DJ Booth Features - Interviews


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Indie Industry: Damien Ritter on the Business of Being Funk Volume

Forget friends; business runs best when blended with family. The folks at Funk Volume - Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, DJ Hoppa and SwizZz - are not bound by blood, but the bond is strong as steel. As one...

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Interview With a “White Rapper”: Rittz on Race, Respect & Hip-Hop

As a white person who both loves hip-hop and has made it my occupation, I often think about how I maneuver in an art form rooted in experiences and circumstances drastically different than my own. And I only write about...

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Worst Comes to Worst: DJ Babu on the Fight to Make Dilated Peoples’ New Album

"Maybe we don't have it anymore." Sixth grade. A friend says he's got the new Dilated Peoples. "You mean Dilated pupils?" I ask. "Uh no," he responds, "peoples." Then I said, "No, I really...

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Meet Rich Quick

There is one indie artist, who, without fail, appears on the charts right next to some of the biggest names around. He is the only indie artist to appear on the 25 most popular songs of 2014 list - he came in at number...

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Real Recognize Real: Boldy James on EPMD’s Influence, His Point Guard Potential & More

Sometimes it can feel like artists move through the world in their own bubble, orbiting around each other but never touching, especially in hip-hop when biting and copying is a cardinal sin. But the truth is, music...

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F**k Wells Fargo: EOM on Wax, Chamilionaire and Sample Flips

It was hot and muggy, I was jet lagged (and hadn't slept for more than two hours), and I was tired of hearing Yellowcard (although I may secretly love "Ocean Avenue"). Welcome to the Warped Tour, ladies and...

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It’s Electric: An EDM Guide For the Hip-Hop Head

Hip-hop is our bread and butter here at The DJBooth. And while I'm always into learning about different sub-genres of music, at the end of the day it's rap that puts Chipotle on my table. With all...

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Russ, The Wild Card #TopProspects

When we announced our new Top Prospects, I stressed that the series wasn't about predicting who will blow up next. If we were trying to do that, we'd take a look at what's currently popular, find all...

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Pancakes vs. Waffles (& Gin vs. Beer) With Wax at Warped Tour

Usually when I go to shows I like to rock my "Detox Isn't Dropping" shirt; as it's good for a few laughs or the start of a good conversation with a hip-hop head. Yesterday, as I threw it on before heading to...

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Real Recognize Real: Wrekonize on Pink Floyd, the Rise of TDE & More

Sometimes it can feel like artists move through the world in their own bubble, orbiting around each other but never touching, especially in hip-hop when biting and copying is a cardinal sin. But the truth is, music...

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Chipotle Sessions: Burritos, Grandmas & Rap With Case Arnold

VICE sends their reporters to all parts of the world. Rolling Stone writers? They get to spend weeks traveling next to some of the biggest stars in the world, profiling their every move. Here at the DJBooth, we go to Chipotle...

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Mick Jenkins, The Conscience #TopProspects

It's hard to pinpoint exactly when the word "conscience" became a taboo in hip-hop, when a simple test - "Do these words actually mean anything?" - went from an essential tenet of rapping to an albatross. It...

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