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.
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The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another episode with Jean Greasy. Our friend and liquor thief DonWill stops by. DJ BenHaMeen is back from Africa. A-King is still alive. Dallas Penn makes it to the studio. Good times, good talk.
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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.
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.
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Eff your holiday! We got with the YN ya’ll love to hate, his boss wife Danyel and his right hand that… you also love to hate. So much GREAT convo that I don’t even know where to begin. I don’t care about what ya’lls is ‘sposed to be doing with yer family an’ schitt for the holiday, just unwrap this episode, throw it on the headphones and don’t ever let them tell you Santa Claus doesn’t exist. The Black one. #NoDaysOff
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
Singer, songwriter,producer and artist Ty Dolla $ign stopped by TCJS and talked Toot It And Boot it, how he hasn’t sang about fisting chicks yet, and why he shouldn’t be compared to the Future or them other modern day crooners. And me Dallas and Pete continue talking our shit.
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!
Another Special A3C episode in which the legendary Bun B sits live on stage to discuss various topics, and in which DJ Maseo, the original Plug 3 from the legendary De La Soul crew gets pulled from the crowd and onto our stage to talk De La history, fatherhood, grandfatherhood, the differences between Hip Hop in 1988 and in 2013 and more.
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’.
It’s just us. Talking that us shit. No guest, no hurrah, just #Newmanati shop talk. Let’s go!
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!
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!!!
Gangsta Gibbs makes his third appearance as a guest host. We talk about his foray into Hollywood, why he has beef with Jadakiss, his upcoming album with Madlib and the time Michael Jackson visited Gary, Indiana. We also go into the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial. Jamal Jimoh of Nick Cannon fame also talks his 125 pound weight loss and what Dallas Penn, A-King and I need to do to live healthier. #HotOilWrestling
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The current king of Black people reality tv stopped by. He’s more than just a funny face. Stevie J takes us back to when he was down with Jodeci, Bad Boy, Eve, the Jacksons. Wait til you hear who smacked the shit out of who, why he thinks Madonna and barbiturates killed Devanté Swing’s career, and all the other things he experienced before LHHATL. This episode might end up in your top 5. It doesn’t stop Internets.
We’ve been trying to get this Hempstead, Long Island mc on our show for 3 years and we finally got him. Talk about history, from being a kid in Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad studio to rocking out with Busta Rhymes’ Flip Mode Squad, street hustling to going solo and dropping the Reloaded classic, this veteran ain’t no new jack, Jack. Marci also talks about being and exec and label co-owner, and why a whore’s clitoris tastes like porridge. Download and reload now!!!
NIKE, why did you have to do LIVESTRONG products dirty? DJ MARS breaks down the different club and party scenes in Atlanta, his footwear attire during his collegiate days, the prevalent Polo influence in his hometown Springfield, Massachusetts and living a ‘FRESH’ lifestyle.
Who got their hands on any Jordan retros restocked on Memorial Day weekend? New York rapper, Action Bronson talks about lineups for New Balance, the luxuries of performing worldwide, and Streetwear style that represents New York in the 90’s.