Strange Fruit Project (December 2009):
As I say in the beginning of this interview, I found out about Strange Fruit Project through a friend of mine during my Freshman year of college. And these brothas for almost the last decade, has put out some of the most consistently dope music in Underground Hip-Hop. This "Best Kept Secret" has slowly but surely traveled to many of music's movers and shakers; most notably, a certain artist by the name of Kanye West. Since this interview, S1 has gone on to co-produce "Power," Ye's lead single from "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy;" which in return has brought new found critical and commercial successful for the trio from Waco, Texas (not to mention a Grammy nomination as well).
Like the 88-Keys' Interview, this one could have continued for hours as this felt like a conversation more than an interview. I try to create this atmosphere with all the interviews I conduct, but only so many turn out like that based upon the comfort level of the artist.
Interview with Strange Fruit Project (Full MP3) (Download Here!)
88-Keys (April 2009):
Without question one of the most "jewel dropping" interviews I have been able to conduct. From Mos Def's Black On Both Sides, to the legendary Blackstar LP, to stumping J. Dilla, to his unreleased work with The Pharcyde (including an song they did with De La Soul), to his friendship and working relationship with Kanye West, all the way to breaking down of his painfully underrated debut LP "The Death Of Adam," 88-Keys left no stone unturned.
What I loved most about this interview was it didn't feel like an interview. It felt like three beatsmiths/music nerds (J. Hyphen being the third) sitting around in a living room just chopping it up about what they love most, making music. 88 is still one the most ground cats I've gotten to talk to and this remains of my favorite interviews.
Interview With 88-Keys (Full MP3) (Download Here!)
The Foreign Exchange (November 2008 & June 2009):
This was the first major interview we had on the show and I was a little bit nervous. Not really because I was going to talk to one of my favorite groups, but because of a no-show incident that occurred 2 weeks prior to that left me tap dancing on the air like Sammy Davis Jr. waiting for another artist to call-in. But this was most definitely the least stressful interview thanks to the work of "The Woman of 1001 Hustles," Aimee Flint, the director of operations at +FE Music, who made road to the interview a breeze and made my job that much more enjoyable.
The second interview was on-sight right after they played their first west coast show @ The Roxy. I also that night to talked to mainstays of FE's recordings & live shows, YahZarah & Darien Brockington, who are building successful solo careers in their own right. I've ran into Team +FE on many occasions in the last 2 years and it's always been love. I'm very proud of their successes & evolution musically & as a indie powerhouse.
Interview With The Foreign Exchange (November 2008 & June 2009) (Full MP3) (Download Here!)