On this episode of The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces, we welcomed Wordspit (The Illest!), who, along with his band, recently ended an impressive run on the NBC variety competition series, America’s Got Talent. Winning over the judges and the crowd early in the series, Wordspit The Illest! made it through to the quarter-finals before being knocked off the show. We spoke with Wordspit as he and The Illest! took a break from studio work, to give us a little insight as to how the experience affected the long-time grinding Brooklyn MC, as well as to tell us what was next for him and The Illest!, including the possibility of them returning to the show as a judges wild card pick.
Of course as usual, Birthplace Magazine founder/EIC Manny Faces and Senior Staff Writer Steven Ortiz recapped some NY-area hip hop events, including the American Beatbox Championships, spoke on the Slaughterhouse concert that wasn’t, and asked a few interesting questions about Azealia Banks and Jim Jones’ beef, Swizz Beatz relevancy, Drake surpassing Jay-Z’s number one record record and the recent signing of Angel Haze.
And Manny Faces delved into one of his rants, taking GlobalGrind.com president Michael Skolnik (and site founder/owner Russell Simmons) to task for calling out MediaTakeOut for a lack of journalistic integrity, despite having been just as guilty in the past.
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