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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.
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.
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
Ty Dolla $ign
Hate and congratulate in the comments.
Previously: XXL’s 2013 Freshman Class
The Kushed God graces the new issue of JENESIS magazine. In the cover story, he talks about his new label situation, the new album and establishing himself as more than just a “weed rapper”. You can read and download a full copy of the magazine here free of charge.
Catch DZA on our #Illmatic20 Tribute Mixtape flowing over “Halftime”.
Previously: Nina Sky ft. Smoke DZA – Stoners
Wiki, Hak and Sporting Life split the cover of FADER’s new Photo Issue with British pop star FKA Twigs. For the cover story, writer T. Cole Rachel spent a couple of days wandering around NYC with the trio, and you can read that in full here.
UPDATED with Behind the scenes footage from the cover shoot below.
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.