Interviews


pusha-t

Pusha T recently caught up with Revolt and revealed some intricate details about his newly released single, “Lunch Money.” After proclaiming that his sophomore album will be the project of the year, Pyrex said that his Kanye produced track was actually released prematurely.

“It was an accident,” he said bluntly of the release, before continuing, “In dealing with iTunes and Google Play and things like that, you have to queue it up early. So we queued up a version early, for the space, and ‘Ye decided to take it out of the queue, because he wanted to do other things that you hear in the beat now… and you know, he be gone, I be gone, things get lost in translation and it didn’t get taken out of the queue for Google Play. So that’s how people had the wrong version first. And when people had the wrong version, and I found that out, I was like it has to go, we gotta just put it out.”

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chance the rapper interview

Thanks to his grueling touring and recording schedule, it’s been pretty quiet for Chance The Rapper interviews this year. Now that he’s back home for Thanksgiving, though, the Chicago native stopped by 107.5 WGCI’s Tony Sco & The Morning Riot for a quick chat. Chano spoke on Surf, his upcoming album with The Social Experiment, hitting the studio with Migos, being inspired by Kirk Franklin and the decision not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson:

Beyond what the situation was itself, I think it’s important that young black revolutionaries — like the people that are outside protesting right now — continue to make noise. I mean, Darren Wilson’s not the first cop to murder a black boy and get off, so there’s a lot of situations like that and obviously it’s unjust and wrong, but I think the most important part is the fact that people are in the streets, ready to tear things down.

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your old droog sway in the morning

With his debut LP fresh on e-shelves, Your Old Droog swung by Sway In The Morning earlier this week, where he put his skills to the test with the “5 Fingers of Death” freestyle challenge. Other than the obvious fact that this dude can rap his ass off on command, it’s clear we needed an Alchemist and Droog collaboration like yesterday; he killed that “Bangers” beat.

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kendrick lamar nigel sylvester

For their latest Back & Forth interview, Noisey paired up TDE’s Kendrick Lamar and pro BMX rider Kendrick Lamar while the two were out in Peurto Rico last month. While soaking up the sights from the hotel balcony, the guys chopped it up about broken bones, stolen bikes and turning their passions into careers.

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rick-ross

With his new album Hood Billionaire out now, Rick Ross celebrated the release of the project with a special #HOODBILLIONAIRE Google Hangout on Monday. Hosted by Sway Calloway and Rob Markman, MMG’s biggest boss spoke about everything about his seventh solo LP, interacting with fans across the world face-to-face via live stream. At the 28:35 mark, Rozay spoke for the first-time on the album version of “Movin’ Bass” with Jay Z and the alternate version which features Chicago artist Tink.

Timbaland, who produced the song, leaked the alternate version during a radio appearance last week. It was lead to believe Tink’s version was the original, which Rick Ross says is not true. The Miami rapper expresses disappointment in Timbaland for letting the alternate version release, and confirms again the album cut was recorded first.

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chris rock questlove juan epstein

It’s a star-studded double-header on Juan Epstein this week as Chris Rock and Questlove sit down with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg. Though their visit was part of the promo run for their new movie Top Five (out December 5), the pair share some amazing stories over the nearly two-hour podcast. In the clip below, Chris talks about recording his classic “Blame Game” skit for Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (which he believes is “the best album of the last 50 years”), while Questo remembers hearing about Biggie’s death while embroiled in that mini “beef” with the Brooklyn rapper.

I called ‘The Source’ and said, “Okay, I’m ready to send my response to the Biggie thing.” And they’re like, “Oh God, you didn’t hear what happened, did you? Biggie’s dead.”

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j cole complex

The good folks at Complex are going all-out with their December/January 2015 issue. Following Wale/Jerry Seinfeld and Nicki Minaj‘s spreads, ‘Plex unveils the man-of-the-hour, J. Cole, as their third and final cover star. At his childhood home in Fayetteville, NC — the heart and soul of his new LP, 2014 Forest Hills Drive — the Roc Nation rapper converses with Senior Editor Damien Scott about his upcoming album, learning to be happy with his success and why you’ll never see him make another “Work Out.”

Check out a few highlights below and read the full interview here.

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rza praises kendrick lamar

Rocking blacked-out contact lenses and half-braided hair, Kendrick Lamar’s SNL performance drew comparisons to a bunch of people/things, in particular Tical-era Method Man and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. While no one knows for sure who (or what) K. Dot was paying homage to, RZA, like the rest of us, took his performance as a Wu-Tang tribute and praised the TDE rapper. “It made me nod my head, nah mean?” he said in a very RZA-like way while speaking to MTV News.

The Abbot also revealed he and the rest of the Wu celebrated ODB’s birthday, which fell on the same day as Kendrick’s performance, with a kung-fu movie night in L.A. and cake. R.I.P. Russell Jones.

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mac miller

Despite becoming the first independent act since 1995 to top the Billboard 200 when Blue Slide Park debuted at No. 1 three years ago, Mac Miller finally swapped the indie route for the majors last month by inking a $10 million deal with Warner Bros.

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no id juan epstein

Juan Epstein has another hip-hop history lesson for us this week. Sitting down with Peter Rosenberg and guest co-host Daryl “Quartermaine” Francis (filling in for Cipha Sounds), the legendary No I.D. walks us through his come-up — and extended fall out — with Common, guiding the career of a young Kanye West (who was as wildly ambitious and self-assured back then as he is today) and his current position at Def Jam. From sending beats to Common over answering machine to turning down collaborations with Biggie and Pun, Dion drops plenty of gems about his career over this hour-long podcast.

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