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Kendrick Lamar Covers XXL

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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Rumors of the demise of XXL’s print edition have proved to be premature. Kendrick Lamar covers the first new issue since the magazine was purchased by Townsquare Media earlier this year. This is his first solo cover after previously posing with his fellow Freshmen, Dr. Dre and the whole TDE crew. Interestingly enough, he penned the cover story himself.

Hit the jump to check out a video message from K.Dot.

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J. Cole Covers Complex

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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Complex unveils yet another cover for their December/January issue, this time with Mr. Jermaine Cole. For the piece, by Damien Scott, they travelled back to Cole’s hometown of Fayetteville, NC to speak to him about why he’s naming his new album after the address of his childhood home, his need to return to his roots, his Berry Gordy aspirations with his Dreamville label and much more.

Read the full cover story here and continue below for a tour of 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

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Nicki Minaj Covers Complex

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Ms. Minaj splits the cover of Compex’s December/January issue with Wale and Jerry Seinfeld.

Read the cover story by Lauren Nostro here and hit the jump for some behind the scenes footage form the photo shoot.

From the Q&A:

You’re on Twitter all the time. Do you read what blogs write about you?

I’m not on blogs, so I didn’t know. People see me retweet stuff and they think I’m some Internet person but I’m not. A lot of times, with the controversy surrounding “Lookin’ Ass,” for example, I didn’t know anything about it until it was so late it would’ve been crazy for me to address it. Every now and then, people in my circle will say, “Did you know blah blah blah?” People on my team know I don’t want to hear any drama. I don’t want any negativity. I don’t want to hear what’s on the blog. I don’t care.

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Wale & Jerry Seinfeld Cover Complex

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Last year, Wale famously spazzed on Complex over his placement on their 50 Best Albums of 2013 list. Now, he and Jerry Seinfeld are gracing the cover of the December/January issue. In a promo video accompanying Joe La Puma’s cover story, which you can read here in full, we see Jerry and Wale discussing the list in a diner while Seinfeld encourages him to call the magazine and give them a piece of his mind. Check out that clip and a few other segments with the pair talking about hecklers, strip clubs and the burden of celebrity below.

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Migos Cover FADER

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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Migos land their first FADER cover for the magazine’s December/January Now issue. The cover story by Leon Neyfakh takes a look at the rise of the trio and their label Quality Control Music and its relationship with Lyor Cohen’s 300 entity, which is using non-public Twitter stats and good old-fashioned radio promo to push the group to the next level.

The Rich Nigga Timeline mixtape drops later today, so check back for that soon.

Previously: Migos – Story I Tell (Video)

Must Read: Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

I’m a hip-hop junkie, straight up. I’ve been one since I was in elementary school, when I first heard Run-D.M.C. and became obsessed with their King of Rock cassette. Fast-forward three decades, and I’m still on the same shit. Sure, I’m an adult now, with a wife and three kids that I dedicate my whole life to. But that doesn’t mean I’m not all over every little morsel of rap goodness the moment I get the chance. If I’m not listening to hip-hop, it’s a safe bet that in my spare time I’m reading or writing about it.

Luckily, I’ve been able to build a nice little side career as a rap scribe, which has afforded me some pretty unique opportunities, especially for a kid whose coming of age coincided with the ’90s rap boom. I’ve been in Pete Rock and Erick Sermon’s basements, talking with them about how they make their music. I’ve hung out with Raekwon and Ghostface and the RZA and listened to them tell me old Wu stories. I’ve chopped it up with Common and Fat Joe and Diamond D and Dres and Del on the phone about their classic material. I once kicked it with Large Professor for three hours in the studio breaking down all the historic moments from his career! But like all true hip-hop junkies, I need more.

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G-Unit Covers XXL

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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Well here’s something that used to happen all the time but hasn’t since 2008: G-Unit on the cover of XXL.

50 and company detailed their breakup and reconciliation to Vanessa Satten, Miranda Johnson and Eric Diep for the October/November cover story.

Look out for the issue to hit newsstands on October 17th. UPDATED: Although this was widely expected to be the final print issue of XXL since it was purchased by Townsquare, EIC Vanessa Satten tells MTV that the magazine will continue to release print editions.

Previously: G-Unit on GGN with Snoop

Wiz Khalifa Covers The Source

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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Wiz splits the cover of The Source’s 2014 Power 30 issue with Jeezy.

Hit the jump for a couple of excerpts from the cover story.

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Jeezy Covers The Source

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Snow covers the new Power 30 issue of The Source. The issue should be available on your local newwstand shortly, in the meantime, you can head over to their site and read a few excerpts from the cover story.

Jeezy on Ferguson:

I just feel like, when things like this happen, you have to build trust within the community. They did all the wrong things. Instead of going there and trying to resolve the situation, they went in there with tasers, riot guns and riot forces, and you can’t come to my neighborhood and not expect us to stand up for what we believe in. You know, that type of sh*t happens in Iraq, that doesn’t happen in Ferguson.

Seen It All: The Autobiography is in stores today. Jeezy spoke on his recent arrest with Power 105.1′s Breakfast Club, listen to the audio here.

Previously: Jeezy ft. T.I. & YG – Addicted

Nicki Minaj Covers FADER

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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Nicki graces the cover of FADER’s Fall Fashion issue. Read the full cover story by Carrie Battan here.

Hit the jump for a clip of Nicki speaking on the “Flawless” remix with Beyonce and the upcoming “Anaconda” video with Power 106′s Rikki Martinez.

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