Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson recently linked up with Q-Tip at New York’s Barclays Center for an exclusive interview before he hit the stage later that night on the latest episode of “The Truth”. Tip opened up about his excitement for being able to perform on the Yeezus Tour with Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest’s last days as a group and the evolution of his music and lyrics. The Hip Hop veteran also addressed Tribe’s classic album, Midnight Marauders, collaborating with Busta Rhymes on his new single “Thank You,” producing Kanye West’s 2014 album with Rick Rubin, his new solo album, The Last Zulu, and much more.
Elliott Wilson is back with a new episode of his Life+Times web series and this time Wilson catches up with Miami big shot DJ Khaled. Watch as Khaled speaks highly of his new Suffering From Success LP and explains that he’s been consistent with delivering nothing but hot anthems to fans summer after summer. The DJ-producer continues with addressing the recent public backlash he’s received from fans who feel a certain way about his latest single, “I Feel Like Pac/I Feel Like Biggie,” which makes reference to both rap legends. Downplaying the reaction from fans, Khaled tells Wilson that fans need to use their intelligence and listen to the words as they are only paying homage to two of Hip Hop’s greatest acts. DJ Khaled also addresses his special relationship with Rick Ross and gives insight behind the significance of his album title.
Interviewer Elliott Wilson sits down with New York’s JAY Z at Yankee Stadium for a candid one-on-one sit down as the two discuss a number of topics. In part one, Wilson credits Hov with popularizing the New York Yankee fitted hat and asks JAY Z to share his thoughts on performing in Yankee Stadium alongside Justin Timberlake for his Legends of Summer Tour. At one point in the interview Jay also reassures fans that he has no ego and loves collaborating with other talent in order to create special moments in music. Hov also shares an early conversation he had with Rick Rubin on “Holy Grail” and deciding to remove The-Dream off the track and replacing his vocals with Justin Timberlake’s. JAY Z also speaks on his love for art and his belief that the creative outlet runs parallel with music. Wilson also discusses with Jigga his longtime desire to change music industry standards since taking his previous position as Def Jam president.