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[Podcast] #ThrowBackThursday – Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest

Phife Dawg ThrowBackThursday Podcast

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, 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. For each episode, DJ Chedo will be joining the podcast to tell the never-before-heard stories behind the interviews. Last time around, we kicked it off with Shad’s interview with Classified and the Halflife crew. This time, we go back in the vault to bring you Chedo’s interview with Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest. The two talk about everything from the Beats, Rhymes & Life documentary, to J Dilla’s legacy, to the most important thing in life. Check it out below, and if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.


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[Interview] Vic Mensa talks “Innanetape,” believing in oneself, and what he wants his legacy to be

Vic Mensa Interview on The Come Up Show

Interview by: Martin Bauman

If you haven’t taken notice of the music that’s been coming out of Chicago lately, now’s the time to start paying attention. The Windy City is experiencing its biggest surge of hip-hop talent since the likes of Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco, in no small part due to the SaveMoney camp and perhaps its most versatile member of all, Vic Mensa. With a sharp wit and an excellent ear for melody, the sky really is the limit for the 20-year-old from Hyde Park who put out one of our favourite free releases from 2013, Innanetape. The Come Up Show caught up with Vic Mensa to talk about Innanetape, believing in oneself, what he wants his legacy to be, and lots more.

Read the interview after the jump.

[Podcast] G-Eazy talks early influences, meeting Kobe Bryant, and never getting comfortable

G-Eazy Podcast

That’s right, it’s time for another edition of The Come Up Show Podcast. Every two weeks, we’re dropping a new podcast with one of your favourite hip-hop artists. For the weeks in between new podcasts, we’ve just begun our #ThrowBackThursdays series. Last week — in our first #ThrowBackThursday — we brought you Shad‘s interview with Classified and the Halflife Crew. This time, we go one-on-one with Oakland’s G-Eazy.

We talk about G-Eazy’s early influences, meeting Kobe Bryant, never getting comfortable, and lots more. Listen below (and read along here).


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[Feature] Jorun Bombay: Canadian Hip-Hop’s Forgotten Godfather

Jorun Bombay Feature on The Come Up Show

If you were to cross paths with Jorun Bombay on the streets of Halifax, you’d never know he’s one of the most important figures in Canadian hip-hop history.

The unassuming Haligonian, sporting a dark goatee, a curved baseball hat, and a black t-shirt, would blend in just about anywhere. It’s only fitting that his greatest contribution to Canadian hip-hop has been playing the background role as producer, deejay, and mentor, helping countless other artists – from Juno Award-winner Classified to three-time Scribble Jam champion Skratch Bastid – see the spotlight.

After more than two decades of propelling others to success, however, Jorun’s own spotlight may soon be getting brighter than ever. Read on after the jump.

[Podcast] #ThrowBackThursday – Shad Interviews the Halflife Crew

The Come Up Show Podcast - Shad and Classified

We’re excited to present another addition to The Come Up Show Podcast series: #ThrowBackThursdays. Every other Thursday, when we’re not dropping a new podcast, 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. For each episode, DJ Chedo will be joining the podcast to tell the story behind the interviews, whether it’s running across town at 3 a.m. or driving from London to Toronto in an hour and 15 minutes. As always, we promise it’ll be entertaining.

For our first edition of #ThrowBackThursdays, we’re bringing you Shad‘s interview with Classified and the Halflife crew: Mic Boyd, J-Bru, and DJ IV. Check it out below, and if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.


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[Interview] Denmark Vessey talks “Cult Classic,” getting cosigned by House Shoes, and music as the new religion

Denmark Vessey Interview on The Come Up Show

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Overlooked in last December’s year-end lists of 2013′s best albums was a slow burner by Denmark Vessey and Scud One, the aptly-titled Cult Classic. Through a mix of gritty and soulful production, the Detroit emcee and Chicago producer weave a tale of a rapper who decides to start up his own cult to gain power and wealth. In the process, Vessey explores the use — and abuse — of power through religion and politics. We caught up with Denmark to talk about Cult Classic, getting cosigned by House Shoes, whether music is the new religion, and much more. Read the interview below.

[Podcast] Classified talks his self-titled album, making sacrifices to succeed, and lessons learned in the music industry

Classified Podcast

Today we’re excited to bring you another instalment of The Come Up Show Podcast. Every two weeks, we’re dropping a new podcast with one of your favourite hip-hop artists. Last time around, we caught up with with Talib Kweli. This time, we sit down with one of Canadian hip-hop’s cornerstones, Classified.

We talk about his self-titled album, making sacrifices in order to succeed, lessons learned in the music industry, and plenty more. Listen below (and read along here).


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[EP] A-Fos & The Rude Youth – “Trying To Be Better”

A-Fos & The Rude Youth - Trying To Be Better

If you were at Two Crown King’s farewell show, you should remember A-Fos & The Rude Youth. With a mixture of banging drums, funky guitar riffs, groovy keyboard solos, and nimble lyricism, the London-based hip-hop band killed their opening slot and proved they’re not to be dismissed. If you weren’t at the show, now’s the time to get acquainted. The dynamic group recently released their debut EP, Trying To Be Better, a five-track offering that’ll leave you wanting more. For more on the band, check out their appearance on our radio show. The group is also opening for SonReal this coming Tuesday, April 1st at The Outback Shack (bonus: it’s a free show). Stream and purchase the EP below.

Early favourites: “Chicago” and “Wake Up.”

[Interview] LordQuest talks Dilla’s influence, his vinyl collection, and the greatest thing we can do as human beings

Lord Quest Interview on The Come Up Show

Interview by: Martin Bauman

If Toronto’s LordQuest isn’t on your radar by now, it’s time to get familiar. The producer/emcee has had a strong start to 2014 already, with key placements on Talib Kweli’s Gravitas (“Demonology” and “State of Grace” – the latter of which is arguably the standout track off the album) and ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron (“Blind Threats” – again, in contention for the album’s standout track). He’s more than just a producer, however; last year he made his solo debut with Still Shopping, intent on proving to listeners that he can hold his own on the mic. The verdict? Mission accomplished. We caught up with LordQuest to talk about Dilla’s influence on him, his vinyl collection, the greatest thing he believes we can do as human beings, and much more.

Read the interview after the jump.

[Podcast] Talib Kweli talks Rakim’s influence, creating art from struggle, and making records that need to be made

Talib Kweli Podcast

We’re back with another edition of The Come Up Show Podcast! Every two weeks, we’re dropping a new podcast with one of your favourite hip-hop artists. Last time around, we sat down with Kardinal Offishall. This time, we go one-on-one with one of the all-time greats, Talib Kweli.

We talk about Rakim’s influence on his music, creating art from struggle, making records that need to be made, and lots more. Listen below (and read along here).


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[Interview] G-Eazy talks “These Things Happen,” succeeding as an independent artist, and fear of failure

G-Eazy Interview on The Come Up Show

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Meet Oakland’s newest hip-hop ambassador: G-Eazy. The 24-year-old emcee/producer is yet another example of today’s rising class of independent hip-hop artists with a do-it-yourself ethos — one that’s increasingly paying off. After achieving his first widespread success with 2011′s The Endless Summer, G-Eazy followed suit with 2012′s Must Be Nice, getting the opportunity to hit the road with Shwayze, then the Vans Warped Tour, and later Hoodie Allen. Now he’s headlining his own tour as he preps his upcoming These Things Happen release, and he stops in Toronto this Thursday. We caught up with the Oakland native to talk about his upcoming album, succeeding as an independent artist, the fear of failure, and much more.

Read the interview after the jump.

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