I’ve had a lot of cool moments in my career, but this is certainly near the top of the list! Entertainment Weekly has picked I’ll Name This Podcast Later as one of their top 12 music podcasts to listen to! ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY!
Via their description, EW writes:
“Look out, Terry Gross! From brainy discussions about mass pop to illuminating conversations with artists, EW picks the top 12 essential music podcasts to make your daily commute a breeze.”
Check out what they said about INTPL below, and read the full article here.
Diddy had quite the merry Christmas this year! Just before Santa hit his house, the music mogul’s Revolt TV channel finally reached a deal with DIRECTV, now bringing it into millions more homes.
“Our new agreement with DIRECTV is further proof we are on a fast track to revolutionizing the media industry,” Puff said in a press release. “We are achieving what we set out to do 18 months ago – our programming is available on more screens, and our audience is bigger and more powerful than ever before. What a great way to end an already successful 2015 and launch us into the new year.”
Perhaps in the celebratory mood, Puff decided to gift his Bad Boy artist French Montana with a cool $1 million later that day. And being equally as giving, French decided to donate it all to the charity he just started in his south Bronx hometown, helping the local schools and young kids. So dope of him!
Earlier this month, my good friend Kathy Iandoli asked me to be a part of a panel of experts to discuss 2015 for BET‘s year-end wrap up, so of course I said yes! Along with some of my favorite people like Sway In The Morning‘s Tracy G, YouHeardThatNew/Beats1‘s Lowkey, The Source‘s Simone Amelia, The STASHED‘s Kazeem, ThisIs50‘s Jack Thriller and more, we discussed all the highs and lows of 2015.
Check out the clips below. Such an honor to be a part of this!
Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy announced today the release of two books in 2016. Writer, author and all-around badass (because she’s awesome and also happens to be my mentor), Kathy Iandoli, will be collaborating with him to help write them.
Commissary Kitchen will be part cookbook, part anecdotal storybook, and it will detail Prodigy’s prison experience through his meals. Some of the recipes will be classic prison offerings, while others will serve as the catalyst for greater stories throughout his three years prison term.
Our Jersey guy can do no wrong! Fetty Wap has long shed his “one hit wonder” predictions, and now has not one, not two, not three…but FOUR songs in the top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot Rap Songs chart.
His longest-running hit is of course “Trap Queen,” which still sits comfortably at number 2. It’s followed by the Monty-assisted “My Way” at number 3, the Remy Boyz-assisted “679” at number 5, and is now joined by “Again,” entering the chart for its first week at number 8.
XXL put together a list of their top 5 hip-hop podcasts to check out, and I’m honored to announce that my little show with Joe Budden has made the list!
Aside from ourselves, other podcasts include Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds‘ Juan Epstein, Charlamagne The God and Andrew Schultz‘s Brilliant Idiots, Taxstone‘s Tax Season and The Combat Jack Show.
Check out what they said about I’ll Name This Podcast Later below! Thank you, XXL!
The last time two male hip-hop artists held down the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 was 2009 with Flo’Rida and T.I. The last time a New Jersey artist held down the top spot was Lauryn Hill with “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” in 1998. The last time two New Jersey artists held down the top two spots? Never! (Okay, I don’t actually have that stat but it just went really well with what I had going on here. I don’t know if maybe Springsteen and Bon Jovi did it before, maybe Whitney…I don’t know. But just roll with me here.)
This week, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth‘s Furious 7 track “See You Again” ranks #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the fourth week in a row, while Fetty Wap‘s “Trap Queen” has climbed up from #3 to its highest spot yet at #2. (Obviously Wiz is not from Jersey, but Charlie Puth is. Rumson, what up!)
That’s not all that we have going on right now, either! East Brunswick teen Jax just scored a Top 3 spot on American Idol, the furthest any state resident has ever advanced. We find out Tuesday whether she makes it to the top 2, and Wednesday if she will be crowned Jersey‘s first-ever “American Idol!”