MC Eiht Details Lessons He Learned From EPMD, Rakim, Menace II Society & More
MC Eiht is the latest guest on Ambrosia For Heads‘ What’s The Headline podcast. In a 90-minute discussion, Eiht revisits highlights from his entire 30-plus-year-career. The Hub City O.G. details the formative years of Compton’s Most Wanted and how he assumed the writing responsibilities for both MCs in the collective. Eiht describes making songs like “One Time Gaffled ‘Em Up,” adding that police brutality was a real-life issue for the teen, as it remains in recent years—evident in this year’s Xzibit and Problem-assisted “Profiles.”
There is a lengthy discussion surrounding Boyz N The Hood and Menace II Society. The artist born Aaron Tyler hung out on set extensively and provided a soundtrack hit for one. In the next, he did those same things while also playing “A-Wax,” a legendary supporting role. Eiht details using real-life experience to inform the character, enhance the dialogue beyond the script, and make history. The artist-turned-actor also explains why, unlike friends Tupac, Cube, or Snoop Dogg, he decided against leveraging that role into a full-on Hollywood career. Eiht also details the street origins of his beef with DJ Quik. After nearly a decade of diss records and street confrontations, the two men made peace in the late 1990s. However, it would be over 15 years until they collaborated on wax. Eiht describes building a friendship out of the cooling embers of a once fiery feud.
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Throughout the hour-and-a-half, MC Eiht makes his love of Hip-Hop clear. He discusses his most recent album, Lessons, and how it reflects his growth and maturity. The reality-rapper recalls DJ Premier bringing him back to the microphone after Eiht had dedicated himself to coaching youth football. One of Compton’s greatest artists also revisits working with Kendrick Lamar, new collaborations with Talib Kweli and Conway The Machine, as well as his deep admiration for EPMD and Eric B. & Rakim. If ever you’ve slept on Eiht, this interview will wake yo’ punk ass up!
Heads can catch other recent AFH What’s The Headline interviews with The LOX, Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Duckwrth, Lord Finesse, and Prince Paul & Don Newkirk. All episodes of the show are available wherever you stream your pods.
Here Is What Else Is Happening Of Note:
50 Cent has endorsed the re-election of President Donald Trump. The G-Unit founder has used former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged tax plans as his reason to vote for four more years of the current administration. (HotNewHipHop)
Joe Biden’s campaign is pushing back against recent claims made by Ice Cube. Congressman Cedric Richmond, national co-chair of the Biden campaign told Joe Madison The Black Eagle that Cube was not dismissed. “Our plan is very thorough. I won’t say he has a skeleton plan, but he has an outline of things, he has an outline of things that should be done. It’s not as comprehensive as our plan. And so that’s what we told him, and the offer to stay engaged was not, ‘we’ll talk to you after the election.’ It went like this: ‘Here’s my cell number, anything else you want to talk about on this plan or anything you think, you know, we need to talk about further, just pick up the phone and call.'” (SiriusXM)
Raekwon is releasing an upcoming memoir, The Story Of Raekwon, in 2021. It will be-authored by Anthony Bozza, who has previously penned biographies on Eminem, Wyclef Jean, and Tracy Morgan. (Rolling Stone)
Verzuz will return with T.I. vs. Young Jeezy to launch season 2. It will take place on November 19. (Billboard)
Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito have taken some legendary freestyles from their Stretch & Bobbito radio show, and mixed in new music to release them to digital streaming platforms. This includes verses from Biggie Smalls, Big L, JAY-Z, Method Man, and Ghostface Killah. (Twitter)
MC Eiht press image provided by MAC Media Promo.
#BonusBeat: Ambrosia For Heads’ official playlist, featuring new music by Benny The Butcher, Black Thought, MC Eiht, Kokane, REASON, Action Bronson, and Smoke DZA, among other new songs: