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RAPstation Exclusive Interview: Shabazz Palaces

There’s a sense Tendai “Baba” Maraire takes music extremely seriously. As a seasoned musician who routinely tours with revered hip-hop trio Digable Planets, is the leader of the Chimurenga Renaissance project and makes up one-half of Shabazz Palaces, Baba’s intense focus as his hands hit the drums is captivating. Along with Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, his counterpart in Shabazz Palaces and co-founding MC of Digable Planets, Baba is preparing to release two new Shabazz albums on the same day — Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star and Quazarz Vs. The Jealous Machines. Both albums are available on July 14 via Sub Pop Records. Until those drop, two lead singles — “Shine A Light” and &ldqu

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RAPstation Exclusive Interview: Statik Selektah

Patrick Baril, better known as Statik Selektah, is on a roll. The 35-year-old DJ/producer recently signed a management deal with JAY-Z’s label, Roc Nation, and is currently working on albums with Nas and 2 Chainz. Before those drop, he’s got a solo record waiting in the wings as well. Titled 8, the album serves as the follow-up to 2015’s Lucky 7, which was supposed to be his last album, but like a moth to a flame, he couldn’t work in the studio for too long before he was itching to craft his own proje

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RAPstation Exclusive Interview Part II: G Perico

South Central Los Angeles G-Funk rapper G Perico is on a roll. After dropping his most recent project, All Blue, the Jheri curl-sporting artist is focused on continuing his winning streak, which includes The Fader naming him one of L.A.’s “most promising” new voices in rap. In Part I of the RAPstation interview, the 29-year-old opened up about his gang affiliation, how his life has changed and (of course) his hairstyle. In Part II, he talks about growing up, his ultimate goals and how he’s been working on his autograph.  

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RAPstation Exclusive Interview Pt. I: G Perico

Hailing from the rough streets of South Central Los Angeles, burgeoning artist G Perico really saw music as his only salvation. At 29 years old, the Jheri curl-sporting G-Funk rapper is finally getting noticed by not only his peers, but also industry tastemakers. From his 2015 breakout single “G-Shit” to his latest album, All Blue, he doesn’t shy away from his gang affiliation and stays true to exactly who he is. While Perico’s music is in the same vein as gangster rappers like Eazy-E, N.W.A, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg, he manages to put his own unique spin on the G-funk sound, and give it a freshness perfectly suited for the new millennium. 

 

As he was dipping out of his ‘hood, Perico had some time to talk Jhe

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RAPstation Exclusive Interview: Erick "Jesus" Coomes

Erick “Jesus” Coomes, bassist for the funk band Lettuce and accomplished studio musician, graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the mid-90s. Since then, he’s carved out a staunch reputation as a gifted bass player and one of the most genuine dudes in the business. Before his set at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, where Lettuce was joined by special guests Ghostface Killah, J-Rocc of The Beat Junkies, The Meters’ George Porter, Jr. and Cyril Neville, Coomes opened up about his roots in the Hip Hop realm.

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RAPstation Exclusive Interview: Ric Wilson

Young burgeoning rapper and outspoken activist Ric Wilson is presumably on top of the world right now. He just released his new EP,Negrow Disco, earlier this week and recently dropped the song “Hang Loose” featuring an intro from Chuck D. Comprised of four tracks, Negrow Disco is dubbed as a tribute to the legends of dance music, a concept that was sparked by a conversation with an elder at a barbershop. Elements of house, hip-hop, and modern pop all blend into one cohesive fabric, delivering Wilson’s signature sound. The Chicago native had a few moments to talk about growing up on the Southside, the most important message he wants to get across in his music and the first time he met the Public Enemy frontman. 

 

 

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