Category Archives: BlogTalkRadio

Nas’ Illmatic

Eddie Huang and Elena Bergeron, joined by hip-hop writer Minya Oh, AKA Miss Info, talk about the 20th anniversary of Nas’ seminal New York hip-hop album Illmatic. Oh wrote the original review of Illmatic for the Source, where it received a perfect five-mic rating.

They sing the praises of Illmatic, saying that “everybody knows… Nas was the illest… I think Nas is, lyrically, the greatest rapper of all time… if I’m teaching my son lessons, I need [him] to listen to Illmatic.”

Listen to the full episode here.

Steven Knight, director of Locke

Cinema Royale talks to Steven Knight, writer of the movies Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things and director of the new thriller Locke.

Knight says that he was inspired to shoot Locke in a more experimental way, using a single location, because “doing a film in a conventional way made me wonder if it was possible to do something different… to just approach the whole thing from a more basic perspective… it was a risk, but at the time it didn’t feel like it because the budget was low.”

Listen to the full episode here.

NBA playoffs

Eddie Huang welcomes rapper Mr. MFN eXquire to talk about the NBA playoffs.

Among predictions for the winners are the San Antonio Spurs, saying that “last year got to them… they came into that matchup having rotated everybody for rest… and some of the things that they messed up on in game five and game six were rotational things.” eXquire, however, thinks that the team “looks good” but is “not going to do anything revolutionary.” Huang picks the Clippers, saying that they “have the best combination of talent and coaching on the same league,” saying that the Houston Rockets have the most raw talent but subpar coaching.

Listen to the full episode here.

Nirvana drummer Chad Channing

NorthwestPrime talks to Chad Channing, original drummer for Nirvana. Channing played on the seminal grunge group’s classic debut Bleach before leaving due to creative differences.

They talk about Seattle’s musical history, “from the Sonics to Hendrix to Heart… I associate that with the atmosphere, the weather, there’s a lot of things that can create that atmosphere and energy to write music around here.” Channing says that there’s “a lot of good variety… there’s always been so many different kinds of music… if you dig deep you’ll find a whole spectrum of stuff.”

Listen to the full episode here.

Kristy Robinette of Restless Souls

America’s Most Haunted interviews Kristy Robinette, psychic and focus of Investigation Discovery’s new one-hour special Restless Souls. The special examines the 2004 murder of Ashley Howley and Robinette’s role in solving the case.

Robinette says that she ” spoke with the family… we sort of went forth whether it was a good thing or not, we certainly didn’t want to come across like we were trying to use Ashley.” It was important to Robinette that the focus of the special be Ashley herself, so that it did not come across as self-aggrandizing.

Listen to the full episode here.

Author Wally Lamb

Halli Casser Jayne talks to bestselling author Wally Lamb, author of such novels as She’s Come Undone and I know This Much Is True, as well as his newest, We Are Water.

Lamb calls the new book “an examination of an American family at this moment in time,” taking inspirations from the changing world around him: when he started work on the book,  “President Obama had just moved into the White House, and gay marriage had just been legalized in Connecticut, where I live.”

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Carol Maraj, mother of Nicki Minaj

Cyrus Webb talks to Carol Maraj, mother of rapper Nicki Minaj.

They talk about Carol’s newly-released first single, “God’s Been Good,” described as “a culmination of [her] life of faith.” She says that “it’s really touched me to see the responses and the love that people have shown me.” She hopes that it will “change lives and help many people along the way.” “I wanted people to understand, even when they’re unaware, that He’s there.”

Listen to the full episode here.

Film Critic A.O. Scott

Eddie Huang talks to film critic A.O. Scott of the New York Times.

Scott talks about his history with New York, saying that “I’ve lived in Brooklyn for a long time, more than twenty years… family roots go back three generations.” He calls Spike Lee “one of the great sons of Brooklyn,” and discusses his place in the ongoing discussion about gentrification, saying that “there’s very little discussion of the social and economic violence that drives some of it.” He also acknowledges that “anyone who is likely to be talking about this issue is implicated.”

Listen to the full episode here.