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In a flashback clip with VladTV. Pete Rock along with duo Smif-N-Wessun talks with Vlad about Rock's favorite beats he's produced and coming from the era of sampling beats.
This week in the headlines, Pete Rock called new generation rapper Lil Yachty's freestyle on Hot 97 trash. Pete Rock commented to an IG follower on Yachty, saying, "In America yes its dead. Across the water where I am it's very much alive sir. Big time!!!" He also described his thoughts on Hot 97 letting Yachty freestyle, "they did this to play him out. They know he's trash but they want yall to see that he is trash lol."
Check out the throwback clip of Pete Rock above.
Out of respect for Joe Budden, Lord Jamar says that he hopes he plays "Pump It Up," which was his biggest hit, to close out his shows despite Drake sending jabs about the 2003 smash. Lord Jamar told DJ Vlad, "You always go with your biggest s***. Like the one that people really love."
As the conversation developed, the Brand Nubian rapper explained that there might be some artists that can't maintain the same stamina as other artists, such as Jay Z, who have adapted with time and continuously produced music that has charted. "Not everybody can keep going. See, that's the thing." He said, "There is something to this new school, old school. Some people, they just use their s*** up. They might've got on so many songs or they just run out of s*** to say, or some people get better with time and some people deteriorate over time."
Watch the full interview above.
Miko Grimes is firm on her stance regarding the treatment of the NFL and their players suffering from CTE, but most don't know her close relationship with her husband, Brent Grimes, and how she prevented friends and family of his from depleting his funds. As Miko talked about how she met her husband, she admitted that she never stopped her hustle even though she was now with an NFL player. However, once he asked her to stop working her three jobs, she said she felt the need to know where they stood financially and noticed that he was taking care of a lot of people in his family. For Miko to give up everything, she told her husband that he had to stop the excessive spending, and that made her relationship with Brent's family go sour. "To this day, they still hate me."
As the interview progressed, she told VladTV about the one and only groupie encounter she's ever had and how quickly she ended it. Miko says she and her husband started to get harassed by his ex-girlfriend and immediately found a way to stop her by finding her old nudes on her husband's laptop and responded to her every tweet with a photo of her nudes. "She deleted her Twitter [and] never, ever said anything else to me again," she said.
As far as any other women harassing her, she explains that she had to deal with NFL wives and gotten into a couple of altercations because she was only a girlfriend at the time. Stories about athlete's wives and their cliques in any league have been known and documented through reality shows and TV series, but as Miko explained it, she's faced some obstacles with them as well. "They treat you different when you're a girlfriend. They talk to you recklessly, they smirk and [giggle], and whisper when you walk by and when you're a girlfriend because you're nothing at that point."
Later in the interview, Miko addresses rumors bout her being the reason Brent was "kicked off" the Miami Dolphins and explains why she "laid on the sword" for her husband so he could get out of his contract.
In this throwback clip from 2012, famed Philly rapper Beanie Sigel shared his thoughts on the true gangsters in hip-hop and claimed that there aren't many that exist today. Name dropping a few gangsters that he felt were rats and genuine to the title, Beans mention Jay Z as gangster in the music business, but not so much in the streets. "Yea, he gangsta in the music business. He's definitely a gangsta in that form. I don't know about, you know, the streets but when it comes to the music business, yea, he's a gangsta."
Beanie also explained why he left home at 13 to start a life on the streets, which then led him down a dark path littered with court cases, robbery, and violence. "I left home when I was 13-years-old." He told DJ Vlad, "Man, school was too slow for me. It was too slow. I remember being in kindergarten, and I got an older sister, and I was going to her first-grade reading and math classes."
Further into the conversation, he says with and absentee father figure, he looked for guidance from men in the streets living the fast life. Watch the full interview above.
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In this clip, Tray Dee and DJ Vlad discuss the impact that environment has on the development of children. The conversation began with a brief debate about what to do with serial and mass murderers like Dylan Roof. Prior to knowing his age, Tray Dee wasn't quick to condemn Roof because he thought he was just a young kid and that the true indictment should be levied upon his parents and upbringing. Needless to say, when Tray Dee found out Roof was at least 20-years-old at the time of the mass shooting, all the compassion dissipated.
Tray Dee went on to reveal that he was kicked out of formal school in 3rd grade and attended a variety of continuation programs thereafter. Despite not having a traditional grade school experience, Tray Dee has a passion for education and said he would've been an educator of some sort had he ever gotten a real job.
Former NFL player and ESPN host Marcellus Wiley spoke openly with VladTV about why he would like to see more gay NFL players come out. He explained that he doesn't see the problem with it, and Wiley added that he was disappointed in his former teammate Esera Tuaolo coming out as gay after he left the NFL. Marcellus told us that no one ever questioned Tuaolo while on the team, except during one preseason game when he sang a passionate rendition of the National Anthem. However, Wiley said that he knows Tuaolo would never have been targeted if he came out to his team.
During the conversation, Marcellus also spoke about rumors of players getting around the 11 pm curfew to hook up with women. He explained that there is some finessing involved in the situation, and he pointed out that rookie players never get the luxury with the guards who are making sure that the athletes abide by the rules.
To hear more of what he had to say on the situation, hit the above clip.
Comedian TK Kirkland recalls hanging out with a few celebrities who were "tight" with their money and refused to tip the proper amount when they dined out. Surprisingly, TK kept it real and outed Michael Jordan and fellow comic Chris Tucker for having a good grip of their cash despite being multi-millionaires. "Let's say the bill was a $1000 and he'll give $20 or $50," he dispelled about the days he hung out with Jordan before going on about Tucker, "Chris Tucker was motherf****** cheap. That's why when Chris had problems with the taxes, I saw it coming."
On the other hand, when TK spent time with Mike Tyson, he says he never saw him shortchange himself after witnessing him purchase a $1 million watch and later take him to Madonna's home. "He came up to my neighborhood with the Lamborghini with the doors that came up on Robinson boulevard—that's where I use to live—and we all went together."
Aside from the celebrities' lavish spending, TK gives his opinion about Michale putting people lives in jeopardy over limited sneakers.
Recently, Marc Lamont Hill sat down with DJ Vlad to talk about some things, and with his political debates with correspondence, he explains why he feels like Donald Trump could be a dangerous president if elected. Nearly a month away from the election day, many are taking a serious look at both candidates to see who would be the best to lead the country and handle foreign policy professionally. It's safe to say that Hill doesn't plan on voting for Trump, but with the billionaire making it to the final round some think he may have a chance, and if so, world viewThe VH1 Live host believes it would be a dangerous presidency. "We had some pretty dangerous presidents when it comes to foreign policy." He added, "But, of course, he's dangerous, his world views, to the extent that he has one—I don't think Trump has worldview—is a dangerous one. The things he has said about nuclear weapons, the things he's said about Muslims, the things he said about Mexicans, they're not only bizarre, they're dangerous."
Even though Hill doesn't think a Trump presidency is likely, he says the only thing he's done was bring racists to light. "He's made it clear to the world who doubted us, there's still a section of America that is racist, that is xenophobic."
Check out the full interview above.
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Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr of Onyx detailed their acting career during an interview with VladTV. During the sit-down, Fredro revealed that he didn't have to audition for his role on Moesha, and added that Save the Last Dance was his biggest movie to date.
Sticky Fingaz then spoke about his role in the Blade tv show, where he beat out Michael Jai White for the lead role. He also spoke about Wesley Snipes calling him "Blade" in person, which you can hear more about above.
Arian Foster and Snoop Dogg discuss the origin of organizations such as the Black Panther Party. Today, Snoop says groups are more commercialized. Snoop Dogg also recalled coming up in an era when the LA riots were occurring and how he shifted from street life to music.
In regards to OJ, Snoop reveals that his case was just two doors down from his. Furthermore, the West Coast rapper says when he got off he decided to turn his life around. Snoop ends the interview by saying the spirit of 2Pac and Biggie are within him.
Check out more from the Now What? Podcast here: https://goo.gl/zrHM8i
22Gz sat down with Vlad to speak about a variety of topics. Among those topics, the rapper commented on his beef with Sheff G, the Miami incident that caused two people to lose their lives, and meeting with Tekashi 6ix9ine.
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In this clip, TK Kirkland was asked to give his take on the newest polarizing figure in hip-hop, Tekashi 6ix9ine. However, TK decided to pass on that subject, citing the gang mentality as the reason why. According to TK, there are certain things that he wants to say but won't due to the prospect of saying something wrong. TK pointed out that the gang mentality is volatile and certain things can be misinterpreted. Adding that the risk of dealing with people on that level is something he says he's moved beyond at this point.
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Miss Mulatto opened up to VladTV about her biggest song to date being her diss track aimed at her "The Rap Game" co-star Young Lyric. Miss Mulatto explained that while she still makes money on the song and she'll probably perform it forever, she's done with the beefs from now on.
During the conversation, Miss Mulatto shared her thoughts on why she believes female rappers always end up beefing, as she explained that women in general are catty and start beefs. To hear more of what she had to say, hit the above clip.
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Bianca Bonnie opened up to VladTV about making a response to Fabolous' "Faith in Me" with "Faith in These Brownskins." She explained that while she's cool with Fab, Bianca says she was annoyed at the line, "All I have is Faith in these light skins," which she knew was a play on words about Faith Evans.
Bianca went on to speak about men giving her backhanded comments about being "pretty for a brown-skinned girl," and how she never saw someone that looked like her on TV growing up. To hear more, including how Bianca says she's starting to see more brown-skinned girls in entertainment, hit the above clip.
Miko Grimes talks about Oprah, explaining that she once aspired to be like her, but saw a change in Oprah after she took on the meat industry in the 90s. Miko added that she feels Oprah was silent about issues in Chicago and Baltimore.
When it comes to Oprah's Golden Globes speech, Miko thinks it was the "worst" speech she's ever heard, adding that Oprah's mention of Recy Taylor was deplorable. To hear more, hit the above video.
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In this clip, RJ gave his take on Boosie claiming that rappers can't both rap and be gangster. RJ said that Boosie's assertion was correct but pushed back on it a bit by pointing out how the industry incentivizes attempting to be both. He said fans rarely understand that artists need to mature and that may mean ditching their gangster ways but the industry and fans don't always reward that.
RJ and DJ Vlad went on to discuss rappers operating like businesses instead of hopeful artists and some key moves to make in order to monetize their music.
No Panty a group formed by Hispanic rappers Joell Ortiz, Bodega Bamz, and Nitty Scott stopped by VladTV to talk their new project, working with Salaam Remi, how the group formed, and their Latino backgrounds. The group told Vlad that Salaam Remi reached out to Joell Ortiz who then reached out to Bodega Bamz. Bamz explained, "So I got a call one night feel me, from Joell Ortiz to tell me about an opportunity and he was telling me like yo listen Salaam Remi reached out to me. He's tired of the representation of Latinos in music, and he wants to bring a project forward to showcase that talent." Joell told Remi about Bamz, and they set up a studio session, and the rest was history.
The trio also spoke about how they all are of Puerto Rican decent, but don't tend to incorporate Spanish in their raps. The project was initially for the Puerto Rican day parade before the group went down to Miami to record with Remi. Vlad asked the group if they felt it was a coincidence that Remi had a hand in all of the Fugees hits, and now their group is formed in the same fashion being two guys and a girl, and the group had plenty to say. " I think it is; I think it's a coincidence. But it's also a very divine like how things come full circle because he hand picked us you know for what we would bring to the records, but I don't think it was like, I'mma recreate the Fugees," Nitty expressed to Vlad.
So why the name No Panty? The group joked it was because Salaam Remi is a "freaky ass n**ga," but it was a random name that they chose to stick with. "He had mentioned he wanted to create a party in the city and call it No Panty Thursdays... I guess we took on the shape of that party through the music...so when you looking for the Spanish spot to go to it's us. Plus when No Panty also means you get right to it, and that's what I feel we did on this project, got right to it."
Check out the clip above.
The journey AR-Ab took to sign to Cash Money was a long and treacherous one of many. Both he and Dark Lo faced some serious hurdles before AR's deal with Birdman. In 2010, AR was fighting a gun and drug case simultaneously, and though he felt the gun case was going to put him behind bars, he was actually found guilty for the crack case and faced 3-6 years. Dark Lo says the team was crushed, but they maintained such a tight-knit circle that they held OBH down until his return. "You can't imagine the state everybody was in. Later that night, I went to the studio, and I'm talking about that's when I knew how much power I had." AR explained, "Everybody was in there ready to cry. When I say everybody was ready to cry, we [are] talking about killers."
For AR, the sentence came right after his mother and grandmother's death, and he says he had to start his prison date the day after his brother was released after serving 9-years upstate. To make matters worse, AR says he was shot several times as well. "It was a crazy time, I just got shot, I got shot three times, then I got shot ten times five months after that, then five months after that my grandmom died, then a month after that my mom died."
Further into the conversation, Dark Lo and AR-Ab talked about jail & gun culture being normal in Philadelphia, and why he left his strict, religious household for the street life at 15.
Young MC Cash Kidd introduces himself to VladTV with a discussion about his upbringing in Detroit, his days as a football player, and how he started rapping as a hobby. Cash Kidd goes on to describe his first mixtape "Bebe Kid," and the early success of one of his songs, "On My Mama," which garnered over 7 million views on YouTube. Watch abo