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Cam’ron Covers Mass Appeal

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Killa Fuckin’ Cam covers issue #54 of Mass Appeal. During the cover Q&A with Sacha Jenkins, Cam talks about the new music and film projects he has on the horizon, his cape line, the possibility of him ever doing a reality show and how he manages to remain relevant with minimal effort.

The most interesting takeaway from the story for me though was when he revealed that at one point Crayola hollered at him about doing a “Cam’ron Pink” crayon. Unfortunately for the children of America, the deal fell through.

Continue below to check out some footage from Cam’s cover shoot (complete with a Dame Dash cameo, naturally) and pick up the new issue of Mass Appeal on newsstands now.

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Ice Cube Covers The Source

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Ice Cube appears on the second cover of The Source magazine’s latest issue.

Previously: Getting Ice Cube’s Name on the Goodyear Blimp

ScHoolBoy Q Covers The Source

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Q graces the cover of the April/May issue of The Source.

In this excerpt form the cover story, he speaks on just how real the lyrics on “Prescription/Oxymoron” are for him:

It’s a heart-wrenching listening experience, one that Q admits is so painstakingly based off real-life events, he hasn’t listened to it since he made it. “Every bit of it is real. So real I never listened to it. Never heard it. I mean, I made it [laughs], but that was it. I perform it every night, but I never listen to it because it’s too much. A part of me, like, kicks myself in the ass ‘cause my daughter was there. But a part of it makes me proud because I’m not that type of person no more. I’m, like, one of the best fathers in the world, you get what I’m saying?”

Click through to read some more excerpts or to order a digital edition of the magazine ahead of it’s release on newsstands this Thursday.

Previously: Schoolboy Q & Ab Soul – Druggys Wit Hoes 3 (Live)

Pharrell Covers GQ

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Pharrell will grace the cover of GQ’s April issue and they have made the cover story by Zach Baron available for your perusal over at their site. He talks about the G I R L album and the uproar over the cover art, hats, both trucker and Vivienne Westwood, endorses Hillary for president in 2016 and comments on the twerk tendencies of the Tea Party’s daughters:

Are you reaching out to be like, “What can I do?”
I can’t say but so much, but Hillary’s gonna win. Trust me. And it’s a two-for-one: Bill is the coolest dude in the game, still plays saxophone, and every woman in the world wants him. It’s a two-for-one. Hillary’s gonna win. Everybody laughed at me when I said Obama was going to win, but I knew what he represented. But I know what Hillary represents: She represents a woman in power, and she did great as the Secretary of State. She’s gonna win.

If it’s the other guys—
Who? The Tea Party guys? The guys with the nigger jokes in 2014? They’re all trying to learn how to do the Dougie. Please. While their daughters are all twerking. Trust me: Miley tells me all the time. Not saying that about Billy Ray, but I’m saying Miley tells me all the time: All those little girls, all those girls with their Republican daddies, they’re twerkin’ somewhere listening to Jay Z and Beyoncé and doin’ the “Happy” dance. And that’s black.

Continue below to watch some behind the scenes footage from the cover shoot.

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Jay-Z Covers New York Magazine

Monday, March 24th, 2014

New York Magazine gives Jay-Z the cover of their special “100 Years of Pop Music in New York” issue via a choice throwback portrait. In conjunction with the issue, they’ve added their Encyclopedia of New York Pop Music to their site. I haven’t had a chance to dig through that yet, but I did read Jody Rosen’s essay on the history of popular music in New York City last night and it was pretty great.

You should also check out their spread of 26 Musicians Who Shaped New York City, which incluses portraits of Nas, Afrika Bambaataa, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige and Grandmaster flash.

UPDATED: Rob Markman spoke to Edwin “PHADE” Sacasa, one of the co-founders of NYC’s legendary Shirt Kings brand and the photographer behind that picture. It turns out that it was taken during Sacasa’s birthday party at the Jamaica Colosseum Mall in Queens back in 1987. Jay was 17 years old. Read the full story here.

Previously: JAY Z & Jay Electronica – We Made It Freestyle – Sticky

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Cover Vogue (April 2014)

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Annie Leibovitz shoots the rockstar couple for the April cover of Vogue Magazine. I guess those rumors of Ye spazzing on Anna Wintour months of media campaigning for this cover finally paid off!

In a statement Wintour made on the cover:

As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue’s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.

There’s barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian Wests haven’t been able to master, and for good reason: Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that.

Check out the candid behind the scenes video from some remote locations for the shoot after the jump.

Previously: Kanye Cuts Deal in Paparazzi Assault Case

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Jhené Aiko Covers Complex

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Jhené Aiko takes the other half of the April/May Complex cover split alongside Cam and A-Trak.

Read the full cover story here.

Previously: Jhene Aiko ft. Raekwon – The Worst (Ted Smooth Remix)

Cam’ron & A-Trak Cover Complex

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Killa and A-Trak grace the cover of the April/May issue of Complex. In keeping with the movie poster theme of the cover, they also shot an amazing trailer for Two The Hard Way, an updated version of the classic 70′s flick starring Fred Williamson and Jim Brown that we can only hope will one day be filmed and released as a ful length feature.

Hit the jump to check that out and head over to Complex to read the cover story by Donnie Kwak in which Cam and A-Trak explain how they were introduced by Dame Dash and Miss Info, their Killa catered studio sessions and what we can expect from their Federal Reserve EP.

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Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolBoy Q Cover Billboard

Friday, February 28th, 2014

K.Dot and Q share the cover of the new issue of Billboard. The cover story will look at TDE, the “Hip-Hop hit factory that has Kendrick Lamar, a soon to be No. 1 album from ScHoolBoy Q and the attention of Jimmy Iovine”.

UPDATE: Billboard just posted the article and it includes some interesting tidbits, including a Black Hippy album and a potential/scheduled Kendrick Lamar release date.

In 2014, TDE hopes to lock and load its most ambitious slate of releases: Rashad and the label’s first nonrap signing, New Jersey-based female singer-songwriter SZA, will be coming with albums, as will original team members Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. Meanwhile, Free thinks the long-awaited debut from Black Hippy – the supergroup featuring Lamar, Q, Rock and Ab-Soul – is likely to appear in 2014; Tiffith indicates that TDE is planning to release a new Lamar album this coming September, too.

Previously: Is ScHoolBoy Q Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Eminem, Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Cover XXL

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Em, Dre, Iovine triumvirate grace the cover of XXL’s April issue. The cover story will look at the impending rise of Beats as a player in the digital music realm.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar & Eminem Cover ESPN The Magazine