SKYZOO INTERVIEW

Growing up just a block away from The Notorious B.I.G. watching him go from local kid to rap superstar, Skyzoo couldn’t help but dream big. He started making mixtapes in 2002, and in 2005, through a mutual friend, was introduced to Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder. The North Carolina native was won over by the upstart […]

GUILTY SIMPSON & KATALYST INTERVIEW

Detroit Rap royalty, Guilty Simpson and one of Australia’s finest producers, Katalyst have reunited for Guilty’s new album “Detroit’s Son” now out via Stones Throw Records. Grindin’ spoke to both artists to gain an insight on their working relationship and what inspires them to keep creating these pivotal pieces of realness that stand like pillars […]

ODDISEE INTERVIEW

Washington born and raised rapper Amir Mohamed el Khalifa aka Oddisee is clearly an articulate, intelligent and thought-provoking human being whose life mission is to be a witness and messenger. If you listen closely to his lyrical content, he speaks with fervent statements, questions truth(s) and accepts your own without judgement. An observer of art, […]

AVERAGE RAP BAND INTERVIEW

There’s no more @Peace, it’s true. Young, Gifted & Broke members Lui Tuiasau, Tom Scott and Dandruff Dicky have rearranged themselves into The Average Rap Band and if you’re gonna miss “Girl Songs”, well then go play “Girl Songs”. Regarding their new EP the “Stream Of Nonsensesness”, Lui and Tom have stressed in interviews that […]

FINALE INTERVIEW

Detroit’s Finale needed to live. Such a fundamental and basic idea often gets overlooked in the fast food mentality of popular culture. You can make music without something to say, but it rarely lasts. The records that stick with us are usually those with a deeper understanding of the complexities of life: every day choices […]

BROTHER ALI INTERVIEW

Brother Ali is a highly respected Hip Hop artist, speaker and activist from Minneapolis, MN. His decade long resume includes six critically acclaimed albums, mentorships with Iconic Hip Hop legends Chuck D and Rakim and performances on late night talk shows with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. He’s been the subject of Al-Jazeera and NPR […]

FASHAWN INTERVIEW

Before Nas signed Fashawn to his label the 26-year-old rapper from Fresno had quit rap. Nas obviously saw something big enough to weather criticism, which openly forecast the downfalls of signing a rapper already disheartened by the industry. Regardless, Nas called Fashawn one of the most underrated in the game and got to work, which […]

DIZZ1 INTERVIEW

“In Sickness & In Health” is the debut full-length from Dizz1 out now on Tru Thoughts. The deep and intrepid Hip Hop of the album has been previewed on two heavy EPs: 2014’s “Everyday Grind”, a red vinyl release featuring Aloe Blacc, Warrior Queen, Om’Mas K and “Get ‘Em Up”, which dropped on blue wax […]

MARK CULMER (MADINA) INTERVIEW

Mark Culmer has always had a passion for art and illustration which led him to study Fine Art, Graphics and Photography at Camberwell School of Art in London. He continued to develop his skills and design style after studying and in recent years felt the time was right to channel his efforts into developing his […]

RODNEY P INTERVIEW

Rodney P aka ‘Da Riddim Killa’ and probably more notably, the Godfather of British Hip Hop, was one part of UK rap group, London Posse. They were the first rap group from London to use their natural, native accents in their recorded music, ever. That was 1986. In 2015, ‘Da Riddim Killa’, who has West […]