Category: Interviews

[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.

[Audio Premiere + Interview] TassNata ft. Junia-T & Iman Omari – “For The Summer” (Prod: Snazz)

for the summer

I mentioned the other day when TassNata dropped “Walking Away” that he had a new joint coming this week. That time has come. Before Mourning, an album TassNata has been secretly working on for the past while is near completion. Personally, I can be more excited. Which is why I’m happy to premiere this new tune and the first single off Before Mourning – “For The Summer” featuring Junia-T & Iman Omari. Produced by Snazz, this ode to summertime is one to cap off what was an amazing summer. For myself, TassNata, Junia-T, Iman Omari and without a doubt all of you! Though this isn’t your ordinary summer tune. This is a crack the bottle, vibe out kind of tune. “Summer nights I like a fire with the music loud. Rapping, I amuse the crowd, what happens as I move around”. This one is for the summer! We’ll probably party til the suns up! As the warm weather fades, this couldn’t be a more perfect joint to capture those last moments. Don’t take it all from me though, TassNata spoke on what his summer was like in LA with Junia-T, gave us an exclusive behind the scenes story from the video shoot for “For The Summer” and more! *There’s also some exclusive pictures from their time over there you can peep!*

Take a listen after the jump!

[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.

[Interview] SepTo talks consolidating his personal & rapper image into his new album “Almost NevR”

SepTO Almost NevR Artwork

Metaphorically, the album cover represents the death of a certain mentality, it’s the moment you stop caring and stop trying to present a very specific perspective. Almost NevR in a positive way means it’s we are almost manifested, we are almost tangible, but if you take the literal meaning, its this close to not existing, it’s hanging by a thread. It’s the conflict of, am I keep doing this? Is this rational? If you are listening to the album and you love it, keep in mind how close it is to never existing, that man in the cover hanging could have touched the world, and he is NevR going to give what he could have given you. SepTo

It was an honour to have a conversation with SepTo live on The Come Up Show. His album Almost NevR is out for free download and his celebration is this Friday August 29th at live at the Ballet. Our interview started off by talking about the value of connecting with people on a human to human connection. SepTo expanded on his strategy to promote the album in retrospect and why this was the first time he made Almost NevR album without thinking of the next project. I asked him about the meaning of songs  lyrics on Excursions, Dance Around my Brain, Last Night, Father and had him expand on his opinion pieces he wrote below.

An excerpt of SepTo’s article on Social Media and Real Shit
Today, with the help of social media, we have defined happiness and success in tangible items. You are only as accomplished as what you post. Your satisfaction with your life is determined by what you have allowed others to think of your life.

SepTo’s article on Your Health and Corporate profit
Approach the most available food with the most caution. The companies we are allowing the responsibility of providing us with our sustenance are not concerned with our health and are not here for any other mutual benefit than to have you willingly purchase their goods. My belly is full from McDonald’s and they obeyed the regulatory minimum amount of sawdust allowed in my burger. My can of CocaCola is exhilarating my taste buds and they have kept the amount of sugar within that can just short of an immediately lethal amount. Win/Win, right?

Watch this and so much more in our hour long conversation with SepTo and come out to the show this Friday and download the album Almost NevR. Let me know what you thought of the interview in the comment section below.

[Podcast] #ThrowBackThursday – Sean Price

Sean Price Podcast on The Come Up Show

It’s time for another episode of #ThrowBackThursdays on The Come Up Show Podcast. Last time around, we brought you Chedo’s interview with Big Sean. This time, we bring you our interview with Duck Down’s Sean Price. He talks to Chedo about everything from not caring about other people’s opinions, to working with Black Milk and Guilty Simpson, to retirement. Check out the podcast with Sean Price below, and if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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