"Me and The RZA connect." Nah, literally. Last week, The RZA and I convened after the Wu-Tang show, to speak on a potential project with Method Man, Wu-Tang, movies, and getting back to the lab. Pssst! The Abbot has 500 beats. Busta Rhymes and Nas have already linked with the RZA. Emcees, it would be wise to hit him up. *cues Bobby Digital sonar adlib* In all seriousness, it's good to see artists I grew up on getting back into a creative state, musically. RZA spoke on Wu and the spontaneous nature of his current creative process.
"Far as the Wu brothers, whatever we do, we just do it. Sometimes we premeditate it and sometimes it's natural. Right now i'm in a natural mode. I got 500 beats at the crib. Whoever wants to come over to collect, then collect them."
He also expressed his opinion on the balance of hip-hop culture and monetization.
"Hip-Hop is our culture and I don't see it, like I saw it. Years ago, I would always try to sell music. Now I don't try to sell music. I'm really trying to spread music, because I know that music brings intuition, it brings inspiration. When I see people walking around with Wu tattoos and reading books and getting knowledge of their self, I know that what i'm doing is more worth than the value of money that I get paid for."
We have another new interview from WGCI's Big Jam concert as A-J-A The Cover"It"Girl was on the scene and stopped the L.E.P Bogus Boys for this fun Q&A above. She touches on the duo's kicks and fashion (shouting out Don C in the process) while also takin' em back on a trip to when they started. Watch and see above along with our previous interview at Big Jam with Miguel below.
On Saturday, Maks G and I got to go behind the scenes of the YP and Jim Jones music video shoot for their record, "Gettin' Money," at Chicago's Lacuna Lofts. Following the shoot, I interviewed YP about how the collaboration came about with Jim Jones from the party to the music video, his 'No Sleep' motto, a memorable experience with Nas in Los Angeles, musical inspirations, the biggest challenge so far on his journey and the upcoming projects he has coming soon.
Today Maks G and I got to go behind the scenes of the YP and Jim Jones music video shoot for their record, "Gettin' Money," at Chicago's Lacuna Lofts. Following the shoot, I got to sit down with Jim Jones, where we spoke about how the collaboration with Chicago's YP came about, his definition of Vampire Life, and his ambassador role with Red Bull, which included a debut song with All-Star Deron Williams. Lastly I wanted to throw him off, and ask an unexpected, but fun question. What is one thing that most people don't know about Jim Jones? Find out in this exclusive interview.
Following the show, I got to sit down with Asher where we talk about his recent signing with Def Jam, the creative process behind Pabst & Jazz, and his most recent 'comic styled' video for "Last Man Standing." During the interview, 'Pabst & Jazz's collaborative partner, Roofeeo, also sat down to chat along with Asher about the importance of doing what you love. Some other topics we touched on is what inspires his music, and what advice he has for those looking to take up a career path in the music industry.
Oh - and you will never guess where Asher gets his clothing! LOL
Lastly before I go, I want to give a special thanks to my stylist, Toni Brooks, of Bourgeise Rebel. As always, she did an amazing job styling me for the interview through both makeup and wardrobe!
What better way to bring in a big new year like 2012 then to bring it in with the King of Crunk Lil Jon. React Presents put together a party that folks will be talking about all year. Over 5,000 people came to party and bring in the new year at the Rosemont Ballroom with Lil Jon this NYE. Right before the ball dropped I got a chance to talk to the crunk master himself. Check out the interview and the pictures below to see exactly what I mean when I say this party was epic. This NYE was definitely a night to remember.
That's right folks! WGCI had their annual 'Big Jam' and Gowhere Hip Hop was backstage on the scene. R&B sensation Miguel showed us mad love. Check out the interview as Miguel lets us in on his New Year's resolution, his greatest Eddie Murphy impersonation, where he looks to find his queen, and all about his one of a kind signature swag!
Before their respective seasons started, Kevin Durant hosted a Skills Academy featuring the best rising talent in college and high school, including two future lottery picks in UNC's Harrison Barnes and Duke's Austin Rivers.
In our exclusive video above, peep some dope up-close footage I was able to grab of Kevin Durant scrimmaging with the young talent mixed in with our talk with both Harrison Barnes & Austin Rivers. They talk with GY312 about the upcoming college basketball season and their new rival status, what they worked on in their game for the season, and of course, GY couldn't let them get away without letting us know who are some of their favorite pump up artists. Watch above for their entertaining answers and the three of them doing what they do best: hoopin'. For more evidence, hit the jump...
Shawn Chrystopher who locked in a slot on Big Sean's Finally Famous tour, checked in at Gowhere Headquarters when the tour made it's stop in Chicago. Shawn and Ant (short for Anthony) took to the comfy couch in this exclusive interview, where Shawn touches base on getting advice from Big Sean, producing for Noreaga, making films, Silent Films For The Blind, and more. This is Ant's first official GWHH interview so let's show it some love! Silent Films For The Blind, available for download now!
Not too long ago there was a rumor going around on Twitter that legendary rap artist Too Short had died...Well I'm here to let you know first hand that those rumors are all completely false, because I just talked to him. Too Short is very much alive and he has a lot of new interesting things in works.
While chillin' backstage with Too Short after his show at the Harold Washington Culture Center in Chicago he let me in on his new plans:
"I'm working on a project with E-40, you can almost say its almost like Doc Dre and The Detox album"
His new album with E-40 is not the only thing we can expect to see from this Oakland born rapper as he also has a new book coming out about his life journey.
"It's just a book about Too Short and Oakland and my experiences, my journey"
Too Short on keeping his music on the scene:
"I just don't want no one to say you had to stop, here's proof there is an age and you can't rap past that age...cause I was a kid when rap came out how are you gone take it form me? I was there when it was invented, I was one of the first ones to except it."
Too Short on whether he will ever stop rapping:
"I'm gonna do it until I really find that line where they are like you 'ain't cool anymore'"
For all you MC's out there listen up Too Short gave me the top reason he sees other rappers fall off again and again... after 20 years in the game ...I think he knows what he's talking about! Too Short keeps it all the way real in this interview, check it out!