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Kanye Covers Time’s 100 Most Influential People Issue

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

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Kanye joins the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Nolan and his own wife Kim Kardashian on Time’s 2015 100 Most Influential People list. Elon Musk wrote a short blurb about Ye’s influence:

Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today.

Hit the jump to watch a clip of Ye speaking to Time and check out the full list here.

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The NY Times‘ T Magazine Profiles Kanye West

Friday, April 10th, 2015

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NY Times writer Jon Caramanica shadowed Kanye back during New York Fashion Week, observing his first Yeezy/adidas fashion show and digging into the mind of Ye. The T Magazine profile is now available for your reading pleasure and it offers a look at Ye’s new attitude after finally having achieved a goal he strived towards for over a decade.

He explains his frustration with being shutout by the high-end fashion establishment for so long:

A couple of years ago, in 2013, West could be found inveighing against the gatekeepers he perceived as impediments to his success: the designers who wouldn’t collaborate with him, the financiers who wouldn’t back him. He did this in interviews as well as on stage, from the 60-foot tall mountain that was the centerpiece of his Yeezus tour. “I would scream — ‘Look at this mountain I just made! You don’t think I can make a T-shirt?’ ” he told me. “ ’Look at everyone in the audience — we’re selling $300,000 worth of T-shirts every night!’ ”

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Meek Mill & Rick Ross Cover XXL

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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Meek Mill and Rozay grace the cover of the new Spring 2015 issue of XXL. In the cover story he speaks on his 2014 prison bid, his new relationship with Nicki Minaj and the Dreams Worth More Than Money LP. The issue also features pieces with Marshawn Lynch, Rae Sremmurd, Action Bronson and MURS and Tech N9ne, and should be on newsstands shortly.

UPDATE: According to Revolt, Meek’s album will be out on the 14th. See below.

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Zoë Kravitz Covers Complex

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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Zoë Kravitz splits the cover of the April/May 2015 issue of Complex with her DOPE co-star A$AP Rocky.

Read the cover story by Karizza Sanchez here and continue below for some behind the scenes shots from her cover shoot.

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A$AP Rocky Covers Complex

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Rocky covers the April/May issue of Complex. You can read the full cover story by Joe La Puma here.

Check out some behind the scenes footage from the cover shoot below.

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Kanye West & Lana Del Rey Cover Billboard’s Power 100 Issue

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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Kanye, Lana Del Bae and UMG Chairman Lucian Grainge cover Billboard’s annual Power 100 issue. Grainge holds down the #1 spot on the list, which also includes Jimmy Iovine, Birdman, Guy Oseary and Scooter Braun. Check out the full list here.

Previously: Kanye’s adidas Line Will Be Available Within Weeks | Rihanna ft. Kanye West & Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds (DJ Mustard Remix)

Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment Cover FADER

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Chance, Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment cover the new issue of FADER. Read the cover story here.

Incidentally, GQ also released a photo spread and article profiling Chance earlier today, which revealed that his LP will feature appearances from J. Cole, Franks Ocean and the elusive André 3000.

Previously: Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Nothing Came To Me (Short Film)

Big Sean Covers Complex

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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After announcing the title of his new album, Dark Sky Paradise, via social media over the weekend, Sean is revealed as the other cover star of the February/March issue of Complex. Read Damien Scott’s cover story in full here.

Take a tour of Detroit with Sean in Complex’s latest episode of The Neighborhood

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Jennifer Lopez Covers Complex

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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Life comes at you fast. Jennifer Lopez is 45 b. To put her uncannily long and illustrious career in perspective, consider that when she made her pop culture debut as a Fly Girl on In Living Color 23 years ago, there was a little 1-year old baby named Amethyst down in Australia that she would one day slather in baby oil and grind upon like a horny prom date. That shit is deep. In any event, Jennifer’s nearly half-century year old form graces the cover of the new February/March issue of Complex. Hit the jump for a couple more shots of Jenny at her LA mansion and read the cover story by Gabe Alvarez here.

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J. Cole & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cover ESPN: The Magazine

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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If you were baffled by the Dale Earnhardt Jr. shoutout at the end of J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP, don’t worry about a thing, ESPN: The Magazine is on the case. As it turns out, the NASCAR star is a big fan of Jermaine’s. Who knew right?

Cole explains:

It all started when I missed the deadline for the physical CD album credits, so I decided to put them on a song and basically shout out everybody who had something to do with the album. I’d been working on the album for a year, and I was in such an ecstatic mood — I felt like I won. So while I’m shouting out everybody, I was like, “I may as well pretend a shoutout, somebody I have no idea who they are, just as a joke.”

There was an interview Dale Jr. did that asked him what he plays before races, and he said “J. Cole ‘Power Trip,’” which freaked me out! What is Dale Earnhardt Jr. doing playing my shit? How did he even find out about it? You don’t think somebody on that level would ever hear your stuff. From there, I never forgot. I was always like, “Yo, I ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr.” So when I was picking a name, I chose his. And it worked out crazy. Everywhere I go now — the airport, the store — people say, “Yo, Cole, I love that album, bro, it’s a classic!” And Dale Earnhardt Jr., it’s the first thing they bring up! It’s already a thing in hip-hop, already an inside joke that’s going to live forever.

Continue below for some footage of Cole and Dale shooting the cover, and click through to ESPN to read their joint Q&A in its entirety.

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