Interviews


lil yachty time alone

Lil Yachty may be getting interviewed by the likes of CNN these days, but there’s only one person who can ever truly understand the red-headed, Rugrats-loving rapper: himself. Which is why Mass Appeal have revived their Time Alone series especially for Lil Boat. Watch below as Yachty interviews himself about nightmares, space exploration and his biggest regret. Who says hard-hitting journalism is dead?

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As the young rapper remains behind bars after several unsuccessful attempts for bail, GQ goes inside Bobby Shmurda’s “surreal saga” in this excellent new profile. Scott Eden sits down for a rare jailhouse interview with Bobby while uncovering many startling details — and raising bigger questions — about his arrest and the conspiracy charges he’s currently facing along with other members of his GS9 crew.

For instance, how the police took an unusual — and perhaps even illegal — interest in Bobby as “Hot N*gga” began to blow up. Or the fact that no drugs or cash were actually seized (or at least submitted as evidence) in the GS9 sting. There’s even a pretty crazy story from Sha Money XL, the Epic A&R who signed Bobby, about the night the NYPD arrested the GS9 members at Quad Studios back in December 2014.

The whole piece is definitely worth a read, but you can check out a few highlights after the jump. If there’s any positives to take from all this, it’s that Bobby has been keeping busy in jail and has even written a movie (a fictional one) based on his life.

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chance the rapper zane lowe

Fresh off the release of his history-making mixtape Coloring Book, Chance The Rapper joins the exclusive club of rappers to be interviewed by Zane Lowe.

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kanye west paul mccartney

Sir Paul McCartney recently sat down for an interview about his life and career with BBC Radio 4 as part of their Mastertapes series. Amongst topics like suffering from depression after The Beatles broke up, McCartney opened up about his recent — and to many people, surprising — collaborations with Kanye West.

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madlib red bull lecture

“I don’t talk in front of people,” said Madlib, the irony not lost on the dozens of fans taking in his every word. However, despite his extreme introversion, Red Bull Music Academy still managed to lure out the elusive Beat Konducta for a lengthy and insightful lecture in New York City earlier this month.

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From The Bay to LeFrak City, the legend Too Short was the latest guest to come talk shop with Noreaga and DJ EFN. The Oakland rep came with all the old school rap stories, wild tales from his pimpin’ days and some things you probably didn’t know about Short Dog.

N.O.R.E. put his journalist hat on and really got some gems from king of mackin’. After the jump, listen to episode 8 of the Drinkchamps podcast.

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Two of Atlanta’s finest, Ciara and Ludacris, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday. The R&B singer and CEO/rapper stopped by the late-night show to promote the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, taking place this weekend in Las Vegas. CiCi and Luda will co-host this year’s show on Sunday night, and spoke to Jimmy Kimmel about preparing for the hosting gig. The two also discussed their long friendship, favorite Las Vegas moments including Luda winning $30,000 on his 30th birthday, and if Ciara plans to bring her fiancé Russell Wilson to the awards.

The 2016 BBMAs takes place Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Performers include Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Pink, and Britney Spears. Celine Dion will be the recipient of the ICON Award, while Madonna will pay tribute to the late icon Prince. The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Fetty Wap leads this year’s nominees.

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yg power 106 interview

YG has been keeping pretty quiet about Still Krazy, but with his sophomore album set to drop next month, the Bompton rapper sits down for an interview on Power 106’s The Cruz Show. YG talks about working with TDE’s MixedByAli, his attitude towards the Grammys (“that’s like the real trophy right there, I need one of them”), the positive response to his 2014 debut My Krazy Life and his upcoming tour with G-Eazy, Logic and Yo Gotti. As for Still Krazy, YG lets us in on the recording process behind the project and shares one particularly sinister line he just can’t get out of his head: “Don’t come to L.A.”

Everything was difficult with this album. Just the producer side of things, recording, putting it together, really getting my story off…The mixing part was very difficult due to the fact that bro [MixedBy]Ali, he got a lot of stuff going on right now, he popping.

Also, YG gets a surprise phone call from the Mayor of Compton, Aja Brown, who praises him for his work in the community. “I’m for the people,” he says.

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After winning “Artist of the Year” at the Webby Awards, Kanye West caught up with good friend Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show on Wednesday afternoon (May 18). The artist/designer sat down with Ellen and discussed fatherhood, his son Saint West, if more kids are on the way, Kim Kardashian’s idea of Kanye having a Twitter advisor, and asking Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion.

In classic Kanye fashion, the 38-year-old went into an animated 8-minute stream-of-consciousness where he touched on wanting resources to get his various ideas out into the world, the lack of diversity at the Oscars, having synesthesia, moments with President Obama, plus references Rakim’s “I Ain’t No Joke,” the late Phife Dawg, and aiming to be the “Michael Jackson of apparel.” On a lighter note, an enthusiastic Kanye went head-to-head with Ellen in one of her favorite games, the “5 Second Rule.”

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After his highly educational appearance on the show a few years ago, Seth Rogen returns to GGN this week to shoot the breeze and smoke a lil’ buddah with Snoop Dogg. In an other hilarious interview with Uncle Snoop, Rogen talks about his new movie Neighbors 2, surfing YouTube for prank ideas, and why you’ll never catch him on a surfboard. Also, Snoop remembers the time he took shrooms and cried tears of joy while performing with Run-D.M.C. in Amsterdam.

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