Kanye West calls into Hot 97

Amongst the topics from the impromptu call-in from Kanye today:

– Wanting to see Steph Curry in the Yeezys

– Quelling rumors that he kicked out people at Chuck-E-Cheese

– His basketball birthday bash

– The gender of his upcoming baby (he won’t reveal it)

– Most interestingly: hinting at new music next week for North West’s birthday (!)

We shall see. Until then… the audio and some tweets below.

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Miguel announces album release date

June 30th, says Miguel to the Hot97 Morning Show today (below). The album will also be titled, Wildheart.

Miggy also shares talk about the Met Gala, working with Pharrell and DJ Premier for the album, and his longtime relationship with model Nazanin Mandi. Below that, a brief new teaser to the new single “Coffee” featuring Wale. (I like the edited version actually better: “coffee in the morning” has a good ring to it.)

ICYMI: Miguel “Coffee (F*cking)” f/ Wale

Kendrick Lamar Hot 97 Interview

Above is Kendrick’s first audio/video interview since the release of TPAB and across 40 minutes, he covers a number of topics.

Here’s the rundown via Miss Info:

— Kendrick says the love that he gets in NYC is like no other. That’s why he’ll always come through — even if it’s just for one day.
— The “Butterfly” represents change
— K.Dot would go in for 10-15 hour sessions with live instruments and write the skeletons to his songs.
— The “King Kunta” video is all about fun and having a good time. He brought the cameras to his hood and let all his homies get some facetime.
— Kendrick really wants fans to take time and listen before they call his album an “classic”
— Kendrick: “Initially, I made my music for people in prison.”
— K.Dot wrote the lyrics to “Mortal Man” on tour with Kanye West
— A fan from Germany sent him the Pac interviews and he lived with them for a bit
— “For me, I want to make music where people will go back and listen to it a 100 times.”
— “That’s the best song I ever wrote,” Kendrick says about “i.” “Never in a million years, did I think I would make a positive record. It’s all God’s work.”
— The Kendrick and J. Cole album is going to happen (eventually). They still talk about it.
— “It’s up to me to bring balance,” says Kendrick Lamar about his purpose in the rap game.
— Right now, K.Dot’s fave song from the album is “Wesley’s Theory” (it changes every week)
— Kendrick: “This is ‘sophisticated Gangsta’ shit. This is the album that I always wanted to make. It’s what I grew up on. good kid, m.A.A.d city, I maneuvered through the cracks. I know what the fans wanted to hear.”
— George Clinton, Bilal, SounWave were all around for a lot of the recording process
— Most of the album was made in LA, “Hood Politics” was made in NYC
— Kendrick’s father played a lot of Ice Cube’s Death Certificate when he was a kid and that was a big influence on him
— “I’m a voice for everyone who can’t talk on a record,” Kendrick says about being honest in his music and addressing situations that he knows everybody can’t talk about publicly.
— ‘Don’t ever take my words out of context because I’m one of the only ones speaking for the streets,” K.Dot on Rolling Stone taking his words out of context.

I bolded out one line there to make sure you didn’t gloss over it. Watch the full interview above and peep the star-studded Hot 97 Summer Jam Lineup, also announced today, below.

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Alex Wiley On Real Late w/ Peter Rosenberg [Video]

Alex Wiley pays a visit to NYC for a dope interview on Real Late with Peter Rosenberg. In the interview we get a hilarious and fun look behind Alex’s recent releases and get some freestyles from the Chicago emcee. We also get a more personal look from the young Chicago spitter as he talks about the responsibility he has to delivering his fans the best he can over and to also become a role model in his own right. We also get a very emotional and inspiring look at Alex opening up about his demons and how he is inspired by his fans to keep pushing forward.

Chris Rock & Questlove on Juan Epstein

Have a couple hours on your hand this Thanksgiving?

I suggest you carve out some time (no pun intended) to let this run in the background: Chris Rock and Questlove talk with Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds on the Juan Epstein podcast, recalling some awesome stories and having a genuinely good time throughout.

Among them: Questlove begins the video portion above by recalling how he found out about Biggie’s death. It’s a fascinating tale that brings us back to how Biggie and The Roots weren’t all the way right before the untimely passing.

Also: Chris Rock calls Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy the best album of the past 50 years. Damn. Strong words, but said without doubt by Rock. He also describes some in-studio experiences of the album like when he himself recorded his part for “Blame Game”. The full pod is below — a shorter 20 minute clip is above (extracted from the 18 minute mark in the full 2 hours.) Great stuff from Juan Epstein.