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9th Wonder Details Producing Kendrick Lamar’s DUCKWORTH & Reveals Its Original Title (Video)

Working on a Kendrick Lamar record requires a vow of secrecy as demanding as any spy code, 9th Wonder shares in the latest Rap Radar Podcast. With longtime colleague and Roc Nation producer/engineer, Young Guru by his side, 9th speaks on how he made “DUCKWORTH.” the closer for this year's Grammy-nominated... Read more

JAY-Z Performs Family Feud With A Choir & Restores The Harmony (Video)

JAY-Z recently told BBC's Live Lounge, "I've always tried to push the envelope as an artist, and make new things, and try to make things that's an elevated version of what I've done...I have to be happy with it before I let it go." JAY-Z Reveals He And Prodigy Made... Read more

JAY-Z’s Physical Copies Of 4:44 Include 3 “Revealing” Bonus Songs. Here Are The Titles.

JAY-Z's 4:44 has reached platinum less than one week after release. However, the party is just getting started for the album's roll-out. What began as an exclusive to Tidal subscribers and Sprint customers is now coming to physical release, joining Jay's 12 additional solo titles. JAY-Z’s Video Is A Powder... Read more

9th Wonder Prepares For His Hip-Hop Fellowship At Harvard, Kendrick Lamar & DJ Premier Speak On It (Video)

In addition to the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard, 9th Wonder is currently a fellow at the Ivy League university. He will spend three years working on a research project at Harvard’s W.E.B. Dubois Institute. 9th, who has taught for years at North Carolina Central University (alongside Kid, from... Read more

Young Guru Drops Knowledge During His First Class At USC (Video)

Lessons and knowledge about music from the greats usually stays within the Hip-Hop artist community, but Young Guru is breaking the mold and bringing his talents to the classroom. The prolific Delaware native, and Roc-A-Fella Records/Roc Nation producer is now an artist-in-residence at USC's Thorton School of Music. His first... Read more

9th Wonder & Young Guru (and Parfit from AFH…) Discuss Kendrick Lamar’s Control Verse (Video)

36 hours after Kendrick Lamar set the Internet on fire with his verse claiming the title of King of New York (and Hip-Hop generally), the debate continues. I had the privileged of witnessing (and briefly participating in) a lively discussion between Young Guru and 9th Wonder last night about The... Read more

Just Blaze & Young Guru Discuss the Early Days of Roc-A-Fella (Video)

If you have an interest in peering behind the curtain in the music industry, it's been a phenomenal week. Q-Tip gave a 2-hour talk on his creative process, J. Cole told the uncensored story of the struggles he had with his first album and Young Guru and Just Blaze talked... Read more

Just Blaze & Young Guru Talk Producing Tracks for The Blueprint and More (Video)

Here's part 1 of an intellectual and engaging discussion about music between 2 heavyweight Heads. Just Blaze and Young Guru, each part of Jay-Z's elite inner music circle, speak about producing records for The Blueprint, creating and listening to music in other genres and more. Check out the video. Props:... Read more

Kendrick Lamar – B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix) ft Jay-Z (Preview)

The annual music smorgasbord known as SXSW is in full effect until Sunday. No doubt, there will be countless gems from the festival that we will be posting on the daily. First up? A video of Young Guru playing a remix of Kendrick Lamar's "B*tch, Don't Kill My Vibe" featuring... Read more

Young Guru speaks on Jay Electronica’s album (Video)

Young Guru is among the rarefied few who has heard Jay Electronica's near mythical album. See what he had to say about it below. Related: Jay Electronica - Dear Moleskine http://vimeo.com/38712039... Read more

Young Guru Speaks on N*ggas in Paris vs. N*ggas in Poorest (Video)

Young Guru (engineer extraordinaire for Kanye West & Jay-Z and ill DJ) steadily has been establishing himself as a hip-hop scholar. Check out what he has to say about N*ggas in Paris vs. N*ggas in Poorest. Rather than pit the two songs against each other he reconciles them and argues... Read more

Here’s some interesting food for thought from Young Guru, one of the sonic architects behind much of the music of Jay-Z, Kanye West and many others.

For many years, Young Guru has worked as the engineer on much of the music to come out of the Roc-A-Fella camp, as well as on tracks by De La Soul, Mariah Carey, Little Brother, T.I., Talib Kweli and many more.  Having been in the game as long as he... Read more