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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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Lil Wayne Covers XXL

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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Wayne covers XXL for the 500th time. That’s a real number too, because you know I’m not one for hyperbole.

Here’s an excerpt from Jeff Weiss’ cover story about his signing of Drake and Nicki Minaj:

“Call me old-fashioned and country, but with Drake, that was the first time I’d seen someone that knew how to sing and rap. That’s all it was. I didn’t know nobody who knew how to do that. You had those old school singing niggas, where people would do a little eight-bar verse on their songs. But [Drake] was spitting and singing and killing that too. It took a while though. It wasn’t until I heard him spitting on one of my beats when I was like, ‘This fool’s retarded.’ When I hear something that I know I can’t do better? That’s when I’m like, ‘They need to be on the team.’”

“I wanted a female. Every team needs a female to rep your gang. She was annihilating niggas. I mean males. I was like, ‘I have to beef my shit up on that muthafucka.’ She just knocked it out the park from day one. She’s just Nicki. I don’t know whose idea it was, but it was a good idea.”

Read some more excerpts here and look for the issue to hit newsstands early next month.

Previously: Wayne x Cristiano Ronaldo – #WeezyWednesdays Ep. 22

Kendrick Lamar Covers Complex

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Rap’s most important young MC graces the cover of Complex’s August/September issue.

Read the full cover story, by Insanul Ahmed, in full here.

Previously: The NY Times Magazine Profiles Kendrick Lamar

Kanye Covers GQ’s August Issue

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Donda’s baby boy covers the August issue of GQ.

UPDATED: The cover story is available online now. In it, Ye talks about his next album and the lead single, which will be called “All Day” and could be dropping as early as September.

What does that mean in terms of putting the new record together? Do you want the pendulum to swing back and do something more pop, like Twisted Fantasy or Graduation?
I think just my usual pattern is like that. It’s like a pendulum. The pendulum gains momentum by swinging in the other direction. Even lyrically, I think about certain lines that I say on my new single, which is called “All Day,” that usually Jay would say, but Jay’s not on there. So I say, All day, nigga, it’s Ye, nigga. Shopping for the winter, it’s just May, nigga. Ball so hard, man, this shit cray, nigga. You ain’t getting money unless you got eight figures. Right? Jay would have said that. And then eventually I would have came in with, like, whatever I come in with. But the balance of a meal is that when people walk in, they want water first. People definitely weren’t getting water first on Yeezus. I do fight with myself to say, “Keep fighting.” But also, you know, you can’t win every single fight. It’s a long war, and if you’re out there trying to, like, blow up every single building, you won’t win the war.

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Young Thug Covers Complex

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Young Thug follows up the release of his long delayed “Stoner” video with the cover of Complex and a heavy co-sign from Birdman. Read the full cover story here, and check out a clip of Birdman speaking on how Thug reminds him of himself below.

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XXL’s 2014 Freshman Class

Monday, May 5th, 2014

After a slight delay, XXL today revealed their 2014 Freshman cover. All in all, not the worst list I’ve ever seen.

Chance The Rapper
Rich Homie Quan
Isaiah Rashad
Ty Dolla $ign
Lil Durk
Kevin Gates
Troy Ave
Lil Bibby
Vic Mensa
Jon Connor
Jarren Benton
August Alsina

Hate and congratulate in the comments.

Previously: XXL’s 2013 Freshman Class