20 of the Best Nardwuar Interviews Featuring Rappers
Most buzzworthy artists quickly realize the mundane nature of modern press; what may have seemed unique at first soon becomes a series of repetitive answers to unoriginal questions. However, it's impossible to categorize an interview with Nardwuar as such.
The Canadian institution, otherwise known as the Human Serviette, has spent the better part of the past two decades perfecting the art of sequestering celebrities with a jarring set of deeply researched questions about minute details that often result in hilarious reactions. He generally uses a set of exceptionally curated gifts to guide the subject through a series of talking points and questions. Having been both praised and chased down the street, it's apparent that his unorthodox style can be off-putting but rappers seem to love him.
Although he's been notable in Canada for years -- mostly due to his spots on Much Music's now defunct program Going Coastal -- he's since become a viral sensation in the hip-hop landscape, interviewing any and every artist that matters. His cross-border and online infamy in hip-hop stems from a meeting with Pharrell in 2013. His unquestionably profound knowledge of Skateboard P's career blew the rapper-producer's mind and led him to help facilitate an interview with Jay Z. It snowballed from there and once his interviews started going viral, he became a household name. Some rappers, such as Snoop Dogg and Drake, have done multiple interviews with the Human Serviette, and look forward to each one, as they know Nardwuar will bless them with incredibly personal and unique gifts.
Having fully recovered from a stroke in late 2015, and heart surgery at the top of the year -- Nardwuar is back in high gear. Most recently, he was seen at SXSW and has released new interviews with Cam'ron, Travi$ Scott and XXL 2016 Freshman Lil Yachty, among others. With so many incredible on-camera moments under his belt, we at XXL took the liberty of compiling some of his best interviews when it comes to your favorite rappers. So sit back, relax and enjoy some of Nardwuar's best work. Keep on rockin' in the free world!