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The Combat Jack Show: The Pharoahe Monch Episode

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Pharoahe Monch has been a favorite MC of mine for a long time so it only makes sense that we deliver his best interview in existence. In support of his brilliant album ‘P.T.S.D.’ we had an in studio listening session as Monch gave us his most personal interview to date. Who knew he used to carry them blammers? Who knew he was fed a deadly drug cocktail that took him to the edge of insanity? Who knew he was a heavy DipSet fan? Or liked 2 Chainz? What other MC admits getting murked on his own song? I really enjoyed this session. I hope you do too. Stand the fuck up!

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The Combat Jack Show: The Scarface Episode

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Scarface lost 100 pounds. And we’re all over the place in this interview. He plays guitar, he talks drugs and depression and Pink Floyd, he talks about his time in prison, why his son went missing earlier this year, why Rick Ross is underrated and more. He does his best to avoid making controversial statements, but he just can’t help himself. This is Brad Jordan like you’ve never heard before.

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The “Nigger” Episode feat. Sean C. & L.V. and Hakim Green

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What’s in a word? Obviously a lot as far as “nigger” is concerned. The media and politicians say “ban it” but how impossible is it to make the world’s most dangerous word disappear from existence? And do we really know what it means? Hakim Green of Channel Live fame walks us through this black word’s history, it’s etymology, and explains why this word will never go away, and why we should embrace rather than shun it. Also, Sean C. and L.V. talk their musical history and why we should cop their new album ‘Loud Dreams’ for only $Free Ninety Nine here. My lips is like an oowop as I start to spray it.

The Combat Jack Show: The Jessica Rosenblum Episode

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You think you know the history of New York Hip Hop? You really don’t know Jack until you talk to Jessica Rosenblum. Hear her talk about her role in opening the downtown NYC nightlife scene to Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J. Listen as she shares about her role in making a then unknown Sean “Diddy” Combs into a household name. Learn as she walks us through what really happened that fateful night at the tragic CCNY event and why she wasn’t responsible. Marvel at how she decided to build Funk Master Flex into the brand that he is today. Take in her close and meaningful relationship with the late, great Chris Lighty. We only scratched the surface as to this woman’s integral role in contributing to this culture, but this episode’s lessons is an important and mostly overlooked in this thing we call rap. PLUS: Dallas Penn shares how he single handedly broke the Internets with his ingenious execution of Pologate.

The Combat Jack Show: The Russell Simmons Episode

russell-simmons-sb-loThe Godfather of this whole damb thing, Rush broke bread reflecting on his time as a gang member, small time drug dealer, how Hip Hop saved his life, why DJ Hollywood should be remembered in the rap history books, why Diddy is the man he his today, Rick Rubin, Lyor Cohen, Dame Dash, how he’s not hung up on the word “nigga”…. so much covered that we had to end it with a lesson in meditation, literally. I’ve seen a lot in my life, but I never thought I’d see the day when a real life rap yogi would be walking us down memory lane. Please run cop Russell’s new book “Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple” co-written by our very own Chris Morrow here.

The Combat Jack Show: The Sauce Money Episode

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One of my favorite interviews with one of the original Roc boys. Sauce talks growing up in the Marcy projects sandbox with childhood friend Jay Z, how Jay influenced him to start rapping. How he ghost wrote the Grammy winning “I’ll Be Missing You” for Diddy. He also gets personal about his struggle with weight loss, his issues with Jaz-O, how he was managed by Big Daddy Kane and why he stopped effin with Dame Dash. I also talk about why Steve Stoute might not be fuxin with me too tough these days. Whatevers.

The Combat Jack Show: The Lord Jamar Episode

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Lord Jamar talks Brand Nubian, the role that Grand Puba played and how the Nubians were able to create the classic ‘In God We Trust’ album. We also talk 5 Percenter history and where the nation is in 2014. Finally we tackle his controversial views on gays and whites in hip hop. It ain’t pretty and this is an official disclaimer that Lord Jamar’s views aren’t shared by The Combat Jack Show. But as always, we keep it #Newmanati.

The Combat Jack Show: The Cipha Sounds Episode

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This week, Cipha Sounds from Hot 97 and Juan Epstein dropped by and shared his history from being Lil Kim’s DJ to opening up for Funk Master Flex at the Tunnel. He also talks how he broke Rihanna, the change in NY rap radio, why he wishes he stayed on satellite radio and how’s he’s doing big things in Hollywood via his Take It Personal improv movement. Eff their podcast? Not this episode.

The Tech N9ne Episode

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Strange Music boss chopped it up about being drug free for 8 years, his relationship with Kendrick Lamar and T.D.E., his upcoming Independent Grind Tour, how he almost became a dance for MC Hammer, his relationship with Tupac, Lil Wayne, ghosts, witches, God and more. Learn and sizzle #Fuckybergs.

The Bobbito Garcia Episode Feat. Guest Host Jean Grae

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When I met Bobbito back in 1989, when we were both interns at Def Jam, I never imagined dude to be facing such an illustrious career. Basketball, official #Shoemanati, a&r, label owner, author, actor, filmmaker… we talk about the origins of MF DOOM, his history with kicks, memories of the legendary Stretch & Bobbito show, his documentary ‘Doin It In The Park’ … man this is too much. PLUS Jean Grae sits in as a guest co-host. Is she gonna be a permanent feature??? Tune in.

The Combat Jack Show: The Jeff Weiss Lost Episode

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As you might have heard, Shots Fired, the iconic LA podcast staring Jeff Weiss and MC Nocando, is the latest addition to the LoudSpeakers Podcast Network. A couple of months ago Combat and Premium sat down with Jeff, aka Passion of the Weiss, and chopped it up regarding his book “Tupac Vs Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle“, his podcast, whether white boys are running hip-hop journalism and insights into Jay’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’  album. Not to mention a walk down memory lane through the golden age of hip-hop blogs.

The Combat Jack Show: The Best Of 2013 Episode

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Happy New Year!!!! It’s a new year with new goals to achieve, new challenges to overcome. But before we move on, we absolutely have to look back at the greatness that was 2013. We had our #Newmanati operative Jonathan  Mena comb through hours of content to bring you some of the finest moments of The Combat Jack Show 2013. On behalf of the entire team, thank you all for making last year the magic that it was. Press the download button b, I’m out.

The Combat Jack Show: The Ebro Darden Episode, Part Deaux

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The Combat Jack show once again occupied the Hot 97 portal to break bread with our friend Ebro Darden of Hot 97 fame. You know every once and a while we gotta sit down with the head honcho to have “that” conversation. We talked NYC hip hop, the state of radio, his ever growing personality and more. Want to know if Hot 97 can be the home of The Combat Jack Show? Put down that daddy yak, grab some D’usse listen to this hardbody episode. #Newmanati

The Combat Jack Show: The Anil Dash Episode

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Entrepreneur, techie, writer and geek, we went with non rapper dude Anil Dash for this episode. I totally enjoyed where this one went, so many gems dropped about Silicon Valley, how we either create value or waste endless hours on social media, and of course, how the evils of racism affect who and how we interact with online. I knew we’d learn something but I had no clue this would be so fun. Throw on the headphones and learn b!

The Combat Jack Show: The Marc Ecko Episode

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Marc Ecko walks us through his extraordinary journey, how he came up from being a naive Hip Hop fan to becoming a household name, his run with Diddy, why Bobby Kondors has him scared to blow trees today, the Barry Bonds baseball thing, why the education system has him mad and why you should run cop his book ‘Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out’. He’s not Che Guevara with bling on, but he’s Complex.

Run cop ‘Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out’ here.

The Combat Jack Show: The Adam Mansbach and J.Period Episode

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New York Times bestselling author Adam Mansbach (Rage Is Back, Angry Black White Boy, Go The Fuck To Sleep) and mixtape dj and producer J.Period (March 9: B.I.G. Tribute, J.Period & NaS: Best of NaS) were this week’s guests where we chopped about being white and aware of white privilege, whether no graffiti on the NYC transit lines is a good or bad thing, Mansbach teaming up with Sam Jackson, J.Period becoming music supervisor to the Brooklyn Nets, whether there’s really hope for a true post-racial America and more. Smart talk, no filler. Let’s go.

The Combat Jack Show: The Big Daddy Kane Episode

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King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal. It’s not every day we get to sit with a legend. Kane goes deep with his history, what he thinks about Mr. Cee, how he produced the majority of ‘Long Live The Kane’ with no credits, how Doug E Fresh taught him how to rock the crowd, how some cats from The Juice Crew wasn’t fuxin with him, how he really wanted to battle KRS-One, what Madonna smells like, how he shopped a young Jay Z with no success, why he started wearing purple silks and such… This one is a marathon, but with Kane, ain’t no half steppin’.

The Combat Jack Show: The Return of Just Blaze Episode

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It’s been a hectic summer for the Cheat Code. Deals, touring, doing interviews with other radio shows and finding more creative ways to spending his money took Justin away from us for several episodes but he’s back! Just talks the real reason he’s not on MCHG, how them other radio shows butchered his interviews, his deal at Capitol, the MTV VMAs and a whole lotta other shit. Let’s go!

The Pastor Troy and Shaheem Reid Episode

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Shaheem Reid now of Life + Times fame tells us how he landed his recent Oprah Winfrey interview, how he’s become an a&r man without an office and how life is great after MTV. Pastor Troy has gone full movie director without the Kickstarter as he tells us about his upcoming ‘We Was Homeboys’ movie project. Plus, Dallas Penn is back!!!

The Spike Lee Episode

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Spike Lee talks about the controversy behind his Kickstarter campaign, the ills of gentrification in his beloved Brooklyn, his relationship with Mike Tyson, why Halle Berry is the actor he’s most proud of putting on, why he still hasn’t seen ‘Django Unchained’, his instrumental role in making Jordans the hottest sneaker ever made, what ever happened to Matty Rich, why Michael Jordan now wears mom jeans, how his movies (like his upcoming ‘Old Boy’) is getting bloodier, and a whole lot of other ish. It’s easy to take this man for granted, but looking at the impact he’s had on our culture, we gotta do the right thing and give Mars Blackmon his props.

Support Spike Lee’s Kickstarter for his new flick here.