatcha has kept the underground abuzz since the late 90’s. While dropping street gems like The Snatcha Season EP (1997) and Snatcha Season Pt 2 (2000), Krumb has been keeping busy in the studio working with the likes of DJ Premier, Da Beatminerz,…

Royce Da 5’9” Interview: Reppin’ Detroit’s Underground

by Alex Shtaerman In the late ’90’s Royce Da 5’9″ was tearing through Detroit’s underground rap circuit as one half of the dynamic duo known as Bad Meets Evil. Royce was Bad. His partner in crime was Evil aka Slim Shady aka Eminem aka today’s pop icon and…

AZ Interview: Final Call

by Alex Shtaerman While many MCs rap about their exploits in relation to organized crime families and international drug cartels, AZ is one of the only rappers you could actually picture playing the part in real life. Just for the record, an honorable mention has to go out…

Cormega Interview: Legal Hustle

by Alex Shtaerman Since we last spoke to Cormega a lot has changed but at the same time, a lot has stayed the same. After releasing two critically acclaimed LPs on his independent Legal Hustle label and pushing a combined 250,000 units Mega got several offers from major…

Infamous Mobb Interview: Blood Thicker Than Water

by Alex Shtaerman With a new album and a groundbreaking DVD documentary hitting stores in less than a month, Infamous Mobb is poised to make an impact. In case you didn’t know, this is that raw, gutter Queensbridge shit, no holds barred. After appearing on Mobb Deep’s Hell…

Cormega Interview: Comin’ Straight Outta Queensbridge

by Alex Shtaerman It’s been seven years since the mainstream first heard Cormega’s raw as fuck, effortless rhyme style on Affirmative Action, a standout track on Nas’ second album It Was Written. Standing his ground in light of contract disputes with Def Jam and pushed back release dates,…

Kindradio Interview: Cyberspace Techno Transmissions

by Alex Shtaerman Sick of listening to Hot 97? For some people there is always K-Rock; but how much of that can you take? Really now. Want to hear slamming techno tracks played by underground talent 24 hours a day, seven days a week without commercials or annoying…

Stimuli Interview: Practice Makes Perfect

by Alex Shtaerman Few rappers come into the game armed with an arsenal as potent as the skill set brandished by the 24 year old Brooklyn native known as Stimuli. The younger brother of Hip-Hop producer Lord Digga, Stimuli has been sharpening his sword since the age of…

Reynos Interview: Washington Heights

by Alex Shtaerman As Washington Heights bred rapper Reynos is quick to point out “Hispanics have been a part of Hip-Hop since day one”. However, he also concedes that as far as MCing, “there haven’t been too many artists who have made it as far as someone like…