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Pete Rock steps onto the show in one of the most coincidental and fortuitous ways possible, exploring his forthcoming releases in 2011. We dig deep regarding his album with DJ Premier, his full collaborative album with Nas, an all new Pete Rock & CL Smooth album, a potential collab long player with Madlib and his forthcoming self-produced Smif N Wessun album. In addition to all of this he expresses his desire to work on something more substantial with fellow-guest, Nottz as well as hos own solo releases this year. A true Conspiracy moment that’s too good to miss.

Nottz drops onto the episode to reveal all about his future work with a who’s who of hip hop artists. As the world patiently awaits any glimpse of news regarding one of hip hop’s most anticipated albums, Nottz takes us on an informative journey regarding the creation of Dr Dre’s Detox. We talk track names, track order, featured artists and those producers who are handling production on the soon-to-be released Detox album, including himself, Jake One and DJ Khalil. In addition to revealing that he produces the first track on Detox, featuring The Game and Busta Rhymes, Nottz talks us through hearing the original, now shelved version of Detox, an album Nottz claims was created from literally 100s of finished Dr Dre tracks. Want to know how Detox was made? Well here is your answer.

Smoke DZA was one of the most refreshingly prolific artists of 2010. He joins us on this episode, full of character, to explore his career including the successes of an independent artist, hip hop’s tendency to stereotype,possible future collaborative albums with Devin The Dude, Pete Rock and of course his current work on an EP with Alchemist. 2011 is sure to bring the world a whole sack full of Smoke DZA and it was our pleasure to share this one. What a Kush!

MC Eiht is an absolute accomplished pillar of West Coast hip hop. His new album with DJ Premier is set to be one of the most diverse adventures in his massive career, so it was our true honor to welcome him onto this episode to discuss the creation of “Which Way Is West”. As wise as you would expect, Eiht analyzes the current West Coast scene, citing socio-political and economic factors as reasons for the hiatus so many artists have taken. He tells us in detail how this is all set top change and with his new group 1st Generation (comprising of himself, Kurupt, King T,Jayo Felony, The Chill, Sir Jinx, Gangsta from The Comrads)and their forthcoming album.

Showbiz drops onto the show to talk about the creative process of his new album with KRS One, including the way that KRS always turns up to studios with a briefcase packed with rhymes. We also take a massive exploration of his beat history, the sad news that DITC are now officially no more and the way that Flavor Unit rejected the classic beat that then became “Sound Of The Police”.

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