#TBT Carolina Hip Hop Archives: 2009 J. Cole (@JColeNC) Interview, Talks Classic NC Hip Hop Group The Bomb Shelter, Growing Up In Fayetteville + More

#TBT Carolina Hip Hop Archives: 2009 J. Cole (@JColeNC) Interview

J. Cole has had a phenomenal week, music-wise. 2014 Forest Hills Drive, his third major label album project, sold 354,000 copies in it’s first week of release. This makes J. Cole’s third #1 album on the Billboard 200.

In July 2009, J. Cole’s star was beginning to rise. Right at the beginning of that month, he released The Warm Up Volume I mixtape. As part of the campaign, J. Cole came home to North Carolina and hosted listening parties in some cities. He also hit the streets of North Carolina and hand distributed 5000 mixtapes across the state, using one of Master P’s old school, out of the truck, guerrilla marketing tactics.

During the same time, I was hosting The Nanci O Radio Show every Saturday night on Hot 104.9 Fayetteville. I’d been trying to get in contact with his manager Ibrahim to set up an interview, without success.  At that time Randy Roper was Music Editor of Ozone Magazine. Randy and I spoke weekly as part of our Where Is Hip Hop? podcast segment. One evening Randy and I were talking, and he mentioned that he’d interviewed Cole that day for a major Ozone feature, and asked me if I wanted to have him on the radio show as well. Randy made the connection with Ibrahim for me and the result is history and this interview.

During our conversation in 2009, J. Cole talked about how he deals with the pressures of living up to the Jay-Z co-sign hype (sidebar: y’all remember when Jay-Z was president of Def Jam 2004-2008? During those years not many album besides his were released during those years). J. Cole also spoke about growing up in Fayetteville, the classic Fayetteville hip hop group Bomb Shelter, being a youngin’and wanting to work with NC hip hop legend producer Nervous Wreck. J. Cole also touched Fayetteville’s political climate, how he plans to make his mark in the industry, being a producer / emcee and so much more.

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#TBT Carolina Hip Hop Archives: 2009 Kooley High (@KooleyHigh) In Studio Freestyle + Upcoming 12/13/14 Show At Pourhouse Raleigh

#TBT: Kooley High (@KooleyHigh) 2009 In Studio Freestyle + Upcoming 12/13/14 Show At The Pourhouse Raleigh

                              September 2009 (L-R clockwise: Foolery, Charlie Smarts, Synopsis, DJ Ill Digitz, Rapsody, Tab-One, Me).

Kooley High is one of my favorite hip hop groups of ever, and it just so happens that they are from North Carolina. Tab-One, Sinopsis, Foolery, Charlie Smarts and DJ Ill Digitz now split their time between Raleigh, NC and Brooklyn, New York. This weekend however all five members of the crew are in town and they will be playing a hometown show at The Pourhouse in Raleigh.

Kooley High is running a contest to win tickets to the show via their Instagram page. The rules are simple: follow them on the Gram, repost this picture, include the captions @KooleyHighNC and #KooleyIsHigh you’ll be entered for a change to win tickets to their show on Saturday December 13.

I’ve been a Kooley High fan for years. Down below check out a couple of throwback freestyles from my Carolina hip hop archives. One was from an interview I did with Kooley High in September 2009 at their Breakroom Studios in Raleigh. This was actually the first time I’d ever done an interview at a studio. All I had was my Apple laptop and a microphone! The crew passed the microphone around and went it. The freestyle was so dope, I broke out into goosebumps. The other freestyle is from October 2008. The whole crew as well as the members of Inflowential stopped by my radio show at WXYC 89.3 FM Chapel Hill.

After the jump, y’all can also watch the video of a throwback Kooley High performance from the 2010 A3C Hip Hop Festival!

September 2009 Freestyle (Rhyming in order: Tab-One, Charlie Smarts, Rapsody)

October 2008 Freestyle Kooley High &Inflowential (Includes Beatboxer A-Did &Halo)

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Elevator Jay (@ElevatorJay) “This Ain’t Life”

Elevator Jay (@ElevatorJay) "This Ain't Life"

On “This Ain’t Life”, Elevator Jay dons his producer hat in order to rhyme about the various pressures of a young man’s life.

“This Ain’t Life”is the Charlotte, NC emcee’s latest track since October’s “Doin Us”.

“This Ain’t Life”–

Run That Back:
Elevator Jay — “Doin Us”.

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Feature Night Thursday Returns 12/18/2014: Hip Hop Christmas Songs + Sonyae Interview (@JustSonyae)

Feature Night Thursday Returns 12/18/2014: Hip Hop Christmas Songs + Sonyae Interview (@JustSonyae)

What: Feature Night Thursday Hip Hop Christmas Songs Special Featuring Sonyae.

When: Thursday December 18, 2014 9PM-12Midney (Interview with Sonyae airs at 10:00 PM)

Listen Live: On the local dial WXYC 89.3 FM Chapel Hill,NC or live steaming on WYXC’s website.

Feature Night Thursdays returns for the annual hip hop Christmas songs radio special! If you’re new around these parts, for several years I hosted a Thursday Night Feature show on WXYC 89.3 FM Chapel Hill. Back in August 2013 after an awesome and fun three year streak, I stopped hosting the radio show in order to focus on running and getting my health in order.

The annual hip hop Christmas songs radio special returns on December 18, 2014 and includes an interview with Sonyae. Sonyae is a Raleigh, NC based emcee who recently released her recently released debut project, Leave of Presence.

Sonyae will be coming to the studio during the night to discuss her mixtape, her work as an upcoming artist, and much more. Sonyae is well-respected as a skilled lyricist by many in the North Carolina underground hip hop community. Check out Leave of Presence and tune into the annual hip hop Christmas songs radio special on December 18 to find out why!

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