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Rakim Opens Up About Rivalries With Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, EPMD & More

Although he is revered as one of, if not the greatest, MCs of all time–Rakim typically shuns the spotlight. Even as rumors (and anonymously reported denials) linger about an Eric B. & Rakim reunion and corresponding tour, the 30-year professional musician has not come forward to confirm or waive off reports.... Read more

The Beatnuts Confirm Onetime “Secret Group” Including Q-Tip, Posdnuos & Juju (Audio)

For 25-plus years, The Beatnuts have been Hip-Hop multi-threats. The Queens, New York duo of Juju and Psycho Les (that also at times included Fashion and V.I.C.) have stories to go with their hits. Beyond their own prominent recording career, the pair has made beloved songs for Ghostface Killah, Fat... Read more

De La Soul’s Play-by-Play of Their Early Career is a Hip-Hop Goldmine (Audio)

As part of Atlanta's A3C festival, De La Soul not only performed, but also sat down with Cipha Sounds and Pete Rosenberg for an immersive interview on the Juan Epstein Podcast. For more than an hour, the Plugs recounted tales from their earliest days and along the way dropped names... Read more

Flashback To Hot 97’s Very First Episode of Juan Epstein With Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds (Audio)

Due to the inclement, snowy weather in New York, Peter Rosenberg had to reschedule an episode of Juan Epstein that they had originally planned for, but fear not. Rosenberg decided to dig into his vault and reintroduce to the listening world, the first ever recorded podcast of Juan Epstein with... Read more

DJ Quik Discusses His Extensive History, Details Origins Of MC Eiht Beef (Audio)

DJ Quik is on the media circuit once again. David Blake swung through New York City, appearing on Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds' Juan Epstein podcast. Working chronologically (beginning from 28:00), Quik goes from his days of slanging tapes that covered the left side of the Mississippi River, into Quik... Read more

Black Sheep Dres Breaks Down Ageism In Hip-Hop, Delivers HOT 97 A Message From DJ Kool Herc (Audio)

One of Hip-Hop's true mainstays over the last 25 years has been Dres. Since his days building with Kool DJ Red Alert and former Black Sheep to his latest songs about marriage and flexing Bars In The Booth alongside DJ Premier, the Queens, New York-born MC has been a strong,... Read more

9th Wonder, Rapsody & Add-2 Stop By Juan Epstein To Show That Jamla Is The Squad (Audio)

Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds Juan Epstein interviews are quickly ramping up in 2014. From 3rd Bass' MC Serch and A&R extraordinaire Dante Ross already (with conflicting views in some places), the radio duo hones in on 9th Wonder and two of his Jamla Records stand-outs, Rapsody and newer addition,... Read more

MC Serch Recalls The Early Days Of MF DOOM & Slick Rick In This Stellar Juan Epstein (Audio)

From his time with 3rd Bass, Rockaway, Queens' MC Serch is already an interesting figure of old school Hip-Hop. However, the MC-turned-record executive-turned-talk show host has been involved with so much more than his group with Prime Minister Pete Nice and DJ Daddy Rich (f/k/a Richie Rich). Serchlite was a... Read more

Mike Tyson Discusses His Book, Film, Relapse and More with Juan Epstein (Audio)

Mike Tyson joined Peter Rosenberg and Cipah Sounds on the Juan Epstein show to talk about life. For Iron Mike, there’s a lot to discuss. Tyson touched on his new movie with Spike Lee, his new book, meeting Michael Jackson, his recent relapse with alcohol and much more. Take a... Read more

Kool G Rap Discusses Nas, Big Pun and His Top 10 MCs (Video)

When one of the most highly-regarded MCs of all-time discusses his top 10 MCs, the world listens. Kool G. Rap sat down on the Juan Epstein Show and discussed his first meetings with Nas and Big Pun, as well as his top 10 MCs of all time. Surprisingly, Biggie and... Read more

Nipsey Hussle Gives the Real on Growing Up in Crenshaw on The Juan Epstein Show (Video)

Nipsey Hussle is one of the most authentic cats in the game right now. During a trip to NYC this week, he connected with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds and discussed his African heritage, the grind as an independent artist, the new West Coast movement, first generation West Coast MCs... Read more

Pusha T – Juan Epstein Interview

I bought my copy of My Name Is My Name late last night. I went for two (one was a gift), but they only had one. As I purchased from the clerk, he remarked how the album is his favorite of the moment, and he was going to tell all... Read more

Jill Scott on the Juan Epstein Show (Audio)

The incomparable Jill Scott guested on the Juan Epstein Show with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds and talk about how she got her break (amazing story), the early days of her career, which current day rappers she finds attractive, her new film Baggage Claim and more. Check out the interview... Read more

Wu Block interview on the Juan Epstein Show (Video)

Wu Block (Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch) sat down and has a long conversation (an hour and change) with NYC's Hot 97 crew on the Juan Epstein Show. You can watch the entire interview below.  ... Read more

Erick Sermon Tells Classic Stories to Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg

Erick Sermon recently sat down and talked with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds about Redman, Keith Murray, Dr. Dre, dollars, missing out on the opportunity to sign Biggie and Wu-Tang and a bunch of other topics. Check out the full video interview below. Related: Erick Sermon tells the stories behind... Read more