Interviews


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After sitting down for an insightful interview with Bernie Sanders last year, Killer Mike recently welcomed another O.G. to his SWAG (Shave Wash and Groom) barbershop in Atlanta as part of what we hope is a new series called ShopTalk. In this 15-minute clip from their conversation, Mike talks to P-Funk O.G. George Clinton about his own history in the barbershop business, how The Parliaments funded their first hit “(I Wanna) Testify” with $1.2 million in counterfeit bills, and his work with OutKast and Organized Noize.

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DJ Khaled is getting ready to takeover the summer with his forthcoming Grateful LP. Set to arrive in the next few months, the album is lead by the single “Shining” featuring Beyoncé and JAY Z. During a visit on Monday (Apr. 24) to Power 106 L.A., Khaled announced that “Shining” is now the No. 1 song in the country on Urban radio.

That wasn’t all when it came to announcements. DJ Khaled revealed his new follow-up single will be called “I’m the One,” with Justin Bieber, Quavo of Migos, Chance the Rapper and Lil’ Wayne. Music lovers won’t have to wait long for “I’m the One,” which drops this Friday (Apr. 28). Back in February, the collective and director Eif River filmed a music video for the record in California.

During the 24-minute conversation, DJ Khaled also confirmed his new full-length album will also feature appearances by Rihanna and Nas. Watch the interview and check out the artwork for “I’m the One” below.

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Before his headlining set during the first weekend of Coachella 2017, Kendrick Lamar sat down with Zane Lowe in the California Desert for a rare one-on-one interview. Aired on Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Friday afternoon (Apr. 21), the 45-minute conversation focuses on the creation on Lamar’s new album DAMN., a project set to become the fast-selling and highest debut week this year when it lands No. 1 on Billboard early next week.

During the discussion, Kendrick speaks on the challenge of following up 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Jay Z and Eminem’s influence on his music, advice given to him by Barack Obama on longevity, collaborating with Rihanna on “LOYALTY.,” the story of a near fatal encounter between his father and TDE CEO Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith on “DUCKWORTH.” being true, Donald Trump not being a driving force or subject on DAMN., plus a song-by-song breakdown of the new album.

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Vince Staples covers the latest issue of Complex magazine. Sitting down with OG journalist Touré, the 23-year-old rapper gives his most personal interview to date as he discusses the role of his parents and grandfather in his life, how he’d raise his future kids and buying his mom a house.

On to more musical topics, Vince also talks about his creative process, why rap beef is corny and his upcoming album Big Fish Theory, which he says is about “being larger than life in a smaller world, how rappers are perceived and how they perceive themselves.”

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Steve Lacy, the 18-year-old singer, producer and member of The Internet, just scored the biggest look of his career by co-producing “PRIDE.” off Kendrick Lamar’s new album DAMN. In a recent interview with Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson, Lacy explains how he linked up with Kendrick through DJ Dahi and how the song transformed from a collaboration with Anna Wise to a Kendrick Lamar album cut. It’s not only an amazing story, but an important lesson for any young artist out there.

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The Fate of the Furious film hits theatres this weekend, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Tyrese. Ludacris also stars in the popular film franchise, returning for the eight time on the Fast & Furious. Luda continued his recent promo run with a visit to The Ellen Show this week where he discussed his acting break in the action-packed series back in 2003, staying fit, trying to get to Vin Diesel and The Rock’s level in the gym, and always wanting his own action figure which Ellen surprised him with.

Later in the show, Ludacris and fellow guest Chelsea Handler play a game of “Never Have I Ever.” Watch the appearance below and click here for Luda’s new single “Vitamin D” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

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KYLE is currently enjoying the success of his smash-hit single “iSpy,” featuring Lil Yachty. The feel-good record currently sits at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is making a run for the top spot. As the song continues to soar, the California native and Atlanta rapper release their playful music video. Directed by Colin Tiller, KYLE and Yachty are CGI babies, enjoying the sun, sand and large groups of beautiful bikini-clad women.

So I worked with Colin Tilley on the video. It was his concept. I just agreed on it,” KYLE tells FADER, who premiered the video. “I told him, “This song is fun. The video needs to be twice as fun. Let’s come up with the scenario that is feel good.” It doesn’t get more feel good than being a baby surrounded by incredible looking women at the beach with no cares in the world.”

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The Godfather
 

Though it’s hard to believe, Marlon Brando almost didn’t get the role as the legendary ‘The Godfather.’ The actor was originally seen as “toxic” by the studio at the time of casting. It was the legendary actor’s screen test for the Paramount produced-film that caused director Francis Ford Coppola to lock in his Don Vito Corleone.

During an interview with Annette Insdorf, Coppola revealed how Brando morphed into his Oscar-winning character in a matter of moments with some random props and household items.

“We went to his house on Mulholland Drive and it was early, he wasn’t up. There’s a rumble and the door opens, and in walks this beautiful man with long blond hair, in a Japanese robe. And he came out and looked at all this and figured out what was going on, and he took his hair … he did it up himself in the back, and he took shoe polish and he made it black and he put on a shirt. He took some Kleenex and he pretended to stuff tissue into his mouth. And then he started acting but not saying anything.”

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After releasing the title track song off his forthcoming Everybody LP, Logic links up with GENIUS for their latest installment of Verified. The Maryland native details the songs racial tone as it relates to him being a biracial american; in addition to how it addresses the countries overall issues with racism, prejudice and discrimination.

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For this week’s edition of OTHERtone Radio, Pharrell rounded up a few familiar faces from his hometown for a special VA episode. With Pusha T, D.R.A.M. and Fam-Lay in the building, the gang reminisced on ’90s Virginia Beach, from seeing Biggie pull up at the Pizzazz nightclub to driving to Coliseum Mall bumping The Low End Theory.

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