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Slaughterhouse interview with FUSE and playlist of their non-hip-hop musical influences (Video)

Slaughterhouse sits down with FUSE to talk about why their album was delayed, possibly dropping a mixtape in the interim, their non-hip-hop musical influences (BROAD) and their potential collabo with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock (aka Black Hippy--Joe Budden says it's a priority). Get ready...Check out the... Read more

Nas – A Queens Story (Live in Paris)

Need some more Nas in your life? Here's a clip of Nasir speaking about some of his earliest influences like Public Enemy, Melle Mel, Run-DMC, Eric B. and Rakim as well as soul influences like Nat King Cole, James Brown and Marvin Gaye...and speaking of Marvin, Nas premieres part of... Read more

Here’s an in-depth interview of XV where he breaks down his earliest musical interests and some of the events that inspired him to become an artist. This is Where It All Began in hip-hop for XV.

XV is going to win. He has just started to get his props over the last couple of years but you can tell he is a longtime student of music. We talked to him about his earliest influences and he spoke of everyone from The Delphonics to Marvin Gaye to... Read more

Here’s a cool video of 9th Wonder interviewing Big K.R.I.T.

9th talks to K.R.I.T. about his influences, the XXL Freshman experience, Returnof4eva and more.  Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whg_V8Lz3OI&feature=player_embedded Speaking of Big K.R.I.T.'s musical influences, click here for some songs from his soul influences.... Read more

There’s a reason why Big K.R.I.T.’s music is so soulful. It’s in his musical influences. Check out this interview of K.R.I.T. and see below for a sampler of some of the soul singers who influenced him.

Here's the interview: http://vimeo.com/22188472 And here's the soul: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9VRS2aTaKQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9tJc27IWKw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtzRJgZG98I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44HmbcWwyGM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bmPsGQsJMg&feature=player_embedded... Read more

Rick Ross Discusses Teflon Don on Fader TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiCPXXUtLYg Rick Ross is soulful.  You can hear it in the rolling bass of Super High.  You can hear it in the way he rides tracks like an instrument in his lush orchestrations.  As he talks to Fader TV about his musical influences it all makes sense.  Take a look..... Read more