HipHopDX interviews

Up NeXt: Alfred Banks

Representing New Orleans through high energy shows and grounded rhymes.

Dee-1’s Reality: Paying “Sallie Mae Back” & Having Obamacare

EXCLUSIVE: Rapper explains using advance from RCA deal to pay back his student loans.

MC Chris: The People’s Champ of Nerdcore Hip Hop

“Fett’s Vett” rapper gives the skinny on his storied career and answers why Nerdcore never crossed over into mainstream.

KXNG Crooked & Statik Selektah Share The Crown As Statik KXNG

The Slaughterhouse and 1982 members join forces to exclusively discuss their new album “Statik KXNG” and ways to bypass the industry bullshit.

Big Freedia Calls Beyonce Co-Sign “A Blessing”

New Orleans bounce artist hopes to work with Queen Bey again in the future while utilizing the moment to gain more fans in this exclusive.

J Dilla’s Mother "Ma Dukes" Yancey Finally Details House Shoes Beef

For the first time on record, J. Dilla's mother Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey opens-up about the conflict with DJ House Shoes.

Up NeXt: C5

The 21-year-old Oakland native is already using his time in college as a platform.

Ludacris Makes His Presence Felt At 2016 Honda Battle Of The Bands

HipHopDX speaks exclusively to the "Furious 7" star about the importance the competition is for college students nationwide.

Illa J: Not Just J Dilla’s Little Brother Anymore

The Yancey Boy explains how a move to Montreal allowed him to artistically free himself from shadows of his legendary older brother in this exclusive.

Young Dolph On New Album, Weed & Getting Paid

The Paper Route Empire boss outlines the secret to his rising success, exclusively telling HipHopDX: "I just do me and try to be different. I have fun with it. Everybody else shit is by the books. Too robotic...I'ma put the Dolph on that shit."

A-F-R-O: The Future Of Vintage Hip Hop Is In Safe Hands

EXCLUSIVE: Rapper talks starring in VH1’s “The Breaks,” earning respect from R.A. The Rugged Man and DJ Premier and upcoming collaborative project with Marco Polo.

Dizzy Wright Details Funk Volume Fallout

“Funk Volume is not moving. Funk Volume is stagnant," Dizzy says in this HipHopDX exclusive. "I think people were just unhappy. By ‘people’ I mean Hopsin."

Up NeXt: J-Haze

EXCLUSIVE: Pittsburgh emcee is utilizing help from West Coast statesman Glasses Malone for next project.

Saul Williams: “MartyrLoserKing” Is “The Last Fuck That I Have To Give”

EXCLUSIVE: A new album, race, Hip Hop and controversy regarding The Oscars are discussed with the multifaceted artist.

The Blow-By-Blow On How Necro Got Banned From Switzerland

Necro spent 100 hours in a Swiss jail all because of a brawl that took place in a mosh pit. Here's how he explains it.

J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League: Lupe Fiasco & Future Collaboration Intended For “Tetsuo & Youth”

EXCLUSIVE: Florida-based production trio names Rick Ross’ “Maybach Music” series of songs as their most intricate production.

Jahlil Beats Is Riding With Meek Mill “Until The Wheels Fall Off”

EXCLUSIVE: “Hot N**ga” and “I’m A Boss” producer also says Jay Z should be releasing music soon.

Up NeXt: Wayde Alexander

This St. Louis rapper isn’t letting a disability stop him in his quest for notoriety among the greats.

Travis Porter Actually Grew Up Beyond “Make It Rain”

EXCLUSIVE: Atlanta-based collection talks recently released mixtape “285.”

Jermaine Dupri: "No One Cares About Kid Rappers"

EXCLUSIVE: The So So Def founder talks his new Lifetime show "The Rap Game" and goes into detail about the contradiction Hip Hop fans notoriously hurl at kid rappers.

Safaree Samuels Is Finally Taking The Right Steps In Building A Solo Career With “It Is What It Is Vol.2”

EXCLUSIVE: Rapper and Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend also calls the recording of “Monster” his best studio memory.

Torae Takes Up Acting While Reminding Rap Heads Of His Lyrical Ability Through “Entitled”

EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn emcee also explains satellites radio's place in The Internet vs. terrestrial radio wars.

Jay Worthy Of LNDN DRGS Talks The A$AP Yams & Suge Knight Meeting That Almost Happened

Alongside member Sean House, “Aktive” is a project oozing West Coast nostalgia.

Zacari Nicasio Explains PCA 2016 Crash & Wanting Sharon Osbourne Apology

EXCLUSIVE: The up-and-coming rapper says boredom caused him to pull the stunt.