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Multi-platinum recording engineer Steve Baughman

Recording engineers live a crazy life. These people are literally the first people to ever hear a song when it is being created in the studio and are privy to some incredible amount of information that never comes out in general public. Most of the times, they are not even allowed to speak on the sessions they had with artists to maintain the sanctity of their relationships.

A few days ago, I had the chance to talk to multi-platinum recording engineer and mixer Steve Baughman who has worked with artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Destiny’s Child and countless more. Just a brief look at his discography will blow your mind. Mind you, it’s not easy to take out information from people of this profession but I did manage to talk intimately on a lot of topics including studio sessions with the artists named above.

We also discussed the magic moment when he recorded ‘In Da Club’ with 50 and Dre in the studio, why there is a delay in release of Street King Immortal, his future endeavors and more.

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A few days ago, I had the opportunity to talk to multi talented producer, rapper and instrumentalist Black Milk which was our second sit down in three years. The Detroit emcee who is currently on a North American tour is set to release his new album No Poison No Paradise on October 15th and was kind enough to divulge details regarding the sound of it.

He also discussed what he’s doing different this time, the possibility of a future collaboration with Eminem, why he usually ends up not working with mainstream artists, if he considers himself underrated and much more. Enjoy the read.

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Kidd Kidd has come some way from his violent street days in Downtown, New Orleans. Born Curtis Stewart, he was signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint a few years ago, making an appearance on his Billboard hit ‘Mrs. Officer’ which also featured Bobby Valentino. Things didn’t really work out after that and he went indie for a while, releasing his album The Reallionaire with the support of music mogul Sha Money XL in 2011.

A few months later, he connected with 50 Cent while he was in New Orleans shooting an upcoming movie. Soon after, 50 announced that he’s signed Kidd to his G-Unit Records imprint. The rapper is currently prepping the release of his new mixtape Street Fame which is due later this month and I had the chance to talk to him about the project, how he plans to bring G-Unit back into relevance, his current relationship with Sha Money, how he felt about being left out of final version of ‘We Up’ and more.

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We have a treat for our readers today. Hip Hop N More partnered with Walmart for the latest Risers episode starring Kendrick Lamar at SXSW earlier this month.

The platinum selling rapper exclusively told us in our brief interview that the original video for ‘The Recipe’ shot in May last year may drop later. Kendrick and Dr. Dre connected at an undisclosed location in California to shoot the video but held it off to release a live at Coachella version of video instead. He also tells us that TDE’s focus right now is on solo albums from ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock (in that order we think) which means that the Black Hippy album will not happen anytime soon.

Watch the interview after the jump and go to this link to watch the full Walmart Risers episode featuring Kendrick Lamar.

We also have an exclusive contest running in collaboration with Walmart. Four people have a chance to win a good kid, m.A.A.d City pack which includes an autographed vinyl of the album, a Kendrick Lamar collector’s baseball cap, a K. Dot button and a Risers poster. Enter here to win.

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The man needs no introduction. After scoring tons of hits with artists like Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Gucci Mane, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Ciara, Beyonce, Brandy, Usher, Nicki Minaj and many others, Bangladesh is now embarking on a journey as a solo artist. Two days ago, he released his first official Rap mixtape Ponzi Scheme which serves as a prelude to his debut album Flowers & Candy.

Yesterday, HHNM had a chance to talk to Bangladesh about his new mixtape and its interesting title, what we can expect from his debut album and the guest appearances on it (there’s a huge posse cut too), other upcoming collaborations, which artists he’d like to work with and more.

HHNM: What’s up sir, what have you been up to lately?

Bangladesh: Just working man. Just put out that ‘Ponzi Scheme’ mixtape and working with a lot of artists.

HHNM: Tell us about your new mixtape and why you decided to title it ‘Ponzi Scheme’.

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If you aren’t aware, August Alsina is a rising R&B singer from New Orleans who is also the latest artist singed to Def Jam Records. The NOLA representer who now resides in Atlanta has put out a few solid mixtapes and developed a healthy fan base already. I had the chance to talk to the young artist about his deal with Def Jam, The-Dream’s involvement in his debut album, upcoming mixtape The Product II, his dream collaboration and more.

Get to know August better below.

HHNM: For those who don’t know about you, please introduce yourself.

August: I’m August Alsina and I’m just a young n***a putting my heart and soul into this music sh*t.

HHNM: How did your deal with Def Jam happen? Tell us about the story.

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