Interviews


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Harlem’s Dave East announced his new deal with Def Jam earlier today (Sept 29) during an interview with the Breakfast Club. As one of the NYC’s most promising rappers, the kid is ready to drop his most anticipated tape to date Kairi Chanel — and take on the world. We have to give a major shout out to our family at Mass Appeal and Triangle Offense for all their hard work and determination.

Kairi Chanel drops this Friday (Sept 30).

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De La Soul not only performed a piece of their new project on The Tonight Show earlier this week, but they chopped it up with their good friend and fellow hip-hop legend Questlove backstage. For the segment, Questo asked the Three Plugs a series of fan questions, which ranged from the roots (no pun intended) of their rap names to their favorite collaborations to the making of their classic debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising.

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Today (9/26), Vevo kicked off their “Why I Vote” original video series with some help from Chicago native Vic Mensa. Touching on the hard topics of police brutality, community relations and violence in his hometown, the Roc Nation recording artist gives his perspective of why voting is important to him. Look out for new episodes featuring Kesha and T.I. to be released soon.

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The saga between The Game, Meek Mill and Beanie Sigel continues. Sigel, who appeared to be on Meek Mill’s side in the MMG rapper’s recent beef with The Game, says he has no issues with the Compton MC. In an interview with Persia Nicole on Philly’s 92Q, the State Property leader was asked about his appearance on Meek Mill’s diss song to The Game.

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Russell Simmons put his best foot forward to bring some sort of resolve to the ongoing Meek Mill x Game beef, but it looks like the Compton rapper isn’t done yet. Last night (Sept 22), Game performed in Reading, PA and shouted “Fuck Meek Mill” during the show.

He followed that by roaming around Philly for cheesesteaks and such.

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Bill Simmons rounded up one of the best rappers of all time and one of the best ball players right now for a star-studded instalment of Any Given Wednesday. There’s even more parallels between these guys than you may have thought as Nas reflected on his highly publicized beef with Jay-Z, while Kevin Durant prepared for a new rivalry with former teammate Russell Westbrook. The pair aren’t strangers to criticism either: Nas talked about the backlash over his post-Illmatic output, and KD responded to those who called him “weak” for ditching the Thunder for the Warriors.

Nas and KD also weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and took part in Simmons’ customary “speed round.” Check it out below.

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When Chance The Rapper announced in May that he and Kanye West were planning a joint album called Good Ass Job — the working title of Kanye’s fifth solo album before it was renamed My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy — it sounded too good to be true. But rest assured, it’s a real thing.

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Gucci Mane celebrated coming off house arrest this week by cutting off his ankle bracelet and posting it on Instagram. Now free and able to travel across the U.S., Guwop headed to New York City to promote his upcoming new album Woptober due Oct. 17. The Trap God gave HOT 97 a rare interview, where he sat down with Funk Flex to discuss everything currently going on since his return.

Gucci Mane speaks on life in prison, his incredible weight loss, the difference between being in jail and maximum security prison, people who stayed in touch while in prison, mentoring Young Thug, having access to only email while locked up, releasing all the music on his hard drive while in jail, and wanting to work with new artists like 21 Savage, Young M.A., Lil’ Uzi Vert, and Lil’ Yachty.

The 36-year-old also revealed that he hasn’t spoke with Waka Flocka Flame in three years, and is focused on what’s ahead instead to dwelling on their past issues. When asked about the status of his 6’ers project with Drake, Gucci says he hopes it comes out soon but the two have busy schedules.

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The Game is the talk of the rap world. The L.A. rapper, whose 1992 album is arriving next month, has been in the headlines lately with his beef against Meek Mill, Sean Kingston, and Beanie Sigel. The Compton-native stopped by The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday morning (Sep. 20), where he discussed the new album, squashing his prior issues with 50 Cent, and taking his beef versus Meek Mill “day-by-day.”

The Game also was asked about a song released last month called “The Sauce,” a record where he rapped about sleeping with three Kardashians. “I used to f**k bi**hes that Usher Raymond passed off/ Then I f***ed three Kardashians…hold that thought,” he raps. The 36-year-old reveals the three in question are Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and soon-to-be Kardashian Blac Chyna, who has a child on the way with Rob Kardashian.

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From VIBE’s new commemorative Tupac cover comes an unreleased excerpt from Kevin Powell’s 1996 interview with the late icon. This powerful conversation was conducted just months before he was tragically murdered in Las Vegas. As you can tell by his words, Pac is deeply conflicted on a number of issues, but as always, he spoke directly from the heart.

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