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DJ Premier Says He & Pete Rock May Be Exclusively Producing De La Soul’s Next Album (Video)

DJ Premier has had one of his busiest years in recent memory. The Gang Starr member released and produced albums by MC Eiht and Torii Wolf. He just followed those efforts with a video collaboration with A$AP Ferg, helping relaunch '90s Hip-Hop source Payday Records. Preemo is the latest guest... Read more

Q-Tip Describes The Shift In Music That Caused The End Of A Tribe Called Quest (Video)

This month has returned A Tribe Called Quest to album-making for the first time in 18 years. We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service is the current #1 album, and A.T.C.Q's first in 20 years—achieving a new chart feat within the Hip-Hop genre. The LP reunited Q-Tip... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Speaks on His Entire Career Project by Project (Video)

Big K.R.I.T. is the latest guest on the CRWN series with Elliott Wilson. K.R.I.T. spoke for an hour, covering his entire career, project by project. K.R.I.T. was in a good place--often joking with the crowd and ever philosophical about his career. He went in-depth about the ups and downs he's... Read more

Ab-Soul is the Consummate Storyteller in the Latest Episode of CRWN (Video)

Ab-Soul is the latest participant in the CWRN interview series, hosted by Elliott Wilson. Soulo showed himself to be a master storyteller as he touched on multiple topics ranging from the disease that severely damaged his eyesight to the roles each member of TDE plays in the collective to discussing... Read more

Jeezy Speaks on His New Album, Jay Z, Freddie Gibbs & More (Video)

Young Jeezy gave an extended interview to Life + Times, as part of Elliott Wilson's The Truth series. Jeezy spoke at length about his upcoming Seen It All album, the deterioration of his relationship with Freddie Gibbs, working with YG and more. He also spoke to MTV about Jay Z... Read more

Joe Budden Talks His Battle Rap Past & Preparation For Total Slaughter (Video)

Joe Budden chops it up as part of Life + Times' The Truth series, in his stomping grounds of New Jersey. The artist who began his career as the battle rapper who went on to join Eminem's Shady Records and the Hip-Hop foursome Slaughterhouse discusses his past with battle rap... Read more

Earl Sweatshirt: The Truth Interview With Elliott Wilson (Video)

With his debut studio album Doris on the way, Earl Sweatshirt has plenty to smile about these days. It’s been a full three years since the Odd Future MC dropped his self-titled solo project, which explains why his fans are anxiously awaiting his new Columbia Records-backed LP which drops next week... Read more

Jay-Z #FactsOnly Interview with Elliott Wilson, Pt. 2 (Video)

In the final part of Jay-Z's #FactsOnly interview with Elliott Wilson, he discusses his respect for Rakim and Big Daddy Kane, his belief that Drake is currently the strongest young contender for his throne, race relations in the U.S., the Trayvon Martin decision, his obligation to help elevate the next... Read more

Jay-Z Interview with Elliott Wilson, Pt 1 (Video)

I wasn't going to post this Jay-Z interview. In fact, I wasn't even going to watch it. Like I suspect is the case with many of you, I'm feeling a bit of Jay-Z overload (even though he is my favorite rapper of all-time--yeah, I said it.). That said, damn, I'm... Read more

You will never have time to listen to this entire interview. But, if you do, you will learn a TON about hip-hop history and journalism. Two of hip-hop's finest minds, Combat Jack (aka former pioneering entertainment attorney Reggie Osse) and Elliott Wilson (the mind behind Rap Radar) chop it up for more than 2 hours.

In the interview, Combat Jack takes Elliott on a 20-year "this is your life" journey through a career that touched The Source, XXL, Ego Trip, xxlmag.com, Vh1, Jay-Z, Eminem and finally Rap Radar.  Those are some pretty significant arbiters of hip-hop culture.  Take a listen to hear Elliott's role in... Read more