Welcome to Uptowns Finest, a monthly radio show that showcases the hottest Hip-Hop tracks.
“'Uptowns Finest' is the name of my radio show in Germany that I've been doing since the late 90s. It's is also the name of my podcast, where I do in-depth interviews with a lot of the big-name artists in the German Hip-Hop scene.”
Why did you make this playlist?
Since my radio show is only an hour per month, I couldn't put all the stuff I love to listen to in there. It was a natural progression to make a playlist, where I can showcase more new talent in a good mix with established Rap artists.
What makes a good song for this playlist? In other words, how do you pick the songs?
The vibe of the song needs to catch me. It's hard to describe how I'm deciding what song matches the playlist. It's a mix of a lot of things. It doesn't have to be too aggressive, or too clubby. I mostly imagine if I could bump that track in my car and ride to it. If that's the case, I'll put that tune in my playlist and will definitely listen to it on my next drive to one of my gigs.
Hottest artist in the game right now?
That's a hard decision, but I will go with YBN Cordae. I just saw him at Splash! Festival in Germany and his album that just came out is fire.
What’s more important to you, music; or lyrics? Why?
Definitely music. The first impression is always the overall sound and vibe from a song. I'll only dive deeper into the lyrics when I listened to the song a few times. Maybe it's because English is not my native language and I don't get everything they're saying right away.
Who is an up and coming artist you think is going to blow up soon?
If I have to name only one that it's Kelvyn Colt. He grew up in Germany but is rapping in English. I love his songs and I think he has a bright future ahead. Check out "Down Like Dah", it's in my playlist.
If you could interview one artist for Uptowns Finest, who would it be? (dead or alive)
Jay-Z! I was a fan since day one, and it's very inspiring to see how he kept himself and his music relevant to this day. He's really one of my idols.
Where else can we find you?
On Instagram @deejayron and at www.uptownsfinest.de!