MF Doom, Young Guru / Talks at Red Bull Music Academy, Madrid 2011

I enjoyed Erykah Badu's conversation from Madrid, but noted to myself afterward that it really wasn't a lecture. Regardless of the Red Bull spectacle hovering over it, it's the sheer amount of time that is dedicated to these artists that make these conversations worth listening to. The challenging medium of uncut long form conversation is much harder for the market to assimilate. It's inevitable that there will be some jewels dropped if you give artists of this caliber the space to tell their own stories.

MF Doom Synopsis: "Hip hop's last enigma sits down on the Academy couch to break down the message behind the mask, rap beef behind his different personas, and why good things come to those who wait."

Young Guru Synopsis: "Artists need their people. Gimel 'Young Guru' Keaton is Jay-Z’s people. When the rap-conquering MC and world-conquering mogul steps into the booth (as he continues to do, despite frequent retirement threats), Young Guru is outside, at the board, making sure Hova sounds good. Since 1999 - a staggering twelve years - this has been the way of things. Along the way, Guru has recorded pretty much every other A-list MCs. Some say he has the Midas touch. Watch as he speaks on doing what you love first and foremost, and a couple tricks of the trade."