While NYC is the one and only birthplace of hip hop, Philadelphia has long since been one of the most important stops for artists looking to prove that they had what it takes to make it on the national stage. “The City of Brotherly Love” also holds the distinction of being home to Schooly-D (an early architect of what would come to be known as “Gangster Rap”), as well as legendary turntablists DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Cash Money and famed acts such as Freeway, Eve and The Roots.
Colby Colb, the Vice President of Programming for Radio One, started his broadcast career there at a time when some of the emcees now known as legends were just getting started. A radio icon, he clocked 21 years on air in Philly and as a result, he’s got an incredible amount of throwback interviews and rare footage to share— and he’s sharing the wealth with CASSIUS.
For the first installment of Colby Colb in the Crates, check out audio from interviews with JAY-Z dating back over two decades— just in time for the release of the mogul’s highly anticipated 4:44 album, where he discusses the early beginnings of Roc-A-Fella Records, purchasing his freedom from Priority Records, and much more.
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