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  • 2011
    • Live Performance by Childish Gambino aka actor Donald McKinley Glover who plays Troy Barnes on NBC show Community. Gambino rocks a live version of Freaks and Geeks at Rock The Bells. Not feeling the shorts but the raps are hard!Make sure to subscribe to for our latest videos, including more performance videos for Childish Gambino aks IAMDONALD. You can also follow us at and @Hardknocktv @NickHuff on twitter.moreless
    • Exclusive in-depth interview with Mac Miller. In part 1 Mac talks to Nick Huff Barili about his new album Blue Slide Park, why he choose to have no guest features and what the concept behind it is. Mac also addresses Donald Trump's Youtube video calling him the next Eminem and Much More! Make sure to subscribe to for our latest videos, including part 2 of our interview with Mac Miller. You can also follow us at and @Hardknocktv @NickHuff on twitter.moreless
    • Exclusive in-depth interview with Theophilus London. In part 1 Theophilus talks to Nick Huff Barili about growing up in Brooklyn and listening to a lot of Calypso music, Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, Mase, P Diddy, Marvin Gaye and so on. Theophilus recalls his first Hip Hop memory as watching Snoop Dogg's Gin N Juice Video with his friends and being amazed when Snoop morphed into a Dog. TL goes on to say that Kanye West's Late Registration was the first rap record that blew his mind. TL said that he likes the relationship he has with Kanye because they talk about Women and Music. He added that he is not in a rush to run into the studio with Kanye and that for now it's good to just have him as a friend and mentor. Not needing a Co-Sing or having big features on his album Theophilus instead worked on his relationship with Brands, his imaging and custom building his clothes. He went as far as quoting Madonna: "If no one wants to use you, you are worthless?". Say Word?? The interview continues with TL talking about how his sound developed from his mixtape This Charming Mixtape to his new album Timez Are Weird These Days, which he didn't use samples on because he wanted to show people that he can write songs. The album was built on spirituality and faith in progressive music and not trying to work with producers or artists to try to sell records. Make sure to subscribe to for our latest videos, including part 2 of our interview with Theophilus London. You can also follow us at and @Hardknocktv @NickHuff on twitter.moreless
    • Phife Dawg and Director Michael Rapaport sat down with Nick Huff Barili to talk about the new Tribe Called Quest documentary: Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. Some of the topics they talked about include: Will Tribe ever make music together as a group? Why did Nas who started out as executive producer of the doc disappear from project? Why only Phife is doing press for the doc out of the whole group? What is missing from the documentary? What's next for Phife Dawg? And much more!! This interview also contains clips from the documentary including, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Pharrel, Questlove, etc. Make sure to subscribe to for our latest videos. You can also follow us at and @hardknocktv on twitter.moreless
    • Exclusive in-depth interview with J Cole! Part 2 starts with Cole talking about the title of the debut album "Cole World -- The Sideline Story" and how it came about. The album has evolved from when we first interviewed Cole almost 3 years ago from having NO ID producing most of it to Cole producing most of it. Cole wants to have 15 songs saying Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has 15, Kanye's College Drop out has 15, even though Jay-Z wants 14. Cole addresses the criticism that he should work with more mainstream producers saying he has something to prove about his own production. He would rather go out swinging on his own than go ask Swizz Beatz for a radio record. No diss to Swizz intended. How can you knock a man for trying to take control of his own destiny?? Cole says that he has been producing since day 1 and tells the story of the first song he ever did saying he did the beat from one of his Moms cd and wrote the story to that. He was 15 and the song is called The Storm. Cole says that he appreciates Jay-Z being hands off and its Jay'z respect for Cole's artistic vision that has allowed Cole to do his own thing. As the conversation moves along Cole speaks on the High and Lows of the journey, which has been the making of Cole World- The Sideline Story. Speaking of frustrations he says that the leak of Lost Ones hurt cause the song wasn't finished and he wanted fans to hear it with in context of the whole album but at the end of the day Cole says his destiny is his destiny and he doesn't see leaks hurting him. Want more??!!! Stay tuned for part 3! Make sure to subscribe to to get our latest videos including part 3 with J Cole dropping Monday!moreless
    • Exclusive in-depth interview with J Cole! Part 3 is here! J Cole talks Paula Abdul influence in new track "Work Out". The conversation continues with Nick Huff Barili asking J if Pac was alive and they collaborated together what would the track be about. Think you know? Try again! Jermaine doesn't like to be put in a box. Speaking of which, New Fans vs Old Fans is the next topic we hit, with J saying that his old fans have to give him room to grown but that he will always represent what the love about him. Cole says that some of his favorite artists never grew and that eventually he lost interest in them cause they stayed in the same lane their whole career. Any guesses whom he is talking about? I have a few! Lastly J talks about the deliberate plan to not over-saturate fans with information about his life + leak music every week for the last couple years because the album was not ready. Now that there is a release date you can expect to see a lot more of J COLE. COLEWORLD Sept 27th! If you haven't done so, check out part 1 + 2 of this interview and Make sure to subscribe to to get our latest videos! Get at us @Hardknocktv @NickHuff Peace!moreless
    • Exclusive in-depth interview with J Cole! Part 1 starts off with Cole talking about picking a song for Jay-Z to jump on but not wanting to be out shined on his own track. Nick Huff Barili asked Cole if he has ever given an artist a song with verses already on it and then had to go back and re-write his verse, which Cole responded ONCE! ...for Kendrick Lamar. Jermaine tells the story of how he gave Kendrick the song Temptations, which Kendrick murdered so bad that it made Cole want to change his verse. He also states that he is not gonna settle for a mixtape for tracks with Kendrick and that even if they have to wait a year he wants it to be for a joint album. As the conversation continues J Cole talks about the new single Work Out and wanting to have something for label to push to radio. He reminds fans that he is dealing with two labels Roc Nation and Columbia, which takes a while to get everyone on same page. Feeling of pressure is something that never goes away from before when he wasn't signed to now. Cole elaborates on his twitter headline: My Story aint the only one I'm trying to tell. Cole says what he brings to Hip Hop is the story element like Tupac and Nas, that he feels is not prevalent in Hip Hop right now. Part one of this interview ends with Nick asking Cole about a post he made on his blog about Ted Talks and reforming education. The talk is by Salman Khan and the link is We are just getting started, our conversation with J Cole lasted more than half hour. Make sure to subscribe to to get our latest videos including part 2 with J Cole tomorrow.?moreless
    • Part 2 of Hard Knock TV's Behind the Scenes Exclusive preview of Yelawolf's new music video for Daddy's Lambo. ; Yelawolf calls out Rob Dyrdek for not fulfilling their bet that if Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory got picked up for a forth season Rob would come out to Alabama to go Noodling with Yelawolf.moreless
    • Hard Knock TV takes you Behind the Scenes for an Exclusive preview of Yelawolf's new music video for Daddy's Lambo, which we are told will premiere next week. ; Yelawolf talks to Nick Huff Barili about the concept behind the video and the inspiration behind the song.
    • Hard Knock Tv's April Bombai and Nick Huff Barili interview Havoc of the infamous Mobb Deep at Rock The Bells 2011 launch party. ; Havoc says that the day Prodigy got out of jail they started working on the new Mobb Deep album. Hesitant to give too many details about album he eventually says that you can expect them to collaborate with the new generation including Wiz Khalifa and Odd Future, to go with Nas and Lil Kim collaborations and maybe even Rick Ross.moreless
    • Hard Knock Tv's Nick Huff Barili sat down with the ambassador of the Bay: E-40. The interview starts out with E-40 speaking on longevity and giving advice to all the MC Fly By Nights to remain HUNGRY and HUMBLE! After a snippet of 40water performing Yay Area Nick ask 40 if he thinks the Bay Area including Too-Short, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends and himself get their due props from laying down the blueprint for moving units independently. You are gonna have to peep the video for the answer to that! From there E-40 mentions that he has a collaboration album coming with Too Short coming out this year titled The History Channel. Growing up listening to 40 one of the lines that stood out was "Sometimes it's cool to floss But don't buy an eighty-five thousand dollar car Before you buy a house" from Rapper's Ball. 40 talks about the difference between being rich and wealthy and that from a young age his mentors told him to get himself a piece of the earth! Some soil, even if it was just a fixer upper. (Yup cause I'm tired of being a renter all my life!). 40 drops some more knowledge saying "The biggest chances you can take is not taking chances at all, so you have to stay rolling the dice." (He means that metaphorically not literally lol didn't you watch the TLC Waterfalls video!) Before we let 40 go we had to ask him about one of the stand out tracks from his new album Revenue Retrievin' Overtime Shift called Fuck Em, where he talks about Set Trippin Ass DJ's, Radio Programmers, Janky Promoters, etc. Among other things he said that he is a story teller and that its not just about lyrics and punch lines and if yall don't know its not cause he is rapping too fast, it is cause yall squares a listening to slow! Interview contains snippets from "Bitch", "Yay Area", Candy, Sprinkle Me and Fuck Em. Make sure to subscribe to to get our latest videos.?moreless
    • Exclusive in-depth interview with Terrace Martin, Devi Dev and Badd Lucc. In part 2 Terrace talks about working with Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar before their major buzz and what he sees as keys to their success. ; Terrace who has songs in the vaults with numerous artists plays us a song where he sampled Jodeci, which Wiz jumped on. Terrace explains that Wiz was at his house when they made the song and that he prefers to work with artists on a personal level and be involved from songs conception to the mastering and that he doesn't send artists beats over email.moreless
    • Exclusive In-depth Interview With All Four Members Of Slaugherhouse (?Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz And Royce Da 5'9")?. In Part 1 Of This Interview Nick Huff Barili Asks ?Slaughterhouse About The New Album And If They Are Looking To Make It More Introspective Than Their Previous Group Album, Which Was Extremely Lyrical But Lacked Some Of The More Personal Insight That Made Them Stand Out As Solo Artists. ; All Four Members Said That You Can Expect A Lot More Personal Material In The Album And That You Have To Keep In Mind That Their Previous Album Had To Be Done In 6 Days With A Stripped Down Budget. Slaughterhouse Explain How The Shady Deal Is Different Than Their Previous Label Deals And Elaborate On How They See Eminem's Role In The Project. While The Group Says That There Aren't Full Tracks Done Yet For The Album, Some Skeletals Have Been Built And They Have Had Jam Session With Em.moreless
    • Hard Knock TV Caught Up With Manny Pacquiao At The Nike Vault Presents Pacquiao For The People Event. In This Interview Pac Man Covers A Few Topics Including Rick Ross Walking Him Out Before His Fight Against Shane Mosley, Meeting Kobe Bryant, Listening To Snoop Dogg, Beating His Idol Oscar De La Hoya (which He Called His Most Challenging Fight), Shooting Documentary About His Life That (which Will Be Released Later On This Year), Singing Being His Second Passion And Collaborating With Dan Hill, Running For President Of The Philippines, His Relationship With His Trainer Freddie Roach, And Much More. ; Shout Out To Jeff Garcia For Hosting The Interview And To Nike For Letting Nick Huff Barili Get In A Couple Questions. This Interview Contains Footage Of Pacquiao Singing "Imagine" With Will Ferrell On The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show As Well As Footage From Nike Of Manny Pacquiao Trainingmoreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Exclusive in-depth interview with Yelawolf. In part 3, Yelawolf talks to Nick Huff Barili about growing up an Ouktast fan and what it was like to collaborate with Big Boi on a cut produced by Andre 3000 (Aint No DJ Off Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot). ; For those that might not know Kawan "KP" Prather, whom Yelawolf is signed to at Ghet-O-Vision was also the A&R for Outkast, TLC and helped TI get signed, among other things.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Exclusive in-depth interview with Yelawolf. In part 2 of this interview Nick Huff Barili ask Yelawolf about a twitter comment he made wishing interviewers would stop being so predictable. Catfish Billy says that now days anyone with a flip cam can start a blog and call themselves a journalist but a lot of interviewers don't do their research and ask the same ole questions. Preach! After a performance clip of My Box Chevy, Yelawolf tells a story about being almost suspended from school in 5th grade for writing his first rhyme, which was laced with profanity. Mamawolf came to school and cussed out the principal telling him that her son was just expressing what he was dealing with every day. ; Yelawolf knew then that his Mom has his back and that he could express himself creatively however he wanted. Big up Mama Wolf! And follow her on twitter @OneMamaWolf7. After a performance clip of Daddys Lambo, Catfish Billy talks about being homeless on Telegraph in Berkeley, Ca.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Exclusive in-depth interview with Yelawolf. In part 1 of this interview Nick Huff Barili asks Yelawolf whom he had more fun touring with B.o.B or Wiz Khalifa? You will have to watch for the answer but we will tell you that B.o.B was on Yelawolf first mix tape ever on a song called "Run", which we play a snippet of during the interview. In the middle of Wolf talking about Wiz Khalifa a couple fans stop by and ask him for an autograph, since no one had a pen they end up taking a shot together. Side note the interview took place on a side walk in Austin, TX during SXSW and every couple seconds fans would walk by and want to talk to the man. It is easy to see from his interactions with them that Yelawolf truly cares about his fans. Back to the interview...Nick mentions that every time he hears I WISH that he wonders about the motivation behind that song and if Yelawolf had to deal with a lot of people saying he is not Hip Hop. You can tell this is a subject Yelawolf has had to deal with all his life by his answer. Yelawolf goes in on the topic and when he is done you can't help but feel what he is saying, weather you are from a big city or a small town! We are just getting started! Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv to get our latest videos including part 2 with Yelawolf next week.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv In part 2 of Hard Knock Tv's conversation with Wiz Khalifa, Wiz talks to Nick Huff Barili about collaborating with Currensy on the track Rooftops which in on Wiz's album Rolling Papers. Wiz elaborates that his radio promo run has been so exhausting that when he has any down time he tries to get some sleep in which is why he hasn't had much time to hang out. ; Wiz explains why he doesn't perform Say Yeah any more even though he still has love for that song.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv To start of the interview Wiz Khalifa tells Nick Huff Barili the multiple meanings of naming his new album Rolling Papers (including that he doesn't write his rhymes any more) and why there are only 3 features on the album ( not Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross or anyone else). Wiz continues by saying that he is doing a whole album with Snoop for the High School movie soundtrack and that he is going to work with Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka when he rolls through Atlanta. ; Wiz says if he had to pick a favorite track on his new album it would be The Race because it is a good representation of who he is as an artists right now. Part one of this interview ends with Wiz telling us the best Taylor Gang or comment he has ever heard or at least recently. This Hard Knock TV feature also contains SXSW Fader Fort footage of Wiz performing The Thrill, Roll Up, The Race and more. Also includes a couple cameos from Wiz's girlfriend Amber Rose. Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv to get our latest videos including part 2 with Wiz next week.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Hard Knock TV caught up with Mistah FAB late night outside of a pizza joint at SXSW. Like the true MC he is Mistah FAB busted a freestyle right there on the spot. Now a lot of cats "Freestyle" for us but you can tell they are verses or writtens. If you listen carefully to FAB's freestyle you can hear him incorporating what is going on in the street including the pizza spot's "security" guard who is telling us we need to move because the crowd that is forming outside is blocking the entry to their spot. Mistah FAB is in my personal top 3 freestyler's of all time! Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv to get our latest videos including full interview with Mistah FAB and Devi Dev coming next week!moreless
    • Exclusive in-depth interview with Pac Div. Nick Huff Barili hung out with Pac at No Id's studio. In this segment the guys talk about their Mixtape Mania, their New Album Grown Kid Syndrome and touring among other things. One of the highlights of the interview is when Pac tells the story of what happened back stage at one of their shows when they ran into Prince. Also, not to be missed is BeYoung's story of how he pulled Porn Star Lacey Duvall's number while still working at check cashing job. Say Word? That's game! Speaking of Game, Pac Div says they will take down any artist when it comes to 3x3 Basketball and want to challenge Jim Jones to a rematch. Jim Jones if you are watching, this Saturday Hard Knock TV and Smoking Section are hosting a basketball tournament at SXSW. Pac Div is playing so here is your chance! Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv to get our latest videos including part 2 with Pac Div next week.moreless
    • Exclusive in-depth interview with Blu. Nick Huff Barili talked to Blu for over an hour and this is part 2 of that conversation. In this segment Blu tells Hard Knock the story of when he first heard Common's I used to Love H.E.R and how that influenced him to want to be an MC. "From then on my brain hasn't been the same". Canibus, Common, Chino XL, Redman.... Black Thought then Pharoahe Monch, Andre...I slept on Andre 3000". Blu goes on to talk about how he linked up with The Roots to work on two songs for their album How I Got Over and what it was like to be in the booth with Black Thought, whom he used to listen to in high school. Blu confirmed the rumors that he thought about signing to Death Row at one point and told us the story of how he rapper 100 bars in front of Suge Knight and a bunch of his homies. Blu says that it's dope to reflect on his Freshmen XXL cover and how he feels a bond with the artist on it like Curren$y, Asher Roth, Cudi, Wale, B.o.B, Charles Hamilton. Blu concludes this segment by saying that there is some heat coming from LA rappers like Kendrick Lamar, Pac Div, U-N-I, Dom. "I think we got it right now." Look out for Dre and Detox. Oh yeah Blu laces us with a couple bars of a Freestyle...well it would have been dope if he kept going....Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv to get our latest videos including part 3 with Blu next week.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Travis Baker sat down with Nick Huff Barili yesterday to talk about his new solo album "Give The Drummer Some" coming out March 15th. Travis explains the meaning behind the title and how DJ AM would include James Brown samples on their mixtapes and live performances together. ; AM was an influence to Travis helping push his musical boundaries even further and introducing him to new hip hop and dubstep.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Balance featuring. U-N-I "Hard To Get" a.k.a The Ménage à trois song. Directed by Nick Huff Barili. First single of the album Hard Knock TV Presents I DO IT 4 HIP HOP featuring Balance. Coming THIS SPRING! "Hard To Get" Credits Starring: Balance and Thurz and Y-O aka U-N-I Track produced by Noah Ayala Featuring: Devi Dev, Misty Ramos, Mihaela, Katherine Valdivieso, Mina Mortezaie, Shannon, Bridgetta Tomarchio and Mr Cuddles Directed by Nick Huff Barili Cinematography by Michael Park Edited by David Telles, Daniel Gilmore and Nick Huff Barili Produced by Mark Anothony Jenkins and Jin Kelley Make up by Marigail del Rosario and Layla Alamdari Special Thanks to Steve Kim!!! Fat Beats LA, DJ House Shoes, Chris London, Winstons, everyone who made this happen and J Dilla and Slum Village for the inspiration!moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Nick Huff Barili sat down with Mac Miller for an in depth interview, this is part 2. Label mate Wiz Khalifa has Taylor Gang, Mac Miller has the Thumbs Up movement. Though he doesn't have a name for his fans yet Mac says that it's more important to him to spread positive vibes at all times movement. With Wiz and Mac's careers taking off, Mac says that they don't get to kick it and smoke as much as they use to because the are not often in the same part of the country. As the conversation continues Mac opens up about wanting to work with Pharrell, say he see himself doing a song with Waka Flocka and says he plan to release a free album in March called "Best Day Ever" featuring original production. He is not worried about signing to a major label and rather focuses on taking everything day by day. Mac says that his is proud of the song he did with Freeway called P.A. but admits that going into it the studio he was wondering if Freeway respected him or knew what he did but that it was all love once they met. The hype and buzz has brought some Mac Miller haters, what does Mac think of them? "Keep Hating!!" We will let him tell you why. Mac ends the interview by saying that he will take your money in a basketball, Madden and NBA 2K (We might have to take you up on that!). Also, says that when its all said and done he wants to be proud of what he has accomplished and that he changed things for the better, including opening up charities, restaurants, etc. We see you young Donald Trump! Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv to get our latest videos including part 1 of this interview coming later this week.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Nick Huff Barili sat down with Mac Miller for an in depth interview. Mac says that it doesn't feel real yet to be out of high school and opens up about a few topics including, college, evolution from Easy Mac to Mac Miller, being introduced to Hip Hop by older brother and early music influences including Big L, Outkast, Lauryn Hill, Beatles and Bob Marley. ; Mac takes pride in being a kid and says that its not about age but about having a positive and care-free attitude in life, which was his inspiration for his mixtape K.I.D.S. Mac plays the role of XXL editors for a minute and pick a couple artists he thinks should be on Freshmen 2011 cover, including Big Krit, Kendrick Lamar and Yelawolf. Oh yeah and "Best Day Ever" is coming early March! Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv to get our latest videos including part 2 of this interview coming later this week.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Nick Huff Barili caught up with Saigon recently at our Hard Knock TV studios and this is part 2 of that interview. This segment starts of with Saigon breaking down what happened with his former label Atlantic and why his record never came out. Sai gives us insight as to how Atlantic was trying to change him as an artist, which he wasn't feeling. ; The conversation transitions into Lupe Fiasco's current situation with Atlantic delaying the release of his album.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Big Sean stopped by the Hard Knock TV Studios for an interview with Nick Huff Barili and Mark Jenkins. In this segment Big Sean goes off on people who think his style is similar to Soulja Boy or any other artist for that matter. ; The song at the beginning is called Big Nut Bust and the hook is what some people are saying sounds like Soulja Boy.moreless
    • http://www.hardknock.tv Big Sean stopped by the Hard Knock TV Studios for an interview with Nick Huff Barili and Mark Jenkins. ; In this segment Big Sean tells us the story of how he got Kanye's attention but then struggled to survive for a couple years before he got signed.
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