Killer Mike Shares His Thoughts on Civil Rights In the Wake of Michael Brown’s Death

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Editor’s Note: The following interview was conducted several weeks after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Since that time, the announcement that Darren Wilson, the police officer responsible for the death of Michael Brown, would not be indicted has sparked protests throughout the country. Upon hearing the news before a performance in St. Louis, Killer Mike made an emotional address to the audience, in which he states, “I can promise you…if I die when I walk off this stage tomorrow, I’m gonna let you know this…it is not about race, it is not about class, it is not about color. It is about what they killed him for. It is about poverty, it is about greed, and it is about a war machine…it is about a war machine that uses you as the battery. So I might go today, I might go tomorrow, I might go the day after, but there is one thing I want you to know, it is us against the motherfucking machine!”

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Exclusive in-depth interview with DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9″. In part 2, Nick Huff Barili sits down with both artists to talk about the current state of hip hop. “I don’t see as much of a balance as I would like to see” states Royce. “You always got your programed artists and there is nothing against that cause I was at one point programmed. You get in a position, you don’t want to let people down. You start making records and you start making decisions for the wrong reasons. Its almost like desperate, a desperate thing. Or you get to a point where you start feeling like I got to do this because I have to make this amount of money. And what artists don’t realize is that shit is a distraction. If you are thinking about anything other than making good music, you being distracted.” Royce elaborates saying “I never want to be one of those people that sits around and complain about the state of Hip Hop and not be doing something to help change it. And really all we need is balance…I have a 16 year old son I would like for him to hear everything. I would like for him to get a fair shot at being an evolve listener. Instead of being programed to hear one thing.” Continue reading

Exclusive in-depth interview with Logic and his producer 6ix. In part 3, Nick Huff Barili sits down with Logic and 6ix to talk about how they met, how J Cole is the reason why they started working together, telling 6ix’s Indian parents that he was going to drop out of Med School his senior year to move to LA to work with Logic, crafting the sound for Under Pressure and its intro and much more! We are just getting started. Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv for our latest videos, including more from our interview with Logic. You can also follow us at www.facebook.com/hardknocktv and @Hardknocktv @NickHuff on twitter.

Exclusive in-depth interview with DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9″. In part 1, Nick Huff Barili sits down with both artists to talk about the formation of their new group PRhyme, their collaboration album coming out Dec 9th, their creative process, Eminem, Guru, Adrian Younge, and much more. We are just getting started. Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv for our latest videos, including more from our interview with PRhyme next week. You can also follow us at www.facebook.com/hardknocktv and @Hardknocktv @NickHuff on twitter.

L.A. Hip-Hop Artist Thurz Walks On the Bright Side With His Designer EP

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Anyone with a foot in the L.A. hip-hop scene has probably shared a handshake or some dap with him at one point or another over the past few years. With a million dollar smile and a humble demeanor not common amongst those in hip-hop, Inglewood native, Thurz, is one of the most likeable artists one could meet. With his latest EP, Designer, being pushed as part of Red Bull Sound Select’s “30 Days In L.A.”, Thurz can surely expect to expand his reach beyond his already supportive fan base. Continue reading

Murs and ¡Mayday! Share Thoughts on Their Chemistry, Their Music, and The Magic That is ¡Mursday!

mursdayChemistry. Whether you are talking about your favorite sports team, the dynamics of an office, or the cohesion of a band, that word always seems to come up as an all too important intangible. No one can ever predict whether a group of individuals will have the right mix to make things work, but almost everyone can agree that it is necessary for success, no matter what the objective is. In the world of music, that can be all the more critical, especially given the fame, exposure, and distractions that come along with having a hit song. It is all of the aforementioned that make the recent release of ¡Mursday!, a collaboration by veteran L.A. rapper Murs and the Miami based group ¡Mayday!, all the more interesting and meaningful.

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“I Always Thought I Was the Man,” G-Eazy Talks Recipes for Success and Why He Never Gave Up

P1270890“I always thought I was gunna win,” G-Eazy’s eyes lit up as he said it.

Words to live by when you’re gunnin’ for a career as a rapper. It takes a certain flare of confidence to reach the top, and even greater self-conviction to chase that dream for ten plus years.

We sat in the back of G-Eazy ’s ultra plush tour bus, complete with a spacecraft-esque, Starship Troopers meets Zenon: The Zequeal sliding door, when the Oakland emcee shared that his hustle may have reached the decade mark, but it was his self-assurance that kept him pushing.

“I always thought I was the man. I always dreamed real big. It’s kinda like a fake it ‘till you make it hustle. Like you believe in something so much until it just finally…happens.”

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Nick Huff Barili of Hard Knock TV, in collaboration with www.GRAMMY.com sits down with Wiz Khalifa for in-depth interview. In part 2 Wiz talks to Nick Huff Barili about breaking the stoner stigma so he can grow. Not only does Wiz address fans that want him to make another Kush & Orange Juice mixtape but he also shares this thoughts on Mac Miller leaving Rostrum Records. As the interview continues Wiz shares his top 5 albums and builds the ultimate MC based on other MC’s abilities. Part 2 concludes with Wiz talking about writing a sequel to Mac & Devin Go to High School with Snoop, wanting to play Rick James in a movie and sharing advice that has helped him in his career.

Exclusive in-depth interview with Logic, his Father, Brother and producer 6ix. In part 2, Nick Huff Barili sits down with Logic to talk about the inspiration, the production, the stories and lyrics behind his song Gang Related from Logic’s debut album Under Pressure. We are just getting started. Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv for our latest videos, including more from our interview with Logic. You can also follow us at www.facebook.com/hardknocktv and @Hardknocktv @NickHuff on twitter.

Nick Huff Barili of Hard Knock TV, in collaboration with www.GRAMMY.com sits down with Wiz Khalifa for in-depth interview. In part 1 Wiz talks to Nick Huff Barili about the meaning and inspiration behind his new album Blacc Hollywood, working with producer Detail on We Dem Boyz plus getting Nas on remix. As the interview continues Wiz shares his creative process for coming up with songs and talks about balancing music, being an entrepreneur and raising a his son. Wiz continues by shedding some light into twitter back and forth he had with critic Brandon Soderberg of Spin Magazine. Wiz also walks us through his inspiration behind one of our favorite tracks on the album: House On The Hills. “Its really hard to escape the stereotypes that people kind of think are old school…its still the exact same way. If you see a black kid whether he has tattoos or whether he has baggy clothes or whatever a lot of people feel threatened…We are in a day and age were that should be completely over with Continue reading