Here's a special episode from the Combat Jack vault featuring April Walker, pioneer urban/street wear designer of iconic Walker Wear label and two time Super Bowl champion Carl Banks. Beyond football and being a sports analyst, Carl Banks is heavily involved in attire owning the Starter brand. We talk a bit about Ray Rice, coming up in the fashion game, their relationship and more. Use code 'Combat' to get 20% off your first order at GetBevel.com
The John Forté Episode
Sep 16, 2014 |
How does one go from Brownsville, Phillips Exeter Academy, NYU, Lauryn, Wyclef, 'The Score', 'The Carnival' to prison? How does one get pardoned by George Bush? And how does one find redemption and true freedom afterwards? John Forte tells us his entire journey and where he is now.
The Ice T Episode
Sep 10, 2014 |
Ice T's been around for a while and came through to share his journey from the death of his parents in New Jersey to encountering gang culture in Los Angeles. From drugs to robberies to rapping to a record deal. A step by step of how the Body Count song "Cop Killer" changed his whole life, and how he and Coco (she's here too) managed to keep their marriage alive. There's a whole lot here. Ice T, uncensored.
The Stalley Episode
Sep 2, 2014 |
Ohio's first son (other than Lebron) talks Rick Ross, MMG and the role he plays. His come up days with Dame Dash, Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa, the day Mos Def "discovered" him, how he might could be more Brooklyn than you and more. What is one of today's most slept on rappers plan on making an impact with his debut album 'Ohio' dropping on October 28th? Go ahead and press play.
Combat Jack and Francis Chiser Present PG-14, A Tribute To Larry Levan Circa 1986 - 1987
Aug 29, 2014 |
If you know me, you know I'm a Paradise Garage head, and if you really know New York City, you'll know that the Paradise Garage was the GOAT New York night club. Maestro Larry Levan spun magic weekly and house music has never been the same. For years I've searched for a classic sounding Paradise Garage mixtape circa 1985 - 1987, arguably the club's best years before it closed its doors in 1987. Frustrated, I settled for never getting my hands on such a tape. A few weeks ago, friend and Internets colleague Francis Chiser asked me if I'd be down to curate a Garage tape that would capture the magic of the club's '85 - '87 heyday. Jumping in, I wanted to make sure we featured music that I person...
The Kevin Gates Episode
Aug 27, 2014 |
Man, this has got to be one of the most unique interviews ever conducted on this show. It's also one I throughly enjoyed. Go ahead and press play.
The Jeezy Episode
Aug 21, 2014 |
On the eve of the release of 'Seen It All', his 5th studio album, Jeezy shared his growth as an artist, what the word "leadership" means to him, his experience at Ferguson, St. Louis, moving from being a street cat to a responsible role model, his relationship with Jay Z, his thoughts on Sean "Diddy" Combs and why he's feeling so happy these days. No more "Young", it's now Mr. Jeezy.
The Corey "Life" Pegues "From The Streets To The Beat" Episode
Aug 13, 2014 |
Retired NYPD Deputy Inspector Corey "Life" Pegues' life is a movie. No cliche. Growing up as a young gun in the crack riddled NYC borough of Queens, Life was one of the best soldiers of the legendary and most notorious Supreme Team street gang. Life talks his introduction to crack, the gun fights and the murders, and the moment he decided it was time to join the biggest gang in NYC, the NYPD. Listen as he takes us through the Dinkens to Giuliani to Bloomberg regimes, what Stop and Frisk really is, and what the fvck is really going on with the war that the police across the nation has seemingly declared against the nation's people of color. We also get some expert analysis on The Abner Louima...
The Cormega 'Mega Philosophy' Episode
Aug 5, 2014 |
In this age of tweaking, thots, wanton capitalism, violence and outsiders dictating what our culture is, QB veteran Cormega and legend Large Professor drop their brilliant 'Mega Philosophy' album. Cormega walks us through this classic, track by track. Go 'head and press play/ dl.
The Tariq Nasheed Episode
Jul 29, 2014 |
Mr. Nasheed is a Jack of all trades, but man has he mastered the art of making an impact. We talk about him growing up in the racist south, moving to Los Angeles to learn game, how he became a New York Times bestselling author, then how he switched it up with his hit documentary series 'Hidden Colors'. Love him, hate him, one thing is guaranteed, you press play on this episode and you will learn game.
The Ben Baller & Boaz Episode
Jul 22, 2014 |
Mr. Ben Yang has a lot to say. About a lot of people. And he got it off his chest. Ya'll been clamoring for a West Coast guest? Here it is. Baller has stories for days. Suge Knight, Dr. Dre., Tupac Shakur, Death Row, Denzel Washington, Aftermath. He's even got some Dame Dash and Jay Z stories. From record man to jeweler to the stars, dude doesn't disappoint. We also had up and coming Pittsburgh rapper Boaz come through and talk about being signed to Rostrum Records, going on tour with Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Kendrick Lamar, and how he'll smoke Mr. Khalifa way tf under the table.
The Common Episode
Jul 8, 2014 |
90 minutes wasn't enough time. On the eve of releasing his tenth album 'Nobody's Smiling', Common revisits his days growing up in Chicago, being inspired by Michael Jordan, house music, Chicago mayor Harold Washington, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and how this album addresses the current plight of black on black crime in the windy city. Also, what it means to reunite with No I.D., being haunted by the ghost of Emmett Til and the very real and deep mystical powers of the phenomena known as "Badu Box". So much wasn't covered, 90 minutes wasn't enough, but you won't hear this type of Common interview anywhere else on the planet.
The Pete Rock Episode
Jul 2, 2014 |
From Run-DMC to Kanye West, Soul Brother No. 1 been the go to guy to to make classic material. On top of that, how many countless producers he inspired, from legends like J Dilla and Kanye West to innovators like Madlib? #NeverForget the rap giants he helped birth, like NaS, and the Notorious B.I.G. Pete talks being raised by mentor/family member, the late, great Heavy D, and being encouraged to rap by Grand Puba, the true soul that went into producing "They Reminisce Over You", and the uncredited classic hits you know but didn't know was a Pete Rock production. Another session of Rap History is in effect, pull up a seat and learn about your culture.
The Freddie Foxxx Episode
Jun 24, 2014 |
Bumpy Knuckles stopped by to share his storied history with us. The depth of his relationship with Tupac Shakur. How Pete Rock saved his life. His deep relationship with NaS. How Chuck D literally had his life on the line for this culture. Another Steve Stoute story. And why, even though the rumors about him being the toughest guy in Hip Hop is exaggerated, no one should ever step to him in any club, even if they're holding a sharpened weapon. I love this interview. We're back to what we do, no hype, no shenanigans, no CEO beef, no industry shakedown, just the greatest rap stories you've never heard. Now go press download.
The Joie Manda Episode
Jun 17, 2014 |
Who is Joie Manda? Why is his name being mentioned so much these days? Is he a "culture vulture"? And how did he get to be a representative of Black music? For someone who hasn't done a lot of public speaking, he speaks a great deal about these questions and more on this one.
The Return of Damon Dash Episode
Jun 6, 2014 |
Damon Dash is making noise. Noise inspiring to some and uncomfortable to others. No punches pulled, shots most definitely fired. Everybody gets hit. Let's go.
The Vashtie Episode
Jun 3, 2014 |
Vashtie Kola is perfect. How do you interview someone with no flaws? We were fortunate to squeeze out the not so perfect aspects of her life, where she grew up, the disfunction she experienced in her life, and what drove her to perfection, as well as her quirks and her discomfort about discussing past love Pharrell Williams. In a most intimate interview, we get what makes Vashtie so great.
The Marley Marl Episode
May 27, 2014 |
We mention others as being on GOAT super producer status, but I'm not hearing Marley Marl's name. Which is criminal. Listen to how Marley literally changed the game and pushed the art form. Hear him talk about the discoveries of Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap. Learn about how he inadvertently produced his own dis track "The Bridge Is Over", what happened to the Juice Crew, and more. After this episode, you're guaranteed to acknowledge his place amongst the greatest whoever did it. Kings really do come from Queens.
The DJ D-Nice Episode
May 20, 2014 |
Who is more Renaissance Man than Mr. Derrick Jones? The Human TR-808 gives his most descriptive interview ever. He walks us step by step to the moment of Scott La Rock's death, and how it affected his relationship with KRS-One. He shares how, after he blew up as a solo artist, everything dried up and he became homeless, broke and depressed. Then rebirth. Web designer, photography, one of the world's preeminent DJ's. From peddling drugs to DJing for the President. We've heard many stories about one's journey from the bottom to the top, but if this one doesn't inspire you, you're already dead. I know ya'll keep telling us weekly how the latest episode be your top 5. You need to readjust that l...
The Lord Finesse Episode
May 13, 2014 |
Diggin' In The Crates co-founder Lord Finesse gives us a history lesson on his days as the Funky Technician, discovering the late great Big L, being a part of the Notorious B.I.G.'s classic 'Ready To Die' album, running with Puff, working closely to this day with Dr. Dre and his legal issues with Mac Miller. Of course there's more to this, so pull up a chair because rap class is in session so you can stop guessing. PLUS, a cameo comeback by Dallas Penn. #Str8Flourishments in effect b.
The Whoo Kid Episode
May 6, 2014 |
How does a man stay married and yet have license to bed a thousand plus women? How does a man get kidnapped by Big Pun, and mad other crews and stay alive? How does a man get to pal around with Michael Jackson? How does one ride shotgun with 50 Cent and not get clapped at? Too many stories, but who else but Whoo Kid to tell them? Pow!
The Lil Boosie Episode
Apr 29, 2014 |
The Tupac of Baton Rouge was in the building looking so clean. Lil Boosie gives us this exclusive on his seven children, his relationship with Pimp C, Webbie, Bun B and Young Jeezy. How freedom feels after being out over a month. And what kept him sane all them years in jail, and where the "Boosie Fade" came from. He's doing other interviews, but you already know where his best one is coming from. Wipe me down Internets!
The Combat Jack Show: The Pharoahe Monch Episode
Apr 22, 2014 |
Pharoahe Monch has been a favorite MC of mine for a long time so it only makes sense that we deliver his best interview in existence. In support of his brilliant album 'P.T.S.D.' we had an in studio listening session as Monch gave us his most personal interview to date. Who knew he used to carry them blammers? Who knew he was fed a deadly drug cocktail that took him to the edge of insanity? Who knew he was a heavy DipSet fan? Or liked 2 Chainz/ What other MC admits getting murked on his own song? I really enjoyed this session. I hope you do too. Stand the fuck up!
The Scarface Episode
Apr 15, 2014 |
Scarface lost 100 pounds. And we're all over the place in this interview. He plays guitar, he talks drugs and depression and Pink Floyd, he talks about his time in prison, why his son went missing earlier this year, why Rick Ross is underrated and more. He does his best to avoid making controversial statements, but he just can't help himself. This is Brad Jordan like you've never heard before.
The Combat Jack Show: The "Nigger" Episode feat. Sean C. & L.V. and Hakin Greem
Apr 8, 2014 |
What's in a word? Obviously a lot as far as "nigger" is concerned. The media and politicians say "ban it" but how impossible is it to make the world's most dangerous word disappear from existence? And do we really know what it means? Hakim Green of Channel Live fame walks us through this black word's history, it's etymology, and explains why this word will never go away, and why we should embrace and cherish rather than shun it. Also, Sean C. and L.V. talk their musical history and why we should cop their new album 'Loud Dreams' for only $Free Ninety Nine. My lips is like an oowop as I start to spray it.
Talib Kweli & Ma Dukes J. Dilla Episode
Mar 25, 2014 |
In the episode we have none other than Ma Dukes, mother of the late great J. Dilla. She's joined by Brooklyn's own Talib Kweli. We learn about J. Dilla and his posthumous legacy, his impact on hip hop culture, The J. Dilla Foundation and more. We also find out about Talib's new album, why Jean Grae doesn't fuxs with him right now and why he doesn't like doing interviews anymore. #DillaLives
The Combat Jack Show: Ma Dukes (J.Dilla) & Talib Kweli Teaser
Mar 21, 2014 |
Here's the teaser for the next episode featuring the Ma Dukes the mother of the late great J. Dilla and Talib Kweli. Be sure to tune in to the full episode on Tuesday 3/25/14. #Newman On Sunday, March 23, 2014, history will be made as Talib Kweli headlines “NY Loves Dilla,” the first ever official J Dilla tribute show in New York, which will also feature special performances by Phony PPL, YC the Cynic and surprise guests, with an all-Dilla set by DJ Parler following the show! Hosted by Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest andMaureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, Dilla's mother, this event will be the first annual officially sanctioned Dilla tribute show in NYC to honor the legacy of the Grammy Award-winning ...
The Tech N9ne Episode
Feb 11, 2014 |
Strange Music boss chopped it up about being drug free for 8 years, his relationship with Kendrick Lamar and T.D.E., his upcoming Independent Grind Tour, how he almost became a dance for MC Hammer, his relationship with Tupac, Lil Wayne, ghosts, witches, God and more. Learn and sizzle #Fuckybergs.
The Jean Grae & DonWill Shoot The Sh*t Episode
Feb 4, 2014 |
Another episode with Jean Greasy. Our friend and liquor thief DonWill stops by. DJ BenHaMeen is back from Africa. A-King is still alive. Dallas Penn makes it to the studio. Good times, good talk.
The Bobbito Garcia Episode feat. Jean Grae
Jan 28, 2014 |
When I met Bobbito back in 1989, when we were both interns at Def Jam, I never imagined dude to be facing such an illustrious career. Basketball, official #Shoemanati, a&r, label owner, author, actor, filmmaker... we talk about the origins of MF DOOM, his history with kicks, memories of the legendary Stretch & Bobbito show, his documentary 'Doin It In The Park' ... man this is too much. PLUS Jean Grae sits in as a guest co-host. Is she gonna be a permanent feature??? Tune in.
The Jeff Weiss Lost Episode
Jan 24, 2014 |
As you might have heard, Shots Fired, the iconic LA podcast staring Jeff Weiss and MC Nocando, is the latest addition to the LoudSpeakers Podcast Network. A couple of months ago Combat and Pete sat down with Jeff, aka Passion of the Weiss, and chopped it up regarding his book Tupac Vs Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap's Greatest Battle, his podcast, whether white boys are running hip-hop journalism and insights into Jay's MCHG album. Not to mention a walk down memory lane through the golden age of hip-hop blogs.
The Rap Genius Episode Part Deaux
Jan 15, 2014 |
Its a New Year and Dallas Penn doesn't show up because he's not effn with Rap Genius. Is it because they're perpetual douche bags? Is it because they got a slap on the wrist from Google after they cooked their SEO books? Who the fux are these guys and why do they continue to piss the rap and tech and business world off? After getting through mad bullshit, we finally get some candid talk from these #Fuckybergs.
The Elliott Wilson, Danyel Smith and B.Dot Rap Radar "Eff Your Holiday" Episode
Dec 24, 2013 |
Eff your holiday! We got with the YN ya'll love to hate, his boss wife Danyel and his right hand that… you also love to hate. So much GREAT convo that I don't even know where to begin. I don't care about what ya'lls is 'sposed to be doing with yer family an' schitt for the holiday, just unwrap this episode, throw it on the headphones and don't ever let them tell you Santa Claus doesn't exist. The Black one.
The Buckshot and Smif n Wessun Duck Down Episode
Dec 18, 2013 |
Is a Duck Down event a sausage fest? Do they get chicks? It's greater than that as Buck Shot, Tek and General Steel share their days of running with Tupac, how Duck Down almost signed Eminem, how Buck is doing way more than music and how he's got the answers. Also, wifey Unbelievable Kim stops by and talks about her "controversial" classic song "Santa Claus Is A Black Man".
The Marathon Episode Featuring BIC, Freshalina, Kool AD and Marco Polo
Dec 10, 2013 |
What happens when four guests get booked for the Combat Jack Show on the same night? You're about to find out! Sit back and enjoy as the CJS crew brings you up and coming Bronx rap group, BIC (Bitches Is Crazy, 29 min mark), Freshalina (Crunk and Disorderly, 1:09:01 min mark), Kool A.D. (Formerly of Das Racist, 1:49:31) and NYC producer Marco Polo (2:18:30). For the next two hours and forty one minutes (yes, you read that right) you are now tuned in to Thee Almighty Combat Jack Show!
Nipsey Hussle & Karen Civil Episode
Dec 2, 2013 |
On this week’s episode of The Combat Jack Show, we have Los Angeles, California rising star Nipsey Hussle. We talk everything from is early beginnings in LA, his rising fame to stardom, him almost doing a long stretch in prison after “hiding out” with a warrant on his head, his beef with complex, his new $100 mixtape Crenshaw and more. Also, riding shotgun with Nipsey is the beautiful media maven Karen Civil. KC speaks on her ascension in the industry from interning with Funk Master Flex to working with the likes of Lil Wayne, Jeezy, being an integral part of the Beats by Dre empire etc. It.Does.Not.Stop.
The Ty Dolla $ign Episode
Nov 19, 2013 |
Singer, songwriter,producer and artist Ty Dolla $ign stopped by TCJS and talked Toot It And Boot it, how he hasn't sang about fisting chicks yet, and why he shouldn't be compared to the Future or them other modern day crooners.
The Keith Clinkscales Episode
Nov 14, 2013 |
Revolt TV's CEO Keith Clinkscales talks about how the revolution is being televised. One day after the passing of his father, former Globetrotter Alvin Keith, Clinkscales talks about VIBE and it's intimate relationship with Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., his long relationship with Puff, how he was a part of Lebron James' announcement and his his biggest victory to date: how he beat cancer. It's not just rapper dudes over here. Put your book down and learn something!
The Anil Dash Episode
Nov 5, 2013 |
Entrepreneur, techie, writer and geek, we went with non rapper dude Anil Dash for this episode. I totally enjoyed where this one went, so many gems dropped about Silicon Valley, how we either create value or waste endless hours on social media, and of course, how the evils of racism affect who and how we interact with online. I knew we'd learn something but I had no clue this would be so fun. Be on the lookout for his upcoming ThinkUp app which determines how you spend your time on these Internets. Throw on the headphones and learn something!
The Marc Ecko Episode
Oct 29, 2013 |
Marc Ecko walks us through his extraordinary journey, how he came up from a naive Hip Hop fan to becoming a household name, his run with Diddy, why Bobby Kondors has him scared to blow trees today, the Barry Bonds baseball thing, why the education system has him mad and why you should run cop his book "Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out". He's not Che Guevara with bling on, but he's Complex.
Bun B And Maseo (De La Soul)Special A3C Episode
Oct 15, 2013 |
Another Special A3C episode in which the legendary Bun B sits live on stage to discuss various topics, and in which DJ Maseo, the original Plug 3 from the legendary De La Soul crew gets pulled from the crowd and onto our stage to talk De La history, fatherhood, grandfatherhood, the differences between Hip Hop in 1988 and in 2013 and more.
The 2 Chainz Episode (Live)
Oct 10, 2013 |
We were down in ATL for this year’s A3C conference and had the opportunity to do a live sit down with the “Hair Weave Killer”. My goal was to get 2 Chainz to talk about things he never talks about. Like how he values Lil Wayne’s mentorship. And how he never thought being dumb was cool. And how some consider him to be an EDM artist. I wanted the audience to walk away knowing that you can’t judge a book by its cover, or a Tity Boi by his name. Internets, this episode right here is different.
The Adam Mansbach and J. Period Episode
Oct 1, 2013 |
New York Times bestselling author Adam Mansbach (Rage Is Back, Angry Black White Boy, Go The Fuck To Sleep) and mixtape dj and producer J.Period (March 9: B.I.G. Tribute, J.Period & NaS: Best of NaS) were this week's guests where we chopped about being white and aware of white privilege, whether no graffiti on the NYC transit lines is a good or bad thing, Mansbach teaming up with Sam Jackson, J.Period becoming music supervisor to the Brooklyn Nets, whether there's really hope for a true post-racial America and more. Smart talk, no filler. Let's go.
The Combat Jack Show: The Big Daddy Kane
Sep 25, 2013 |
King Asiatic Nobody's Equal. It's not every day we get to sit with a legend. Kane goes deep with his history, what he thinks about Mr. Cee, how he produced the majority of 'Long Live The Kane' with no credits, how Doug E Fresh taught him how to rock the crowd, how some cats from The Juice Crew wasn't fuxin with him, how he really wanted to battle KRS-One, what Madonna smells like, how he shopped a young Jay Z with no success, why he started wearing purple silks and such... This one is a marathon, but with Kane, there's no half steppin'
The Just Blaze Returns Episode
Sep 5, 2013 |
It's been a hectic summer for the Cheat Code. Deals, touring, doing interviews with other radio shows and finding more creative ways to spending his money took Justin away from us for several episodes but he's back! Just talks how them other radio shows butchered his interviews, his deal at Capital, the MTV VMAs and a whole lotta other shit. Let's go!
The Combat Jack Show: The Pastor Troy and Shaheem Reid Episode
Aug 20, 2013 |
Shaheem Reid now of Life + Times fame tells us how he landed his recent Oprah Winfrey interview, how he's become an a&r man without an office and how life is great after MTV. Pastor Troy has gone full movie director without the Kickstarter as he tells us about his upcoming 'We Was Homeboys' movie project. Plus, Dallas Penn is back!!!
The Spike Lee Episode
Aug 13, 2013 |
Spike Lee talks about the controversy behind his Kickstarter campaign, the ills of gentrification in his beloved Brooklyn, his relationship with Mike Tyson, why Halle Berry is the actor he’s most proud of putting on, why he still hasn’t seen ‘Django Unchained’, his instrumental role in making Jordans the hottest sneaker ever made, what ever happened to Matty Rich, why Michael Jordan now wears mom jeans, how his movies (like his upcoming ‘Old Boy’) is getting bloodier, and a whole lot of other ish. It’s easy to take this man for granted, but looking at the impact he’s had on our culture, we gotta do the right thing and give Mars Blackmon his props.
The Combat Jack Show: The DMC Episode
Aug 6, 2013 |
The King Of Rock Darryl McDaniels raps harder than he ever did on this episode, spitting about coming of age under the influence of the Cold Crush and the Furious Five, the rise of Run-DMC, the GOAT rap group, alcoholism, being an orphan, the death of Jam Master Jay and the eventual break up of the group. He also talks about his lifelong love for comic books and how he's about to publish his own under his Darryl Makes Comics company. This interview is guaranteed tougher than leather.
Combat Jack Show: The Chef Roble Episode
Jul 31, 2013 |
On his return to The Combat Jack Show, Bravo's top chef, Roblé talks Trayvon Martin and how he still gets profiled, why he doesn't hit chicks he works with, his Food Porn clothing line, his past "beef's" with Mike Tyson and Sean Price and more. Tune in cuh cuh.
COMBAT JACK: Zimmerman Publicuty Stunt
Jul 30, 2013 |
Internet radio star Combat Jack, who co-hosts The Combat Jack Show With Just Blaze, brings you and your listeners an exclusive, fully produced, no-holds-barred audio commentary every week. Jack's not afraid to bring the heat, and he always calls it likes he sees it. This week, Combat thinks that George Zimmerman "car rescue" was really a publicity stunt.