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‘I always knew’: NNAMDI on new music, family inspirations and his ‘backup career’ in engineering

Courtesy of the artist The following interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Element Everest-Blanks: You were born in California, moved to Ohio, and then ultimately settled in Lansing, Illinois. NNAMDI: Correct. EEB: Father was, or still is, a minister. NNAMDI: Yes he is. I would go to church, do the services. I started playing some music in church too. I played drums a little bit, but I was […]

todayNovember 28, 2022 4


Music Legend Kurtis Blow Celebrates the Holidays with Hip Hop Nutcracker in Milwaukee

Courtesy of the Artist To date, "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" has been performed more than 200 times in 70 cities, reaching tens of thousands of audience members across the country. The live show celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season. Who better to lead this cast in delivering that message than hip hop legend himself Kurtis Blow?He is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record/film producer, B-bBy, DJ, […]

todayNovember 22, 2022 4 2


Award-winning, vegan chef Bryant Terry talks intersections of food, politics, poverty & family traditions

Bryant Terry Growing up, I loved PBS. Full disclosure, I still do. One of the images burned into my memory, from watching the station, is a shooting star with a rainbow tail and the words "The More You Know". I always felt like this was just the beginning of the statement. The full statement was "The More You Know, The More You Grow". I grew tremendously in my conversation with […]

todaySeptember 14, 2022


Bob James: the jazz musician who unknowingly helped create the sound of hip hop

Most artists have a “Mt. Rushmore” of people who have influenced the work they create, or who have changed their style forever. While many artists may never get the chance to meet anyone on their list, I did. Not only was I fortunate enough to interview Bob James, I was serenaded by him. James, 82, is a child prodigy who turned out to be the most sampled jazz musician in […]

todayAugust 23, 2022 7 5

Killer Mike


Killer Mike talks new music, entrepreneurship, Outkast and America

On July 4, Killer Mike released “Run,” his first solo track since the 2012 album “R.A.P. Music” produced by his partner in crime from Run the Jewels, EL-P. In an interview with HYFIN‘s own Element, Killer Mike discussed the song in depth, saying, “‘Run’ is not just educational. It’s not just instructional. ‘Run’ is a dope record full of swagger and pride. ‘Run’ is a record that Dave Chapelle intros in […]

todayJuly 13, 2022 1 2

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