Peter Rosenberg Presents The Magical Mind Of… Terrence Howard


This is the first episode of a little series I am trying out. This is not Juan Epstein, is not a replacement for Juan Epstein, and is not supposed to be anything like Juan Epstein. It is a bit more Inside the Actors’ Studio than Juan Ep (which leans Behind the Music-ish to me). For my debut episode, I sat down with Oscar nominee and talented musician, Terrence Howard. Terrence’s debut album, Shine Through It dropped September 2nd on Columbia Records.


Terrence Howard and I outside Hot 97 just
after his appearance on the morning show

I was borderline obsessed with Howard’s portrayal of DJ in Hustle & Flow-a character that does not reflect his personality at all, at least on the surface. “I’m not really into Rap,” he told me before I interviewed him several weeks ago for Hot 97. “It doesn’t have music anymore and I don’t like sampling. I like Andre 3000. He’s amazing. But most rap these days does nothing for me.”

DJ had the need to express himself and he did it through music, but he didn’t express himself positively. Music is about love. If it has no love, it has nothing.”

Shine Through It sounds nothing like you would expect it to if you’re looking for “urban” music. And critics and haters will be quick to call it self-indulgent and the typical of the actor turned musician, but there is a lot more to Terrence Howard than one might realize after a cursory listen.

Download: The Magical Mind Of…Terrence Howard

18 thoughts on “Peter Rosenberg Presents The Magical Mind Of… Terrence Howard”

  1. Wow. What a deep interview.

    This was kind of the like the Nelly interview, I was never a big Terrence Howard fan. But after listening I have a totally different perspective on dude. It’s like he said, you expect his album to be a typical actor who thinks he’s also a musician. Yet it’s a lot more than that. Not really my style but you gotta respect it.

    Good looking out PR.

  2. I’m not used to you doing such ‘serious’ material, this is a good idea if you keep up the calibre of guest and stay away from the questions they’ve been asked 100000 times before. I always like those track-by-track breakdowns of classic albums in XXL so that could work as a loose formula.

  3. Terence Howard is a pretentious douche bag! His perspective on Art and Urban violence is sooo played, cliche and simpleminded. Kids in the ghetto imitate O-Dog and kill each other because of Larenz Tate’s performance in Menace 2 Society!? That is fuckin’ insane! Yeah, gangsters watch gangster films and listen to gangster music… but it’s their real life circumstance that create who they are as people. So what… Italian’s are in the Mafia because they watched James Gandolfini in the Sopranos?! What a simple mothafucka.

  4. yo, as the BRILLIANT Jerry Springer audience would say: GO TO OPRAH!! but seriously, it was interesting…

  5. good ish paul….real talk im loving the feel of where ur going with this(pause). but terrence howard leaves something to be desired with his music. but good start…maybe get a few new guests tho

  6. i cant front i agree with kevski that terrance howard is a pretentious douche (or he seems that way) but im definetly feeling the music and the interview…keep up the good work rosenberg

  7. I guess you can call me a fan….I’ll never forget that movie Dead Presidents…and he definitely had a role in that movie. Cowbwwwoy. He’s definitely one of the few actors that I can say I’ve seen play a part that is far from their personal steez. (DJ-Hustle & Flow) Although the gap doesn’t seem that wide now. Pimps understand women.

  8. Your probably sat down… thinking this was gonna be a normal interview. Terrence would go off the top about making this SoftPorn album, I mean he played DJ in Hustle N Flow… Whoop dat trick Right???

    Wrong. Yo Rosenberg, I’m a fan, I am. Love the show. Listen daily, especially the morning show with cyph You go hard. However, this man-to-man.. pause.. hardcore interview you just did with this dude, has got my SIDES SPLITTIN. HILARIOUS!

    Got kinda wierd didn’t it?? Maybe when he started talkin about his middle school love affair. Dude.. aren’t you 40??

    And then..he baits you in to talking about packacking up the love u have when ur 13 or something, I swear i literally could see you too sitting there holding hands.. thumbwrestling.. or something.

    Cyph… tell me you listened to this.

  9. that thing about becoming a monster after a few girls in early age mess you up. then you learn to be the bad guy hits it right on the nail.

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