Category: Interviews

[Podcast] #ThrowBackThursday – Big Sean

Big Sean Throwback 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 Ab-Soul. This time, we bring you our interview with G.O.O.D Music’s own Big Sean. He talks to Chedo about everything from Kanye West’s significance to him, to coming up with his infamous adlib, to the pressure of creating a debut album. Check out the podcast with Big Sean below, and if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

[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.

[Podcast] Blacastan talks “Watson & Holmes”

Blacastan Podcast on The Come Up Show

We’ve got a special edition of The Come Up Show Podcast for y’all this week. One of our representatives, Bill Beamin, was in contact with Army of the Pharaohs’ own, Blacastan. The “rhyme master” himself is due to release a collaborative album with heavyweight Stu Bangas. As a duo, the team has taken to the aliases “Watson & Holmes,” which is also the name of their upcoming album, as well as the track to their first feature music video.

Listen in while Blacastan describes what got him into the culture, how he chose the name Blacastan, and much more. As one of the premier underground emcees in today’s Hip-Hop landscape, Blacastan is able to shed light on working with legends like Vinnie Paz and Celph Titled (who both feature on the lead single “Nubian Metal). However, more importantly, as a man who grew up where Hip-Hop began, Blac subtly sheds light on some of the unwritten rules in the game…

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[Interview] Elcee talks “LeoSoul,” success, and personal growth

Elcee Interview on The Come Up Show

Interview by: Eternity Martis

When I first meet LaShawn Powell, also known by his stage name, Elcee, the first thing I notice is how surprisingly down-to-earth he is. I’d say I agree with rapper Earl Sweatshirt when he boils it down to Toronto rappers being “grandma nice”, but that couldn’t be the case. Born in Nova Scotia, and raised between Windsor and Toronto, Elcee’s graciousness is not a symptom of too-nice carebear T.O rappers, nor a facade- it’s an admirable, innate characteristic.

Elcee has been recoding music for the past few years, but it wasn’t until the release of his #SoundCloudSundays series that a true, dedicated artist was born. And what makes an artist true? One that has the courage to be forthright about his experiences, and has the desire to inspire the same bravery in others. He mixes Hip-Hop with R&B, Rap, and beats ranging from dreamy to bass-thumping, all without needing to justify or label himself.

Articulate, well-spoken, and composed, Elcee is careful about what he says and how he says it. He understands the fine line between narcissism and confidence, and that no success comes without struggle.

I sat down with Elcee to discuss music, success, and personal growth, as well as his upcoming project, LeoSoul, produced by Bonham and set to drop July 23rd.

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.

[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.

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