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[Interview + Podcast] Oddisee talks lessons learned in Khartoum, early influences, and defining success

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Who’s the most consistent artist in hip-hop these days? It’s a tough question, but Oddisee’s name has to be in the mix. Equally adept behind the boards and on the microphone, he very rarely disappoints when dropping new music. The Prince George’s County, Maryland-raised artist calls it releasing “quantity and quality,” and he’s got a case: in the past four years alone, he’s released Rock Creek Park, People Hear What They See, The Beauty in All, and Tangible Dream. Not a bad run, if you ask me.

Oddisee is more than just a solid musician, however. He’s a bright thinker, an observant and engaging lyricist, and one of the best examples of independent success you’ll find. Naturally, we had to pick his brain. We caught up with Oddisee to talk about lessons he learned spending summers in Khartoum, early musical influences, defining success, and much more.

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

[Interview + Podcast] Muneshine talks “In Transit,” life lessons, and not being afraid to be different

Interview by: Martin Bauman

The last time we caught up with Muneshine, he was at a crossroads: musically, better than ever after collaborating with D-Sisive on Jonestown 3, and yet personally, fed up with the lack of support and infrastructure in Canada. His and D-Sisive’s exasperation represented how a lot of Canadian hip-hop artists felt, and at the time, it seemed entirely possible that both were done with hip-hop. As a fan, it was heartbreaking to watch. An era had ended before it had even been given its due.

A lot can change in the course of two years, and fittingly, that’s the theme through which we re-encounter Muneshine on his latest album, In Transit: navigating his way into new musical lanes, seeking new challenges. Less involved in hip-hop and more inspired by dance music these days, In Transit shows as much as things may have changed, he still can’t seem to ditch the rapping bug yet. We caught up with Muneshine to talk about the album, life lessons, not being afraid to be different, and much more. Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.

[Podcast] #ThrowBackThursday – Ab-Soul

Ab-Soul on The Come Up Show 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. 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 Styles P. This time, in celebration of his new album These Days…, we bring you our interview with Top Dawg Entertainment’s Ab-Soul. He talks to Chedo about everything from the Black Hippy crew, to questioning religion after reading Malcolm X, to the power of the spoken word. Check out the podcast with Ab-Soul below, and if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

[News + Video] The Extremities Announce New Album/Tour, Drop “Adeltron” Routine

The Extremities Instruments album cover

BIG NEWS. The Extremities (separately known as Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester) are about to release a new album, Instruments, and in anticipation of its release, they’ve put together another fabled routine, this time blending Adele and Deltron 3030 to create “Adeltron.” In lieu of another cliche introduction into their music and what this all means, allow me to set the scene by retelling my first encounter with The Extremities, and in the process, prove why you should NOT sleep on anything they’re involved with.

Check out the track listing and continue reading after the jump. Watch the video below.

[Interview + Podcast] Promise talks his upcoming album, pursuing goals, and coming up alongside Drake

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Toronto’s Promise is a rare breed. Not only is he one of the few Canadian hip-hop artists who can claim to make a living exclusively off of music — no small task — he’s also managed to do so while shedding the label of a prototypical “Christian rapper,” along with the baggage that comes with it. As Promise acknowledges, “it’s very hard to find music that has a good message that is also dope.”

One can often get a sense of an artist based on the company they keep, and a look at Promise’s list of frequent collaborators puts him in good surroundings: along with Drake — who he met when Drake had yet to even record a verse — he’s worked with the likes of Jhene Aiko, Shad, Slakah The Beatchild, LordQuest, and Dan-e-o (with whom he formed the group Perfeck Strangers).

It’s been awhile since the Toronto emcee released a full-length album — 2011′s Awakening was his last — but now he’s back and gearing up for his latest offering. We caught up with Promise to talk about his upcoming album, pursuing goals, coming up alongside Drake, and lots more. Read the interview after the jump and listen to the extended version of the podcast above.

[Podcast] #ThrowBackThursday – Styles P

Styles P joins The Come Up Show Podcast

Today, we’re bringing you 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. 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 Yelawolf. This time, we go back in the vault to talk to the Ghost himself, Styles P. He talks to Chedo about everything from the importance of being a good role model, to maintaining good health, to why being a gentleman is better than being a gangsta. Check out the podcast with Styles P below, and if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

[Podcast] Naturally Born Strangers talk forming a group, their love of Jameson, and what’s coming up next

Naturally Born Strangers Podcast on The Come Up Show

We’re back with another edition of The Come Up Show Podcast. Last week, we brought you a #ThrowBackThursday interview with Yelawolf. This time, we catch up with Toronto rap supergroup Naturally Born Strangers (Rich Kidd, Adam Bomb, and Tona). Listen to the podcast below and read what Chedo had to say about the interview:

I recorded this interview at the first show the boys did together at the Mod Club, whenever you sit down with Adam Bomb, Tona, Rich Kidd for an interview you know it’s going to be an entertaining conversation. The different topics we went over were about how the NBS album reinvigorated all the artist energies, why the liquor Jameson was their drink of choice, the vulnerabilities the artists had to shed for the album and much more. Take it in, also my interview with Bryan Espiritu is coming very soon so subscribe to The Come Up Show Podcast and take in the definition below of what Naturally Born Strangers means.

Naturally Born Strangers represents those born and raised different who don’t associate themselves with the common communal circles. It’s a proclamation of pride in the power of being disliked, unwanted or obscure, weird or foreign to the norm. It’s for the stranger and the more strange, the new community of outcasts, the antithesis to the neighborhood and the cynics of its circles. NBS is the umbrella title to those influenced by much, deterred by nothing and unknown the world over.

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