If you’re a fan of Howard Stern, you know about King Of All Blacks. He stopped by to talk about his relationship with Stern going back to 1987, the status of his Sirius XM 101 Black on Black Show, how he came up as a fancy negro and whether or not he plays a minstrel role on the Stern Show. Brothers Eric and Jeff Rosenthal of Its The Real Fame talk about their first rap mixtape ‘Urbane Outfitters” with DJ Drama… I didn’t know they could really rap. ‘Urbane Outfitters, Vol. 1″ is out now!
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Crustified Dibbs breaks down why Eminem took his spot, why he jerked Attorney Reggie Osse out of $10,000, the time the Notorious B.I.G. smacked the schitt out of his man, how it was nothing for him to grow up with murderers and killers in his home, how he went from being the most wanted emcee to no one returning his calls, who at Jive Records is a Fuckyberg, how minor leagues money is better than the major leagues and why he remains one of the most respected lyricists in the game.
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This week, we welcome the Super Thug aka N.O.R.E. and get to the bottom of the long standing “beef” between P.A.P.I. and “super attorney” Reggie Ossé. Noreaga speaks on his history with Mobb Deep, Notorious B.I.G., Tragedy, Capone, Chris Lighty and other rap luminaries. Plus, Nore tells us about his trip to the fat farm to visit the late, great Big Pun. Get ready for Combat!!!
Sak passe Internets!!! This week, Grammy award winning and former Haitian presidential candidate Wyclef Jean sets the record straight about the #YELE charity organization accusations, the Ducati and pum pum shorts incident, intmate music making moments with Lauryn Hill, carrying Haiti on his back. the legacy of the Fugees and drops a freestyle that you’ll need Rosetta Stone to decipher through. Please remember, it’s #YELE not #YOLO!
The “People’s Choice”, DJ Envy stops by to talk about his role as the devil’s advocate on the Breakfast Club, his recent admission of infidelity to his wife, how other dj’s ain’t playing right, getting a gun pulled on him by Nas, and tells us his strategy to “kill a muthafucker breathin’”. We also get a call from The Boondocks TV series character Uncle Ruckus, who asks us for a handout and waxes poetic on the day’s race-related hot topics.
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In her most in-depth interview ever, Love and Hip-Hop creator Mona Scott-Young discusses the passing of her former Violator Management partner and friend Chris Lighty; addresses the criticisms of Love & Hip-Hop head on; talks about when rap stars like LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes were real larger than life stars and how she’d really like to work with Maino. We went Hollywood on this one.
Star and Buc Wild. Couldn’t control these cats, even with Dallas Penn on deck. In a rare interview, Star shared his past, how he was an actual street pimp in New York City in the early 1980′s, how he went to war with a handgun against a Dominican chick armed with and uzi and got sprayed up, his cocaine and mescaline fueled days, how he pimped MTV, Hot 97 and Power 105, why he has no issue with Big Tigger, how he’s never been impressed with Howard Stern, his love for DJ Vlad, what his hate is really about, how he doesn’t know who the fuck Just Blaze is, how someone who doesn’t fux with Hip Hop became a Hip Hop icon and more. This was too much. Dig in my cousin.
It’s the Box That Rocks! Ralph McDaniels, founder of the seminal Video Music Box talks thirty years of history. Highlights include how Big Daddy Kane shot someone causing him to miss “The Symphony” video shoot, how we wasn’t fucking with Mr. Magic at first, gunplay at NaS’s “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” video shoot, running with a young and grimy Russell Simmons, allowing a young Jay-Z to play hype man for the Notorious B.I.G. and how really good he is in these streets. This is #RapHistoryMonth b. #Newmanati.
Pusha T discusses the differences in working with The Neptunes and Kanye, why Big Daddy Kane > Rakim, how Big Sean is really a problem within the G.O.O.D Music camp, why rappers like Rick Ross can’t ever really get away from the streets, how he can’t ever be right with Consequence, how he threw a shot at Combat, the possible name for the next Clipse album and more.
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Due to popular demand (and a last minute cancellation by Brooklyn’s own Joey BadA$$ and Dyme-A-Duzin) there were no special guests on this week’s show—but we did get to have the Cheat Code Just Blaze call in to talk about his current smash hit “Higher” with Baauer, Dallas Penn recapped his LoEnd Theory event, we got to interview two new potential interns and delivered a hilarious prank call to Premium Pete’s aunt, in which the cable company encourages her to start watching BET. Plus, DJ Benhameen continues to kill with his mixes. It don’t ever stop. #Nemanati!
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Raekwon stopped by to drop some Lost Jewels on the crew as we tried to cram 20 years of rich history into one show. We talked about his love for house music, what makes him and Ghost stand out from the rest of the clan, living under the Rza dictatorship, how he made the Ralph Lauren Snow Beach ‘Lo piece a classic and what his name is via the Wu-Tang Name Generator. The Chef also drops a few bars on beats supplied by Just Blaze. Verbal intercourse indeed.
New York Times Pop Culture critic Jon Caramanica helped us kick off 2013 as he talks about his journey to the Grey Lady, how artists like Rick Ross are able to survive in Hip Hop’s “post truth” era, how Chief Keef is just as important to the culture as your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper and more. We’re back. Newmanati!
2012 was a great year for The Combat Jack Show. When Premium Pete’s assist yielded Bun B as our first guest last January, the pressure was on to deliver great guests, quality interviews and dope content. Week after week.
Week after week, we sent out tweets, dm’s, emails, texts and phone calls to cats we felt would keep the momentum going. Personally, I was looking to interview individuals that not only expanded the general boundaries of what we call Hip Hop culture, but also provide compelling stories. I wanted people that would mesh as well as clash with Dallas Penn and Pete, who was going to be the next #fuckyberg and who was #Newmanati. There were week’s when we had no one lined up, week’s cats we thought confirmed dropped out on the eleventh hour, week’s when cats just showed up and weeks when we would lock an “A” list talent on some timing, luck, hard work and magic shit.
Magic like when Cheat Code Just Blaze who was on a guest in December ’11 decided to join our team in April. Like when cats we fux with reached out and said they wanted to be on. Like how we hadn’t yet had a member of the Wu on and ended up connecting with the RZA. We and the RZA really connected b. I still can’t believe we did what we did this year. The magic never stopped.
It’s impossible to capture the very best of this year in one post, and with the limited time in which to compile a complete and comprehensive list, but Matt Raz and exec producer Chris Morrow did a helluva job pulling up some memorable moments. #Salute them. #Salute also to the team that made 2012 so special, Theotis Jones for the artwork and Showbills, SahBaun for his work on the website, executive producer Chris Morrow, Dwayne Crawford for production, Christina “Shoom” Issacs for additional production, Ken Gibbs, Jr. and his team on the incredible work on our videos, Alwayz Ambitious, Jerome and Renaldo, Alex Norman and PNC Radio, Peter Oasis, JasFly and Ny Delight. StandOut FT, Kelly, Akim, Chuma, Chi, Kai and Kara… if I forgot any one, please hit me and I’ll apologize and quickly add you to the list.
#Salutes to Dallas Penn, Premium Pete, Just Blaze, DJ Benhameen, A-King and Matt Raz. I have the best team money can’t buy.
And most importantly, #Salutes to you for creating this space ship. You could’ve been anywhere in the world but you’re here with us. Thank you.
Dream them dreams…
The Major Leagues vs the Minor Leagues. Program Director of New York’s famed radio station Hot 97 Ebro Darden comes on the Combat Jack Show after a heated Twitter exchange with CJ to discuss the current state of radio, wtf is up with its playlist, why certain records don’t get air play during primetime, why records by Trinidad James get love over New York City artists, what’s really going on with Hip Hop culture and an apology to Sean Price. #OccupyHot97 indeed.
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We switched it up a bit to sports talk with rising star Bomani Jones of ESPN and SB Nation fame. How he went from teaching at college, being a music writer, the image of the Black athlete in America, his run on terrestrial and satellite radio, how New York Knicks fans are “funny” and how to detect crazy from women online. We also got a surprise visit from Kazeem Famuyide of Hip Hop Wired and Rhymes and Dimes.
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Bun B x Freddie Gibbs x Despot… where do we even begin? From Freddie’s ESGN label and current relationship with Young Jeezy and CTE to Despot being a NYC club owner and the schit he has to deal with to Bun B flexing all professorial and having the show turn into a roundtable on race in New York versus the south. It’s bigger than rap. #Newmanati!
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- A third Elmo accuser has come forward who says he had sexual activity with the former Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash when the accuser was 16 years old. New accuser is writing book about ordeal. – http://gawker.com
- The half man of CBS sitcom 2 and a half men, Angus T Jones appeared in a video online following a reaffirmation of his Christian faith wherein he renounced the show, saying it fills viewers heads with filth and that television in general has a poor effect on the brain. - http://gawker.com
- A 23 year old London man made a mistake this Halloween when he accidentally gave out eight baggies of cocaine instead of the haribo candy he had in his other pocket. The kids were accompanied by their father, an off-duty cop. – http://www.guardian.co.uk
- 31 year old California man Russel Rodgers allegedly assaulted a 74 year old man in a burger king bathroom, slamming him in the face with the bathroom stall door, knocking him to the ground, and saying “This is what I do to old people” and adding “I did this to you because you’re old” before he left. – http://www.thesmokinggun.com
- A 52 year old Ohio woman known as the cleaning fairy was given 1 year of probation for breaking into a home, cleaning it, and leaving a $75 bill. – http://www.abc27.com
Moses Michael Levi walked us through that fateful night and talks about how he aimed at the shoulder meats and not the ceiling, his thoughts on the Israel/ Palestinian conflict, why he endorsed Mitt Romney, whether he’s having fun or not in life and why he doesn’t need therapy. It’s bigger than rap.
In preparation for his upcoming Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors album, Big Boi got ready for combat, reflecting on getting boo’d in NYC at the Source Awards, how OutKast influenced the Notorious B.I.G., the difference between creating an album with 3 Stacks and going dolo, the time someone passed him some laced weed and why he no longer freestyles on radio shows. We also get a surprise call from Gunplay as luxuriates in his time of house arrest.
Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors drops December 11th.
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- Mayor Bloomberg announced plans to ban food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat, sugar, or fiber content. - newyork.cbslocal.com
- 64 year old Henry Hamilton was found dead in his home last week alongside two empty prescription drug bottles and a living will which included the words “do not revive – fuck Obama”. -theroot.com
- The Bolivian City of El Alto has announced plans to amputate the hands of thieves and chemically castrate rapists as part of a new judicial system which will employ trained doctors to carry through with the judgements. - nydailynews.com
Amidst the hype surrounding their reported $15 million dollars and numerous e beefs (including one with our very own Dallas Penn) the Rap Genius posse stopped by to clear the air and share what they’re really about. And whether they’re the fuckybergs the Internets think they are. DP stayed swinging though. Who won in the end? You be the judge.
A week before the release of his highly anticipated album Mic Tyson, Sean Price and his Duck Down label’s president and co-founder Dru Ha stopped by the Combat Jack Show. Sean had an emergency and had to bounce as Dru walked us through close to 20 years of Boot Camp history, their alliance with Tupac, beef with The Notorious B.I.G., the definition of a truly independent record company, how Eminem got away and more. As he ran a real life one last year, Dru breaks down how his music run isn’t a race but a marathon. “Mic Tyson” hits the street October 30, 2012.
A3C 2012. DJ Drama welcomed us to Atlanta as we talked about his mixtape reign, how the game changed, rap beef and how his album ‘Quality Street Music’ heated up the Billboard charts. Killer Mike blew the audience away as he shared his story of his upbringing, his pops a cop and his moms a hustler, how he hooked up with El-P to create the already classic ‘R. A. P. Music’ album, and why it’s important that we all vote. Plus, some turntable wizardry by the Cheat Code Just Blaze. Welcome to Atlanta indeed.
On our centennial episode, Brooklyn’s own Fabolous took time out of his fabulous life to talk why he’s criminally underrated, his affinity for fine garments, the importance of maintaining a private life and whether he’s pro Knicks or Nets. Elliott Wilson dropped bombs as to why he’s the G.O.A.T., staying relevant, why Rap Radar should be number one in everyone’s list and his new project “The Truth” on Jay Z’s Life and Times YouTube channel. Keep it 100.
The First Elliott Wilson Episode (Oct. 15, 2010)
With tensions building during these past few months, due in part to the endless grind and the pressure to keep giving you that work, we decided to take a step back and have an outside person give us advice. Dr. Maya Pettiford sized up our personalities, what makes us tick, what sets us off and how we can continue to win. Reality radio doesn’t get realer.
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