Interview: Drique London

I recently got on the call with NC lyricist Drique London. The Queens influenced artist described the variety of funk out in his home city Raleigh and the new EP Payton & Kemp. The project is mostly backed by U’Nique Music’s smooth soulful beats, giving you a glimpse into the rapper’s background and influences. Check the interview and here Drique’s take on the state of HipHop and more. Peace!!!!

Download the Payton and Kemp EP


Interview: Dave Zirin

I recently caught up with sports journalist Dave Zirin on the week of his latest released book, Game Over: How Politics has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. He’s the sports editor for The Nation, runs his own blog Edge of Sports, in addition to his many books about the politics of Muhammad Ali and John Carlos, and a ton of other topics where “sports and politics collide.” What I attempt to do on my show is an intersection of HipHop and politics so I asked Dave Zirin about how HipHop has influenced his career. He answered by telling me stories of seeing Common perform in the Chi in 1994, kickin it on the block with Tribe and the legacy of political and social defiance. The new book looks at how our favorite sports teams are the mask that disguises some crazy political corruption and deceit. Check this interview then cop the new book, Game Over.

Interview: Soul Khan, Wellstone EP

My first convo with Soul Khan has been collecting dust and realized I better throw it up here. Last March we spoke on the release day of his EP Welstone, named after the late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, who was an icon to many for his progressive politics and solidarity with working class people.

On December 11th 2012 Khan’s new EP, Psalm, is set to drop. I’ll be speaking to him about it on my show that same day (and I’ll be sure to get the interview up here son after). For now, check out this interview and go download the Wellstone EP!

Interview: Carlos Miller, Not Guilty!

Back in the summer we spoke with Carlos Miller, a Miami based photo-journalist and civil rights activist. He is most well known for documenting 1st Amendment violations by police officers, particularly their habit of illegally confiscating cameras from innocent bystanders.

This happens time and time again in our country and last year Carlos was singled out by Miami Dade police when he was covering an Occupy demonstration near government center, downtown. We discussed this case in our first conversation. Well, a few weeks ago Carlos was found not guilty of the charges laid on him by an apparently malicious Miami PD officer. I caught up with him to get some of the details and ask about the implications of this victory. Also, check out some of the footage from the trial: the accusing cop gets caught in a lie; and the defense’s surprise witness.

Interview: Homeboy Sandman

If you already know of Homeboy Sandman, then you know about his unique, kinda strange personality. You know about the funny ways he describes everyday life. You know about his diverse repertoire of flows. And you may know that some of the dopest flows homie has ever kicked weren’t even on a record: they were for Huffington Post. That’s right, Homeboy can mix it up with the best journalists and public intellectuals in the biz too.

In this interview, the NYC lyricist discussed his Pop’s unique career paths, switching from skilled boxer to successful lawyer and how that influenced his life. I also ask him about issues like this, this and this, which Homeboy has written about for Huffington Post. Sandman really dropped some jewels on this one, putting his unique perspective on issues like politics, trends in popular HipHop and more. Be warned, this shit is definitely Bigger Than…

Interview: Miami’s Sekajipo Genes

Back in June the Liberian born, Miami raised MC and songwriter Sekajipo came through the studio to discuss his music and his work with the organization Preserving Archiving and Teaching HipHop (PATH), which offers workshops and programs for kids to learn the history and elements of this culture.

Brother Ali: Mourning In America and Dreaming in Color

HipHop heads and street intellectuals rejoice!

Brother Ali drops his latest project, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color today September 18th! Tune in to Fire for the People on Radiate FM at 4pm EST for our conversation with the rap-activist heavyweight! In the meantime, check out these joints off the project, then go buy it! Yeah, for real, GO BUY IT!

4th King

Mourning in America

Stop the Press

Numonics at it Again!

The South Florida beatsmith Numonics blesses fans with yet another project in a year the producer promises to release 10 albums! This time around on the Finona Apple Project, he’s remixed 5 tracks and blessed the songstress with his unique HipHop vision. Also check my interview with Reks and Numonics last July on the release day of Rebelutionary. If you haven’t heard this album yet, you’re missing out on some of the best social commentary in HipHop, some of the dopest beats and some killer flows!

Download Numonics: The Fiona Apple Project

Reks and Numonics Interview with DJ DISCourse:

Playlist- 8/28/12

Today on Fire for the People, we played all these jams:

Stay tuned for the archived episode and if you are feelin any of these joints, by all means hit up the web and buy and/or download them all!

Longshot- Lazy Dayz
Bodega Brovas- Now or Never
DJ Nu-Mark- Our Generation
Yirim Seck- Crescendo
Gensu Dean- Wantchu
Purpose and Confidence- Vision of Excellence
Brother Ali- 4th King
Murs, Fashawn- Slash Gordon
Dysfunkshunal Familee- Run Around
Tanya Morgan- Whatever Thats Mine
BPos- Unite Tonight
Reks, Numonics- Unlearn
Ron Artiste (Roc C and Chali 2na)- Ron’s Theme
JR & PH7 ft Sean Price, Skyzoo- Until Its All Said and Done
Gliffics- Burgundy Walls
Action Bronson- Cocoa Butter
Do Dat- Ruby Ebony Ivory
Rashad and Confidence- Days of My Youth
Harn SOlo- The Grind
Mally and SUndance Kid- Take Off
Kendrick Lamar- Swimming Pools
Open Mike Eagle- Freewriting Exercise
Gotham Green, Quickie Mart- Everything
Fleeta Partee- DIRTYRUGZ
Nitty Scott, MC- Work (grustlin)