PH went up to TheÂ Halftime RadioÂ Show on WNYU 89.1fm, with Chordz Cordero and myself, GMS, to talk to host DJ Eclipse about his new album KNOW THE LEDGE. The conversation quickly turned to battling, then and now, the differences between the rules from the days of Blaze Battle and Braggin’ Rites and the popular battle leagues today, like GrindTimeNow and KOTD. This was a perfect segway into PH’s song “How To Battle” off the album, where PH flips the 50 Cent classic How To Rob but names dozens of MC’s in the battle game today.
The interview is dope. This is just part 2, the only part I had video of, but I will put up the audio of the rest in a few days. A lot of interesting stuff is talked about, plus a cypher between PH, Chordz and myself towards the end.
I included the full audio of the song “How To Battle”, below the video. See how many battle rappers you can catch as PH weaves their names into metaphors!
Black Milk and Danny Brown knew they were on to something big when they made this track for Milk’s “Album of the Year” and held off on the video until it was time to re-release on the callabo album “Black and Brown” Check out the video then listen and buy the album below!
I used to hang with these cats Vast and Vordul in the 90’s, before solo albums, before Can Ox, before Def Jux even formed as a label. A.T.O.M.S FAM was the crew and they and The PLAGUE had some of the illest cyphas. We were young and restless then, getting into battles and street brawls in downtown Manhattan.
Nowadays we all grown up and it makes me feel good when these brothers put out quality material and I can celebrate their success. This one is off Vast Aire’s current solo album that just dropped, featuring his Cannibal Ox brethren Vordul Mega, plus the Wu heavyweight Raekwon. According to Vast, the two met up backstage at a show once and built on the possibility of a collab. I’m glad they finally made it happen.
VAST AIRE’s new album OX 2010: A STREET ODESSY is onÂ Fat Beats Records & Man Bites Dog