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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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Chance The Rapper & The Weeknd Cover GQ

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017


Chance The Rapper and The Weeknd go half on the cover of GQ‘s February issue. For his cover story, Chance spoke to Mark Anthony Green about the importance he places on his Grammy nominations, his iconic ‘3’ hats, dealing with his newfound celebrity (or lack thereof) his mentor Kanye West and why he’s not scared of the Trump presidency. Read the full article here and look for The Weeknd’s feature to arrive tomorrow.

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No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999 (Book)

Monday, December 19th, 2016


For as long as I’ve known him, Evan Auerbach aka Ev Boogie of UpNorthTrips has wanted to turn his passion for archiving hip-hop history into a book. We’ve had countless discussions about it throughout the past six years of our friendship, so to watch his hard work pay off truly makes me proud.

For No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999, Ev teamed up with legendary DJ/radio personality Stretch Armstrong to compile a definitive collection of classic nightlife flyers from the pre-social media era of New York City, when buzz spread hand-to-hand. For hip-hop heads, it’s filled with gems—A Tribe Called Quest and Jay Z album release parties, Funkmaster Flex nights at The Tunnel, Eric B. and Rakim live at The Muse, and the list goes on. And trust, it’s bigger than just hip-hop—this book encapsulates it all.

Do yourself a favor and cop before it sells out on Amazon, again. Or pick it up at your nearest Barnes and Noble. It will look dope on your coffee table, and will also make for a great holiday gift.

Get it now, here.

Pusha T Covers Complex

Friday, December 2nd, 2016


Pusha T covers the new December/January issue of Complex and if the cover motif didn’t tip you off, one of the main topics covered is Blowbama’s work with movements like #SchoolsNotPrisons and activists such as dream hampton and director Ava DuVernay on the epidemic of mass incarceration in America. Speaking to writer Mychal Denzel Smith, Push speaks on the mass incarceration of folks he grew up with, responds to criticism over his signing of Desiigner to G.O.O.D Music, the election of Trump and addresses the alleged shots Drake took at him on “Two Birds, One Stone”:

“I heard something,” he says, simultaneously playful and dismissive, when I ask him again about “Two Birds, One Stone” and the Internet chatter that Drake’s lines were directed at Pusha, questioning the street bona fides of his past. “I would never, ever attribute that [song] to myself. My past is cemented. My past happened. Like slavery happened. The Holocaust happened. You can’t ever question anything that has actually happened.”

Read the full interview here and continue below for some behind the scenes video excerpts.

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Nas Covers Ebony’s Power 100 Issue

Friday, November 4th, 2016


Nas graces the cover of Ebony‘s annual Power 100 issue. Continue below for a message about power from him and his three co-cover stars, John Legend, Ava DuVernay and Simone Biles.

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Chance The Rapper Covers Billboard

Thursday, August 11th, 2016


Chance The Rapper graces this week’s issue of Billboard. For the cover story, writer Ben Austen joined him in the studio as he composed the tribute to Muhammad Ali that he performed at the ESPY’s last month.

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Gucci Mane Covers FADER

Friday, July 29th, 2016


Gucci Mane, unsurprisingly, graces the cover of FADER #105. In the cover story, the newly fit and sober messiah of Trap spoke from his Atlanta home where he’s serving out a house arrest sentence about the hell of three years in the fed and the forced sobriety it imposed on him, how his legacy lived on through other artists during his incarceration and the amusing rumor that he’s been replaced by a upgraded clone model.

Read the full interview here and watch some excerpts below.

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