Behind the Scenes


Hip-Hop power couple, Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London, star in GQ‘s March 2019 issue. The Grammy-nominated artist and Hollywood actress head to the streets that raised them, the Crenshaw neighborhood in Los Angeles for a stylish photo shoot. The pair are seen hand-in-hand wearing striking pieces from Hermès, Versace, Fendi, Tom Ford, Manolo Blahnik and more. Speaking with Mark Anthony Green, Nipsey and Lauren discuss their fruitful relationship, their come up in music and acting respectively, their success in the entertainment industry, and more.

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Ahead of the release of his new solo album The WIZRD next week (Jan. 18), Future debuts his documentary of the same name exclusively on Apple Music. Featuring footage captured over the span of seven years, the Marcus A. Clarke-directed film centers around Future’s ‘Purple Reign’ tour in 2016. The East Atlanta rapper gives fans an all-access pass to the road, studio sessions, and family life. The 63-minute documentary follows Future’s hectic life as one of today’s biggest artists and the hard work that goes into maintaining his dominance in Hip-hop. Drake makes an appearance, along with commentary and interviews from André 3000, Organized Noize’s Rico Wade (Future’s cousin), DJ Khaled, Metro Boomin and Yo Gotti.

The WIZRD is lead by the singles “Crushed Up” and “Jumpin’ on a Jet.” Available for pre-order now, the album serves as a follow-up to Future’s 2017 dual albums Future and HNDRXX. Watch the documentary below.

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Travis Scott’s incredible and career-defining year is chronicled as the Cactus Jack star covers Rolling Stone. In the cover story by Jonah Wiener, the 26-year-old’s 2018 run is highlighted, lead by his platinum-selling album ASTROWORLD. The feature touches on Scott’s upbringing in Houston, his family and father’s musical background, the inaugural Astroworld Festival earlier this year and the importance of that day after the famed amusement park closed in 2005. The Grammy-nominated rapper/producer opens up on his relationship with Kylie Jenner, who he first met at Coachella. Scott details their religious connection, privacy concerns when he first started dating Jenner, and parenthood raising their newborn daughter Stormi. For the first-time, the man known as La Flame would also speak on his past mentor Kanye West’s friendship with President Donald Trump and controversial comments he’s made throughout the year.

“I mean, shit, I’d tell him, ‘Bro, chill. What you gotta understand is, young black kids are looking up to you, and the message you used to preach in your earlier music? It’ll make a young black kid — it’ll make any kid — confused.’ That shit was — come on. But when Ye get on some shit, he on some shit. I don’t know if that nigga just liked the hat or what, dog. Ye deals with different shit in his life. That’s family. You don’t wanna desert your bro. Everybody go through shit. He still a dope musician. But he’s definitely hit me up about it, and I’ve told him, ‘Man, you got kids looking up to you, feel me?’.”

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Ella Mai is coming to Saturday Night Live this weekend. The R&B star is set to appear as musical guest on the late-night sketchy comedy show tomorrow night (Nov. 17). Before it airs, Ella Mai stars in a promo spot for the upcoming episode. Alongside guest host Steve Carell and SNL‘s Keenan Thompson, the British songstress reveals what she’s thankful for ahead of the Thanksgiving episode. Mai will be performing two records off her self-titled debut album, which features appearances by Chris Brown, H.E.R. and John Legend.

Watch the promo spot below.

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Lil’ Wayne is invading NBC’s Studio 8H this weekend, appearing as musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Before the new episode airs, the Young Money rapper stars in a promo spot for the upcoming show. Alongside guest host Liev Schreiber and SNL‘s Kate McKinnon, Weezy F. Baby and his diamond encrusted grill are all smiles as the trio cracks some jokes. Lil’ Wayne will perform two songs off his new album Tha Carter V, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in early October.

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Kanye West headed home to Chicago this week. Along with a handful of interviews that have already created headlines, the G.O.O.D. Music recording artist was in town to work with Chance the Rapper. In a quick interview while leaving a building in downtown Chicago, Kanye revealed he was back in the Windy City to work on Chance’s new album. Producer Zaytoven would later post a photo on Instagram on himself in studio with Yeezy and Chano.

West even shared some of the magic being made, uploading a video to Twitter on Thursday morning (Aug. 30). In the clip, Kanye and Chance celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday by working on a record that samples the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye.” Back in July, both Kanye and Chance confirmed they were set to work on a new album in their hometown this summer.

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FADER magazine taps Rico Nasty for its latest cover star. The reveal is bundled with the announcement about her inking a fitting deal with Atlantic Records as well headlining her first U.S. tour. No subject was off limits during her intimate conversation with Tasbeeh Herwees, which took place at Disney World as she divulged information on everything from tragedy to triumph.

Peep the DMV sugar-trap sensation’s cover below and read the full cover story here.

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The Weeknd graces the cover of TIME’s “Next Generation Leaders” issue. The cover story, done by Kara Brown, touches on the XO crooner’s rise to superstar status, headlining Coachella 2018, and the release of his The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy, EP. Serving as his first interview since 2016, the Toronto singer touches on his music resonating with millennials, relationships, and scrapping an album prior to putting on his chart-topping EP.

“Prior to Melancholy, I had a whole album written, done,” Tesfaye says. “Which wasn’t melancholy at all because it was a different time in my life.” I ask if that album, presumably recorded while he was still with Gomez, was more upbeat. “Yeah,” he says. “It was very upbeat—it was beautiful.” But he scrapped the project because he’s moved past that part of his life. “I don’t want to perform something that I don’t feel,” he says. Will we ever hear it? “Never,” he insists.

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In the latest episode of their Deconstructed series, Genius hits the studio with Dame Grease to walk us through the making of DMX’s “Get at Me Dog,” just one of many bone-scraping bangers he produced for X’s multi-Platinum debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot.

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Just days after releasing “Ye vs. the People,” Kanye West is giving fans a look into the recording process of his T.I.-collaboration. Uploaded to his website, the behind-the-scenes clip sees Kanye and T.I. huddled with a group of people where they discuss West’s recent support of Donald Trump. “Me putting the hat on, forces an evolution,” says Kanye, referring to wearing Trump’s infamous MAGA hat. “Because there’s…even for me, I know so much more in the past three days. Because I’m getting this energy, positive or negative, agreeing with me, disagreeing with me.”

When I wear that hat, it’s a fight for equality,” he later says. Kanye and Tip are later seen moving over to the microphone, where they record their verses as Mike Dean observes from the background. Watch the clip below.

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