Library Rap: The Hip Hop Interviews with Tim Einenkel

Library Rap: The Hip Hop Interviews with Tim Einenkel

"Library Rap: The Hip Hop Interviews with Tim Einenkel" is like "Inside the Actor's Studio" for hip hop. Every week, Tim gets inside the art of hip hop in interviews with the most influential emcees, artists, producers, DJs, and sound engineers. Notable guests have included, Ice T, Royce Da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, Talib Kweli, Chuck D, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, David Banner, Scarface, Rah Digga, Rapsody, Smif-N-Wessun, Buckshot, along with many more.

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November 26, 2021 27 min

Two legendary hip-hop forces – Talib Kweli and Diamond D – have come together to form the new group Gotham. Check out this interview where they explain why they started the group, their chemistry together and much more! Check out the full interview here https://allhiphop.com/thelibrary/talib-kweli-and-diamond-d-discuss-their-new-group-gotham-making-music-together-favorite-duos-and-more/

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Rap legend Chill Rob G is a pioneer from New Jersey. Read up on his history, the story behind his groundbreaking song “The Power,” and more! Check out the entire interview here https://allhiphop.com/thelibrary/

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Tim Einenkel and Cee Lo Green talk about his days with Goodie Mob, transitioning to a solo career and much more on this week’s episode on The Library. Check out the full interview on https://allhiphop.com/thelibrary

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On October 8th, 2021, Smooth B was Inducted Into The Hip-Hop Museum in DC along with Rakim, Kool Moe Dee, Nice & Smooth, Pete Rock & DJ Kid Capri. This week, the legendary MC discusses being inducted, the importance of each of his fellow inductees, origin of his name, Smooth B, the impact going to his first Grandmaster Flash park jam and much more.

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This week Tim sits down with one of Hip-Hop’s great storytellers, Dana Dane. The Kangol Crew member talks about the origins of the group, origins of rhyming with an English accent, the legendary producer Hurby Luv Bug, first meeting Kwame and helping him choose his name. The Brooklyn, NY artist talks about mental health, how Whodini influenced his track "Nightmares" and his newest track “Nightmares Again”.

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October 22, 2021 29 min

This week on Library Rap: The Hip Hop Interviews with Tim Einenkel, Tim sits down with Statik Selektah who dropped his latest album, The Balancing Act. Statik discusses working with Nas, Freddie Gibbs, Joey Bada$$, Termanology, the late Mac Miller and Sean Price. The veteran record producer shares inspirational pandemic stories from his fans, SiriusXM, the cover art, cancelled culture, new project with Black Thought, music of The B...

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October 15, 2021 59 min

This week on Library Rap: The Hip Hop Interviews with Tim Einenkel, Dr. Octagon himself, Kool Keith. The cofounding member of Ultramagnetic MCs talks about the origins of the group, his evolution and development as an artist, why he respects and appreciates what new MCs and producers are doing, what's holding back old school artists and talks about the legacy of the late, Tim Dog.

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October 8, 2021 61 min

This week on Library Rap: The Hip Hop Interviews with Tim Einenkel, Tim is joined by Grandmaster Caz. The Hip Hop legend talks to Tim about the birth of the culture, what he expected out of it, the night he became "Grandmaster", which Hip Hop elements he's grown to appreciate, whether the disconnect between each Hip Hop generation is organic or industry made, being referenced in a Jay Z song and featured on a Macklemore...

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Hip Hop journalist, author, and historian S.H. Fernando Jr. aka Skiz Fernando has just published his second book, From the Streets of Shaolin: The Wu-Tang Saga. Fernando’s comprehensive history of legendary group Wu Tang Clan, chronicles their lives as children in the streets of Shaolin, the genius behind their art, the genius behind their entrepreneurship, the genius behind the groundbreaking record deals they signed, and the geni...

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September 17, 2021 94 min

This week on Library Rap: The Hip Hop Interviews with Tim Einenkel, Tim talks to The Last Emperor. The Secret Wars MC, talks about being signed by Dr. Dre, Rawkus Records, his college days, being an upcoming MC and the important role his mom played in his life as a person and artist. We also talk about the significance of escapism in hip hop and comics, rap music and the prison industrial complex fueling each other, the importance ...

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September 10, 2021 75 min

Veteran emcee Eternia has returned with a new album, Free (with Rel McCoy), her first in 11 years, The Canadian artist discusses the creation of it, why she walked away from music, the importance of artists such as: Maestro Fresh Wes, Michie Mee, DJ Premier, Murs, Mr. Lif and DJ Eclipse are to her, the music grant writing process, what she gives and gets from hip hop culture, the reason she's able to hold her own in a cypher an...

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August 27, 2021 61 min

This week on Library Rap, hip hop artist, Lyric Jones joins Tim. Lyric talks about the impact of Church, Gospel Music , Jazz, Jay Z, Angela Bassett and Queen Latifah have had on her as an artist and what made her want to be an MC. The Boston artist talks about her NPR Tiny Desk (Home) performance, her vision board, new album, Closer Than They Appear, Phonte (From Little Brother) as an Executive Producer and an artist, track placeme...

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August 20, 2021 42 min

This week on Library Rap, Dogg Pound legend, Kurupt. The former Death Row Records MC talks about the origin of California slang, influences, his style, the writing process, Snoop Dogg, Ice T and then new HRSMN (Ras Kass, Canibus, Killah Priest and Kurupt) album, The Last Ride

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This week on Library Rap, Joseph Abajian aka DJ Jab founder of the famed hip hop record store Fat Beats. Abajian gives a history of the record store scene back in 1990s New York City. He explains the importance of Fat Beats to the independent hip hop artist.

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July 30, 2021 34 min

This week Tim talks to Supreme about his new EP, Love Jones, breakdown his lyrics, growing up hip-hop, fatherhood, his dad, legendary, Ghostface Killah, and life after college

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July 28, 2021 34 min

MC Lyte's career has spanned almost 30 years. When her debut album, Lyte as a Rock debuted in 1988, she was, the first woman to release a solo rap album with a major label. Lyte has not lost a lyrical step and continues to stay at the top of her game. This week on Library Rap, the hip hop legend from Brooklyn, NY joins Tim to talk music, her first hip hop group, the different artists which helped shaped the MC Lyte sound, her f...

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Jeff Chang and Dave “Davey D” Cook are hip hop history. Their new book  “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (Young Adult Edition) has just hit the stores.  This week they join Tim on Library Rap to tell the story of hip hop culture, how it intersects with cultures in different regions of the world and the political and social movements that thrive because of hip hop. The two also break down how hip hop has used technology to disintegrate barrie...

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Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Professor Sohail Daulatzai co-authored Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic, which focuses on the first album by Hip-Hop artist Nas. In light of this book, I sat down with Professor Daulatzai to talk about how, if at all did Nas’ first album, Illmatic change the Hip-Hop industry.

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Journalist, screenwriter, record producer, teacher Dan Charnas was one of the first writers for The Source and part of a generation of young writers who helped create hip-hop journalism. Dan is the author of a new book called The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip Hop. He joins Library Rap this week.

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June 25, 2021 38 min

This week, Tim talks to East Cleveland MC, Kipp Stone, to discuss his new EP, Faygo Baby, gives us some lyrical breakdown, talk mental health in the Black community and so much more. Make sure you check out this interview.

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