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SD Exclusive: Mobb Deep on Unreleased Songs, Favorites Off New Album, The Future & More

In April, Mobb Deep released what will likely end up one of the best slept-on albums of the year. The Infamous Mobb Deep commemorates their 20th anniversary and marks their first album since 2006. A whole lot has changed in the rap world, but Prodigy and Havoc's chemistry has stayed ...

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SD Exclusive: Kid Ink on Most Expensive Date He's Had & Diving Back Into Producing For Next Album

Kid Ink's career has been a slow burner. Since he made his first steps into the industry, he has built up his name over the course of three mixtapes, various records and a lot of videos before releasing his independent debut album, Up & Away, in June 2012. Touring followed. ...

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SD Exclusive: Kirko Bangz Explains Bigger Than Me Album Title & Creating Love Rihanna

It's been three years since "Drank In My Cup" and Kirko Bangz is finally ready to release his debut album, Bigger Than Me, this June. Many might think he missed his window to capitalize off the success of his earlier singles, but Kirko feels otherwise. "A lot of niggas would've ...

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Access 206: J. Pinder Interview

At some point in an artist's career, he can feel like he only do so much in his city. For J. Pinder, that happened and he ended up moving down to Los Angeles in 2012. A move that might have been criticized a little bit, but has turned out to ...

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Review: Rick Ross - Mastermind

Mastermind, previously slated for release on December 17th, 2013, is in stores this week. It’s Rick Ross’s sixth studio album, and his second in a row to miss a winter release—despite statements over the years by Ross and the MMG twitter account that the Untouchable Maybach Empire does not do ...

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“You ask questions that are based in your love for music. I can tell ’cause I know what’s on my wikipedia page, so I can tell when people are asking questions that they just googled as opposed to someone who really listens to the music. And I appreciate all of it, appreciate anybody that’s interested. It’s extra dope when someone really knows they shit.”

For over a decade and running, Talib Kweli has remained one of Hip-Hop’s most prominent figures. He’s everything a fan of good music could want; a great lyricist, full of meaning and moves to the beat of his own drum, not someone else’s. His collaborations with Mos Def (Black Star), Hi-Tek (Reflection Eternal) and most recently Res (Idol Warship) have all helped strengthened his sound among a spring of five solo albums. This Fall will mark a sixth, Prisoner Of Conscious, which has been in the works since Gutter Rainbows was out. Scheduled for an October release, I had the opportunity once again to sit down with the ebony man, Apollo Legend.

Through our interview, we discussed the famous Jay-Z line about Kweli on “Moment Of Clarity,” why he’s putting out a mixtape before his album, how he chose the features on it, direction of Prisoner Of Conscious, features off the album, how he picked Kendrick Lamar and Curren$y for “Push Thru” and much more. Full synopsis below.

Owning a bookstore and why he ended up selling it (0:18)
How the store influenced his career (0:57)
First time hearing Jay-Z’s line on “Moment Of Clarity” (1:40)
Why he felt like dropping a mixtape, Attack The Block, before his album (2:42)
How he chose the guest features on Attack The Block (3:51)
The reason his mixtape with DJ Smallz never materialized (4:49)
The direction of Prisoner Of Conscious (5:45)
Reveals the features on POC, including Miguel, Melanie Fiona & more (6:21)
How “Push Thru” with Kendrick Lamar & Curren$y happened (reveals video was shot) (7:15)
Reveals POC will be released in October (8:58)
His favorite album in the last year (9:33)
If he went on tour and could only bring one CD to listen to the entire time, what would it be? (10:20)

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