Interviews


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Between filming his VICELAND food show Fuck, That’s Delicious and working on his upcoming mixtape Blue Chips 7000, Action Bronson has been a busy man lately. However, the Queens MC recently found time to chat with his good friend (and “Baby Blue” collaborator) Zane Lowe to catch us up on everything that he’s been up to, plus what’s to come in the year ahead.

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Fresh off attending last night’s 2016 Met Gala in New York City, Kanye West called into Steve Harvey’s radio show this morning. Throughout his 20-minute appearance, Ye spoke passionately about his latest album The Life of Pablo, “Ultralight Beam,” critics, parenthood, his recent spat with Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose, and his mission to drop the prices of his Yeezy Season clothing line.

Towards the end of the conversation, Kanye confirmed that he’s planning to start The Life of Pablo tour in September. “Oh, you know my tour game is strong,” he said. “We gon’ go out in September, I believe, and we’re just working on some of the ideas right now.”

Needless to say, Yeezy has lofty ambitions for his upcoming tour: “I’m trying to literally inspire these kids the way Disney inspired me. The way, like when I first saw the original Star Wars.”

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Flying Lotus was the latest musical guest to join Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener on their highly intriguing podcast. In this interview segment, their conversation steers toward the current state of hip-hop. Skateboard P has some positive views on the way things are in rap right now — and even shared a story about how OG Maco’s breakthrough hit was stuck in his heads for weeks when it dropped.

Don’t miss upcoming OUTHERtone shows on Beats 1 every other Sunday at 3:00 PM ET.

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Iggy Azalea’s new single “Team” continues to make an impact on the radio as her Digital Distortion sophomore LP is due later this year. After her recent appearance on Ellen, the Australian rapper served as musical guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers.

Backed by a squad of dancers and singers, Iggy delivered a flawless performance of “Team.” The 25-year-old also helped Seth Meyers and the studio audience, getting them hip to the latest slang taking over social media.

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Young Guru’s history in the rap game can’t be denied at this point. As one of the key engineers of the Roc Dynasty, he was there when Hov and the crew were building their musical catalog hit by hit. In case you’re still curious about what this man has accomplished thus far, the latest of Juan Epstein with Cipha Sounds & Peter Rosenberg is going to learn ya a thing or two.

“Guru came up to the Upper West last night and we did two hours of talk about everrrrrrything. He talked D-Dot, Chucky Thompson, Puff, Hov, Bleek, Just, Kanye, and stories upon stories. You’re welcome!,” says Rosenberg about the episode.

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The moment has finally arrived as Drake’s long-awaited fourth solo LP VIEWS is available now exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes. The 20-track follow-up to 2013’s Nothing Was The Same includes the singles “One Dance,” “Pop Style,” and the smash-hit “Hotline Bling.” Rihanna, Future, PARTYNEXTDOOR, WizKid, dvsn, Popcaan, and the late Pimp C make guest appearances on the album, as Kanye West, Boi-1da, Noah “40” Shebib, Metro Boomin, Southside, Cardo, and Nineteen85 lead an all-star cast of producers.

Shortly after VIEWS released on iTunes, Drake’s sit down with Zane Lowe recorded this week aired on a special edition of OVO Sound Radio. In the 67-minute interview, the two discussed the making of the album, working with Future on What A Time To Be Alive, Toronto’s music scene, thoughts on The Weeknd’s success, the status of his relationship with Nicki Minaj, Birdman vs. Lil’ Wayne, new artists from Toronto (Tory Lanez) subliminally dissing him, acting plans, family, and much more.

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Desiigner made headlines earlier this week, when his smash-hit “Panda” landed No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts, dethroning Rihanna’s “Work.” Riding off that high, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper hailing from Brooklyn made an appearance on Tim Westwood’s Capital XTRA show. Acapella and off the top, watch as Desiigner’s drops a freestyle for the U.K. airwaves below.

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N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN are making waves in the rap podcast world with big episode after big episode. Already approaching their 6th show, the fellas had KRS One on last week for a nice change of pace. The Blastmaster dropped some insightful gems on his views about the rap game and the future of our culture. You’re really going to want to pay attention to this one.

Also, the Drinkchamps podcast have Memphis Bleek on this week, who came through with some incredible Roc-A-Fella stories. That episode drops tomorrow, but we have some hilarious preview clips after the jump.

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Lil Yachty recently sat down with CNN to talk politics. Nope, I didn’t think I’d ever hear those words either, but here we are. What a time to be alive. Anyway, in the video below, the red-haired Atlanta teenager reveals which Presidential candidate has his vote and what (or who) piqued his interest in politics. Thank you, Based God.

Right now I’m rooting for Bernie Sanders. Not just because he was with the Civil Rights movement, but because of everything he stands for. I heard about Bernie Sanders through Lil B ’cause Lil B was supporting so much, and it made me check him out.

A lot of my fans tell me all the time, they don’t feel like their voice matters. I think people are just following the masses, and I don’t think they really even know what each side holds. By next election hopefully I’ll have such — not power, but I’ll be on a level where I can step out and talk about it. I wanna say it’s important that you vote. Just to get out there. Everybody’s voice matters. Just make sure you register — and if you’re not gonna vote, at least take the time to do some homework on what’s going on.

Smart kid.

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Kid Cudi may have rediscovered his form on his latest singles, “The Frequency” and “All In,” but don’t get your hopes up for his long-yearned-for LP, Man on the Moon 3. In a recent interview with Billboard, Cudi — in no uncertain terms — shot down the possibility of completing his Man on the Moon trilogy, saying “people should just get that off their mind. That’s not ever going to happen.”

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