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The PRhyme Episode feat. DJ Premier, Royce da 5’9″ and Adrian Younge

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We got DJ Premier, Royce da 5’9″ and Adrian Younge to sit in with us on this special in studio listening session of their album ‘PRhyme’, which is very dope. Hear what that have to say about this project.

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The LL Cool J Episode

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“In which 6 heads represent 5 years apiece to equal a 30 year career with aforementioned

heads forming the J that’s the last letter of Mr. Smith’s nom de guerre.”

We couldn’t end this year without having the G.O.A.T. on. How he survived an abusive upbringing, studied his craft with early rap pioneers in the same rap dojo with Kool G. Rap, becoming the foundation stone that became Def Jam, building with Queens’ street legends, battling this rapper, that rapper and Jay Z, why he didn’t sign management with Diddy, the “Accidental Racist” thing, flipping burglars in his castle and the victory of seeing his wife survive Cancer, its all here and more. From Hollis to Hollywood, this episode is most certainly blowticious. LL Cool J will forever remain hard as hell. Pause.

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The Raymond Santana “Central Park 5″ Episode

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Always wanted to rap to these brothers. Looking at all their interviews, all we get is the tragedy that was their experience. Raymond Santana shares how fun it was as a kid growing up in Harlem during the late 1980’s. Then the horror. And how he became a part of the “crime of the century”. And of course, his redemption and triumphs. With the recent epidemic of police on Black murders, this story of how 5 innocent children were rail roaded by #MyNYPD should be a reminder for us to always #StayWoke. This might be The Combat Jack Show’s proudest moment for 2014.

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The Rick Ross Episode

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Rick talks of growing up a die hard rap fan of some our lyrucal greats, his unappreciated skill as a song writer/ ghostwriter, his relationships with Jay Z and Diddy and the books he reads to keep his mind focused. Also, the some details of his #RossFit training regimen, his Wing Stop chicken empire and why he really instigated his beer with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson”. Stop being a munkey and press that download button, ya underdig?

Rick Ross’ album ‘Hood Billionaire’ is out now!

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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 Joaquin “Waah” Dean Ruff Ryders Episode

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You think you know the scope of the Ruff Ryders history? You heard all the stories about DMX, Eve, “The L.O.X.” Swizz Beats and the Def Jam takeover? Co-founder Joaquin “Waah” Dean takes the history back to the actual ground zero of Hip Hop with Kool Herc, to the legendary DMX vs Jay Z battle, to taking over the history and more. No shiny suits will be worn during the listening of this episode. Nothing but #BlockWork here b.

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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.

Support his Fuck The Police fundraising campaign here.

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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 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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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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