Archive for the 'Books/Magazines' Category

Chance The Rapper & The Weeknd Cover GQ

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Lil Wayne’s Prison Memoir Gone ‘Til November Arrives This Fall

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

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Waaaay back in 2012, it was reported that Lil Wayne would be releasing a book chronicling the 8 months he spent locked up on Riker’s Island during 2010. At the time, Gone ‘Til November was described by Grand Central Publishing as “revealing” and based largely on detailed journals Wayne kept throughout his stay in New York City’s most notorious jail. Years have since passed, Wayne has survived multiple seizures and is in the midst of a financial battle with Baby, and pretty much everybody had forgotten about this thing until last week. Now, the book finally has a release date of October 11th via new publisher Penguin, and today they revealed the cover art.

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Future Covers Rolling Stone

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

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Future graces the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone. The cover story, by Brian Hiatt, can be read in full here, but it’s not exactly a piece any informed Future fan will find revelatory. Other than an aside about his not wanting Desiigner’s name mentioned in the piece and some commentary about his breakup and custody battle with Ciara, it’s mostly a profile of his creative process and the run he’s been on since Pluto.

Grab Future and DJ Esco’s new mixtape, Project ET, here.

Previously: DJ Khaled ft. Jay-Z & Future – I Got The Keys (Video)

Vince Staples Covers FADER

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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The wise beyond his years Vince Staples covers the new issue of FADER and speaks to cover story author Jeff Weiss about growing up in North Long Beach, ultimately escaping and the strong ties he still has to the neighborhood. The piece also reveals that he’ll be dropping his next project, an EP called Prima Donna, sometime this Summer.

Read the full story here.

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XXL’s 2016 Freshman Class

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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It’s Freshman season again. This morning XXL revealed their 2016 Freshman class and cover. Making the cut this year are Lil Uzi Vert, Desiigner, G Herbo (finally), Dave East, Denzel Curry, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, Lil Dicky, Anderson .Paak and fan selection Lil Yachty.

Continue below for some behind the scenes footage from the cover shoot.

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