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This Nicki Minaj PAPERMAG Cover is Something Else

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

After breaking the internet with their racy 2014 Kim Kardashian cover, PAPERMAG is up to their old tricks again with a new Nicki Minaj photoshoot. As you can see, the cover features Nicki in triplicate, menage’ing with herself. I don’t personally think this has the same impact as the Kim cover, but I certainly applaud them for their efforts.

Previously: Lil Uzi Vert ft. Nicki Minaj – The Way Life Goes (Remix)

A$AP Rocky for GQ Style

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

A$AP Rocky covers the new issue of GQ Style and for the cover story he sat with writer Will Welch and fielded questions submitted by a number of his contemporaries including Mahershala Ali, Raf Simons and the elusive Andre 3000. With Ferg, Twelvyy, and Nast at his side, Rocky regaled the room with tales of brawls at Santos Party House, the influence of Raf’s wife Michèle Lamy and on his style and his new deal with Under Armour. He also mused on his hidden talents, the new album he’s working on in London and what Rapper he would name his hypothetical unborn son after. Watch a portion of the interview below and read the full piece, and check out the accompanying photoshoot, here.

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Kendrick Lamar & Top Dawg Cover Billboard

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Kendrick Lamar and TDE founder and president Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith cover Billboard‘s new Hip-Hop Power Players issue. For the cover story, they sat down with Datwon Thomas to talk about the father/son dynamic of their relationship, Top’s transition from the streets to the industry, “Duckworth”, the formative years of the TDE label and how Kendrick came into the fold.

How would you two define your relationship?
Tiffith: I trust his judgment, he trusts mine. Some shit I’m tripping on, he might call me and change my whole mind about it.

Lamar: You don’t get too many people like him this side of the neighborhood. A lot of motherfuckers want you to see them down just like them. Or don’t want you to come up like them. If it weren’t for him, I’d probably be sitting around with this motherfucking money and face and platform and not doing shit because I didn’t have the proper guidance to know exactly what to do and how to inspire the next kid.

Read the full story, which also features commentary from TDE executives Punch and Dave Free, here.

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Kendrick Lamar Covers Rolling Stone

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Kendrick Lamar lands his second Rolling Stone cover of his career with the new August 24th issue and he blessed writer Brian Hiatt with a wide-ranging interview for the issue’s main feature. The pair spoke at length about the rapper’s stoic nature in the face of superstardom, how his upbringing in Compton is responsible for that nature and why actions speak louder than words with regard to resisting Trump and his minions. But throughout the interview, K.Dot fields questions about the culture of Hip-Hop and his opinions on what defines a great artist, and while he’s mostly just answering these questions honestly, his answers will almost certainly be interpreted as shots at some other Rap giants.

At one point he fields a couple of questions about ghostwriting in Rap and his definition of a “wack artist” and he answers unequivocally that you can’t call yourself the GOAT if you’re leaning on somebody else’s pen or riding somebody else’s wave. Later in the interview, he’s asked what his favorite Drake song is, and while he answers diplomatically, he declines to name a track. K.Dot also delves into the thought process behind DAMN and whether or not he consciously made an effort to make this album more accessible than his previous LP. He further speaks on lyricism as a commodity and notes that no matter how loud people clamor for bars, DJ’s are still going to spin music that gets people on the dancefloor.

I’ve included a few interesting excerpts below, but you can read the full Q&A here.

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Kendrick Lamar Talks Africa, “Duckworth” with Dave Chappelle

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Interview magazine just published a new Q&A between Kendrick Lamar and Dave Chappelle that accompanies their new August cover which is worth your 10 minutes. Referencing the conversation taking place among comedians in the wake of the Kathy Griffin Trump severed head scandal, Dave asks K.Dot if concerns over how some of his more controversial lyrics might be received ever affect his writing process. The pair also discuss how he’s been handling superstardom, returning to Compton after seeing the world, his experience in Africa and the revealing DAMN track “Duckworth.” Read the full exchange, and check out the photoshoot by Gregory Harris, here.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT. (Video) | Freestylin’ with The Roots and Dave Chappelle

Lil Yachty Covers FADER

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Lil Boat graces the cover of the new issue of FADER. In the cover story, Rembert Brown examines the enigma that is Yachty and his rapid rise as a representative of a whole generation of teenagers and his role as a punching bag for industry gatekeepers.

…inquiries into whether or not it’s all a schtick aren’t without warrant. And the more you keep digging, with the young rapper constantly providing reasons for you to question the seriousness of his professional existence, the more you’re forced to realize that the teens have changed the rules, and the easiest way to get left behind is to get hung up on reality.

Read the cover story here.

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Here is XXL’s 2017 Freshman Class

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

XXL just revealed their 2017 Freshman Class, and while I like some of these guys, this might be the worst one yet. The 10 rappers selected are as follows: Kyle, Aminé, Ugly God, Playboi Carti, PnB Rock, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, MadeinTYO, Kap G, Kamaiyah and XXXTentacion.

Two predictions: the freestyles these guys are gonna drop for this campaign are gonna be a mess, and there are gonna be a bunch of rightfully disgruntled MC’s who didn’t make this list.

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Chance The Rapper Covers Complex

Monday, March 13th, 2017


Fresh off his historic Grammy wins, Chance The Rapper sits down with Complex EIC Noah Callahan-Bever for a Q&A to accompany his new ‘Plex cover. You can read the exchange in full here, or watch the video below. The pair discuss fatherhood, the night his daughter was born, not getting to bring his Grammys home with him, the meaning behind the warning on the “No Problems” chorus, working with Kanye and his sense of humor, why he might actually sell his debut album, his faith and much more.

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Lil Uzi Vert Covers FADER’s Sex Issue

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017


FADER rolls out another cover for their Sex Issue featuring Lil Uzi Vert. The previous cover featured Brooklyn’s Young M.A. and was accompanied by a relatively enlightening profile. Writer Felipe Delerme tried valiantly to do the same for Vert, but he is apparently too famous now to sit for a proper FADER cover story or take any instruction during a photo shoot. At one point, he takes off his $1,000 Gucci loafers and throws them into the ocean. Seems like a real down to earth guy.

Previously: Lil Uzi Vert – Uppin Downers

Young M.A. Covers FADER’s Sex Issue

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017


Young M.A. graces the cover of The FADER‘s inaugural Sex Issue. For the cover story, writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd gives us a glimpse of M.A.’s family life and her upbringing by a single mother that supported her identity as a lesbian woman from early on. The Brooklyn rapper talks about how it was relatively easy to come out in modern day Brooklyn and her complete lack of interest in being identified as “the dyke rapper” or having her sexuality perceived as her defining characteristic.

M.A. also laid down a freestyle in support of the cover and interview which you can check out below.

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