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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!’ ”