Interviews


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During a recent stop in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nardwuar the Human Serviette quizzed the Black Lip Pastor about Malcolm X, Boo-Ya T.R.I.B.E. and various spots in his backyard of Carson, California. Nardwuar also risked getting smacked by Soulo (not really) by digging up a photo of his old crew, as well as relics from his family’s record company.

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After trading pick-up lines with Ellen DeGeneres, Ice Cube continued his press run on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. The South Central OG looked ahead to the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton (which has just wrapped up principal photography) and got nostalgic about all the havoc the group used to wreak back in the day. Just like his last appearance on the show, Kimmel also had Cube read out cutesy things in his angry demeanor for teh lolz.

Straight Outta Compton is set to hit theaters on August 14, 2015.

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual Circle of Sisters event, Miss Info hosted an intimate chat with La La Anthony. The yearly event is the largest expo for women of color in New York City — hosting a variety of panel discussions, seminars, inspirational services, R&B and gospel concerts and a fashion show in addition to over 200 vendors. This year, La La opened up about her life in the spotlight and the roles she manages between mother, business woman, and celebrity wife.

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Symbolyc One, who cracked the lid on both Kanye and Kendrick’s upcoming albums earlier this year, shared some interesting tidbits about one particular Yeezus track during a recent interview with DJ Booth. The G.O.O.D. Music collaborator, who crafted “Power” and “Murder to Excellence,” revealed that “Guilt Trip” was originally intended for Watch The Throne (which makes sense: the song is cut from that same shiny cloth, while 2011 was around the last time Kid Cudi recorded with Kanye).

What’s more, Hov loved the beat so much he even recorded a “freestyle” verse for it. Whether we’ll ever hear that is another question entirely (but if there’s three things you can rely on, it’s death, taxes and the rap Internet leaking songs).

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Spoiler alert: Sean didn’t actually answer that question (or, at the very least, tried his best to dance around it). “I feel like it’s an anthem. The song ain’t about one person,” the G.O.O.D. Music rapper told Cipha Sounds when quizzed whether his new single, “I Don’t Fuck With You,” was aimed at his ex-fiancée, Naya Rivera. “A lot of people think I’m super salty or it was a super diss record to one person. Yes, I did touch on that, obviously, but that’s what I do — I rap about what I go through.”

Still, that hasn’t stopped Sean from firing more shots at Naya during his recent performances, tweaking the lyrics on “All Me” to “My old girl is on ‘Glee’ and shit/Probably making less money than me and shit.” Ouch.

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If you were born in the mid to late ’80s — Ma$e’s “Feels So Good” has to make you move every time you hear it. Even to this day, how can that song not make you wanna dance, even if it’s just a little. If you’re scrunching your eyebrows right now and can’t relate to what I’m saying — you played the house every Friday night until you were 18. Okay, that’s an extreme exaggeration, but when I was a kid “Feel So Good” made every boy/girl party and school dance poppin’. I specifically remember buying the CD single, and fighting with myself, because I was so Wu-Tanged out that I almost convinced myself I wasn’t supposed to like it. Wrong. So cheesy, but so good. It’s the epitome of Bad Boy’s Jiggy-Thug-Rap era.

In honor of the song, COMPLEX TV produced an amazing “Making of” piece for the song.

Watch their latest episode of Magnum Opus below…

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After gracing the pages of GQ, Billboard and W this year, (a hat-less) Pharrell covers the latest issue of EBONY magazine. In “the brutally honest interview you’ve been waiting for,” Skateboard P opens up about the controversy surrounding his G I R L album cover, the notion of “new black” and the sad situation in Ferguson, Missouri. The issue is on newsstands now.

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remy

With Remy Ma’s comeback mixtape on the horizon, the Uptown queen sat down with HOT97 for their new series, The Reflection. Aimed to show the ups and downs of an artist’s career, she took us back to the very first day she got down with Terror Squad and reflected on everything that happened in her life since then. From her 8-year prison stretch to her release — these are the true thoughts of Remy Ma.

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After exploring the mind of Lil’ Boosie, Peter Bailey tracked down TDE’s Ab-Soul on tour for another deep conversation about spirituality, the influence of hip-hop on the hood, God, social media and more. Avoiding all the pointless tabloid questions and gossip talk, the fellas shared some of their worldly views for over 40 minutes.

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tyga

Tyga may be falling out with Young Money but his alliance with Kanye West seems to be as strong as ever. Could the young Cali rapper be making a move over to G.O.O.D. Music? It’s definitely too early to tell, but T-Raww recently told VIBE that Yeezy’s musical mentorship all started with a visit to the studio.

“I would always go to his crib or whatever, studio, just sit in, kinda learn and sit back and just analyze how he does things,” Tyga says. “He just told me to come to the studio one day and just gave me and Big Sean this long speech. He was just saying what it is, and what we need to do as young artists and how we just need to take control of this shit. We got the voice, and people follow what we do.

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