Hard Knock Hoops F/ Dizzy Wright, Trinidad James, Dorrough, Deniro Farrar, Drumma Boy + More

Rain and large crowds at the SXSW Music Festival did not stop artists, media, industry tastemakers and fans from making their way to the launch of Hard Knock Hoops 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on March 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The offspring of what was previously known as Hoop x Hang, Hard Knock Hoops serves as the event people look forward to as it culminates a busy week of showcases, networking and panels. Hard Knock Hoops 2014 did not disappoint with close games among artists like Dizzy Wright, Drumma Boy, Chase & Cashe, Dorrough, Thurz, Mibbs (Pac Div), Dee-1, Dow Jones (ThaBizness), Bizzy Crook, newcomer Deniro Farrar, and last year’s champion Trinidad James. Continue reading


Nick Huff Barili of Hard Knock TV, in collaboration with www.GRAMMY.com sits down with the legendary Chuck D for in-depth interview. In part 1, Chuck talks writing process, bomb squad, artists leaving major record labels + More. Transcript below: Continue reading


Chuck D, founder of GRAMMY-nominated rap group Public Enemy and 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador, participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles. He discussed the inspiration for his involvement in Record Store Day, witnessing the event evolve firsthand and the role record stores played in the early development of Public Enemy’s career. Interview by Hard Knock Tv’s Nick Huff Barili. Tune in tomorrow for more with Chuck D!

New Interview: Clyde Carson talks Indie hustle, Hyphy Movement, Mob music, Sage The Gemini, Playboy EP, + More

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In-depth interview with Bay Area artist, Clyde Carson, at his studio in Hollywood. In this audio interview, Clyde Carson starts off talking with @CellyontheTelly about how it’s easier for independent artists now to push the same amount of units as mainstream artists. He then talks about helping pioneer the Hyphy Movement along with Keak Da Sneak + other artists in the Bay, and how regions have music movements. Clyde goes on to say he is honored how younger artists like Sage The Gemini pay homage to his sound, and have adapted some elements of it. Continue reading


Exclusive in-depth interview with Logic. In part 1 Logic talks to Nick Huff Barili about his debut album, why he choose to have no rap features on it and how No I.D. influenced the album. Logic also gives fans an exclusive freestyle! Continue reading


Exclusive in-depth interview with producer DJ Mustard. In part 3 Mustard talks to Nick Huff Barili about how he created “Show Me” for Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown, breaking down each element that went into the beat while at the legendary Encore Recording Studios where he records at. Continue reading


Exclusive in-depth interview with producer DJ Mustard. In part 2 Mustard talks to Nick Huff Barili about making 10 beats a day on a “Normal Day” adding “If I’m with Mike Lee we can do 30.” Mustard says that he recently gave Nicki Minaj 15 beats which is pretty standard for him. He goes on to detail that he gave Kanye West 100 + beats. Playing the original beat for Sanctified, Mustard explains how Kanye slowed the beat and Continue reading


Exclusive in-depth interview with highly sought after producer DJ Mustard. In part 1 Mustard talks to Nick Huff Barili about how he created “My Nigga” for YG, breaking down each element that went into the beat while at the legendary Encore Recording Studios where he records at. Mustard goes on to talk about how he knocks out most beats in under 30min, what inspired him to get into producing and how his cousin serving life sentence in jail made him stay away from gang life and focus on music. Continue reading

Hard Knock Hoops 2014 Celebrity Basketball Tournament (RECAP + PHOTOS)

Rain and large crowds at the SXSW Music Festival did not stop artists, media, industry tastemakers and fans from making their way to the launch of Hard Knock Hoops 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on March 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The offspring of what was previously known as Hoop x Hang, Hard Knock Hoops serves as the event people look forward to as it culminates a busy week of showcases, networking and panels. Hard Knock Hoops 2014 did not disappoint with close games among artists like Dizzy Wright, Drumma Boy, Chase & Cashe, Dorrough, Thurz, Mibbs (Pac Div), Dee-1, Dow Jones (ThaBizness), Bizzy Crook, newcomer Deniro Farrar, and last year’s champion Trinidad James. There were plenty of highlights that were topics of conversations during the last night of SXSW festivities.

The Hard Knock Hoops 2014 tournament saw Trinidad James’ Gold Gang squad take a loss in their first game, to the chagrin of his entourage looking to see the “All Gold Everything” baller defend his title. That didn’t stop the polarizing rapper and his squad from going hard through the consolation bracket, winning several more games before eventually being eliminated. The last game was an intense match-up between a team lead by L.A. based artist Thurz and Dallas native Dorrough’s Hella Yella squad. The championship game proved to be a memorable one with Thurz playing with an injured shoulder and Dorrough’s Hella Yella team finishing off the tournament with a victory. After competing for three years in this event, this was Dorrough’s first time taking the championship title.

Shout outs go to all that competed and brought the level of competition up another notch. For all of the stats, check out the GUS Leagues website and feel free to brag to all your friends! Also, catch up on our social media coverage by searching #hardknockhoops!

A very special THANK YOU to all of our Sponsors:

Adidas Basketball
Monster Energy Drink
Stance Socks
Plugged Inc.
GUS Leagues
Austin Parks and Recreation

Thank you to all attendees and players including:
Trinidad Jame$ (Artist), Dorrough Music (Artist),Dizzy Wright (Artist), Drumma Boy (Producer),DJ Hyphen (KUBE 93 FM Seattle), Nick Huff (Hard Knock TV) Carl Chery (Beats Music), Fuzzy Fantabulous (Beats Music), Justin Hunte (Editor HipHopDX), Brannon Scales (Atlantic Records), D Ray (Monster Energy), Chase N Cashe (Artist) Mibbs (Artist- Pac Div), Thurz (Artist), Dow Jones (Producer), Devi Dev (93.7FM The Beat Houston), Deniro Farrar (Artist), Dee-1 (Artist), Bizzy Crook (Artist), Noah Preston (Def Jam), Dame Ritter (Funk Volume), DJ Hella Yella + More

Recap by: Mark Anthony (@markanthonyj20)

Hard Knock TV SXSW Takeover

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Hard Knock TV is back in Austin this year for SXSW 2014. Join us live or follow us @HardKnockTv & @HardknockHoops for all the action.

FRIDAY
Behind the Hit: Inside the Mind of a Producer - 2pm – 3pm
Nick Huff leads leads panel as they take an inside look into the making of some of your favorite records. This group of producers will share keys to success, stories behind the scenes, lessons learned and will give insight into the advancement of recording technology, evolving from beat maker to producer, sampling and much more. Featuring Salaam Remi and Drumma Boy with more to be announced soon.

SATURDAY
Hard Knock Hoops - 11:30am – 3:30pm
This marks the fourth year that Hard Knock Tv has put on a 3×3 basketball tournament at SXSW. This is a private event but SXSW badgeholder can RSVP at hkh@hardknock.tv

Retro Hash Showcase – 8pm – 2am
Blackheart on Rainey St.
Hosted by Devi Dev & Nick Huff
Performances by Pharcyde, Asher Roth, Casey Veggies, Black Cobain, ANTHM, Gilbert Forte & more.