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The Marley Marl Episode

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We mention others as being on GOAT super producer status, but I’m not hearing Marley Marl’s name. Which is criminal. Listen to how Marley literally changed the game and pushed the art form. Hear him talk about the discoveries of Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap. Learn about how he inadvertently produced his own dis track “The Bridge Is Over”, what happened to the Juice Crew, and more. After this episode, you’re guaranteed to acknowledge his place amongst the greatest whoever did it.

Also: DJ BenHaMeen’s Marley Marl Music Breaks

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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

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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’.

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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!

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The Return of Touré Episode

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MSNBC’s own Touré returned ready for combat. The convo was all over the place, from his new book “I would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became An Icon” to working with Nas on his upcoming autobiography, to Touré firing shots at the crew for labeling him the white one. Pete challenges Touré for being an a.s.s.h.o.l.e. and a poser. Who wins? Tune in and see, once again, Touré at his blackest. #Newmanati!. “I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became An Icon” available in stores now.

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The Damon Dash Episode

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This is the one you’ve been waiting for. Damon Dash talks Aaliyah, life without Jay Z, how he’s completely done with the music game, why he was an asshole to anyone who got in his way and why the kind of “broke” he is might be the best thing in the world. We also get some very tense moments as Just Blaze finally airs out why he didn’t eff with Dame.  Ya’ll truly ain’t ready for this dynasty thing.

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The Star and Buc Wild Episode

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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.

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Video: Raekwon Talks How Rza Ran The Wu Like A Dictatorship

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Raekwon discusses everything from the Wu-Tang structure and how RZA got the crew to fall in line, to the origins of The Purple Tape and his many aliases …

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Video: Raekwon Talks Why He and Ghostface Are The EPMD Of The Wu-Tang Clan

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Rae speaks on how Wu-Tang took a page from the book of the legendary Hit Squad team.

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The Combat Jack Show (1.23.13)

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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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The @Raekwon Episode

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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.

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The Jon Caramanica Episode

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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!

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The Combat Jack Show: The Best Of 2012

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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.

2013. Man.

Dream them dreams…

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Audio: Reality Check (Episode 17)

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17 episodes… and we are just getting started. Joe Budden breaks down the “Budden ranch” patiently waits for the edits from VH1’s highly anticipated Love & Hip-hop NY. Our dating series continues when we turn up Kei. Aside from classifying lesbians, bossing up on Just Blaze, drankin Jamison out of the bottle and coming out in 94; Kei chops it up on bagging bitches, women having bi-sexual tendencies. Nagressive is born with the collaboration of Just Blaze, Kei, and NY’s poor delivery and annunciation of aggressive. Shit gets wild this week. NY is now the pegged as the lesbian narcissist. Unwind, turn up but more importantly get familiar with Reality Check; the organic podcast sure to delight.

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The Ebro Darden Interview

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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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Video: The Rap Genius (@RapGenius) Episode, Part 1

After exchanging a few heated tweets with Dallas Penn, the crew from Rap Genius accepted an invitation to appear on The Combat Jack Show and explain their reason for creating the site that recently received a $15M infusion of VC funding and a nice write up in the NYT. Needless to say, this was one of those must have hip hop conversations.

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Video: The Dru Ha (@DruHa) Interview

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.

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Sean Price’s ‘Mic Tyson’ is available now.

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Reality Check (Episode 13)

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The organic podcast sure to delight is now dating; week 13 starts off with another diversity moment with producer Chris Marrow where we revisit Asian men and potential prospects. Props to Malibu Red for having us drunk on the first date with Brad. As you can imagine things got rapidly turnt when Brad gets placed on the hot seat about his likes, wants, interest, going the distance and cuffing season. Charlie Murphy makes a cameo appearance but NYdelight survives. Things get awkward with Just Blaze as he explains throat cheese, his ever changing avi’s and men with vaginas among others things. Jas and NY bond over similar interests and thoughts. Definitely another delightful installment of Reality Check!

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Audio: Gunplay (@GunplayMMG) Calls In To The Combat Jack Show

We got a surprise call from MMG’s very own Gunplay as he chills house arrest style. He talks about accountants cleaning up their offices, MILFs vs GILFs,  playing Black Ops and how he might could be the new millenium Old Dirty Bastard. Btw, Happy Birthday ODB!!!

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