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

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

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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SD Exclusive: G-Eazy Talks These Things Happen; Details E-40 & ASAP Ferg Collaborations

SD Exclusive: G-Eazy Talks These Things Happen; Details E-40 & ASAP Ferg Collaborations

G-Eazy seems energetic and excited. He’s been on tour for about two weeks with sold-out shows in every city on his These Things Happen tour, named after his upcoming debut album. When I arrive, his manager informs me that G just got back the mastered version of his album, so ...

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Review: Rick Ross – Mastermind

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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SD Exclusive: DJ Folk Talks About Jeezy & Rick Ross, Birdman’s Album, Retirement & More

SD Exclusive: DJ Folk Talks About Jeezy & Rick Ross, Birdman's Album, Retirement & More

On January 24, Rick Ross took the internet into the palm of his hands with news of a collaboration with long-time rival Jeezy. People were anticipating what a 2014 record between the two could sound like, and, most importantly, if it’d even be good. However, there was someone who has ...

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It’s a Saturday, and Talib Kweli’s 12th studio album (sixth solo), Gravitas, has just dropped via KweliClub (stream via DJ Booth), his new direct-to-fans website. As I sat backstage for the first night of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ homecoming on the Heist tour, I asked Talib why he chose to come out on a Saturday as opposed to the regular Tuesday. He said that December 15 was two months after he fully decided to do this album.

His second of the year (Prisoner Of Conscious came out in April), Gravitas is much more personal to his story, beliefs and journey as an artist. “State Of Grace” addresses women not being able to relate to the hip-hop of today and slowly turning away from the genre, “The Wormhole” delivers his stance on the Illuminati (spoiler alert: he thinks y’all believers are odd) and “Colors Of You” is one of two love related songs that ends the album. It stood out when discussing that Gravitas was not for Macklemore’s fan base and that POC would be more suited. As he puts it in our interview, the former is for those who have Attack The Block, Gutter Rainbows and know him more than just “Get By.”

In SD’s third interview, we talked about meeting and bringing out Macklemore in July 2012 at The Crocodile in Seattle, translating his journey into Gravitas, having J. Dilla’s production on the album, why it took forever to get a collaboration with Raekwon (plus future work together), meeting Biggie and Tupac as a party promoter and more.

His history with Macklemore (0:09)
Why he chose to release two albums in a year (0:54)
Translating his life and journey into Gravitas (2:33)
Who POC is for vs. who Gravtias is for (4:45)
Using J. Dilla’s production on “Colors Of You” (5:47)
Why it took so long to get a Talib and Raekwon collaboration, briefly speaks on unreleased collab with RZA & Raekwon and says he has a verse on Rae’s F.I.L.A. (6:29)
His favorite Wu-Tang album and song (7:54)
Being a party promoter at The Tunnel in his young days and meeting Biggie and Tupac (8:45)

   
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