Interviews

Apr
26
Q&A: Tank Talks New Album, Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes Collaborations

Tank

Tank takes it from the bedroom to the club on his fifth album This Is How I Feel, due May 8. The follow-up to 2010’s Now or Never features production from Danja, Troy Taylor, and Kevin McCall, plus collaborations with Chris Brown (“Lonely”), Busta Rhymes (“Nowhere”), and T.I. (“Compliments”).

While out on the road promoting the record, the smooth operator phoned in to Rap-Up.com to discuss his latest work, how Busta Rhymes came through for him at the last minute, collaborating with Chris Brown, and which artists he’s listening to these days. Read on for our exclusive Q&A with the General.

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Apr
13
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg Plan Surprises for ‘Epic’ Coachella Performance

Dr. Dre and JoiStaRR

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will turn the desert into one giant West Coast party when they hit the stage for a co-headlining performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this Sunday and again on April 22 in Indio, Calif. Joining them will be plenty of surprise guests (Eminem? Wiz Khalifa?) and JoiStaRR, who will provide background vocals.

The L.A.-based singer-songwriter, who previously toured with Kanye West, took a break from rehearsals to speak to Rap-Up.com about being a part of the historic hip-hop moment. Find out what you can expect from the highly-anticipated show, whether we’ll get to hear some long-awaited Detox material, and some of the surprises that await.

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Apr
2
Q&A: B.o.B Talks ‘Man and the Martian’ Album with T.I., Grand Hustle Tour

T.I. and B.o.B

In addition to prepping solo albums, B.o.B and T.I. are joining forces for their highly-anticipated joint venture The Man and the Martian. Bobby Ray, whose sophomore album Strange Clouds drops May 1, spoke to Rap-Up.com about recording the “hybrid” project with the King of the South, experimenting with new sounds, and enlisting Hustle Gang members Iggy Azalea and Chip. Plus, is a Grand Hustle tour in the works? Find out in our exclusive Q&A.

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Feb
20
10 Questions for Brianna Perry

Brianna Perry

Will the real Marilyn Monroe please stand up? It seems as though neophyte raptress Brianna Perry dropped her ode to the blonde bombshell right in the midst of Marilyn fever. While the Oscar-nominated biopic, My Week with Marilyn, focused on the Hollywood icon’s turbulent times, Brianna uses her name to draw inspiration and set the tone for her swagger: young, sinfully sexy, and set to keep the world wrapped around her little finger.

The fact that Nicki Minaj is dominating female rap—not to mention that she too has a song called “Marilyn Monroe”—doesn’t seem to faze the 20-year-old Miami native, who dropped her mixtape Face Off last year.

As she gears up for the release of her Poe Boy/Atlantic Records debut, Brianna gives Rap-Up.com the scoop on the competition, her alter ego, and the fairytale of a female rapper.

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Feb
10
Q&A: T-Pain Gives Back with ‘Come to the Crib 2’ Charity Concert

T-Pain

Tallahassee has never seen a homecoming like this. T-Pain is set to ignite the stage in his Florida hometown on March 31 with a few famous friends including Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, and Ace Hood for “Come to the Crib 2,” his second benefit concert to raise money for his foundation, If I Could Change the World. The organization encourages people to post ideas about how they would help someone in need. Pain, in turn, tries to make some of these dreams come true. Rap-Up.com spoke with the charitable superstar about giving back to his community, Chris Brown’s wholehearted support, and the surprises in store.

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Feb
6
10 Questions for Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is a British pop star who listens to Big Pun on his iPod and sings Britney Spears in the shower. Cultural identity crisis or the recipe for musical brilliance? While a simple 10 questions may not be able to unfold the complexity of his musical persona, it might provide just enough insight to pique curiosity. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter recently started making waves in the U.S. after Jamie Foxx’s team recruited him to sharpen his skills (Sheeran actually lived in Foxx’s home while in L.A.).

Following the breakthrough success of his debut +, which became the best-selling album by a U.K. male artist in the last 10 years, the one-time rapper now has his eyes set on the U.S. market. A five-track EP The A Team was released to iTunes and + will arrive stateside later this year via Elektra Records. Also on the horizon is The Slumdon Bridge EP, a collaborative project with Yelawolf.

Having over 300 shows under his belt in 2009 alone has allowed Sheeran to bask comfortably in the limelight, all the while staying on top of preposterous rumors and performing private gigs for the likes of Sir Richard Branson. Rap-Up.com chatted with the red-haired star from the across the pond about his soulful sound, favorite U.S. rappers, and the odd results of his Google searches.

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Jan
12
Exclusive Q&A: Rico Love Shares Details on Brandy and Monica Duet

Monica, Brandy, Rico Love, and Breyon Prescott

The year was 1998 and Brandy and Monica were sitting on top of the charts with their smash “The Boy Is Mine.” Fourteen years later, the R&B divas have reunited to record a follow-up to their Grammy-winning duet, which spent 13 weeks at No. 1. Under the direction of songwriter-producer Rico Love, the new record picks up where the original left off.

“It’s a very soulful R&B song with pop sensibilities,” Love tells Rap-Up.com. “I wanted to make sure I made it a classic R&B record, but I definitely wanted to make sure that it had enough appeal to cross over and become a Top 40 record.”

The “Motivation” hitmaker hit the studio with both ladies last week in Miami to lay down the track. While they reportedly didn’t get along while recording the original Darkchild production, the chemistry was different this time. “They both had a blast,” says Love. “They have so much history together.”

In an exclusive interview with Rap-Up.com, Rico Love sheds light on how the collaboration came together, what it sounds like, and the enormous pressure he faced.

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