BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe Interview Kanye
“When someone comes up and says something like, ‘I am a God,’ everybody says, Who does he think he is? I just told you who I thought I was: A God.” – Kanye West
The Chi Town rapper spoke candidly on many issues in this interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. What shocked the world was Yeezy unapologetic honesty on fashion, Yeezus, and the hip hop scene, “I've put in the 10,000 hours. No one can say I don't know how to design a men's sneaker." The interview was quickly parodied by Jimmy Kimmel, which led to even more outrageous Kanye quotables (via Twitter).
Lil Mama Cries On The Breakfast Club
"I understand you’re here to bash people, make jokes and be funny, I get it, I totally get it but at the end of the day keep it official with yourself" - Lil Mama
Ever since Lil Mama jumped on stage with Jay Z and Alicia Keys during their performance at the 2009 MTV VMA’s, it’s pretty much defined her career. But you couldn’t help but feel sorry for her when she was invited onto Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club.
Charlamagne The God was armed and ready with his usual snide remarks but he really went in on Lil Mama. Mostly calm throughout the beginning of the interview, she dealt with questions about that moment when she crashed the stage, her comments on Nicki Minaj stealing her style and attacks on her credibility in hip hop. She didn’t get through it without Charlamagne’s digs such as, “If you’re face was the bible, it would be the old testament”. By the end, Lil Mama broke down revealing her struggle to put music out and dealing with her mother’s passing from cancer at the tender age of 17.
Yung Joc Falls Asleep In An Interview
“I won’t fall asleep, just don’t ask me no boring questions”.
Rappers often have crazy, hectic schedules. One minute they're on a plan traversing time zones, and the next they're doing press.
Back in 2007, Yung Joc visited Jump Off TV in the UK extremely tired, and looking like he was really in no mood for an interview. His crew member fell asleep in the early part of the interview as Joc himself took a few big yawns. As the rapper took a seat on the comfy couch he warned Jump Off against any boring questions. Low and behold, when asked what Southern hip hop had done for the genre, Yung Joc completely blanked out, eyes closed into lala land, to the surprise of the interviewer.
Riff Raff On Complex TV
“I’m too big for this”
Earlier in March 2014, we brought you footage of when Riff Raff didn’t exactly make it easy for this Complex presenter during his interview.
Many suspected the Houston rapper was high on something when his behaviour made for some awkward interviewing, he even confronted the Complex host about why he didn’t a make the Complex Showcase, and why he wasn’t on the cover of their magazine. Riff Raff wasn’t exactly talkative, admitting he wasn't having the time of his life at SXSW.
“I put you in my Kufi category!” – Jim Jones
Invited onto Hot 97, Mase spoke about his beef with Cam’ron and his demands for $25,000 when asked to appear in Cam’s “Horse and Carriage’s” video. The interview got real heavy when Jim Jones called in and went at Mase about the details in his book. This was then followed by a call from Killer Cam himself, who disputed Mase’s story about the fee.
Dame Dash, Cam’ron Appear On The O'Reilly Factor
“You mad?!” – Cam’ron
Damon Dash and Cam’ron were invited onto the O’Reilly Factor as guests to discuss criticism that rap music is responsible for negatively influencing young teens.
As Elementary School Principal Salome Thomas-El gave his viewpoints, Bill O’Reilly in particular seemed far from the “moderator” he was supposed to be. Judging the interview as one-sided, Cam’ron and Dash made sure their feelings were known, resulting in the infamous line from Killa, "you mad?".
Trey Songz and K Foxx Go At It On Hot 97
“I don’t think I pissed him off, I think he’s just in a-hole mode today” – K Foxx
Trey Songz has been interviewed by Hot 97 on many occasions. But the team of Cipha Sounds, Rosenberg and K Foxx were a little taken aback by Trey's embargo on them to ask questions about certain subjects.
K Foxx did not let this stop her, and was eager to get the dirt of Trigga’s alleged beef with Neyo who was said to have criticized his singing style. Foxx kept going, much to the annoyance of Trey Songz who was less than impressed by her questions.
“I’ve had head from a toothless crackhead before” – Danny Brown
A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown got deep down and personal in this back and forth interview which was hilarious to say the least! Sitting pool side in Barcelona, the two discussed everything from marriage, music, Facebook and Twitter “bitches”.
Jay Z Interviewed Whilst Lesbians Have Sex
“They’re having a ball over there” – Jay Z
One very bizarre interview took place on Luke’s Peep Show. Whilst asked being asked various questions by Uncle Luke, a young Jay Z was pretty distracted by his environment with two semi-naked girls next to him getting it on. NSFW.
Sway Interviews Yeezy on Shade 45 on SiriusXM
"You ain't got the answers, Sway!"- Kanye West
Probably the most memorable interview of 2013. Kanye was on a press run, and Sway Calloway was one of the lucky ones who caught an interview with him on Shade 45. But it’s fair to say that Sway wasn’t quite expecting to deal with a Kanye screaming, “You ain’t got the answers Sway!” when he was questioned about his endeavours in fashion.
At least the two managed to show love for each other at the end.
Cam’ron and 50 Cent Beef Over The Phone
“I have control over his emotions right now” – 50 Cent
Hot 97’s Angie Martinez had a big back and forth on her hands when Cam’ron called in to confront 50 Cent about his comments over his ability to stop a record coming out of Koch Records.
Cam’ron Koch Records representative called in which led to 50 Cent demanding that Killer Cam be put on the phone. The Dipset rapper got a bit too wild for the call in the end which led to him being faded out.
Bossip Confronts Rick Ross Over "Officer Ricky" Nickname
“Baby I'm worth too much money to even be side tracked on this carpet.” – Rick Ross
Bossip got on the wrong side of Ricky Rozay when they started nicknaming him “Officer Ricky”, referencing his previous occupation as a Correction's Officer before he ever made it big in rap.
When this Bossip interviewer asked him how he felt about the nickname, well lets say he didn’t take to well to it. He even called her shoes “cheap” as he walked off.
“Stop disrespecting hip hop, it’s disgusting!” - Nas
Nas got a lot off his chest during his Power 105.1 interview, his station of choice at the time. Outraged over his treatment at Hot 97’s Summer Jam, the Queens' rapper laid into what he took as the station’s favoritism for Jay Z. But that wasn’t all, he attacked N.O.R.E, and Cam’ron as well as Jay Z for their music whilst also criticizing Funkmaster Flex and Angie Martinez.
Nicki Minaj vs Rosenberg
“I don’t know your resume, I never found you funny, I never found you entertaining, I never found you smart, I just found you annoying…” – Nicki Minaj to Pete Rosenberg
Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg didn’t exactly make a good impression on one of hip hop's finest ladies, Nicki Minaj, when he disrespected her track at Hot 97’s own Summer Jam back in 2012. On the Festival Village stage he got on the mic to tell the audience:
“I know there's some chicks here waiting to sing 'Starships' later, I'm not talking to y'all right now, fuck that bullshit. I'm here to talk about real hip-hop shit. People here to see A$AP Rocky today. People here to see ScHoolboy Q on this stage. That's that shit I represent."
Minaj heard all of this and cancelled her performance for the Summer Jam. Later in March 2013, she was invited onto Hot 97’s show to iron things out. Minaj is not a woman to mess with and although it's water under the bridge, she showed she was OVER it.
Fat Joe Makes Claims About Hip Hop and The Gay Mafia
“The hip hop community is most likely owned by gay” – Fat Joe
Back in 2011, Fat Joe sat down with Vlad TV, speaking very candidly about his thoughts on gay individuals in hip hop. The Terror Squad CEO however felt the industry was further ahead than just having a few gay rappers in the genre.
DMX Interviewed Extremely High
“Most people don’t know how to be my friend” - DMX
This is one of the many times we have seen DMX interviewed high as hell. But here, X looks a little more than out of it, slurring his words. Props to you if you can understand what he says at the end.
“It's not a conspiracy theory. We don't fuck with you musically, so we're not going to provide music for you” – Kid Cudi
Rising high on the scene, Kid Cudi was fronted on Complex mag’s cover for the October/November 2010 edition. Cudi did not hold back about his thoughts on Wale, criticizing his lines about him, calling them wack:
“It wasn't a shot, it's just a simple-ass rhyme by a simple-ass rapper. You can't let that shit faze you. That's one of those raps that just shows the world that you wack. Why would you even use that as a metaphor?”
Cudi also was clear on how he thought many rappers such as Wale were nowhere near his level.
"I don't even talk about Kanye, and that's my homeboy! They talk about Kanye like they're bosom buddies with this nigga. Talking about "I be in Hawaii"—man, shut the fuck up, why you got to tell everybody everything? Then people like Wale get mad that 'Ye ain't give him no beats—'Ye ain't give you no beats because we ain't fucking with your raps. It's not a conspiracy theory. We don't fuck with you musically, so we're not going to provide music for you".
Check out the full interview here.
Pimp C Addresses His Comments On Atlanta
“ATL is considered to be the gay capital of the world” – Pimp C
In 2007, late Pimp C’s interview with Ozone Magazine left him with a lot of controversial comments. The hip hop world was left wanting to know more. Pimp C especially upset his Atlanta fans when he stated quite boldly that in his opinion, “Atlanta is not the South”.
Power 107.9 Atlanta gave Pimp C his opportunity to clarify what he meant, but overall, he pretty much just fuelled the fire with comments on fake rappers, Atlanta’s undercover gay rappers, and Russell Simmons.
Odd Future Deliver A Crazy-Ass Interview
Interviewer: “What’s the most mindblowing thing that has happened to you so far?”
Tyler the Creator: “I got my dick sucked by a bitch that I went to school with who didn’t like me”.
MTV caught up with some of Odd Future’s members including, of course, Tyler The Creator. Tyler and his friends gave you the sort of interview you would have expected when it comes to the crew, calling Bruno Mars a "dumb bitch", talking about competing with Yeezy and staying away from Sudan when it comes to rapping.
Eminem Appears On ESPN
Herbstreit: “What are you most excited about with this album?”
Eminem accompanied Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit for a NCAAF game between Michigan and Notre Dame and acted in his naturally comedic way, beginning with his "Bezerk face". Funny and awkward at the same time, this made for great television.
We bring you 20 of the craziest interviews in hip hop.
The great thing about artists in hip hop, is that you can you pretty much trust that most of the time they will be real, even when they are being broadcasted live around the world. Outspoken and honest at the best of times, hip hop is genre which prides itself on bringing on competition and delivering the truth.
Over time, this has resulted in interviews where confrontations occur, sometimes without warning, and rappers get real candid. Love them or hate them, some rappers will give you their honest opinion rather than a media-savvy polished answer.
Many of these interviews will go down in hip hop history as some of the biggest moments in game, whilst others will just have you cringing at how ridiculous they are!
Let us know some of your favorite, crazy-ass interviews in hip hop! Enjoy this list of twenty different ones from other the years.