Interviews


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With her long-awaited fourth studio LP on the way, Nicki Minaj stars on the cover of the New York Times‘ T Magazine “Greats” issue. The Young Money Queen is one of eight figures who are masters in their respective fields, that the publication has chosen to shine the light on. In a conversation with writer Roxane Gay, Minaj speaks on her new album, having to prove herself as a lyricist, being free and inspired going into her new album and more.

Styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé, the always fashionable Nicki is seen wearing pieces by Louis Vuitton, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alaïa. Fans can get the issue when it hits newsstands on October 22, meanwhile read some excerpts from the full interview below.

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The Grass Routes Podcast’s crew, comprised of Brandon “Killa BH” Hall and Erin Ashley Simon, are back with another candid conversation with Joe Budden. During the trio’s intimate and in-depth conversation recorded in New Jersey, the Everyday Struggle host talk multiple income streams, suicide, his new baby with Cyn Santana, and his new career path as an on-camera media personality.

Watch the in-depth conversation after the jump and look out for more episodes from the GRP dropping soon.

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Complex‘s Blueprint is one of the best things on the Internet right now, and this might be the best episode yet. In the series’ latest installment, Noah Callahan-Bever sits down with the one and only Pusha T to chart his rise from one-half of the Clipse to President of G.O.O.D. Music.

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Kendrick Lamar graces the cover of the latest issue of i-D magazine. In a thoughtful conversation with veteran journalist Touré, K. Dot opens up about the current political landscape, his approach to competition in hip-hop, and his goal to change the world through his music.

Read the full interview here and check out a few highlights below, in which Kendrick talks about meeting Obama and the “mindfuck” of Trump’s election, how Malcolm X influenced his music, and impacting positive change in his hometown of Compton.

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Bad Boy Records took over The Ellen Show this week, as Diddy and French Montana appeared on the day time television show. Sitting with Ellen DeGeneres, French discussed his charitable work in the country of Uganda, while Diddy spoke on his reign on top of Forbes, the Ciroc empire, being a successful mogul and more. The pair would later hit the studio stage to perform the songs “Mo Money Mo Problems” and “Unforgettable” with special guest Swae Lee.

Watch Puff and French’s appearance on Ellen below.

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Only fans who really miss the old Kanye know about Coodie and Chike. After meeting him at a young age, the duo documented Kanye’s rise in the rap game and directed videos for “Through the Wire,” “Two Words” and “Jesus Walks” (the third version). In the latest episode of A Waste of Time With ItsTheReal, Coodie and Chike walk us through their history with Kanye, from meeting this hungry young producer at what used to be No I.D.’s studio to persuading Chaka Khan’s son to clear the “Through the Fire” sample to reuniting with Ye in L.A. earlier this year.

Beyond their work with Kanye, Coodie and Chike also talk about growing up in Chicago and New Orleans, respectively, the early success of Channel Zero (which you have to check out) and making their ESPN 30 for 30 film on Chicago high school basketball star, Benji: The True Story of a Life Cut Short.

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Pat Corcoran may not be a celebrity in his own right, but he’s the guy behind one of the biggest names in music right now: Chance The Rapper. In this new episode of Complex‘s Blueprint series, the 27-year-old Chicago native discusses in-depth how he helped steer the career of arguably the most successful and influential independent rapper ever. Sitting down with Complex Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever, Pat talks about working with Vic Mensa early on, the key moments that lead to Chance’s success and reimagining the music business while he was still learning it.

Lessons learned, history made; Pat and Chance have been on a hell of a journey together.

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Fat Joe closed a busy premiere week on MTV’s TRL, appearing on the afternoon show on Friday (Oct. 7). Accompanied by producer/artist Dre, Joe Crack performing a medley of songs including “All the Way Up” and his new single “So Excited” in the middle of Times Square. Moving things indoors, the Terror Squad MC took time to discuss the relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and raising 2 million pounds to fill five planes for the island.

Fat Joe is one of many artists who will perform at the 3rd annual TIDAL X BROOKLYN charity concert later this month at Barclays Center. Just this week, the Bronx-native also contributed to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s benefit song for Puerto Rico, “Almost Like Praying.”

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For their 172nd and final show of season one, VICELAND’s Desus and Mero sat down with the legendary Method Man for an epic interview. During the 22-minute extended cut, Meth talked about Wu-Tang Clan’s early days, filming How High and The Wire, and his memories of ’90s New York when nightclubs felt more like Fight Club.

Meth also had plenty of amazing stories on deck, from collaborating with Biggie on “The What” (and what the Notorious movie got wrong), how Lyor Cohen and Def Jam had to pay him to release “All I Need” as a single, and the time Ghostface Killah shot a guy with his own gun.

Who else had no idea that Tical stood for “Taking Into Consideration All Lives”? *Stabs own tongue with a rusty screwdriver*

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MTV has recruited rap’s new stars all week for the re-launch of their daytime show, TRL. Following Migos, Playboi Carti, and Lil’ Uzi Vert, it was Lil’ Yachty’s turn to take over NYC’s Times Square. During his appearance, Lil’ Boat performed the song “Forever Young” off his Teenage Emotions debut. The melodic Atlanta artist later returned for the song that started his rise to fame, “1 Night.” The visit to TRL came a few hours before Lil’ Yachty debuted the music video for “On Me” featuring Young Thug.

Watch Yachty on TRL below.

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