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.

Lecrae opens up about being molested

In an engaging, revealing sit-down with Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, Lecrae revealed a shocking story of being molested as a child. That takes some bravery to admit in the macho rap world, but Lecrae’s never quite fit the stereotype anyway. He also talks openly about his Christian beliefs in addition to the great success of his new #1 album, Anomaly. Even stay tuned for a freestyle above.

ICYMI: Lecrae’s ‘Anomaly’ VSCO Journal

Monday Roundup

You may have noticed the site has been stagnant for the last couple of days. We were in the midst of some site updates and couldn’t update you on the latest and greatest during the start of this second week of September. Never fear, here’s your rundown of just Monday’s new content below (Tuesday is linked below too.)

RADIO

My favorite segment of the 3 — Gambino rocks a smooth freestyle over HS87’s buzzing summer single and confirms that Chance collab EP in the process. Jhene Aiko talks about Gambino himself amongst other topics including her debut album, Souled Out, (out now!). And finally, Raury does something different after a nearly 20 minute sit down with Hot 97 — an acoustic cover of Kanye’s “Blood on the Leaves”, in which he also adds a new verse of his own. Fresh. And it would only sound better in the studio, methinks.

Childish Gambino “Grindin My Whole Life Freestyle” (Full Hot 97 Interview here)

Jhene Aiko with The Breakfast Club
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Raury covers “Blood On The Leaves”, adds new verse, talks with Ebro In The Morning

SONGS

**Note: I would also include the new Kanye West verse on the 1:30 preview of Theophilus London “Can’t Stop”, but the audio has been removed. You’ll hear it soon enough though — ‘Ye is exec. producing Theophilus London’s upcoming album, Vibes.

Gemstones “The Fruit” *Tibs Fav.

SBTRKT f/ Raury “Higher”

P. Reign “Realest In The City” f/ Meek Mill & PARTYNEXTDOOR

Wiz Khalifa “Try Me RMX”

Kid Ink “Body Language” f/ Usher & Tinashe

Wale “The Body” f/ Jeremih

VIDEOS

Wale “The Album About Nothing” [Album Trailer] (starring Jerry Seinfeld)

Alicia Keys “We Are Here” [New Song/Video]
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Elle Varner f/ A$AP Rocky “Don’t Wanna Dance”

And oh yeah this happened…
Nardwuar vs. Aziz Ansari