Interviews

KRS-ONE
Before his recent live show in Tallahassee, A to the L had the chance to chop it up with the Blastmasta himself on subjects as diverse as police brutality, the United Nations, a Criminal Minded movie, and Marley Marl’s accusations of thievery!

DJ DADDY RICH
William Hernandez sits down with 3rd Bass DJ Daddy Rich…

LORD AKEEM
William Hernandez chops it up with French illustrator Lord Akeem…

GEOFF WILKINSON (Us3)
William Hernandez sits down with the founder of jazz/rap fusion group Us3…

HEATHER B
Stess and I, recently got the chance to chop it up with Heather B. Been a lot time since we had such a gracious interviewee… props to Heather B.

RAMPAGE
Stess and I were lucky enough to be able to chop it up with Rampage recently. Here’s the full interview, where he talks about his time with Flipmode, his work with DJ Scratch, and his new projects…

CHUCK D
Public Enemy frontman, Chuck D, came to FAMU to speak at a conference against violence. As well as giving a masterful speech, Chuck took time to speak to me, Stess, J.See, Slickgrease, Willdabeast and LQ. This is the 3rd Chuck D interview featured on this site – we’re collecting them like Pokemon!

DJ VADIM
William Hernandez chops it up with the Russian-born / UK-raised DJ and producer…

THE SUPERIORS
My brother Stess The Emcee recently sat down with production team The Superiors (Nikki D, Queen Latifah, Slick Rick, Naughty By Nature) as part of his Exclusive Audio Footage interview series…

SON OF BAZERK
After finally getting schedules to work out, Stess The Emcee and DJ A to the L sit down with Son Of Bazerk to talk about the recent release of the sophomore album, “Well Thawed Out”…

KOOL G RAP
Stess The Emcee gets Kool G Rap on the phone, and one of the greatest emcees of all time discusses his career from the past to the present day…

CHUCK D
Shortly before a scheduled lecture at Florida State University, Chuck D took time out to chat on the phone with Stess The Emcee and DJ A to the L, regarding his new projects and the state of Hiphop today…

DJ BRANDI GARCIA
Stess The Emcee chats with DJ Brandi Garcia about her beginnings as a DJ in Tallahassee, and her opinions on the issues between Houston radio station 97.9 The Box, and artist Trae The Truth, which resulted in her leaving her position at that station…

BLAQ POET
Queensbridge vet, Blaq Poet, explains to William Hernandez how he got down with Primo’s new label to release his new album, “Tha Blaqprint”…

DR.BUTCHER
Frequent Kool G Rap collaborator Dr. Butcher chats it up with William Hernandez…

MR LONG
A to the L chats with one half of the legendary Black Sheep duo about his new album “Class of ’89″…

TEK
Having taken the decision to go for dolo, one half of Smif N Wessun’s Cocoa Brovaz, Tek has pushed his new album stroke mixtape “It Is What It Is” out onto the market. Dax-Devlon Ross discusses the new release with him, as well as his current position on Duck Down, and a gang of other fun stuff…

CREATURE
Dax-Devlon Ross delves into the world of the underground artists and gains a rare inside perspective of how it really feels to be “on the grind”…

COUNT BASS D
Nashville’s most under-rated export speaks to A to the L as the heavily anticipated “BegBorrowSteal” finally drops. Clear 30 minutes out of your schedule and read…

PARAGON
Paragon are two cousins from Battersea, South London, England. Jiff and Rapsody who have been performing for nearly 20 years now and they are still in it to win it… Chris Byrne chops it up with the duo…

SYTE
Boston graf head Syte, breaks down the science of Hiphop art with Con SECT…

KTHEI???
Con SECT mulls things over with his friendly neighborhood underground hard worker KTheI??? and finds out what all those questionmarks are for…

Q-UNIQUE
Former Arsonists emcee, and now releasing a solo album on Ill Bill’s label, Q-Unique talks things over with Con SECT…

ALMIGHTY KAY GEE
One of the original pioneers of Hiphop music as a legendary Cold Crush Brother, Kay Gee talks to A to the L about his experiences in Hiphop, the essence of battling, and why Lil Jon needs to get in touch with Disney…

GUERILLA BLACK
Already getting some major press because of both his physical and vocal resemblance to the late Christopher Wallace, Guerilla Black escorts A to the L around “Guerilla City”…

YOUNG BUCK
G-Unit soldier, Young Buck welcomes A to the L to Cashville, TN to talk about the release of his debut solo album. You shoulda never let me innnnnn…

KOMPAZZ FLEET
Matin Salaam Bari catches up with New Jerz hopefuls Kompazz Fleet and finds out why they feel they’re “the hottest in Jersey hands down”…

THE 45 KING
DJ Mark ‘The 45 King’ James is one of the most recognisable names in Hiphop, though after production for Queen Latifah, many are at a loss to think of any more of his work. Here, the 45 King answers a few questions for William Hernandez…

WILDCHILD
William Hernandez speaks briefly to Lootpack maestro Wildchild, who quickly breaks down some the knowledge on his upcoming career moves…

DARK CIRCLE
Chris Byrne continues to shine light on the underground UK Hiphop scene, this time linking up with UK/German squad Dark Circle for a bilingual chat – get your German translation books ready…

IRON BRIDGE
Jibbarish and Dirty Verbals break down the meaning of their group name, and implore Chris Byrne to buy copies of their “Toilet Humour” long player…

INFINITE LIVEZ
Chris Byrne sits down and has a short chat with UK nutjob Infinite Livez, and his ‘right hand man’, Barry Convex. Put your tinfoil hat on before reading…

CASSIDY
Philly’s newest kid on the block chats to Timid about his battle with Freeway, his new album “Split Personality”, and his time in the studio with R Kelly.

ODDISEE
Halftooth Records artist and producer Oddisee let’s Timid in on the half that you don’t know and what it is about that half that you need to know…

TWISTA
Shane D converses with Twista and they decided to let us in on the conversation…

KENN STARR
Halftooth records artist Kenn Starr from the You Don’t Know the Half compilation talks things over with Timid…

ASHERU
Timid and Asheru talk about… EVERYTHING – from the Seven Heads 48 Months release to his upcoming album “While You Were Sleeping” to Hip Hop now and then to the kids and his charity organization Project Nommo and more!

AVANT
New Breed crooner Avant drops some soul on Timid in a Private Room discussion and you’re all invited because we love you…

DJINJI BROWN
Seven Heads artist Djinji Brown and Timid fry the fish on his latest release entitled “Uncle Junior’s Friday Fish Fry” and his style and views on music in general…

JAE MILLZ
Wanna Blow Entertainment’s first artist and one of New York’s premier battle emcee’s Jae Millz kicks the willy bo bo about his new deal with Warner Brothers, his relationships with the who’s who of the NY hip hop scene, and his idea of the future of hip hop…

CAPPADONNA
One-time Wu-Tang member Cappadonna sits down with Timid to discuss the release of his third album, “The Struggle”, his war of words with Beanie Sigel, and his current situation with the Clan…

RAS KASS
DJ MF conducts an indepth interview with the still-incarcerated West Coast lyrical legend as he plots his re-emergence following a high profile falling out with Priority Records…

YOUNGBLOODZ
One half of the Youngbloodz duo, Sean Paul, takes time out to chat to Timid about riding the success of hot single ‘Damn’ from their new album “Drankin’ Patnaz”…

PRINCE MARKIE DEE
Timid chews the um… fat with one third of the Fat Boys, Prince Markie Dee, on his time as an old school legend, and his take on hiphop today…

PARRISH SMITH
Its the Pee Em Dee, one half of EPMD, Parrish Smith chats to A to the L about his new album “The Awakening”.

CHUCK D
The hard rhymer, where you never been he’s in – you want styling? You know its time to get D – the Enemy tellin’ you to hear it… PE’s front man breaks it down with A to the L.

DJ Q-BERT
The most technically skilled DJ ever? Q-bert certainly presents a strong case. Check it out as the scratch freak chats with fellow wheels of steeler, DJ Moneyshot.

JEHST
Who? Yeah, America might still be saying that, but the UK is well aware of Jehst now. Equally skilled as a producer as he is an emcee, Jehst breaks it down for DJ Moneyshot.

UGLY DUCKLING
DJ Moneyshot gets down and dirty with the old school throwback trio that rock Fresh Mode… do they ever get the urge to turn into beautiful swans?

ANDY SMITH
The man behind the trip hop sounds of Portishead is very much an “in-demand” DJ in his own right. DJ Moneyshot comes with the verbals and Mr Smith bats back the answers…

LORD JAMAR (BRAND NUBIAN)
Mistajam kidnaps Brand Nubian, holding them hostage in his flat until Lord Jamar gives up an interview with A to the L…

ANTHONY MARSHALL
On a whistle stop tour thru Philly, Lyricist Lounge co-founder Anthony Marshall takes time out to build with DoKool…

DADDY-O
“Yo Daddy-O! School em some more.” A to the L mans the Batphone, as the Stetsasonic front man breaks down his reasons for reviving the Stop The Violence movement in the wake of Jam Master Jay’s murder…

LEWIS PARKER
London calling. Altrap.com’s man in the big smoke, Redeem, sits down and has a natter with Lewis Parker about his recently released “It’s All Happening Now” album, his Champions Of Nature crew, and his fruit and veg stall. No lie…

NECRO
With the release of a special edition “Gory Days” cd and DVD approaching soon, Hiphop’s answer to Charles Manson breaks down his opinions on the Hiphop industry and other white rappers to A to the L…

FALLACY & FUSION
With the release of their debut single, ‘The Groundbreaker’ imminent, Fallacy & Fusion, one of the brightest up and coming Hiphop duos in the UK, sit down and have a chat with Redeem…

BLACK MOON
There are few certainties in life. Until this interview, one of them was that MF rarely gets flustered. No, you will not be getting an unbiased piece here. I love Black Moon, and this was a chance of a lifetime to get to interview them…

E-SWIFT
As one third of the world famous Alkaholiks, E-Swift often seems content to play the background while emcees Tash and J.Ro take centre stage. But as an in-demand producer, and the provider of the ill beats that his two compadres rock over, E-Swift is just as important to the success of tha Liks. A to the L gets the lowdown…

DEFARI
One of the most laidback members of the Likwit crew, is ready to take the next step forward. After some stunning guest appearances on albums by Dre, Dilated, and of course Tha Liks, he returns with a cut (‘Bomb Tree’) on the new High Times compilation. A to the L caught up with him recently and chatted on several topics, including his love of all things Dutch!

DJ NEXT
Suspect hooks up with mixtape specialist, DJ Next to chat about the release of his new mix cd, banishing bootleggers from Hiphop, and his influences as a DJ coming up. This is how it went down…

PARIS
With a thought provoking new single, ‘What Would You Do?’ already set to make those in power uncomfortable, Paris intends to keep hitting his targets with his new album, “Sonic Jihad”, and speaks with A to the L about who’s in his sights.

KNOC-TURN’AL
The newest member of Dr Dre’s platinum production line, Knoc-turn’al, does the knowledge with A to the L about his new joint, the new Rakim album, and working with the Doctor.

DILATED PEOPLES
With the release of the sophomore album “Expansion Team”, Dilated Peoples have forced their way into Hiphop’s inner circle – the artists who can drop singles that the radio can pick up on, without having to change anything or compromise their integrity in any way. A to the L gets busy with Evidence and Iriscience.

CILVARINGZ
First, there was the Wu. Then 6 billions jaws dropped all over the world as they released their first album, “36 Chambers”. After that, the spin-off groups and emcees appeared. One of them is Cilvaringz, the first European Wu-affiliate – Vadik takes notes.

CHAMPIONS OF NATURE
Group member L-Dolo talks to A to the L about their new single ‘Salsa Smurf’, and the possibility of jobs in the circus if the Hiphop career doesn’t pan out.

RODNEY P
The London Legend (and Arsenal fan) goes head to head with Man Utd madman A to the L.

FRUKWAN
The Gravediggaz member chats with A to the L about the new ‘Diggaz album released in the wake of Poetic’s tragic death.

DJ RED ALERT
The Hiphop legend talks with A to the L about the history of the music, and why he’s decided to shine the light again on some of the greatest battle rhymes ever recorded.

KILLARMY
A to the L gets the lowdown on the release of the Wu-Tang affiliates “Fear Love & War” album.