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Remember how I was talking about The Red Hot Chili Peppers new project? Welp, Flea gives us updates. Link:

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Stereogum scores the win with a One on One interview with Flea. Together, they go over the new album, Flea going to school and other general rocking the fuck out. Swipe: Read the rest of this entry »

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July 13, 2011 at 10:34 am

Come check out LaToiya Williams first In-depth Interview in a loooong while. Link:

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May 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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Nardwaur vs. Curren$y. Its the Greatest Continuing Interview of All Time.

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This is great. What happens when you team up one of the realest, honest rappers out there with one of the wildest, craziest, most informed journalist/interviewers/nerds of all time. If you missed their first epic interview at SXSW, get caught up with the first one..

…then watch the most recent interview in British Columbia, Canada.

I actually have the Cheech and Chong album he gets at the end.
Ill get a photo of that in a minute.

Meanwhile, enjoy the greateness.

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May 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm

The amazing @AdrienneWrites sits down with @IamAnitaBaker for a quick catch-up on The New Album.

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This is a really great short feature you should check out right quick. Ms. Adrienne had a chance to sit with Anita Baker and get some great basic info on what shes been up to, the new album and its features, and much more.

I’ll just go ahead and post up the photo, you can have all the fun. Thanks, For Anita Baker Fans.

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April 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Music Nerdery sits with Dee-1 to talk about "Hope They Hear Me: V.2." Interview and Links.

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So in between recording awesome punchlines, and hitting dates on Paid Dues, and finishing another mixtape for his fans to enjoy, Dee sat down with Music Nerdery again to give me a brief on the new album, and what he’s been up to.

Music Nerdery: Hey Dee. Thanks for indulging my Nerdery again; appreciate it.
First off, congratulations on the Newest Album “I Hope They Hear Me: v.2.” So let’s get straight into the Nerd Stuff. Tell me the goods: Who are your producers on this album, any guest appearances we should look out for, how many tracks are you hitting us with, ect.
Dee-1: So the album has 18 tracks. It features production from Mannie Fresh, Bass Heavy, Steve-O, 5th Child, Phurnace, Flight School, Cuzin Mike, Shamarr Allen, Muhammad Ayers, DJ Eagle Eye, Rockaway Productions, and Oscar Wild. Some of the guest appearances come from Murs, Mannie Fresh, Mickey Factz, and the legendary MAC (a former rapper with Master P’s No Limit Records who is currently serving a 30 year prison sentence for a murder he did not commit).

Music Nerdery: Damn. Thats harsh. We gotta get into that more a bit later. Man, “It’s My Turn” is an ill track. Do you have favorite tracks on the album? Anything that stands out for you.
Dee-1: Yep. I did about 50 songs for this album and had to narrow it down to 18, so I’m attached to every one of them. But today my favs are: “Uncle Tom,” “It’s My Turn,” “The Dog in Me,” “The One That Got Away,” and “Stranger.”

Music Nerdery: Yeah. Stranger is another stand out track. So what was the ideal, concept, mindset or theme behind this album when you started it. Was there a theme, or is this just you on your grind, making things happen?
Dee-1: The mindset was to put together an album that would solidify an undeniable spot for me as a new artist in this industry who is here to stay. I didn’t want to be known as the guy who got lucky and made the “Jay, 50, and, Weezy” song but didn’t have any good songs after that. So I went extra hard on this album because I had that chip on my shoulder.

Music Nerdery: I like the focus you have there. Well, with One Man Army on MTVJams now, you’ve avoided the one trick pony title. So that track you did with Murs is amazing. Can you tell me a bit about that and how this record came into existence?
Dee-1: Sure. “Ridin By Myself” was a song I had done already. I wrote it because I actually come up with some of my best ideas when I’m able to clear my mind and ride around the city by myself. Murs reached out to me after he heard “Jay, 50, and Weezy” and gave me props on it. Then I was out in San Francisco and he happened to be doing a show there that night. So I went to it and we kicked it afterwards. I knew he would sound great on this song so I asked him to get on it. Two days later he had it done!

Music Nerdery: Hah. Nice how that comes together. Thats business. Okay. So this is the point where you give me your list of Artists you would like to work with One Day. If you have one.
Dee-1: Nas. India Arie. Lil Wayne. DMX. Lupe Fiasco. Random, I know. But I’m open to any collaboration that would lead to something creative coming out in the end.

Music Nerdery: I see what you did there with that line up. Cant wait to see you do your thing at Paid Dues. Are you excited for it? How did you end up making it on their Line Up?
Dee-1: I’m absolutely amped up to be on the line-up for Paid Dues. I think I had a good 4th Quarter of 2010 and the staff just felt like I would be a good addition to the line-up. And on twitter I actually get A LOT of love from Cali, so I’m excited to be doing my first show out there.

Music Nerdery: So when are we gonna get an Official Album? Or are you just mixtapin it for the time being?
Dee-1: I’d like to put my next official album out after I sign to a major label. I think that will happen in 2011, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Either way, “I HOPE THEY HEAR ME VOL 2” is out now for free at dee1music.com and the grind isn’t stopping anytime soon. I wanna thank YOU (Ericka) for your continued support of me and my team.

Music Nerdery: No problem family. Easy to do when you make great music. Keep it up.

Make sure you’re following Dee-1 on twitter, and pick up the new mixtape today.

Esperanza Spalding's Pre-Grammy | Post-Grammy Interviews; Speaks on New Album, "Radio Music Society."

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Late to the party, but who cares. I still need to take some time to point out The first Jazz Musician to win Best New Artist Grammy. Amazing. If you haven’t seen this yet, take for 4 minutes of your life to get acquainted with the already legendary Esperanza Spalding. Her focus on education is constant and impressive; speaks on finishing NEW album, “RADIO Music Society.” This will be filled with awesome.

*Update: She also did a short interview with The Grammy Staff right before the show as well. #signs

Also, in short; because I refuse to go any more into it than this, but yeah.
This is just my honest opinion.

Fuck Justin Bieber, his Management Staff/Camp/Entourage, and his 7 million followers on twitter for their disgusting actions and reaction to his well deserved loss at the grammys. AND their actions towards that Selena Gomez kid too. His entire fanbase looks psychotic at this point, and is a direct reflection of EVERYTHING that is wrong with Music Culture, Appreciation and America in general.  If anyone didn’t let him know, your fans are a direct representative of YOU, you idiot. You had the power to tell those kids to lay off… instead, you CLEARLY instigated the situation. If you were reading the tweets at the time, you would have known about their incessant complaining, vandalizing of her wiki page and endless insults. You knew what you were doing.

I had respect for the little boy and his story, but after the reception of his fans and Esperanza’s story… It’s a wrap.

That is all.

Esperanza Spalding’s Pre-Grammy | Post-Grammy Interviews; Speaks on New Album, “Radio Music Society.”

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Late to the party, but who cares. I still need to take some time to point out The first Jazz Musician to win Best New Artist Grammy. Amazing. If you haven’t seen this yet, take for 4 minutes of your life to get acquainted with the already legendary Esperanza Spalding. Her focus on education is constant and impressive; speaks on finishing NEW album, “RADIO Music Society.” This will be filled with awesome.

*Update: She also did a short interview with The Grammy Staff right before the show as well. #signs

Also, in short; because I refuse to go any more into it than this, but yeah.
This is just my honest opinion.

Fuck Justin Bieber, his Management Staff/Camp/Entourage, and his 7 million followers on twitter for their disgusting actions and reaction to his well deserved loss at the grammys. AND their actions towards that Selena Gomez kid too. His entire fanbase looks psychotic at this point, and is a direct reflection of EVERYTHING that is wrong with Music Culture, Appreciation and America in general.  If anyone didn’t let him know, your fans are a direct representative of YOU, you idiot. You had the power to tell those kids to lay off… instead, you CLEARLY instigated the situation. If you were reading the tweets at the time, you would have known about their incessant complaining, vandalizing of her wiki page and endless insults. You knew what you were doing.

I had respect for the little boy and his story, but after the reception of his fans and Esperanza’s story… It’s a wrap.

That is all.

The Future Famous @ElleB_Music sat down with some friends for a quick interview on her Awesomeness. Video:

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Chillin hard somewhere in Asia somewhere. She won.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Elle’s voice and presence for a while. Along with being an overall understander and general winner at life, Miss Elle B is a USC educated, musically gifted, Raheem DeVaughn opening, Katy Perry backing superstar… Lauren is just an overall awesome person, morally aware human being and great friend. In between all of her jet setting back and forth with certain famous musicians, she sat down with Propaganda Champ for a quick interview as to what she’s up to. You should seriously watch this. I pick  nothing but winners.

I PICK AND HANG OUT WITH NOTHING LESS BUT WINNERS.

Pay attention now; she wont be small time for long.

The vimeo video is acting like it doesn’t want to be posted right now, so you guys click HERE to watch.

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February 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Music Nerdery Sits Down with Dee-1 for Some Great Times.

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“Ancestors of ours are screaming from the grave, Because physically we are free, but were still some Mental Slaves.
Ancestors of ours are SCREAMING from the grave… Because physically we’re free, but were still some Mental Slaves.”

Man. Talk about truthiness. Something that Hip Hop needs right now.

“Jay, 50 and Weezy.” Hip Hop at its best. It was basically this line, amongst many others in that video above us, that left me in total awe and on a mission to find out more about this overly talented MC named Dee-1. Born and raised in mighty New Orléans, this unsigned, independent artist is challenging your understanding of what real, quality hip hop can be. With intelligent lyrical content spit cleverly over hot beats that hold a southern flare, and a music video that is all over MTVJams right now… its only a matter of time before this kid hits the big leagues.

Word.

So in an attempt to shine some light on this intriguing individual, I spoke with Dee for a bit and got the basics on his life, his music and his plans for a successful future. You interested? Good. Me too. Keep reading.

Music Nerdery: Hey Dee. Thanks so much for taking time out your busy schedule to indulge my Music Nerdery. really appreciate you taking time out your day for this.

Dee-1: Not a problem.

Music Nerdery: Alright. So it seems like there is a lot of talent coming out of the NO lately… Jay Electronica, Curren$y, and now you’re breaking out on the scene for New Orléans. Why don’t you tell me a bit about where exactly you grew up in and your life there… pre and post-Katrina life in New Orléans… and how all of that influences you and your music.

Dee-1: I grew up in New Orléans East. I lived my whole life in the same house on Dwyer Rd. I also spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up. They also lived in the East, actually directly across the street from Curren$y. So I’ve BEEN knowing him.

Music Nerdery: Wow. Nice. Talent sees talent.

Dee-1: Yeah. Pre Katrina life in the N.O was never easy. But the thing about New Orléans is that it’s a bittersweet place. The highs are so high that we fall in love with our city and live, eat, sleep, and breathe New Orléans pride. There’s no culture like N.O culture. You gain a certain swag by living there… But the lows are so low that it makes you wish that you could just get away and live somewhere else with less poverty, corruption, crime, and hopelessness. Post Katrina N.O consists of a vibe of “rebirth” or “revival” for the city. I was off attending college (LSU in Baton Rouge) when Katrina hit, so once I graduated and “retired” from being a middle school teacher I moved back. This is my first time living in N.O as an adult so I have a different perspective now. Honestly, I love it.

New Orléans has influenced my music because I have so many memories growing up that I incorporate into my lyrics. Also, my slang and the way I carry myself is because of my N.O roots.

Music Nerdery: Yeah, once I heard your music, I knew you were probably from Louisiana. That drawl is unmistakable.  And that’s huge thing of you to do; going back and teaching children (My mom was a Teacher). Props for that.

Now lyrically, you are a unique breed of Hip Hop artist in the sense that you have refused to use any type of profanity in your lyrics… and I commend you for that. Hard to make that choice in a society/industry where swearing is seen as “cool,” and cool can equate to sales at times. What prompted the decision to take that step with your music?

Dee-1: Great question… My decision to not curse in my lyrics didn’t have ANYTHING to do with music. It was a decision I made in my personal life for personal reasons. I used to have a bad problem with my choice of words, so I challenged myself to stop cursing. Once I mastered it in real life, its was easy to not curse in my music because it’s a relection of who I currently am. I don’t look down on people who curse, but I want people to know that you can still be cool if you don’t. Look at me.

Music Nerdery: Nice. I really need to use you as an example… man,  I can swear like a sailor (laughs). So, you also have the distinction of being one of the few Hip Hop artists I know who has their college degree (good job dude, I still have to figure out how I’m going to pay for mine.) Tell me why you made the decision to not only go, but finish…. and about what you majored in.

Dee-1: I never had a choice (chuckles). My parents wouldn’t accept anything less than excellence from me. My dad never went to college, but he was so hard on me when it came to school that you would have thought he had a P.H.D… But it worked. Once I got to school, I started rapping, and my plan was to graduate and walk across the stage with a diploma in one hand and a recording contract in the other hand. It didn’t happen that way though, and I wasn’t making any money from music when I graduated so I had to get a real job. I always loved working with kids, so I decided to become a middle school teacher…. But my major was Marketing and my minor was Sociology.

Music Nerdery: Marketing… I see what you’re doing there. Smart for a musician to know. Funny… Soc is my major too. Explains your lyrics a bit too.

So really, what brought us all here is MTVJams genius, and the absolute epicness that is your “Jay, 50, and Weezy” video. It was love at first sight (and lyric) when I saw that video; I absolutely adore it. The theme behind the song and the video are a wonderful concept…. why don’t you go into how you came up with the ideal to address “The Big Three?”

Dee-1: When I wrote that song I was still teaching middle school. I saw 1st hand how much hip hop really influenced our youth, and I wondered which of hip hop’s giants really understood the influence they had but still chose to not use it in a positive way. I honestly don’t think some of hip hop’s stars “get it,” but I know for a fact that “Jay, 50, and Weezy” do because they have each built empires and it takes skill and intelligence to do that. I knew I couldn’t get a meeting with them in real life to address these issues so I wrote a song about it…. Hopefully I’ll get that meeting one day though!

Music Nerdery: I’m sure they heard you. Or they will soon, at least. Alright kid. Shameless plug time. This is where you tell me about your all about your music, the “I Hope The Hear Me” Mixtape Series;  and ANY new music you might have on the way.

(Readers, this is where you start clicking links.)

Dee-1: My independent album “David & Goliath” came out in 2009 and is available on iTunes and cdbaby.com. The original version of “Jay, 50, and Weezy” and my other single “One Man Army” are both on there. That album put me on the radar of a lot of people… I even got personal phone calls from 9th Wonder and Mannie Fresh after they heard the music…

Music Nerdery: Word? Congrats family.

Dee-1: “I Hope They Hear Me” is my current mixtape series… They are all free downloads on the internet and on my website dee1music.com
“I Hope They Hear Me Vol 1” is currently out.
“I Hope They Hear Me Vol 1.5” is dropped on December 15th.
“I Hope They Hear Me Vol 2” will consist of 100% original music and will be released in January 2011…..

Also, my music videos for “Jay, 50, and Weezy” and “One Man Army (Remix)” are on youtube… And the Jay, 50, and Weezy video is on MTVJAMS (which has single-handedly changed my life by the way). Real talk…

Music Nerdery: Yeah. I can testify to that one myself. (laughs)

Dee-1: I keep my fans updated through my twitter page, which is twitter.com/dee1music.

Music Nerdery: Nice. All the info I ever needed. Now here’s my favorite question in all interviews. As a Music Nerd, I HAVE to ask you what are you listening to. Anything new? What about any old school. Different genres? Whats good?

Dee-1: I’m currently listening to Joe Budden’s “Mood Muzik 4,” Tupac, several old CDs from Cash Money Records (the cash money I grew up on), and Talib Kweli’s “The Beautiful Struggle.” When I listen to different genres, I mostly like to vibe out and listen to Jazz. My dad and grandpaw have biggest Jazz collection on the face of the earth, so I just use their cds… Lol. Miles, Coletrane, Cannonball, Charlie Parker, Dizzy G., etc. All the greats.

Music Nerdery: I like your Jazz Game there. Now I’m asking you this because I know I’ll get a decent answer out of you.  What does being a MC mean to you? Better yet… when you’re done with Hip Hop, what do you want your Legacy to be.

Dee-1: On some real stuff, I look at being an MC as part of my calling. I feel like I’m the one that has been put here to reach people and spread a positive message on and off the mic to whoever will listen… I have a wonderful gift and opportunity right now, so I don’t take it lightly.

When I’m done with hip hop, I want to be known as the person who fulfilled his mission to change the world for the better, through his music and his lifestyle. I also want to inspire “One Man Armies” and “One Woman Armies” all over the world to fulfill their purpose too, whatever it may be.

Music Nerdery: That’s an awesome mission; Great Answer. Alright. Fun Question Time! If you won the lottery right now… list off some of the first things you would do with the money.

Dee-1: I’d invest half of it and use the other half to do hoodrat things with my friends. (laughs)… That was just a joke. I’d definitely make sure my mom and pops never had to work again, invest part of it, give back to the community, and call you to see where you wanna go party at!!! I’ll definitely break you off with a milli.

Music Nerdery: Nice! I’d buy a house and build a Music School that I want you to come teach at. (laughs) So when you get famous, can I get a part two to this interview?

Dee-1: I thought I was famous already? (laughs) Of course you can! And part 3, 4, 5, and so on..….

Music Nerdery: Word! I’m talkin about, when you get that first Grammy, I get the first sit down interview. 🙂

Dee-1: Holla at ya boi.

To find out more about Dee, you can always visit his main site, or you can keep up with him on his twitter.

Thanks again to Dee, Evan Alvarez, MTVJams and everyone reading. Enjoy.

Zach De La Rocha announces New Rage Against The Machine album to be completed in Summer 2011. PRAISE MUSIC JEBUS.

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OH MY GOD ITS TRUE

So. After about 2  years of speculation and guessing, Zach has confirmed that RATM is in the process of completing their Newest album. If this is true, this will be their first studio album since 1999 “Battle of Los Angeles.”

This is huge. This is kinda huge is my world. The geeking out that’s occurring over here, right now, is seriously indescribable.

Okay. Anyways. Back to explanations and confirmations and links and interviews and the good shit. Looks like Zach headed down to Chile (politicalolz) to speak with longtime Media Outlet “La Tercera” for an in-depth interview regarding his whereabouts, plans for Rage Against The Machine, and any plans they have. After finding the interview and translation online, mxdwn.com posted the basics here. Read below:

In the La Tercera interview, the RATM frontman revealed that since the band’s 2007 reunion, they have been a more cohesive, mature unit.  He added that the group is working a new album that may drop in the summer of 2011.

Other sites have put the statement in question into Google Translator and come up with some interesting results, but roughly translated, de la Rocha’s statement was the following:

Q: The band reunited in 2007. How was this second life going to go?

A: Very well, we are all older and more mature and we don’t fall into the problems we encountered 10 or 15 years ago. This is different and we projected a lot. We are working on a new album that will come out next year, perhaps in the summer in the northern hemisphere.

So Yeah. This is looking official and real. And if it is, I’m all over it.
I’ll be keeping you updated as I find out anything. You cross your fingers.

I did this, by the way.