Andre Benjamin aka Andre 3000 aka one half of the mighty Outkast sits down with GRAMMY.com for an interview with Nick Huff Barili of Hard Knock TV. The conversation covers a range of topics including how Andre transformed into Jimi Hendrix for the movie All By My Side by losing 20 pounds, learning Jimi’s voice,how to play guitar left handed, his mannerisms and how he walked. Andre has earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead for his portrayal of Jimi Hendrix. When talking about what personally resonated most about Jimi Hendrix’s life and career Andre states “The human side of knowing what its like to be a new artist and trying to break out. Not even just break out into an industry but break out of yourself. And trying to find your confidence in it.” Andre goes on to talk about how important Jimi’s support team was stating “Any artist that we love, any artist that we see, I don’t care who it is, you can name your favorite artists, they would not be who they are if it wasn’t the people around. It doesn’t necessarily have to be famous people, it could be a friend, could be a parent, it could be someone hanging around in the studio, these are the people that help make the artist.” Continue reading


Nick Huff Barili of Hard Knock TV, in collaboration with www.GRAMMY.com sits down with Common for an in-depth interview. In part 2 Common talks to Nick about which traits from fellow MCs he would chose to build the ultimate MC. We are not going to give away of all the traits and which MCs but he starts of with Biggies voice and flow. You are going to have to watch for the rest. As the interview moves along, Common shares his thoughts on the current state of hip hop which he think is in a good place. When asked if hip hop can be inclusive of all races and still keep it essence Common states “Hip Hop is about the bridge. It is the bridge! Continue reading

iLL Camille Discusses The Glass Ceiling of a Female Rapper

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She’ll respond to a slew of monikers—Moment Making Millie, Millie the Mogul, Music Making Millie, Make It Happen Millie, or if you want to take a simpler approach, just Millie will suffice. (Seemingly, any alliterated pun is fair game.) However, there is one title which she refuses to claim— “Femcee.” The reason is uncomplicated: To the LA-based rapper, iLL Camille, that “F” in front is, well…a little redundant.

“Titties are very obvious. But I don’t think that needs to be the first thing you acknowledge. That doesn’t need to be my strong point. My strong points are the bars. You measure those against anybody—male or female. I’m an emcee, I just happen to have ovaries and shit like that.”

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Exclusive in-depth interview with PRhyme (DJ Premier, Royce da 5’9″). Part 3 starts with Nick Huff Barili talking to Royce about how he changed his perspective on life. “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.” Nickel who has been two years sober states “The kind of dark place that I was in, I think lengthy periods of time in that kinda place, you know, I’d end up in one of two places. For me to make it out of that and not have done serious jail time and to still be living is a blessing.” As the conversation moves along, DJ Premier and Royce talk about Hip Hop growing up and expectations for great artists. Royce also talks about a line from PRhyme’s song Courtesy, where he says that he wants to step into the Battle Rap ring. Royce and Premo share their thoughts on Joe Budden Vs Hollow Da Don, Fight Klub, what it takes to be a battle rapper, and why most battle rappers don’t have successful albums. The interview ends with Premo and Nickel sharing their thoughts on favorite tracks on the upcoming PRhyme album including tracks with Jay Electronica and Common.

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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