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Concert Review: Nicki Minaj – Surprise Red Bull Show 11/30

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On the Rise: Interview with Detroit Producer Jupyter

Rap-3The city of Detroit has become undoubtedly infamous for its deterioration and high murder rates, yet its Hip Hop scene has managed to flourish over the past few generations.  Names like J DillaEminemBig Sean and now Dej Loaf have become synonymous with the area, but 19-year-old, Jupyter, is striving to join the list of aforementioned artists as a revered beatmaker.

Growing up a fan of the classic Funk record “Flashlight,” he was shocked when Parliament Funkadelic‘s Paul Hill revealed he was a fan of his work and immediately linked him with major names.  Now working with Jamie Foxx, the Grammy award winning Alicia Keys has even recorded to one of his tracks.  Influenced by everyone from Timbaland, Flying Lotus and Little Dragon, he has also had the opportunity to fly out to LA to meet with Nicki Minaj and Drake‘s manager.

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“Money, Powder, Respect” – Archived Interview with Pusha T (March 2013)

PushaT“I was in Paris two days ago, and I’m going back in two days. I would have never left had I fuckin’ not had this engagement,” Def Jam rapper Pusha T announces on the line dialing in from North Carolina.  

He’s eager to get back in the studio and finish up the solo album he has been vigorously working on with Kanye West.

“They tryin’ to keep me from leaking everything right now.  It’s taking too long.  I’m tired.  Let’s go!” he jokingly proclaimed in a recent interview with UK radio host DJ Semtex.  He’s been so hyped about releasing his new material that he has already been referring to it as the best album of the year.

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“High Off the Life” – Archived Interview with Ty Dolla $ign (June 2013)

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Wiz Khalifa sits on a bench meticulously rolling his weed when Ty Dolla $ign walks out to the patio dressed in all black.  Drinks are poured and cameras emerge as Karen Civil, Mario and industry elite walk through the Paramount Studio doors in Hollywood ready to hear Ty’s latest project, Beach House 2.  The album is introduced and heads bounce as club-friendly songs featuring Too $hort, Juicy J, Chris Brown and Trey Songz blare through the speakers of the studio and its adjacent rooms.

Ty Dolla $ign, the LA singer responsible for penning YG’s hit “Toot It and Boot It,” couldn’t escape the grasp of music if he tried.  With his dad a member of the R&B group Lakeside and an uncle in The Isleys, he remembers playing with his dad’s keyboard since the age of 3 and recording his first full track around the age of 10.  Using the early musical exposure to his advantage, Tyrone Griffin taught himself to play instruments like the drums, guitar, violin and the Wurlitzer organ.  

tydolla2Taking the name Ty Dolla $ign from his graffiti days, the 28-year-old singer was once part of duo Ty and Kory on Buddah Brown Entertainment and lived all over LA, Utah and New York.  He paid bills scoring films like Biker Boyz and The Cookout until he landed a deal with Atlantic Records in 2012.

Today, he writes his songs off the dome with the intention of composing “real music” consisting of true melodies, bass, guitar and keys.  
As both a writer and producer, he’s composed beats for Trey Songz and Kid Ink while repping his production crew D.R.U.G.S. (which consists of members like DJ Mustard and DJ Dahi).

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“Higher Learning” – Interview with Rapper Devin the Dude

devin-the-dudeWhether grumbling about skyrocketing Cigarillo and gas prices on “Almighty Dollar” or the disappearance of weed after a party on the DJ Premier produced “Doobie Ashtray,” Devin the Dude has built a legacy for laying down mellow and relevant tracks since 1992.  Known for collaborations with Dr. Dre on the classic “Fuck You” and Andre 3000 and Snoop on “What a Job,” the Houston rapper has managed to become known as one of the rap game’s most underrated MCs.

As a former b-boy who listened to Slick Rick and Too $hort, the up-and-coming rapper sat by his radio every Saturday recording new songs off of college radio.  The frequent talent show contestant grew up idolizing Scarface, and after graduating high school, Devin Copeland was blessed with the opportunity to become a member of his group Facemob while also forming the Odd Squad aka the Coughee Brothaz. 


After being hesitant about going solo, he decided to go through with the decision in 1998.  The MC, whose named derived from one of his favorite Quincy Jones albums, The Dude, was invited to join Rap-A-Lot records where fellow H-Town legends the Geto Boys were also notoriously signed.  

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