While Black Hippy, Top Dawg Entertainment and the Empire That Is Kendrick prepare for the tactical onslaught of music the camp will release, Ab-Soul broods. His time is nigh, but The Black Lip Pastor has shown no signs of anxiety. The unflappable, ever-cloudy emcee relays his thoughts on his upcoming project and the immense exposure his super-group has enjoyed.
You already know what it is with me and the Harlem phenom spitter. Azealia sits with Peter Rosenberg to discuss her process as she readies the next project Broke With Expensive Taste. I’m sure her record will have an incredible impact on the music world, with hip-hop feeling some of its ripples. Video after the jump.
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Instructions for Drake: take him seriously.
“Why the hell does he need those gatekeepers?” Preach, Brother Marc. “Luxury, says who?!” This is terrific. (To be fair, Marc Ecko has a color privilege that Kanye does not have.)
kanye west gives the best interviews of all time. OF ALL TIME! just when you think he’s gone into hiding for good, that the president throwing dirt on his name might permanently relegate him to begrudging exile, that a n*gga might be better off in Paris, he emerges more defiant than the last time.
“I know how to make ‘perfect’.” Mr. West is in the building. And he’s doing interviews. Zane Lowe sits down with Kanye for an exclusive talk with the now-public artists. After years of avoiding interviews, it seems Yeezy’s found his stride with careful press appointments like this one. It must be the Dad thing.
Aubrey can’t get out of our heads this week. He’s on every show talking about the album and his new lease on life. Sounding like a motivational speaker out here. Ellen grilled him on his dating life, popping up pictures of various rumored flings and Drake swatted them like David Ortiz. Of Rihanna? Watch.
It’s safe to say the Ja Rule wants to put that last ten years or so behind him. Since releasing his single “Fresh Out Da Pen,” Rule has been doing the media blitz, getting back on the horse, so to speak. Good for him. Now the job of introducing an entire generation to his music and winning back some of the old fans.
Hot97′s Ebro Darden interviews Mr. Cee about the allegations surrounding his latest incident involving an undercover police officer and the evidence that he engaged in some acts with transgender sex workers in the past. This is a witch hunt. Hopefully hip-hop learns from it and becomes safer for people of all orientations.
In recent months it’s seemed that 50 Cent has been subliminally dissing his own crew, G-Unit. Back in July he told XXL regarding Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, “they need to get themselves together,” before making an appearance on Big Boy’s Neighborhood to elaborate, “I’ve enabled them to a point where they feel like they don’t have to do anything.”