Interviews


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Trina is coming to reality television in 2018. The Queen of Miami appeared on HOT 97’s Ebro in the Morning this week to promote VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop Miami, which she stars in alongside Trick Daddy, MMG’s Gunplay and more premiering on January 1. The baddest chick explained making that choice, balancing being a private person to now starring on reality tv, and using to platform as another outlet to push her music.

On the music side, Trina’s new album The One was originally slated to arrive this year. Now dropping on February 23, the Diamond Princess revealed sample clearance on her upcoming third single caused the delayed and two more features being added to the project. At the 22:45 mark, Trina discussed her relationship with Nicki Minaj, revealing the Young Money Queen is one of those new features added to the album. Watch the full interview below where Trina also discusses Hip-Hop for female MCs being in a good place right now and sexual harassment issues in the music industry.

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Chance The Rapper popped up on Twitter with a few viral videos today live from the Sesame Street set with Elmo, Cookie Monster and the rest of the gang. He didn’t say exactly why he was there, but he used the opportunity to give his 3-year-old daughter Kensli a cute shout-out.

“I will give you a big hug when I get home baby, I can’t wait to see you,” Chance tells his daughter in the video. Cookie Monster then asks, “And will you give her a cookie from me?”

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Last night, Big Sean and Metro Boomin dropped their joint album Double or Nothing. Prior to its release, the pair were supposed to sit down for an interview about the project, but after the unnamed journalist’s flight got delayed, Sean and Metro decided to interview each other instead (at least that’s what we’re lead to believe).

During their 11-minute conversation, Sean and Metro talk about their favorite songs and features on the album, feeling underrated and what drew them to working with each other. They also share stories about the album’s creation, which included a visit to the popular Atlanta strip club Magic City for “inspiration.”

While Double or Nothing is still fresh to our ears, both Big Sean and Metro Boomin believe it’s some of their best work yet. Stream the album here and watch the interview below.

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16 years after their famous performance at the 2001 GRAMMYs, Eminem and Elton John are reunited in the latest issue of Interview magazine. The publication’s latest celebrity-on-celebrity conversation finds Eminem chatting with Elton about his upcoming album Revival (out Dec. 15), his nine-year sobriety, and which rappers he’s currently listening to (spoiler alert: Cole, Kendrick, Travi$, Joyner Lucas, Royce Da 5’9″ and Tech N9ne).

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With a new single out as a part of the mighty Dipset collective, Jim Jones paid a visit to HOT 97’s Ebro In The Morning this week. The Harlem MC spoke with the crew on The Diplomats recent reunion for a Spotify concert in NYC, doubters saying their latest reunion is for the money, Ma$e and Cam’ron’s recent beef, A$AP Mob’s rise and their recent Calvin Klein campaign, being a fashion trendsetter with rock influenced looks, acting on Irv Gotti’s BET series Tales, and evolving from Dipset’s enforcer to an artist and now businessman.

On the music side, Jim Jones revealed The Diplomats will drop a video for “Once Upon a Time” next week along with another new record. The group are planning to release a docu-series and EP called 7 Day Theory, which Jones says a roll out possibly with begin in February. Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, 808 Mafia, Heatmakerz and Jadakiss are some of the names Jim Jones states have reached out to be a part of the EP and their Diplomatic Immunity 3 album.

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The latest episode of Complex’s Blueprint series follows the incredible journey of A-Trak. Sitting down with Noah Callahan-Bever, A-Trak reflects on growing up in Montreal, how Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill sparked his love for hip-hop and DJing, and becoming the DMC world champion at just 15 years old.

From there, A-Trak shares the amazing story of how he met — and impressed — Kanye West in London and became his tour DJ, influencing and witnessing the making of Graduation, and linking up with Nick Catchdubs to launch Fool’s Gold Records, the boutique label that’s helped launch the careers of Kid Cudi, Danny Brown, The Cool Kids and many more.

As the boss of several companies and a continued force in the culture, A-Trak’s blueprint is far from finished.

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After going back-and-forth with Ma$e and creating headlines over the past week, Cam’ron stopped by The Breakfast Club this week. Killa Cam sat down with Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee to speak on the current issues he has with Ma$e, explaining his intro on The Program and “Dinner Time” response track are all factual stories not diss tracks aimed at his former Harlem friend. The veteran MC spoke on recorded “Dinner Time” while touring, rumors that Dame Dash suggested the two get into a rap beef,
and where the issues with Ma$e comes from.

Cam’ron also spoke on more Ma$e stories he plans to tell on The Program 2, Dipset reuniting, past issues with Jim Jones, and The Diplomats breaking up due to internal problems. Cam also opened up on his relationship with his now ex-girlfriend JuJu. After dating for over 10 years, Cam’ron said things sadly fizzled out with the VH1 Love & Hip-Hop NY star. JuJu paying attention to social media and caring about false rumors also put a strain in recent years, “Basically, it was just kind of mutual. For me it just wasn’t fun anymore,” said the rapper/entrepreneur.

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JAY-Z graces the latest cover of The New Yorks TimesT Magazine. In a candid and insightful conversation with The New York Times‘ Dean Baquet, Hov opens up about race, politics, therapy and much more.

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Timbaland is fighting recent personal battles head-on, opening up to the world about internal issues he’s been dealing with. The iconic producer, who has dominated the charts and radio for two decades strong, spoke with Rolling Stone about fighting depression and drug abuse.

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Not even the smoker’s studio can bring Desiigner’s energy down. In a typically lively interview with Uncle Snoop on GGN, the young Brooklyn rapper talks about what’s so good about being signed to G.O.O.D. Music, his love for “Sensual Seduction” and how a brush with suicidal thoughts as a kid shaped his personality today. Honestly, this kid looks like he’s having the time of his life 24/7.

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