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You know you’ve made it when you get an interview from Nardwuar. Nardwuar linked up with Vic Mensa for an interesting interview, as usual. It features a cameo from Vic’s DJ, DJ Oreo, and some interesting Chicago information haha. Chi-Town all day. Enjoy.

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Nardwuar continues his festival run as he interviews Isaiah Rashad. This is definitely one of the most researched interviews I’ve ever seen him do haha. Enjoy.

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This may be one of the funniest Nardwuar interviews I’ve ever seen haha. Nardwuar vs. ScHoolboy Q. Check it out above as Q tries out one of Nardwuar’s gifts on the spot. Enjoy.

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A Tupac conversation that was to appear in an Entertainment Weekly article in 1994 has now been animated and recreated via PBS’ Blank on Blank series. Enjoy.

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Zane Lowe has been on fire as of late as he now secures an interview with Eminem. Eminem talks about his collaboration with Kendrick, his latest album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and much more. He also delivered an in-studio performance of “Stan.” Check it out below and enjoy.

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Kanye West stopped by “Sway In The Morning” to talk about all the current press surrounding him splitting from Nike and much more. Things ended up getting really heated…to the point that Kanye yelled at Sway, “You ain’t got the answers, Sway!” Everything was all good by the end, but it seemed like a pretty tense situation. Skip to 18:15 for the action. Enjoy.

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Lupe Fiasco sat down with Rikki Martinez at Power 106 for an interview. They talked about everything from Lupe “falling off” to him making a song about smoking crack. Check it out above and enjoy.

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Life + Times interviewed Pharrell Williams in honor of the 10th anniversary of Jay Z’s The Black Album. Pharrell talks about his work on the album, his admiration of Jay Z, and much more. Check it out and enjoy.

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Kanye West has gone from the artist who does no press to the artist appearing at multiple radio stations on the same day. He’s got a lot to say and he is using the radio stations as his platform. Featured is a nearly 2 hour long stream of his interview with Big Boy at Power 106, complete with commercials, his 36 minute interview with 97.1 Amp Radio, and an audio stream of his interview with Ryan Seacrest. I will say the Big Boy interview was the most interesting and entertaining. It’s worth the watch. Enjoy.

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This post represents the first session of Hardly Broken Interviews. I want to really understand the artists I listen to and there’s no better way to do that than to ask them questions! I have many questions and will attempt to get them answered and post them here for you!

The first session is with Macie Stewart. She is the former singer-keyboardist of the Chicago band, Kids These Days. Their album, Traphouse Rock, was one of my favorite projects last year. After Kids These Days split, I was very interested in what the individual members were doing afterwards. At some point I would love to ask all of the members questions and luckily I got to do just that with Macie. I went to high school with most of the Kids These Days members, including Macie, so it was great to get responses from her, especially with her growing success. Macie now makes music with bands Sikiyadigo and Marrow. Learn more about her below!

Ahmad: What influenced you to start singing and to start performing in general?

Macie: I’ve been playing since I was very young, about 3 years old. My mother was a musician, and wanted me to start learning music earlier than she did so I started taking piano lessons. I guess performing has always been second nature to me, I enjoyed being in school plays and performing in my recitals so it’s really just been something I’ve loved to do from the beginning.

Ahmad: If you could work with one artist, who would you choose?

Macie: Right now it would be David Bowie. I’m in another big Bowie phase right now. His music always seems to have an awesome performance art quality to it while still being heavily rooted in rock. I’d love to work with him because he does whatever he wants to do with his music whether it’s making pop/rock ballads or singing about a lonely man in space.

Ahmad: Name one person, place, or thing that inspires you.

Macie: It’s hard to pick just one… Im gonna cheat a bit and say my close musician/artistic friends as one thing. Lane Beckstrom, Liam and Sima Cunningham, Giuliana Molinaro, Anna Castellanos, Vic Mensa. They all work so hard and practice everyday for their art, It makes me want to do the same.

A: What are five things you couldn’t go a day without using?

M: My piano, a cooking pan, I hate to say it but probably my phone, and my contacts because I’m blind. Oops thats four I can’t think of another.

A: Are you still making music with Sikiyadigo?

M: We definitely still make music, just not on a serious basis. Every once and a while we’ll get together and play just because we’re all good friends who love to jam. We’re actually playing a show at the end of December with a funk band called Orgone, so we’ll probably get together and play a bit for that.

A: How did the group, Marrow, come about?

M: When Kids These Days ended, Liam [Cunningham] called me and said “I still want to keep making music with you.” Liam is a fantastic songwriter, and we wanted to create a band with multiple vocalists and dual (although Lane writes occasionally as well) songwriting. Lane [Beckstrom] was also involved from the beginning, and Greg [Landfair] was initially our drummer. He helped us record demos but he was so busy that it wouldn’t work out with the amount of rehearsals we had. We were also interested in different things. The three of us (Liam, Lane, and I) jammed with a few other drummers including Matt Carroll. He was so amazing and just meshed perfectly with our music and personalities, so we asked him to join on a more permanent basis. He agreed and we’ve just been playing since.

A: What are your upcoming plans, musically, now that Kids These Days are no longer together?

M: Marrow is going strong. We just finished recording a 2 song EP called “TWO” which we will release in December. In the meantime were finishing EP details, filming videos, and playing shows to get ready for our big Chicago release show at Schuba’s on December 19th. We’re planning on playing SxSW next year and hopefully touring as soon as we can.

A: I saw you, Nico, and Greg join Chance the Rapper on the stage when he performs “Paranoia,” how did that come about?

M: Chance texted me and said he needed a female bass player who could sing and wanted to know if I was available. I can play bass a bit, but not that well so I brought a bass synth instead. I think it ended up fitting better with the music because it packs a bit more of a punch when you’re playing along with a dj and a rapper.

A: I know you played Lollapalooza last year with KTD and this year with Chance and Coachella this year, how is playing a music festival different from performing a regular concert? Is it any different?

M: The crowds are usually way different. People who go to festivals are there to have fun and party and see as much music as they can because they paid a lot of money for their tickets. Theres just such a mass amount of people that it’s hectic and sometimes hard to reach everybody. The venue shows usually have people who are there to just see you so they’re a bit more dedicated. The sound is also better (usually) at venue shows, because festivals have up to 10 bands on one stage in a day so it’s hard to get a great soundcheck.

I’d like to thank Macie for taking the time to answer my questions! You can definitely find me at Schuba’s on December 19th for that Marrow performance! Enjoy.

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Kendrick Lamar sat down with GRAMMY.com for an interview where he discussed everything from his influences to meeting Dre and Tupac as a kid. For some reason, the interview is split into ten, one minute or so, interviews, but check them out below. Enjoy.

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Nardwuar does it again. This time he gets an interview with Trina. She still looks great and it was an interesting interview, as usual. Enjoy.

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Chance The Rapper stood around (he wasn’t sitting lol) with Hypetrak for an interview. I think the most interesting thing he talked about was Jill Scott. Check it out. Enjoy.

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I keep forgetting that Kanye’s bottom, front row of teeth are gold haha. Zane Lowe has now had the opportunity to interview each member of The Throne individually, all in one year. Above is the four part series of Zane Lowe’s interview with Kanye West. It is absolutely an intense, enlightening affair. Kanye went in with a mission and a lot to say. It’s clear that he is frustrated about not being able to take off with this fashion thing and he is REALLY passionate about being able to help through his creativity. He just wants the outlet. He says a lot of things that make sense and he says some things that might rub you the wrong way. But that’s Kanye. In the final part, I think he brought it home. It was a dope interview that everyone should see. And yes, there is talk of Yeezus haha.

This is also the interview that sparked this Jimmy Kimmel parody which got Kanye so riled up that he launched a Twitter rant against Jimmy Kimmel. I think they have now been deleted. Now that I’ve seen the parody, it’s not that funny…and I think Kanye had a right to be a little upset because Jimmy Kimmel misconstrued the point of everything Kanye said. Check it out for yourself. Enjoy.

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So Myspace presented an interview series called CRWN. It featured Elliott Wilson interviewing Drake in front of a live audience at NYU. This was easily one of the best and most informative interviews I’ve seen in a while. Drake talks to Elliot Wilson about everything. He had some interesting things to say about Kendrick’s “Control” verse, his relationship with Jay Z, the creation process and analysis of Nothing Was The Same, 40 made an appearance, and much more. You even get to hear Elliott make a bunch of corny jokes and ad-libs haha. Check out the 3-part series above. Enjoy.

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