Billy Carvelli, who is better known as simply 'Carvelli', is an Italian-Canadian producer, MC and entrepreneur who fuses his primary passion, hip hop, and his Italian heritage. The artist's music integrates strummed mandolin, violin, and euro-dance style synths with hip hop beats to his own rhymes. Carvelli has released two EPs, each with corresponding videos for the title tracks “Hooah” and “The Movement”. Now riding high with Whoa, check out what he had to say to Danielle.
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Karl Hinds definitely deserves respect. Starting way back in 1993 he founded and put out drum and bass on the Assassin label. He then went on in 2000 to set up hip hop label Ill Flava Records. Self-producing and rapper on all his albums, Karl Hinds is definitely an entrepreneurial force to be reckoned with. I met up with him at his studio in Ilford for a serious discussion about his story so far in UK hip-hop and beyond.
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Inimitable music machine DJ Mr Thing usually speaks with his hands. So for a change we got him to speak with his mouth so we could get the lowdown on his famed record collection, the rise of Serato and the battling scene. This guy wasn’t asked to compile and mix the ‘Kings of Hip Hop’ LP with DJ Premier for no reason.
How does one transcribe the eloquent arts fruitfully confined within the inner chambers of Hip Hop culture? First uncover what it is that you love about Hip Hop, and then envisage those elements that made it possible for you to enjoy this embodiment of wisdom strength and beauty. Along your journey you will undoubtedly embark upon a Roller Coaster of emotions from individuals that touched you and left an impression on your subconscious.
Warren Griffin III is better known by his stage name Warren G. He’s a legendary rapper and hip hop producer who came from the G-Funk era. He is Dr. Dre's step brother. His biggest hit to date was the single "Regulate" with Nate Dogg released in 1994. Now he is back with his sixth studio album The G Files. Check out what he had to say to Nikhil Sharma.
With physical record shops in decline wax junkies are having to rely on a handful of specialist online stores for that mandatory Hip Hop fix. For the second in our series of interviews with the UK’s finest record hustlers we caught up with Adam from Rapshack.co.uk.
Pseudo Slang is a hip-hop duo from the Buffalo, NY music scene. Emcee Sick of the Xtracts of Slang and Tone Atlas of the Pseudo Intellectuals teamed up about a decade ago to form Pseudo Slang - a side project that took on a career of its own. After their debut release, The Catalogue (a compilation of tracks PS laid down from 1999 to 2004), Pseudo Slang switched to full time.
Anna Nathanson in the first of her video interviews meets Raekwon of the Wu Tang to talk about his new album, the group's rise to fame in the early 1990s and hip hop today. The new album, Only Built For Cuban Linx 2, is out September 8 2009.
DJ JS-1 is a well respected DJ and all round Hip Hop practitioner who is a part of the legendary Rock Steady Crew. He has toured extensively with Rahzel and occasionaly with KRS-One. He's collaborated with just about anyone who is anyone and now with his Ground Original 2: No Sell Out LP out he spoke at length with Alex Humprey so we could find out more. Read on.
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Admittedly this interview is more conversation than interview; I was hyped, in no way detached, thoroughly biased (I am a fan) and as I am sure you are aware post-gig discussions between two Muso’s will always result in some form of verbal mayhem.
With physical record shops receding quicker than Rob Swift’s hairline (no offence Rob - it’s all love) wax junkies are having to rely on a handful of specialist online stores for that mandatory Hip Hop fix. For the first in a series of interviews with the dotcom record hustlers on the frontline, Max Weldon caught up with Dan from the infamous KingUnderground.com shop. I suggest you log on immediately and spend as much cash as you possibly can.
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I've not been up on my interview game in the last few weeks so I thought it was about time I brought you some more words from a few rappers and the like. Hopefully you already clocked the ABD interview and if you're reading this, you're about to check out the words of another MC - Truth:
The Authentic Brothers are a duo comprising Reza and Babak, originally haling from Iran, but who now come out of the UK. They are all about keeping it real and for them that means enlightening subject matter for their brand of multidimensional, emotive urban soundscapes. With their For You EP out now our man Nikhil Sharma caught up with them to find out more.
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Tennessee-based rapper is not your average Hip-Hop artist. Born Lawrence Johnson in Alexandria, VA, Lil’ Trouble grew up in Memphis, TN, where he gained his love for Hip-Hop music. He realized his immense talent and started honing his craft at an early age.