Category: Interviews

[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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[Interview] King of the Dot talks about their SQUAD Tour, give some advice on setting up battles & give some insight on how they’ve grown as a team

KOTD Squad Tour: London April 4, 2014

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Interview by: Colton Beausoleil

King of the Dot has been on the rise since it began back in the alleyways of Toronto six years ago. Founder Organik wanted to create a league that was a platform for battle rappers to build from as well as everyone involved in the culture. Since growing to be one of the worlds biggest battle leagues, King of the Dot has created a movement that is taking over the scene by storm. Putting on some of the biggest match-ups to ever go down, having a team that works to it’s limits to provide for Canadian hip-hop culture. Moving as a unit, there’s nothing they can’t set out and accomplish. With entry level league Prove Yoself, Gully TK’s Ground Zero league leading into where the top tier battlers go head to head, at King of the Dot. The movement has only just begun and the future is looking bright for King the Dot. We sat down with Organkik, Bishop Brigante and Gully TK to talk about the Squad Tour, how they set up battles and more!

Read the full interview 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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[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.

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[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.

[Podcast] Kardinal Offishall talks early career beginnings, staying humble, and building upon Toronto’s legacy

Kardinal Offishall Podcast

Yes yes y’all! 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. Last time around, we sat down with Rich Kidd. This time, we go one-on-one with Canadian hip-hop legend Kardinal Offishall.

We talk about his early career beginnings, staying humble, building upon Toronto’s legacy and plenty more. Listen below (and read along here).


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[Interview] Dag Savage talk “E&J,” what makes for a classic album, and why they still love hip-hop

Dag Savage Interview on The Come Up Show

Interview by: Martin Bauman

What happens when you combine one of the best hip-hop producers of the past decade with one of the most energetic emcees on the West Coast? In short, you get Dag Savage. Los Angeles beatsmith Exile and San Diego rhymespitter Johaz have teamed up for E&J, their latest — and greatest — in a long line of collaborations since they first paired up for a track on 2006′s Dirty Science. Exile has proven himself twice already as a full-album producer, first with the 2007 cult classic Below The Heavens with Blu, and again with the 2009 fan favourite Boy Meets World with Fashawn. Now, with Johaz on the mic — and a lot of things he wants to say — he’s going for the threepeat. The result is pretty special. We caught up with Dag Savage to talk about their latest release, what makes for a classic album, why they still love hip-hop, and lots more.

Read the full interview after the jump.

[Interview] Flex The Antihero talks about his debut album #Salem

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We’re excited to feature Flex The Antihero for our second ever live video interview on Google Hangouts! Check out our interview with the homey Flex from The Antiheroes. We chopped it up for an hour with him about his upcoming debut album ‘SALEM’ including the production, recording process & a lot more. We also talked about the current state of hip hop, how free music is a good thing, how Toronto rappers aren’t being represented enough & upcoming shows. Make sure you check it out and remember SALEM drops this Wednesday March 5th!

If you happen to miss the interview it will be automatically uploaded to The Come Up Show TV on youtube so subscribe now!

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