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[Video + Podcast] Classified and Shad talk each other’s music, their most embarrassing moments onstage, and the best year in hip-hop history

Classified and Shad on The Come Up Show

When it comes to Canadian hip-hop — and hip-hop in general, for that matter — few artists are better than Classified and Shad. Look at the numbers: the two have combined for a whopping 13 Juno nominations (with one win each — during the Drake era, no less), three Polaris Music Prize nominations (all Shad’s), and three Platinum records (all Classified’s — one of them quadruple-Platinum). For what it’s worth, the two were also voted as two of the top six greatest Canadian rappers ever, in a list compiled by CBC Music.

The truth is, the numbers only tell half of the story. Each artist has contributed his own unique perspective and flair to Canada’s mosaic of music and related to hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people through their lyrics. Songs like “All About U,” “Brother (Watching),” “Things Are Looking Up,” and “Keep Shining” have connected with people from all walks of life. “Oh…Canada” and “Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)” tell equally patriotic tales of what it means to be Canadian.

Beyond the accolades, and beyond the music itself, Classified and Shad are two down-to-earth emcees who — plain and simple — love hip-hop. We caught up with them to talk about how they discovered each other’s music, their most embarrassing moments onstage, the best year in hip-hop history, and much more. Check out the video and podcast below.

[Interview + Podcast] Evidence talks avoiding the pitfalls of fame, being raised by N.W.A, and why he thinks the world could be a better place

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Coming of age in California in the late eighties, it’s natural that Evidence says he was raised by N.W.A. Their sound dominated the West Coast and epitomized the gangsta rap era. As a teenager, living next to Quincy Jones III and seeing his rap idols right outside his window, it seems like destiny that years later, his own music would come to raise the next generation of West Coast hip-hop heads through the groundbreaking group Dilated Peoples. Forming in 1992, the Los Angeles crew captured the imaginations of the hip-hop underground and managed to survive throughout the years, even as those around them rose and fell from fame. It’s a testament to their longevity that twenty-two years later, the group is back with 2014′s Directors of Photography, an album that sounds as good as — and perhaps even better than — anything they’ve done to date.

We caught up with Evidence to talk about avoiding the pitfalls of fame, growing up on N.W.A, why he thinks the world could be a better place, and much more. Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.

[Podcast] #ThrowBackThursday – S.T.S. (Sugar Tongue Slim)

The Come Up Show Podcast with STS

We’re back with another episode of #ThrowBackThursdays on The Come Up Show Podcast. Every other Thursday, when we’re not dropping a new podcast (check last week’s with Saukrates if you missed it), we’ll be going back in the vault and bringing you some of our timeless interviews from the past – including rare interviews that were never released. Chedo will also be joining every #ThrowBackThursday podcast to tell the never-before-heard stories behind the interviews.

Last time around, we brought you Chedo’s interview with Ghostface Killah. This time, we bring you our interview with Philadelphia by way of Atlanta’s S.T.S. (Sugar Tongue Slim). He talks to Chedo about everything from co-writing Ciara’s “Oh,” to meeting Black Thought from The Roots, and much more. Check out the podcast with S.T.S. below, and if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

[Interview + Podcast] Saukrates talks “Amani,” overcoming obstacles, and the 20th anniversary of “Still Caught Up”

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Saukrates might be the best trifecta artist in North America. Beats. Singing. Rhymes. Name someone else that can do all three well.” Adam Bomb’s words are absolutely true. From his debut twenty years ago on “Still Caught Up” to today, few — if any — come close to touching Saukrates in all categories. It’s a crime that for all of his ability, his name hasn’t quite permeated the masses on the level of his peers. Blame it on a string of bad label situations. In two decades, only two solo albums and one group album have seen the light of day: The Underground Tapes in 1999, Big Black Lincoln’s Heaven’s Caught on Fire in 2006, and Season One in 2012. It’s no wonder that Saukrates feels like there’s so much more ground to cover, and with a self-titled solo EP set for release on September 23rd, there’s no better time than the present. We caught up with Saukrates to talk about his Amani EP, overcoming obstacles, the 20th anniversary of “Still Caught Up,” and much more.

Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.

[Podcast] #ThrowBackThursday – Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah Podcast on The Come Up Show

Happy #TBT! The Come Up Show Podcast is back with another throwback to mark the occasion, this time taking a look back at our interview with the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah. He talks to Chedo about everything from the power of music, to how he conducts his live performance, to his beliefs about God and much more. As always on our throwback episodes, Chedo joins the podcast to tell the behind the scenes story of how the interview went down. Listen to the podcast below and if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe on iTunes. We’re proud to announce that our podcast series has been played over 10,000 times on SoundCloud, and we’re only going to keep growing.

[Video Premiere + Interview] The Extremities (Fresh Kils & Uncle Fester) – “Sour Times Up” Routine

The Extremities - Sour Times Up Routine

HEAT! Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester (together known as The Extremities) are back at it again with another routine, this time blending Portishead’s “Strangers” and “Sour Times” with O.C.’s “Time’s Up” to create “Sour Times Up” — not just a clever name-twist but a dope combination from two unexpected corners of the music world. Even better, the guys were kind enough to give us the honours of premiering it. The routine comes as the Toronto/Halifax duo prepare to embark on a U.S. tour to promote their new album, Instruments. Check out the routine below and read the mini-interview after the jump.

[Interview + Podcast] Freddie Joachim talks digging for records, keys to happiness, and advice for new artists

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Few contemporary producers have mastered the art of smooth, jazz-based hip-hop more than Freddie Joachim. The San Diego producer/deejay has mellow to a tee, which is only fitting considering he helps run the independent label Mellow Orange. Joachim has earned respect from all corners — collaborating with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Blu, and Joey Bada$$, and gaining co-signs from everyone from Slum Village to Phonte — including here in Canada, where he’s forged a friendship with fellow producer Muneshine and earned props from Slakah the Beatchild. After releasing Fiberglass Kisses in 2012, Joachim is working on his latest album, set for release sometime next year. We caught up with him to talk about crate digging, keys to happiness, advice for new artists, and much more.

Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.

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