Elliot Wilson has held a number of influential positions within the hip-hop community and has held knowledge and the sharing of that knowledge to the people with high regard during his illustrious career. The CRWN series, currently featured on the streaming platform TIDAL, is one of his most prolific programs to date. Over the years Wilson has been able to interview some of the most prolific artists and figures within hip-hop, including successful and insightful interviews with Jennifer Lopez, Drake, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, and most recently, Will Smith & Martin Lawerence.
Martin Lawrence & Will Smith Photo: Nickie Rose
While Wilson’s expertise resides in music, he has never shied away from giving the people what they desire. On January 8th, 2020, Will Smith & Martin Lawerence joined Wilson at the world-renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem to discuss their two larger-than-life careers. Sitting down with him to promote their new film Bad Boys For Life, the duo’s chemistry is seen in full display as Wilson balances questions for the two heavyweights with ease. “The bad boys had to come correct,” as Smith says, and the two go in-depth about the franchise and how their careers have led them to this historic moment.
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His ear is planted firmly with the people, bringing artists to his stage far and wide, like Young Thug. He came for a chat on August 27th, 2019, and he was fresh off the release of his critically acclaimed album So Much Fun. Wilson had an amazing curator in the form of Fabrejay, a prolific DJ and New York City icon who assisted with the interview at his residency, Jay Z’s historic 40/40 Club in Manhattan. During the span of the interview, Wilson navigated Thug’s upbringing and brought everything full circle when discussing his most recent project and how “I don’t care for numbers, I always care for craft.” The two share a passion for the craft, with one making the music and the other helping spread the word to the people.
DJ Khaled Photo: Evan Pierce
Whether he is chopping it up with an eccentric personality like DJ Khaled, or having more casual back and forth discussions with R&B singers like Mary J. Blige, Wilson knows how to make every artist feel at home in front of the microphones and cameras while developing impactful dialogue for fans both young and old to study and enjoy for the better part of the 2010s. As the CRWN series continues, it is sure to offer more gems with each episode to come.