Pharoahe Monch: New Album, Organized Konfusion, & more… • Word Is Bond

We were late on this, but better late than never, right?

It’s been a little over four years since we’ve had a full length album from Pharoahe Monch. We’ve seen him go overseas back in March, then dropped a verse over the summer on a Wu remix track called ‘Pearl Harbor’ (s/o AFH) – so the great thing is he’s staying busy. Fans have been wondering when he’s going to drop another album, and thanks to the interview he did with Take It Personal Radio, we have information on what the album will sound like.

“It’s pretty insane. I’m looking at the collective of records, and I’m thinking it’s one of my best projects ever,” Monch says to DJ Philaflava and Kevlar, with DJ 360 taking full control on the music-side of things with his tribute. “It’s the hardest project ever.”

“It’s the darkest project ever, and it’s the hardest,” Monch continues. “The bars are somewhere in between Extinction Agenda (Stress) and Internal Affairs.”

According to Monch, this album is something he’s been wanting to work on for eight years. He’s letting Lee Stone take full control of production duties – which goes back to his IA days. Nottz has production on the album already. Details include that there will be songs on there that doesn’t have choruses and it’s bar-heavy.

But there’s something about this album that most fans will find somewhat shocking – it will be heavy rock-influenced. Monch grew up being a major fan of rock & roll music.

“I’m a huge (Led) Zepplin fan, but I would say that the record will feel a little more like (Black) Sabbath,” Monch says.

Aside from news about another album, the question came up about whether or not he and Prince Po will get back in the studio and make another album as Organized Konfusion. The last time they’ve linked up as OK was for Marco Polo’s 2013 joint, ‘3-0-Clock‘.

“I just sent him (Po) a beat that he loves… that’s where we’re at with it right now,” Monch says. “It just gotta be super organic. As long as it’s that, I don’t care what the vibe is…” 

Check out the soundcloud below. The interview starts a little after the 1:16:00 mark. The interview details everything – everything that a fan wants to know. This is a no-holds- barred interview, as well as an astounding tribute mix put together by 360.

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It's Cayoz on Word is Bond Rap Radio (hip-hop podcast)

Cayoz hails from Oceanside, California and is not be confused with the Canadian emcee K-os, although both rappers pronounce their name “Chaos.”

If you are a regular listener of this show, you will have heard this man before. He makes great songs and even has a few Canadian connections. It was nice to finally kick it with him and talk about music and life.

Nine ft Sadat X – It’s Going Down
Lord Finese – Soul Plan
Rock ft M.O.P. – Fax Machine
Atmosphere – Make It All Better
More or Les – Skill of Gymnastics, Kill of Karate
Blueprint – Be Like Water
Black Sheep – We Can All Share
Cayoz – Salute the DJ
Cayoz ft Pheonix Pagliacci – Fire & Ice
Senica Da Misfit ft Cayoz – Last Breath
Wordburglar – Living Between Wednesdays
Tongue Helmet – Listen Close
The Mighty Rhino ft Jesse Dangerously – Basically Jesus
Psybo – Hello Ello
Career Crooks – Clock’s Ticking
Noveliss – 5 A.M. in Shibuya
Sankdafied ft Speak EZ – Life
Run-DMC – Is It Live?
Dilated Peoples – Clockwork
Artson ft Quese IMC – Right Now
Breaking Wreckords – Evacuation
Ato-Mik – Thesis

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Lauryn Hill responds to Robert Glasper's 'stolen' comments • Word Is Bond

Lauryn Hill responds to Robert Glasper’s comments that she stole music from ‘The Miseducation…’, a claim that were made on Houston’s 97.9 The Box a few weeks back with a statement. She wanted to respond right after her debut solo album’s 20th anniversary date passed.

In the statement, she addresses a number of things, such what it was like for her to work with new musicians, Robert Glasper, old rumors, and her live performances.

“-The Miseducation was the first time I worked with musicians outside of the Fugees who’s report and working relationship was clear. In an effort to create the same level of comfort, I may not have established the necessary boundaries and may have been more inviting than I should have been. In hindsight, I would have handled it differently for the removal of any confusion …  I may have been inclusive, but these are my songs.”

She goes on to address Glasper..

“-I’m confused as to why such a principled musician, who thought I ‘stole’ from his friends, would show up to work for me anyway. If that was hypocrisy or opportunism instead of genuine interest, it would further explain why an artist would feel the need to put his or her guard up.”

“Who are you to say I didn’t do enough? Most people are probably just hearing your name for the first time because you dropped MINE in an interview, controversially. Taking nothing away from your talent, but this is a fact.”

A couple of weeks back Glasper appeared on Houston’s 97.9 The Box and spoke on a concert he was going to be a part of with another artist. Towards the end of the interview (around the 30 min. mark), Glasper spoke about his career taking a turn in 2005 (when he got signed to a label) and he had denied his service to a number of artists – one of them happened to be Hill.

The interview continues to go on with Glasper talking about his experiences in dealing with her. He goes on explaining how some of his friends got their music stolen from her.

A great number of people who were following this story on twitter didn’t know this happened –  which caught so many people off guard.

Glasper’s reference was in regards to a 1998 federal lawsuit against Hill, her management, and the label by the band called New Ark, who says she “failed to properly credit them for their work.” After a nearly 3-year battle, they’ve settled out of court, with New Ark walking away with $5M.

In celebrating her album’s 20 year mark, she performed on a number of dates that were scheduled. Back in July, she cancelled a number of shows right after fans in Toronto were disappointed with her 45-minute set after arriving to perform late, according to Exclaim.

Tour dates are still ongoing.

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ethemadassassin Word is Bond Rap Radio – Show #312 • Word Is Bond

Sometimes names just need to be called out. This is one of those times. That’s why we start off this edition of the show with thirty minutes of battle rhymes and dis tracks.

Then, we have an exclusive interview with ethemadassassin. He talks about his new collab project with Luse Kanz and the plans he has to drop a lot of music this year.

And as usual, we bring you two hours of great hip-hop music.

If you listen to us live, we are moving time slots. Catch us on Tuesdays from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight on 94.9 CHRW Radio Western.

Press play and enjoy the show!

Chubb Rock ft Das Efx and PMD – Beef
Edo.G – Da Beef Goes On
Kurupt ft Xzibit – Calling Out Names
Lauryn Hill – Lost Ones
LL Cool J – Jack the Ripper
Chase MarchIt’s Clobbering Time
Common – Bitch in Yoo
ethemadassassin and Luse Kanz – The Baron
Euphrates – Break Yourself
Farm Fresh – I’ll Take You Home
Chan Hays ft Ghettosocks, Pharoahe Monch, and Ras Kass – Ghost in the Shell
Frek Sho – Mocean Detector
Rakim – When I Be on the Mic
ethemadassassin and Luse Kanz – Touches
The Fake Hunters ft ethemadassassin – Wisdom
Del & Amp Live – Far Beyond
Moore & Exit Only – Go Off
A.Y.E. – Times (N.Y.)
Sadat X – I Know This Game
Chris Orrick ft Nolan the Ninja – What Happens Next
Royce Da 5’9″ ft Eminem – Caterpiller
Fu-Schnickens – Ring the Alarm
Blu & Exile – The World Is

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WIB Interviews Murs (Exclusive) • Word Is Bond

I had the pleasure of sitting down with the west coast legend Murs ahead of the release of his latest album entitled A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable. We discussed everything from the new album, superhero pool parties, his hip-hop Mount Rushmore, and even video games!

Thank you to Murs and the Strange Music team for taking the time to set this up with The Word Is Bond.

You can get your hands on a digital copy of A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable here.

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TWIB meets Deal The Villain (Interview) • Word Is Bond

Introduce yourself


I’m Deal The Villain aka DTV aka Deal Diamontes aka Mr. Villain… your FRIENDLY neighborhood bad guy… or just Deal.


Musical Background


Very little formal training in percussion. Self taught DJ since the 90’s. Prefessional novice of standalone akai mpc’s & reason daw. As well as a self taught musical engineer, producer & arranger.


Musical Influences


I’m a student of almost every musical genre. I first fell in love with classical & jazz. Then soul, disco, punk, r&b & rap. I pull from any thread in the rich tapestry of sound.


What song sparked the fire in you to pick up the mic


My love of the art form & desire to be a part of something that has such a great influence in lives… along with NOT wanting to just be the DJ/Producer/Beatmaker.


How do you stay inspired in this present musical climate


Growth. The evolution from lack of mainstream respect and recognition; to becoming the dominant art form embroiled in internal debate. I feel that you ALWAYS have something to say in rap. The sonic soundscape expands infinitely. And for better or worse it’s the only musical genre that openly criticizes itself within context.


How has the journey been so far


(laughs) I can’t begin to describe a spec of my life which is a spec of existence. I’ve had losses, wins, pain, joy… a life lived. Witnessed violence, unconditional love, opposition & indifference. Becoming ever aware of cultural divides and oppression; the importance of confirmation & respect to demolish rape culture. Indulged in many vices… many vices. And been wrong in situations that ultimately offered growth. sooooo, I’d say…. cool?


How impactful do you think you can be in this present state of hip hop


I feel I can affect as much as the number of people that connect with me. I’ve learned that no matter what I say and/or do that the verdict lay with the audience. The following will dictate the involvement. I feel it’s just my responsibility to be as true to myself, the art & those who love it as I can be. Along with my journey as a being & sharing my ideology in an informative manner as best possible. I make that global universal buffet for you. What you choose to dine on is whatever flavor you savor on your plate on that date.


How would you describe your sound


I’m gonna coin the terms… nostalgic progressive or traditionally relevant. I believe in beats and lyrics that make you feel and think. I could have a certain sound over a few songs & projects, then blossoms over the course of time. The seconds, minutes, hours, days & years change; why not I? Time is still time though. No matter how different. 


Dream collaborations


I suck at this! My biggest thing is that I just wanna work with artists who wanna work with me & feel what I do. Worst thing in the world is to run your dream list and find out they all HATE your music! I really feel like the best nobody barely on the scene. I’m highly confident in my art and COMPLETELY oblivious to anyone ever liking what I do. So I apologize to all my icons… but I say EVERYBODY except LL Cool J. 


Dream producers to work with


Whoa! TOTALLY different story. I’d LOVE to work with; in NO particular order; Knxwledge, DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, J. Cole (when he’s in that forrest hills zone.), 40, Earl Sweatshirt, Flying Lotus, Soundwave, Terrence Martin, Statik Selekth, Kanye (when he’s in his Pusha T bag), Adrian Younge… I can go FOREVER!


Five years from now, where do you see your brand


MORE RECOGNIZABLE! Assending to white famous cult status, nahmean?!?! Like where I’m known and still people’s dirty little secret. The kind of brand that you want everybody to love but happy they’re not completely commercial to the point it’s not what you fell in love with anymore. Like that tv show or function only you and your friends know about and love. THAT’S what DTV’s goal for all his Vipers… even though I’d still be utterly clueless and never believe it when it happens. 


What other feathers do you want to add to your cap


Ambassador, spokesperson, champion of the people, satirist, progressive ideologist… and cool ass dude… I guess. 


Your favourite quote/saying


“Get out there and make a mess of your life.” – Dr. Squires (The Wackness)


Biggest accomplishment so far


Not being the same person I was through previous stages in my life.


Most memorable meeting


The event I first met Brokn.Englsh. Kicking it with producer 6th Sense outside a video shoot. He’s just a cool genuine guy. Being in a group receiving gems from Guru not too long before he passed. Getting treated to a birthday breakfast by Homeboy Sandman, just cuz. Same day I chilled with 6th Sense. Being on a perspective hip-hop reality show & getting to know MC turned politician DoItAll. I was CRAZY about Lords Of The Underground as a kid and I never told him that… cuz I didn’t feel the need. He’s just a dope person beyond being an artist. There’s tons of other moments and I said more than one. You caught me in a reflective mood. I HATE name dropping. Shout out to Writtenhouse, Kapital Gains; definitely good moments with them. Let me leave memory lane. 


Something you wish will never happen again to you in the industry


I value EVERY experience I’ve had. Couldn’t be who I am now without it. Sometimes you gotta get jerked. Bad business can lead to better dealings… IF you learn from them.


How can the world interact with you


Deal_TheVillain on instagram and twitter. Deal Diamontes on FB. InfiniteChamp on snapchat. Deal The Villain fb artist page. ANYBODY can hit me up anytime. I’m not fielding massive inquires currently… I SHOULD reply back. 


If you had one wish


I automatically started thinking about Nas’ lyrics from “If I Ruled The World”. Besides more wishes I’d say universal understanding, respect and empathy for any and every existing culture and the beings within them.


Last words

Thank you for this opportunity to address those who follow your movement. Tell’em what you’re gonna tell’em. Tell’em. Tell’em what you told’em. I’m out!

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Da Flyy Hooligan bares all in interview. • Word Is Bond

In this exclusive video interview which is his first for two years, north west London rapper Da Flyy Hooligan reveals all about his artistic change of direction, his new album and his close relationship with the late Sean Price.

While discussing the themes and recording process of his recently released “S.C.U.M.” LP, he explains the transition from the artist formerly known as Iron Braydz to his current persona Da Flyy Hooligan, a move in part inspired by actor Ray Winstone and the former Boot Camp Clik frontman who he describes as “one of the biggest influences on my life”.

Documenting the reason for his “Sean Price” tribute track, Da Flyy Hooligan proceeds to give an extensive in depth account of how their relationship grew through the years. He recounts their first meeting backstage in London and subsequent recording session evolving into a personal bond which would ultimately see the Brooklyn legend credit the young MC for his conversion to Islam.

In a series of very poignant recollections, their shared humour, respect and friendship is discernible culminating in rare video footage of the great man performing to his “little brother” on the Jazz Cafe stage. Following a further personal tribute to Bernadette Price, Harlesden’s finest outlines his release plans for 2018. 

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TWIB Meets Ro Spit [Interview] • Word Is Bond

TWIB Meets returns with a bang as we sit with Ro Spit, one half of the duo called RSXGLD who just dropped their debut collabo project of the same name. Sit back relax and get familiar.


For the benefit of anyone who’s been living in an underground bunker for the past several years…who on earth are you?

I am Sir Roland Spiterature of the Yakistan dynasty…Emcee extraordinaire.

How did you get started in music, and what drives you to continue?

I got thrown into the fire by my cousin OneBeLo when I told him that I wanted to be a DJ. Next thing you know I was deejaying for Subterraneous and Binary Star. I always wanted to be an Emcee though, so I was secretly writing rhymes until I felt that I was good enough to display them publicly. I think the fact that I feel that I’m still getting better lyrically and as a recording artist is what’s keeping me going. Nothing more, nothing less.

Do you remember the first recording/song you ever made?

Nah, I can barely remember what I ate yesterday.

If a movie about your life in music was to be made, what interesting/strange moments and stories would you share to make the movie cool?

It’s too much, you’ll just have to wait until you see the movie. Follow me on Instagram and you can get a daily preview of this Motion Picture.

Are there any other interesting facts about you that hardly anyone else knows?

I love Boxing!!! I started boxing a few years ago & I am currently the local Celebrity Boxing Champ of Michigan. My boxing nickname is “Slumberparty.”

What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?

Dopest thing is working with authentic, talented & driven people. Weakest thing is fake ass people.

Looking back, what has been the most important moments in your life so far?

My children being born.


What has been the biggest highlights?

Touring Europe with Slum Village.

What has been your biggest challenge…and how did you overcome it?

Consistently touring. I haven’t figured it out yet—I’m hoping this RSXGLD thing will be the answer.

Who are your heroes? Why do they rock your world?


Who has been the coolest, most memorable people you’ve met along the way, and how did they make an impact on your life?




When you’re sitting on the porch age 97 what would you like to look back on and smile having achieved?

Raising awesome children and also this RSGLD album.

What has been your most memorable or inspirational gig and why?

I opened up for MMG at the last show at the Pontiac Silverdome. That’s my hometown, I felt like Hov at MSG.

What has been your strangest celebrity encounter?

When I almost fought Usher in NYC. I was in a club in NYC dolo. I say dolo because my two friends that I was with were canoodling with the ladies having a blast and I’m married AF. He came in with a Sasquatch sized security guard and while he was trying to get past me to get to the deejay booth, he shoved me in my back. It was not a nudge, it was not a tap or a pat. Not even a push, it was definitely a shove. The “thug” in me was to instantly go for his throat and choke him out, but the genius in me looked at “The Big Show” and knew I didn’t want those problems. Also, one of my friends I was with was Dwele, and if I did pop off on Usher, and Dwe would have jumped in, it would’ve turned into an R&B star tussle and I probably wouldn’t have even gotten a mention on TMZ. My brain processed all of that in a matter of .74 seconds. So if you can set up a sanctioned boxing match between “Slumberparty” and “Fake Ass Sugar Ray Leonard” wanna be…set it up, team Slumberparty is ready!!!

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?

Pharrell Williams, I would serve him some of Jenn Corr’s Soul Rolls and some of Uncle Jerry’s BBQ.

What are the greatest songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, websites you’ve ever come across?

• Luther Vandross – “Creepin’”

• Nas – It Was Written

• The Secret

• Belly

• Martin


Name five songs (yours excluded) that we would expect to find on your iPod or Music Player:

• Luther Vandross – “Creepin’”

• Kendrick Lamar – “M.A.A.D City”

• Royce 5’9” – “Happy Bar Exam 2 (feat. Marv Won)”

• Binary Stary – “Glen Close”

• Any Jay Z song ever made…pick one

What special-hero type skills are you blessed with?


Where can everyone reading this interview keep up with your adventures?




Burn Rubber:

Any final thoughts?

I had Canelo 115 – 113 over GGG

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The Legendary PMD (WIB Rap Radio Exclusive) • Word Is Bond

I have been a fan of this man for as long as I can remember. EPMD is one of the best hip-hop groups to ever do it. It was an absolute pleasure to have him on the show last night.

PMD drops a lot of knowledge in this in-depth and exclusive appearance on Word is Bond Rap Radio.

This is a must listen. And make sure you cop his new album, Business Mentality.


EPMD – So Wat Cha Saying
Lone Catalyst ft Greg Nice – Rhymes
Noveliss ft Clear Soul Forces – Swordplay
LS Camp – Out of Control
Amerigo Gazaway – For Once In My Lifetime
Luke Christopher – The Lights
DJ Format and Abdominal – Still Hungry (Henkel Rremix)
EPMD – You Gots To Chill
David Strickland ft EPMD and Saukrates – Armed and Dangerous
PMD ft Erick Sermon – The Real is Gone
EPMD – The Joint
PMD – Trans
EPMD – Headbanger
Dan-e-o – Spit
Pawz One – B.O.M.B.S.
Lil Neekz – Stricktly Bizness
Touch – An Abbott on the Keys
Blu & Exile – Stress off the Chest
One Be Lo – Propaganda
Ngajuana – For the Moment
Group Home – Supa Star
Brown Bag All Stars ft Tash – 11 Steps

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Heads Up With Sankdafied on WIB Rap Radio • Word Is Bond

Sankdafied came by Radio Western this week to leak a few tracks from his forthcoming album Atoms and Evolution.

I subjected him to a game of Heads Up, the Ellen smartphone app that had us trying to guess clues in her hip-hop category. And of course, I played two hours of great underground hip-hop.

Enjoy the show!

Hex One – Yes Yes Yall
Edo.G ft The Bulldogs – It Is
6 Bronx Zoo – Take Columbus Day Off the Calendar
David Begun ft Fugees and Bob Marley – Take It Easy Shankin
Soundminds – Don’t Touch That Dial
Hanz On – Straight Business
Zoetic Minds – You Don’t Want Me Around
Hex One ft Skyzoo – Peep the Steez
The Cheeba Hawk Consortion ft Dres – Better Yourself
Sankdafied – On My Own
Sankdafied – Detained
Sankdafied ft Chase March – Back at the Spot
DJ Premier ft Asap Ferg – Our Streets
Fortunato – Keep It Humble
Notion ft Cee and Myer Clarity – Hurt
AZ – Rather Unique
Brother Ali – Forest Whitaker
Dilated Peoples – You Can’t Hide, You Can’t Run
Skrewtape – Sell It for Two
Ras Kass – Kill the Messenger
Planet Asia ft Chace Infinite, Innate, and Bumps – Tha Movement
Wu-Tang Clan – It’s Yours
GZA – Pencil
Method Man – Meth Vs Chef
Rapsody – Nobody

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