In this clip, Smokey Robinson looks back on writing two of his biggest hits, “My Guy” and “My Girl,” for Mary Wells and The Temptations. From there, he explains the competitive nature of Motown Records during the label’s heyday and the way in which the vocalists had to compete to earn the right to sing the hit songs he wrote. Moving along, he talks about writing his first song with the legendary David Ruffin and earning a $1,000 bonus from Barry Gordy for penning his greatest hit. Lastly, he discusses the historical relevance of “My Girl” before calling the song his “International Anthem.”
In this clip, Smokey Robinson detailed his upbringing in Detroit where he lived in a packed house. Smokey spoke about being one of 11 kids in the house, most of whom were his nieces and nephews who, due to closeness in age, were more like his siblings. Smokey also discussed his father’s journey out of Selma, Alabama into Detroit after stabbing a white kid who bullied him for years and fleeing town at only 12 years old.
In this clip, Tony Yayo reacted to the controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving, and he explained that he was taught in media training to stay away from politics and religion. He added that there’s freedom of speech, but Tony added that you have to be careful not to disrespect people in the public eye. Vlad then explained how New York is unique, and Tony agreed, saying, “Everyone is tough.” Vlad went on to speak about how everyone takes the subway in New York, and they’re forced to be around one another. Tony explained that the best thing about New York is the melting pot of different backgrounds, and he spoke about growing up in Queens around all kinds of people.
In this clip, Iman Shumpert spoke about gifting his wife, Teyana Taylor, a 1979 Corvette for their wedding anniversary, and he spoke about knowing the car from the movie “Rush Hour.” Iman also pointed out that Jordan used to drive around in vintage Corvettes, and one day Teyana spoke about loving that style. Iman explained that he wants Teyana to learn about the car and fix it up over time, and he detailed the skills that go into owning a vintage car. From there, Iman and Vlad debated about Vlad’s viral gamer tweet. Iman vehemently disagreed with Vlad about the claim that depression is at the heart of people playing games for hours on end. Iman laid out why he thought Vlad was ultimately overstating the point and called his take “strange” and “insane.”
In this clip, Nick Young talks about his famous smiling meme, where it came from and why the image is almost more famous than he is at this point. This prompts the former NBA champion to state that he wishes there was a way for him to get paid for the meme which causes DJ Vlad to also indicate that his material often becomes memes that he doesn’t get paid for. As the discussion moves along, Nick shares what a big deal his meme has become in China, before talking about coming home and finding out that place had been burglarized.
In this clip, DJ Vlad asks former NBA champion Matt Barnes to share his thoughts on his highly publicized tweet that essentially denounced video games (because they are a form of depression). Matt reflects back to the days when used to play video games, such as Madden, during his playing career and said those were some of the most fun times of his life. This leads to a philosophical conversation about the importance of video games, making money from video games, and being addicted to video games. From there, the two men discuss DJ Vlad receiving death threats over the tweet, Kevin Durant’s pushback on the matter, and how video games can help with mental health.
In this clip, DJ Vlad and China Mac discuss what a new prisoner has to do to avoid being sexually assaulted. To that, China Mac declares that a fresh-faced young man going into prison for the first time may have to stab and kill someone in order to avoid being raped. From there, DJ Vlad asks China Mac about the laws in prison and how they compare to the rules and regulations on the outside. China Mac replies by stating that the rules vary from county to county. China Mac also talks about connecting with another VladTV interviewee named Blue Boy.
In this clip, Desiigner addressed speaking about late rapper Goonew’s controversial funeral, where his body was propped up to look like he was performing. At the time, Desiigner told TMZ that if that’s what Goonew wanted for his funeral and his family carried it out, that was the right thing to do. Desiigner explained that it was done in love, and he added that he saw Goonew’s mother’s vision for the funeral. To hear more, including Desiigner reacting to the Outlawz saying that they smoked 2Pac’s ashes, hit the above clip.
In this clip, Mase’s contract situation with Fivio Foreign prompts a discussion between DJ Akademiks and DJ Vlad about recording contracts and how certain musicians are better off remaining independent. DJ Akademiks states that artists should “own your sh*t and invest in yourself,” while DJ Vlad agrees by adding that artists signed to record labels have a 90% failure rate. As the conversation moves along, DJ Akademiks shares some advice that he once received from a record executive about signing artists before talking about budging for artists and recouping money from investments related to recording artists.
In this clip, Desiigner reflects back on being recruited by numerous record labels and being offered several multi-million dollar contracts. From there, the 25-year-old talks about receiving a phone call from Kanye West about using “Panda” for his album called “The Life of Pablo” and signing with his G.O.O.D. music imprint. He goes on talk about how good it felt to give back to the Brooklyn housing projects where he was raised.