The Legendary Man Behind The Board : T-Ray interview in Elemental (2004)

July 25, 2007

Long interview with a very overlooked producer, Todd Ray by Austin The Judge Wheeler. This low profile guy made classics for Lord Finesse, Artifacts, Cypress Hill (according to this interview at least !), Double X Posse, as well as Joe Burgos aka Fatal (another rapper whose album for WEA never came out…) Those unfamiliar with his music should also check the great http://www.canibringmygat.com/2007/07/12/t-ray/ for more mp3. I’m not really buying his story about discovering Nas though…

Fatal : Timber (DivShare)

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Categories : Producer, Interview.


The Way Of White Folks : DJ Shadow letter to the Source (1991) + new interview

July 13, 2007

Yeah, I had a hard time finding the MD with the interview, but it was even more difficult to find another mention of DJ Shadow in The Source, besides this letter he wrote to magazine as a young fan in may 1991. I think Elliott Wilson may have mentioned him or Latyrx in his Independents’ Day column years later though.

So here is the audio of the interview I did with him where he talked about the Unsigned Hype demo, Dave Funkenklein, Paris among other things. The only problem is that the interview was not made for radio or broadcast so the sound is not so good, the main problem is that you don’t really hear my questions, sorry.

DJ Shadow interview Part 1 : on his first time spinning on the radio, Dave Funkenklein, the demo, what gear he was using and meeting Paris

DJ Shadow interview Part 2 :  on his little dude days as a digger, meeting James Lavelle, how much of a failure his career was in the US and why he didn’t produce many rappers besides his own crew

DJ Shadow interview Part 3 : On why he changed his sound, his relationship with the press, why he lets the major choosing the singles and why Keak The Sneak and Turf Talk are the best new artists out right now

DJ Shadow interview Part 4 : on how his under-the-radar projects since Private Press should have let us know he was changing, how he still like playing his old stuff, “Broken Levee Blues”, “This Time” and why he has so many songs with vocals on “The Outsider”


Unsigned Hype : DJ Shadow in The Source (1991)

July 3, 2007

Another Unsigned Hype frow way back, that time Matty C was reviewing a demo tape by the young DJ Shadow. It was in the june 1991 issue of The Source.

I did an interview with Shadow a couple of month ago where we discussed this tape, as well as his beginnings, how he (never) met Dave Funkenklein, how he ruined his american career etc…

It’s in French. I also have the audio (in english) somewhere. I don’t know how people who read this blog feel about audio interviews. Personally I don’t like to listen to interviews on a computer, but I could post it (and others) if you want, just let me know, leave a comment and i’ll see.

DJ Shadow : Last Stop (DivShare)


Catchin Up With The Jazzy Fatness of J-Sw!ft in Rap Pages (1994)

April 14, 2007

Someone requested this interview in the comments, like 3 months ago. But come on now, the mag is 17 years old, 3 months is not that long. Anyway, don’t hesitate to ask if you’re looking for something.

Quinton : Quinton’s Here

Categories : Bilal Allah, Producer, Interview.


Bitch Betta Have My Money : Cold Cris of Mad Flava (1997)

February 27, 2007

My favorite section of Ego Trip, even if it only appeared in the last few issues (this one is from the summer 1997 issue). Cold Cris The Soulman from Mad Flava breaks down industry rule #4080.

Mad Flava : I Like 2 Smoke Weed & Listen 2 Hip-Hop

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Categories : Producer, Interview, Texas.


Pure Righteousness : Buckwild interview in Ego Trip (1995)

January 23, 2007

Interview with Buckwild, published in Egotrip in 1995, questions by Chairman Mao.

Diamond, Sadat X & Lord Finesse : The Shit Is Real

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Categories : Chairman Mao, Producer, DITC.


Moving Target : Dr Dre feature in The Source (1992)

January 20, 2007

Lenghty (pre-Chronic) cover story on Dr Dre by Ronin Ro, from The Source, november 1992.

Dr Dre & Snoop : One Eight Seven

Categories : Ronin Ro, Producer, LA, Feature.


Travelling, Theorizing and Marauding : A Tribe Called Quest in Rap Pages (1994)

January 4, 2007

Interview for the producer section of Rap Pages with Bilal Allah in june 1994, that’s after Midnight Marauders.

A Tribe Called Quest : Lyrics To Go remix


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