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PRhyme Speaks On Hip-Hop, Battle Rap, Favorite Album Tracks And More (Video)

Final (Part 3) in the HardKnockTV interview series with PRhyme (DJ Premier x Royce da 5’9). Nick Huff Barili getting insight from Royce on life changes he has gone through.

“I felt like there was a dark cloud over my head for a long time. So when I was rapping about death, I was just rhyming about things that were imminent. Stuff that was happening around that time, it was just a dark time for me.”
Royce da 5’9

Now sober two years, he is grateful for having made it through that period alive and without major jail time. Offering thoughts on where Hip-Hop should be going, Preemo and Royce talk about expectations for the greats. Royce also declared a urge to step into the [Battle Rap] arena and wrap with their favorite tracks on the “PRhyme” album (out now) – including tracks with Jay Electronica and Common.


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Young Guru and Just Blaze Interview Each Other (Video)

Young Guru and Just Blaze had a sit-down talk on Hardknock TV … technically, an interview but more like a conversation. Interesting. Here’s a tease that’ll make you watch: Blaze reveals that “Girls Girls Girls” was originally intended for Ghostface Killah … NOT Jay-Z! There’s more so check out part 2 of this interview below….

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Scarface on HardKnock TV (Video)

Scarface declares the first words are the most important in a rhyme because they set the tone of the verse. And you know he knows a thing or two about good rhyme writing. Surprisingly enough though, Scarface doesn’t like listening to his own rhymes. Above: Watch part 1 of a very dope backstage interview in which Face touches on the possibility of another Geto Boys album, some real history behind “Mind Playin Tricks On Me” and more.

Check out part 2 after the jump. Really good viewing!

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Elzhi Speaks On Being Influenced By Ice Cube, Meeting Eminem & Proof, & The Detroit Hip Hop Scene (Video)

One of my favorite emcees coming out of Detroit was interviewed by the good people over at Hard Knock TV. In this in-depth two part interview interview Elzhi talks about how Ice Cube was the first rapper to make him want to rap after referencing classics like “America’s Most Wanted”, “Kill At Will” & “Death Certificate”. Elzhi also speaks about being a student of the game having studied emcees like Lord Finesse & Rakim before getting detailed about the early Detroit hip hop scene where he first met Proof & Eminem. Check out part two on friday under the hood….

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Immortal Technique Speaks On Ghostwriting, Nas, & Drug Culture (Video)

Shout out to HardKnock TV and especially to Immortal Technique for speaking realness! This is just part one, and it was chock full of dopeness! During the talk, Immortal Technique declared that Hip-Hop is like no other art. We demand realness…perhaps a bit too much. Case in point: An actor’s swag is given to him by someone else. A director directs Denzel Washington in delivering lines he did not even write. Yet no one says Denzel is not real. No one asks Al Pacino if he is “holding keys” after seeing him portray a drug dealer in a movie. Folks understand he is playing a role. Unfortunately Hip-Hop culture, being the ‘realest’ art, is less thoughtful. Good or bad, we believe rappers pen every verse they spit and live every word of ‘that life’ they rhyme about. What’s worse: We don’t even want that dirty-grind-drug-selling life described in those kinds of rhymes. We want the plush life that is supposed to come after that…and *news flash* no one gets that life!
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Curren$y’s ‘South By South Jets’ Interview On Hardknock TV (Video)

Curren$y sits down for an interview with Hardknock TV while down at the SXSW festival. Spitta talks about the evolution of his SXSW experience from three years ago to now, performing at the SmokeOut festival & hanging with artists like Wiz Khalifa and Cypress Hill, not listening to his own songs after recording them, and elaborates on his numerous upcoming and currently circulating projects including The Stoned Immaculate which is set to drop in June and the future of Pilot Talk 3 & more….

B.O.B. – “So Good” (Video)

Man this is a really great song & video from Atlanta’s own B.O.B. for his latest single “So Good”. The video was filmed down in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina….great sound, good look, & good subject matter that anyone around the world could relate too. Bobby Ray continues to make some great moves & choices that only seem to further his rise as a global superstar beyond just hip hop…..
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Mobb Deep Speak On New Album, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Rocking On The West Coast, & more (Video)

The Infamous Mobb Deep (Prodigy and Havoc) sat down for an in-depth interview with Hard Knock Tv’s Nick Huff Barili and Mark Jenkins at last weekends Smokeout festival in San Bernadino, California just outside of Los Angeles. The QB sound killaz spoke possible collaborations with Wiz Khalifa & Rick Ross, rocking shows on the West Coast, getting the chemistry back in studio after Prodigy’s prison bid with Havoc’s production, & Prodigy’s solo album among other topics.

Havoc Speaks On Upcoming Rock The Bells Tour, New Mobb Deep Album, & Working With Younger Artists Like Wiz Khalifa (Video)

The Hardknock TV crew caught up with Havoc of Mobb Deep following his press conference performance promoting the upcoming Rock The Bells concert tour. Havoc touched on a variety of topics from Prodigy’s return home from prison, reconciling with Nas, the surprises they have on the new album & more…..

SlaughterHouse Gets In Depth About New Album, Eminem, & Frank Ocean Among Other Topics (Video)