Category: Journal

[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.

[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

Editors Note: There will be a video version and an audio podcast releasing in the next week of this interview. Subscribe to The Come Up Show TV on youtube and our podcast channel on soundcloud if you’re interested! Thanks.

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!

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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] Isaiah Rashad talks “Cilvia Demo”, what memory he wants to leave with people and his Toronto show

isaiah rashad shot you down

Interview by: Colton Beausoleil

It’s undeniable that Isaiah Rashad has been the talk of the game since the release of “I Shot You Down”. There were subtle hints before hand leading up to the official announcement that he had signed with T.D.E., though until the release of the song that set everything in motion; Isaiah Rashad was behind the scenes working on his project Cilvia Demo. As the first of six release’s from T.D.E. this year, Cilvia Demo quickly made it’s way to being one of the top projects released and proved it’s one made for longevity. With such a powerful start, it doesn’t look like Isaiah Rashad is going anywhere anytime soon and I’m excited to see what the future holds for the Chattanooga, Tennessee artist. Cilvia Demo being his first project, being a part of a powerhouse label shaping a new generation, tied in with being an incredibly talented artist, Isaiah Rashad is just getting started. With the goals he has set for himself, it can only get better than it already is. First impression’s are key and Isaiah set a new standard I think. We caught up with Isaiah Rashad to talk about his new project Cilvia Demo, what he’s learned since being with T.D.E, touring and his upcoming show in Toronto.

Read the full interview at the link below.

[Interview] Talib Kweli talks “Gravitas,” the importance of honesty in music, and our responsibility to the world

The Come Up Show.com Presents- Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek

Interview by: Martin Bauman

If there were a picture next to the word “lyricist” in the dictionary, it would probably be of Talib Kweli. The Brooklyn-raised emcee has long been known for his gift with the pen, one he’s harnessed to paint a portrait of his surroundings ever since bursting onto the scene in 1998 with the classic Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star. Over the years, he’s shone a light on everything from race and politics (“The Proud”), to women’s strength (“For Women”), to the everyday struggle (“Get By”), crafting some of hip-hop’s most memorable songs in the process. On his latest work, Gravitas, he turns his gaze inward, making for perhaps his most personal album yet. We caught up with Kweli to talk about Gravitas, the importance of honesty in music, our responsibility to the world, and much more.

Read the full interview after the jump.

[Interview] Chef Byer talks the making of “Steve Nash”, Toronto’s artist community, how he first got into producing and more

Chef Byers

Interview by: Colton Beausoleil

When you’re talking Canadian producers, one name comes up more often than not over the past two years. From emerging on the scene with some of Toronto’s most talented artists A Game, to solidifying his position as one of Canada’s top tier producers. Building a solid foundation and working closely with some talented artists over the past while, creating a sound that has been generating a huge buzz and has no sign of slowing down anytime. With hits like “Money Made Me Do It” from A Game and Luu Breeze, to more recent production working with OB [O'Brien] on the OVO Sounds featured song “Steve Nash”; Chef Byers has turned a former hobby in to something that is looking more like a long lasting career in music. Becoming one of the most sought out Canadian producers and it only grows daily. We caught up with Chef Byer to talk about “Steve Nash”, how he got in to producing and much more.

Read the full interview at the link below.

[Interview] DUBB talks “Never Content” mixtape, young California movement and AV8ERS Entertainment

DUBB_Never_Content_Hosted_by_DJ_Carisma_fr

Interview by: Michael K

Los Angeles based rapper DUBB released his highly anticipated new mixtape Never Content on January 14th, 2014. Never Content means being never satisfied, and DUBB has transformed this saying into a life style. DUBB says that even if he is acknowledged as the best rapper in the game tomorrow, he would continue to grind as if he were a day one artist. This hunger for success is what has allowed the LA native to build his AV8ERS entertainment company from the bottom up, receiving recognition from hip-hop heads across the globe as an up and coming superstar.

The Come Up Show was fortunate enough to catch up with DUBB during his promotion run to ask him a few questions about his latest mixtape, his history in the game and what fans can expect from DUBB during the new year. Click the jump to view the full interview.

[Interview] Omen talks “Elephant Eyes,” Chicago’s South Side, and Common’s influence on him

J.Cole What Dreams May Come Tour 2014 @ London Music Hall

Interview by: Martin Bauman

It’s been a promising start to 2014 for Chicago’s Omen. After announcing Dreamville’s newly-signed deal with Interscope and contributing two cuts to The Revenge of the Dreamers mixtape, the emcee/producer (otherwise known as Damon Coleman) is gearing up to release his next project, Elephant Eyes. We caught up with Omen to talk about the upcoming release, his thoughts on Chicago’s South Side, Common’s influence on him, and much more.

Read the full interview after the jump.

Page 1 of 812345...Last »

Connect With Us

Subscribe to the Newsletter