INTERVIEW: SHAD, SLURPEES, STEVIE WONDER AND SOUNDSET

  Words by Ryan Reyes Photography by Khammy Phanthavong He beat out Drake at the JUNO Awards a few years back. He has a master's degree and has even given a TED Talk. Shad is one talented and sharp dude. We had the opportunity to ask the lyrically-gifted emcee a few questions...

Interview: Rascals Talks Not Selling Out, New EP “So High,” And Why Music Is Their Only Outlet

East London quartet Rascals refuse to be boxed into a genre. Don’t call them grime MC’s. Don’t call them rappers. They are just Rascals. Made up of Shizz McNaughty, Tempz St. Louis, Marcus Merkz and Kay Wills,the band’s sound is full of blossoming synths, big drums, breezy vocals, and rapid...

Interview: G FrSH Discusses Alfie, “Falling High,” and UK Rap

If there’s anything G FrSH isn’t afraid of, it’s honesty. Whether he’s wrestling with uncertainties or reflecting on his musical trajectory, it’s well worth noting that there’s plenty fuel for that particular fire. “When I tell my story, it’s very unlikely that someone else out...

Interview: Mizan Talks Ceative process, Debut EP Dark Blue, and Unadulterated friendship

There isn’t much known yet about Mizan, the New York-bred singer-songwriter, but it seems her elusive sound is already grabbing the Internet’s attention. Leaping from soul to R&B to acoustic, her music is somewhat hard to categorize, and probably best described as laid back, heavy,...

Interview: Pell, “Dream-Rap,” And Changing Southern Hip-Hop

By now, most know that there is a certain social stigma attached to the South. "Uneducated" and "uncultured" are just two of the common descriptors. Why is this, though, with the South having roots that are rich in Blues, Jazz and historical empowerment? Shifting the current perspective of how...

Interview: Deniro Farrar Talks Rebirth, Cult Rap, and Charles Manson

Deniro Farrar had a lot going against him. He was incarcerated a few years ago, he's from Charlotte, which has never produced a prominent figure in rap, and he had two kids by two different women in the span of four months. The latter may have been enough for others to quite the pursuit of a...

Watch Slug of Atmosphere Discuss Southsiders and Perform on Sway in the Morning

Atmosphere's Slug hit up Sway's universe yesterday and touched on a number of topics. They hit on the upcoming Soundset festival as well as the new Southsiders album (which you can read our review of here). Slug also performed a couple of records off the LP. Watch it all...

Interview: Tinchy Stryder, Success without Stress

Within a few minutes of meeting Tinchy Styder I was engrossed in discussing his age. “I started when I was about 13-years-old. I’m 27 now, but everyone says I don’t look it,” he says, laughing. Amidst the many MC’s that emerged from the British grime scene in the late-2000s, Tinchy...

A Quick Chat with Denitia (Of Denitia and Sene.)

Brooklyn-based duo Denitia and Sene.’s artistic influences from different genres and eras refuse to be pinned down. The pair, who bear a distinct sound, are reinventing electro-soul with their blend of smooth and sultry R&B-pop, as evident from brilliantly crafted tracks like "Casanova,"...

Video: Larry King Interviews Pusha T

Last year, Pusha T proved he could hold his own as a solo artist on a major label with his debut LP My Name is My Name. Since then, aside from hitting the studio with The Neptunes to get to work on his follow-up King Push, Pyrex P has sat down for a number of interviews to discuss the...