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The Return Of Bomani Jones Episode

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The good homie talks how he ended up at ESPN2, his 30 for 30 doc ‘Rand University’, racism in Miami, the Charlemagne and Ma$e encounter from a few weeks more, Artie Lange’s recent meltdown, whether Lord Jamar is the Pras of Brand Nubian, Big KRIT and more. This one here is all types of hilarious. So glad to see Bomani shining and #winning.

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The Return Of Troi “Star” Torain Episode

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Star wants to end police brutality. Star is speaking out against domestic violence. Star wants to contribute more to society. In his return to the Combat Jack Show, Troi “Star” Torain gives us a completely unexpected and very candid interview as to what he wants the next chapter of his life to be and how he wants to better the world. He also shares why Damon Dash hasn’t gone crazy, what stopped him from smacking Ebro Darden and why he feels Funk Master Flex is the most stand up guy in the Hot 97 building. Has Star gone totally conscious on us? Is this a kindler, gentler Star than we’ve ever heard before? Press play and be illuminated.

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The Kevin Liles Episode

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You want to hear a great story, or stories? You want to be inspired? You want to learn what it takes to be a success? Kevin Liles blessed us with so much, behind the scenes of Def Jam, working with Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen, the deaths of Biggie, Tupac, Jam Master Jay and Chris Lighty, stories of DMX, Jay Z, Red and Meth and so much more. If you’re not ready to conquer the world after listening to this episode, you gotta check your pulse.

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The Jermaine Dupri Episode (Live From Tree Sound Studios)

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JD’s Hip Hop pedigree is so official. 30 plus years of history here. Who else can wax so poetically about the 1980’s Fresh Fest, Kriss Kross, Jay Z and the acension of the South musically? This live episode recorded at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, Georgia was so official. Plus, Mr. Dupri opens up about his relationship with Janet Jackson. This is a guaranteed So So Def episode. #Salutes to Groove Chambers and Mali Hunter for making this happen.

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The Live From A3C with 9th Wonder Episode

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Live from Atlanta, at the tenth anniversary of the #A3c Music Festival, we finally caught up with producer and Harvard scholar 9th Wonder where he share his incredible story about leading a scene in North Carolina with the incredible Little Brother crew to not giving Jay Z a track he had for his own group. The breakup with Phonte and Big Rapper Pooh, making hits for Destiny’s Child and why he’s going so hard for his Jamla Records premier artist Rapsody, and of course, his journey in becoming a professor at Harvard University. This was truly an honor building with 9th and I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

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The Ryan Leslie Episode

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Ryan Leslie wants you to respect him as a rapper, on top of his talents as a singer/songwriter and producer. And he doesn’t care if you think he fell off. Listen to how he makes way more money than you. How he’s heavy in the tech world, and how he does concerts in castles and such. Also, hear the most in-depth walk through of the Diddy Cassie situation.

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The Big K.R.I.T. Episode

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King Remembered In Time makes his second Combat Jack Show appearance. On the eve of his 2nd Def Jam album ‘Cadillactica’, which drops November 11, 2014, K.R.I.T. talks about his growth as an artist, surviving his debut album “tanking”, touring with Macklemore, separating his professional and private life, being called out on Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” and why he’s about to shake up the game as he claims the south as his kingdom. This time around, I’m doubling down on this Mississippi native.

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The April Walker and Carl Banks Episode

 

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Here’s a special episode from the Combat Jack vault featuring April Walker, pioneer urban/street wear designer of iconic Walker Wear label and two time Super Bowl champion Carl Banks. Beyond football and being a sports analyst, Carl Banks is heavily involved in attire owning the Starter brand. We talk a bit about Ray Rice, coming up in the fashion game, their relationship and more.

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The John Forte Episode

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How does one go from Brownsville, Phillips Exeter Academy, NYU, Lauryn, Wyclef, ‘The Score’, ‘The Carnival’ to prison? How does one get pardoned by George Bush? And how does one find redemption and true freedom afterwards? John Forte tells us his entire journey and where he is now.

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The Ice T Episode

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Ice T’s been around for a while and came through the show to share his journey from the death of his parents in New Jersey to encountering gang culture in Los Angeles. From drugs to robberies to rapping to a record deal. A step by step of how the Body Count song “Cop Killer” changed his whole life, and how he and Coco (she’s here too) managed to keep their marriage alive. There’s a whole lot here. Ice T, uncensored.

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The Stalley Episode

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Ohio’s first son (other than Lebron) talks Rick Ross, MMG and the role he plays. His come up days with Dame Dash, Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa, the day Mos Def “discovered” him, how he might could be more Brooklyn than you and more. What is one of today’s most slept on rappers plan on making an impact with his debut album ‘Ohio’ dropping on October 28th? Go ahead and press play.

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Combat Jack and Francis Chiser Present ‘PG-14, A Tribute To Larry Levan Circa 1986 – 1987′

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If you know me, you know I’m a Paradise Garage head, and if you really know New York City, you’ll know that the Paradise Garage was the GOAT New York night club.

Maestro Larry Levan spun magic weekly and house music has never been the same. For years I’ve searched for a classic sounding Paradise Garage mixtape circa 1985 – 1987, arguably the club’s best years before it closed its doors in 1987. Frustrated, I settled for never getting my hands on such a tape.

A few weeks ago, friend and Internets colleague Francis Chiser asked me if I’d be down to curate a Garage tape that would capture the magic of the club’s ’85 – ’87 heyday. Jumping in, I wanted to make sure we featured music that I personally heard Larry play as he slayed. Francis and I vetted through hundreds of songs that got touched by Larry.

Weeks later, we proudly present to you ‘PG – 14, A Tribute To Larry Levan Circa ’85 – 87′. Listen to this as a 3 hour time capsule reflecting a very special time in my life and in New York underground culture.

A heartfelt thank you to Francis Chiser who, in recruiting me, helped me relive the some of the best times of my youth. Thanks also to the ever reliable Theotis Jones for his artwork capturing the retro gritty look of mid NYC iconography.

Enough. Press download and Jack your body.

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1. Taana Gardner – Heartbeat
2. Linda Clifford – Runaway Love
3. Womack & Womack – I’m Scared of You
4. Gwen Guthrie – Aint Nothin Goin On But The Rent
5. Touch – Without You
6. NYC Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait
7. The Clash – The Magnificent Seven
8. Diane Ross – Love Hangover
9. Grace Jones – Pull Up The Bumper
10. The It – Donnie
11. Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
12. Liz Torres – Can’t Get Enough
13. ESG – Moody
14. Ten City – Devotion
15. Jungle Wonz – The Jungle
16. Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face?
17. Inner Life – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
18. Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend
19. First Choice – Double Cross
20. Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It
21. Jungle Wonz – Time Marches On
22. Fingers Inc. – Mystery of Love
23. Raze – Break 4 Love
24. Third World – Now That We Found Love
25. Chip E – Life This
26. Jeanette “JT” Thomas – Shake Your Body
27. Steve “Silk” Hurley – Jack Your Body
28. Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body
29. Ralph Rosario – You Used to Hold Me
30. Frankie Knuckles feat Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride
31. Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle
32. Roy Ayers – Running Away
33. Cyamnde – Bra
34.  First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder
35. Joubert Singers – Stand On the World
36. Stevie Wonder – All I Do

Combat Jack & Francis Chiser present “PG-14: A tribute to Larry Levan” by Francis Chiser on Mixcloud

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The Kevin Gates Episode

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Man, this has got to be one of the most unique interviews ever conducted on this show. It’s also one I throughly enjoyed. Go ahead and press play.

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The Jeezy Episode

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On the eve of the release of ‘Seen It All‘, his 5th studio album, Jeezy shared his growth as an artist, what the word “leadership” means to him, his experience at Ferguson, St. Louis, moving from being a street cat to a responsible role model, his relationship with Jay Z, his thoughts on Sean “Diddy” Combs and why he’s feeling so happy these days. It’s no more “Young”, it’s now Mr. Jeezy.

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The Corey “Life” Pegues ‘From The Streets To The Beat” Episode

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Retired NYPD Deputy Inspector Corey “Life” Pegues’ life is a movie. No cliche. Growing up as a young gun in the crack riddled NYC borough of Queens, Life was one of the best soldiers of the legendary and most notorious Supreme Team street gang. Life talks his introduction to crack, the gun fights and the murders, and the moment he decided it was time to join the biggest gang in NYC, the NYPD. Listen as he takes us through the Dinkens to Giuliani to Bloomberg regimes, what Stop and Frisk really is, and what the fvck is really going on with the war that the police across the nation has seemingly declared against the nation’s people of color. We also get some expert analysis on The Abner Louima, Sean Bell, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo and Michael Brown cases.

Bonus: Dallas Penn, fresh off his honeymoon, stops by like if he never left.

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The Cormega ‘Mega Philosophy’ Episode

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In this age of tweaking, thots, wanton capitalism, violence and outsiders dictating what our culture is, QB veteran Cormega and legend Large Professor drop their brilliant ‘Mega Philosophy’ album. Cormega walks us through this classic, track by track. Go ‘head and press play/ dl.

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The Ben Baller and Boaz Episode

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Mr. Ben Yang has a lot to say. About a lot of people. And he got it off his chest. Ya’ll been clamoring for a West Coast guest? Here it is. Baller has stories for days. Suge Knight, Dr. Dre., Tupac Shakur, Death Row, Denzel Washington, Aftermath. He’s even got some Dame Dash and Jay Z stories. From record man to jeweler to the stars, dude doesn’t disappoint.

We also had up and coming Pittsburgh rapper Boaz come through and talk about being signed to Rostrum Records, going on tour with Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Kendrick Lamar, and how he’ll smoke Mr. Khalifa way tf under the table.

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The Chuck D Episode feat. Keith Shocklee

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Internets, this is such an honor.

It’s been  few years of me trying to get the legendary Chuck D on The Combat Jack Show. It took current events, plus the Freddie Foxxx episode to make this happen (thank you Bumpy!). How do I even describe this 3 hour long discussion with Chuck D and Keith Shocklee? Def Jam, Hot 97, Dr. Dre, N.W.A., Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Marley Marl, Flavor Flav, Eric B and Rakim, COINTELPRO, Run-DMC, the Bomb Squad, the dearth of diversity on rap radio… so much knowledge.

What I’m walking away with is how we have the power to control how we’re perceived in this culture. And how we have to stop making excuses. Now. Ladies and gents, we present to you, the Episode Without A Pause.

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The Common Episode

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90 minutes wasn’t enough time. On the eve of releasing his tenth album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’, Common revisits his days growing up in Chicago, being inspired by Michael Jordan, house music, Chicago mayor Harold Washington, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and how this album addresses the current plight of black on black crime in the windy city. Also, what it means to reunite with No I.D., being haunted by the ghost of Emmett Til and the very real and deep mystical powers of the phenomena known as “Badu Box”. So much wasn’t covered, 90 minutes wasn’t enough, but you won’t hear this type of Common interview anywhere else on the planet.

‘Nobody’s Smiling’ hits store on July 22nd.

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The Pete Rock Episode

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From Run-DMC to Kanye West, Soul Brother No. 1 been the go to guy to to make classic material. On top of that, how many countless producers he inspired, from legends like J Dilla and Kanye West to innovators like Madlib? #NeverForget the rap giants he helped birth, like NaS, and the Notorious B.I.G. Pete talks being raised by mentor/family member, the late, great Heavy D, and being encouraged to rap by Grand Puba, the true soul that went into producing “They Reminisce Over You”, and the uncredited classic hits you know but didn’t know was a Pete Rock production. Another session of Rap History is in effect, pull up a seat and  learn about your culture.

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The Freddie Foxxx Episode

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Bumpy Knuckles stopped by to share his storied history with us. The depth of his relationship with Tupac Shakur. How Pete Rock saved his life. His deep relationship with NaS. How Chuck D literally had his life on the line for this culture. Another Steve Stoute story. And why, even though the rumors about him being the toughest guy in Hip Hop is exaggerated, no one should ever step to him in any club, even if they’re holding a sharpened weapon. I love this interview. We’re back to what we do, no hype, no shenanigans, no CEO beef, no industry shakedown, just the greatest rap stories you’ve never heard. Now go press download.

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The Joie Manda Episode

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Who is Joie Manda? Why is his name being mentioned so much these days? Is he a “culture vulture”? How did he get to be a representative of Black music? For someone who hasn’t done a lot of public speaking, he speaks a great deal about these questions and more on this one.

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The Return of Damon Dash Episode

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Damon Dash is making noise. Noise inspiring to some and uncomfortable to others. No punches pulled, shots most definitely fired. Everybody gets hit. Let’s go.

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The Vashtie Episode

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Vashtie Kola is perfect. How do you interview someone with no flaws? We were fortunate to squeeze out the not so perfect aspects of her life, where she grew up, the disfunction she experienced in her life, and what drove her to perfection, as well as her quirks and her discomfort about discussing past love Pharrell Williams. In a most intimate interview, we get what makes Vashtie so great.

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