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Kendrick Lamar Interviews N.W.A for Billboard

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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The story of Compton, CA Hip-Hop comes full circle as Kendrick Lamar interviews the four surviving members of N.W.A for the new issue of Billboard. K.Dot grills his four heros on the legacy of the group, what they were trying to accomplish with their early music, their creative process, the influence of Eazy-E and much more. He also asks them about new artists they respect and they in turn name himself and Pusha T.

You can read or watch the full interview here or in the new issue of Billboard. Straight Outta Compton hits theaters tomorrow.

Previously: Ice Cube & Dr. Dre Cover Rolling Stone

Khloé Kardashian Covers Complex

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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I never thought I’d ever be composing a Khloé Kardashian centric post, but damn, here we are.

Watch some behind the scenes from the photo shoot below and read the cover story from the August/September issue by Lauren Nostro here.

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N.W.A Covers The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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N.W.A, both the actual founding members (well, two of them at least) and their on-screen counterparts, grace the cover of this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The industry trade spoke with all 4 surviving members of the group about the new biopic Straight Outta Compton, the long road they took to get it greenlit and the murder charge Suge Knight picked up during the filming of a promo clip in Compton.

Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, both integral members of the group and hands-on producers of the film, opened up about the multiple incarnations of the script and the early struggles to get the notoriously wary Hollywood establishment on board with such a controversial story. Writer Tatiana Siegel also spoke with Cube’s son (who plays him in the film) about filling his famous father’s shoes, and director F.Gary Gray on how he got inside the minds of the group members.

On the Suge incident, after explaining that he wasn’t on set at the time, Dre offers:

“I heard about it over the phone. Everybody was supportive everywhere we went, and we didn’t have one issue throughout the entire filming of the movie. It’s crazy that this happened during the f—ing filming of the commercial.”

“It’s just a really unfortunate incident,” says Dre. “Maybe [Knight] was looking for trouble. I don’t know.”

Read the full profile here and catch Straight Outta Compton in theaters on August 14th.

Previously: Behind the Scenes of Straight Outta Compton with Fab Five Freddy & N.W.A

Kanye Covers GQ’s Most Stylish Men Alive Issue

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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Mr. West graces one of the covers of GQ‘s new Most Stylish Men Alive issue. Kanye is joined on the twenty slot list by the likes of Jay Z, A$AP Rocky, Ryan Gosling and Russell Westbrook. Check out the full list here.

Kanye also joins Ricardo Tiscci and of Givenchy and Kendall Jenner on the new Vogue Japan cover, check that out below.

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XXL’s 2015 Freshman Class

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap, GoldLink, K Camp, OG Maco, Raury, Shy Glizzy, Tink, Vince Staples and fan selection Kidd Kidd of G-Unit are the 10 MC’s filling out XXL’s 2015 Freshman class. The magazine will be rolling out freestyles, interviews and more from the group over the next several weeks, so be on the look out for that and check out some behind the scenes footage from the cover shoot below.

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FKA Twigs Covers Complex

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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Myself and Robert Pattinson’s future ex FKA Twigs splits the cover of the June/July issue of Complex with KiD CuDi and Jeremy Piven.

Hit the jump for behind the scenes footage from the shoot and read the full cover story by Cedar Pasori here.

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KiD CuDi & Jeremy Piven Cover Complex

Monday, June 1st, 2015

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KiD CuDi plays Ari Gold’s assistant in the new Entourage film, and now the pair grace the June/July issue of Complex.

Read the full joint cover story by Joe La Puma here and check out some behind the scenes footage from the cover shoot below.

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A$AP Rocky Covers Billboard

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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Rocky is the cover boy on this week’s issue of Billboard. You can go here to check out a preview of the cover story before it drops this Friday, but the main takeaways are that Rocky isn’t really into the Kendrick album, Mark Ronson has been revealed as a contributor to Rocky’s new album ALLA and that album now has a confirmed release date of May 12th.

UPDATED: Read the cover story here. He speaks on the loss of Yams, dabblingw with psychedelics, his character in the film Dope, and more. He also played some new tracks from ALLA for writer Dorian Lynskey:

Rocky clicks his trackpad and fires up a Ronson production based on an interpolation of “In a Broken Dream,” a 1972 hit by Rod Stewart and Python Lee Jackson. Like the other songs he plays, featuring Danger Mouse and an unknown British singer-guitarist named Joe Fox, it’s gorgeous, slurred, reflective and audaciously psychedelic.

Previously: Watch A$AP Rocky’s Red Bull Music Academy Lecture | A$AP Rocky – M’s (CDQ)

Kendrick Lamar Covers Mass Appeal

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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K.Dot covers issue 56 of Mass Appeal. Read the full cover story by the OG Gabirel Alvarez here.

Here’s an excerpt:

A kid on the Internet pointed out that Section.80 is outlined like a book; good kid, m.A.A.d city like a film; and To Pimp A Butterfly like a poem. Is that how you see it and was that planned?

Yeah, definitely. [There]’s actually a sketch of braille that’s added to the title hidden inside the [CD] booklet that I don’t think nobody has caught yet. You can actually feel the bump lines. But if you can see it, which is the irony of it, you can break down the actual full title of the album.

That’s dope. You told MTV that the original title was going to be 2 Pimp A Caterpillar, since the acronym would be 2.P.A.C. Why did you change it?

Well, I just liked the contrast. These are things that I think a long time about. Everything is intricate. I wouldn’t say intricate, but it’s important for me. It was something about “butterfly,” how soft it sounds, and how hard “pimp” sounds. It was just the contrast. That’s how my music is. It’s a roller coaster. It’s cohesive enough, but it’s up and down. You’re going through these different emotions, and I wanted [the title] to reflect that.

UPDATED: Complex had the braille message translated and it reads “A Kendrick by Letter Blank Lamar”, which is presumably a misprint.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar Explains the To Pimp A Butterfly Artwork

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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