Interviews


asap yams montreality

Although A$AP Yams’ recent passing was truly tragic, the world has been celebrating his life through old tweets and Tumblr posts that captured his witty personality and fierce passion for hip-hop. Now, Montreality brings us this interview with the beloved A$AP Mob founder that was uploaded last June, but was quickly taken down due to label issues.

Even if you managed to catch the interview first time around, this is definitely worth another watch as Yams contemplates his previous life as Napoleon, explains his unbreakable bond with A$AP Rocky and shares some wise words for those coming up in the industry.

This rap shit ain’t peaches and cream. You not gonna come in here and make a million off rip. You really gotta grind for this shit. Don’t chase the glamor and the glitz. Don’t chase none of that shit. If you in this for the lifestyle, then get the fuck out. Just be an observer from the sideline, you feel me?

R.I.P. Yams.

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Kanye West returned to The Ellen Show this week. A little over year after debuting the music video for “Bound 2″ starring wife Kim Kardashian, the rapper-producer-fashion designer came back to the talkshow to premiere the touching video for his new single “Only One,” starring daughter North West.

At peace with himself, a more calmer Kanye sat down with Ellen to discuss becoming a better human being after marriage and the birth of Nori, his new partnership with adidas, previous struggles with Nike, having more children with Kim Kardashian, and still trying to figure out the title of his upcoming album. Closing out the appearance, Ellen gave viewers a listen at a special rap song she created for Kanye, who was honored last weekend with the Visionary Award at this year’s BET Honors.

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ol dirty bastard rare interview

Genius (formerly Rap Genius) is teaming up with MTV to crack the lid on a collection of never-before-seen interviews from the late ’90s. The raw and uncut conversations, featuring the likes of Cam’ron, DMX, Redman, Method Man and LL Cool J, will include full transcriptions, plus annotations from fans, contributors and respected journalists.

Genius and MTV kick things off today with this unreleased interview between the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Bloomberg’s Josh Tyrangiel from 1997, in which ODB talks about his struggles with sobriety, the importance of birth control and his family issues. The full transcript can be read here, complete with annotations from Tyrangiel and ODB biographer Mickey Hess.

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jcole

J. Cole has cut back significantly on his output of interviews. These days, the kid says he chooses to speak less in order to leave something to be desired from his fans. Before setting it off on The Combat Jack Show, Cole explained that he did interviews for 2 years straight before his debut album dropped and he never wants to go back to that place of overexposure. So enjoy this one.

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action-bronson

Action Bronson was up on Sway In The Morning actin’ straight crazy this morning. BamBam talked about his willingness to bed women of all shapes and sizes with Tracy G, discussed his wild stage performances, and of course his upcoming album, Mr. Wonderful.

“Sonically, it’s going to be really easy to listen to,” says Bronson about his new project.”It’s not going to like blow your face off with highs — and stuff like that. It’s very eclectic. This mix of music is crazy from all over the world. Influences from Turkey, Africa, Brazil, and all over the world.”

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kid cudi james white

In addition to his long-awaited Man on the Moon III album (which he began work on last week with old pal Emile Haynie), Kid Cudi has a string of exciting movies coming up in 2015. The Cleveland rapper-turned-actor is set to star in Entourage, Meadowland and Vincent-N-Roxxy (which he recently finished shooting with Zoe Kravitz), but his most challenging role is in Josh Mond’s hard-hitting drama James White, in which he plays the gay best friend of the heterosexual lead (Christopher Abbott).

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big sean complex cover

Big Sean season approaching, fuck whatever y’all been hearing. Less than 24 hours after announcing his new album Dark Day Paradise (which will include appearances from Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Jhene Aiko), G.O.O.D. Music’s golden child scores his first solo Complex cover for their upcoming February/March issue.

Speaking with senior editor Damien Scott around Thanksgiving (and shortly after both the Michael Brown and Eric Garner verdicts), Sean looks ahead to his new LP, starting his own label and staying loved up with Ariana Grande while revisiting Kendrick’s “Control” verse and the drama with his ex-fiance Naya Rivera.

Read the full cover story here and check out highlights below.

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ASAP-Yams

A somber A$AP Rocky did his best to hold it together and gave a few words to Billboard on the passing of A$AP Yams. While at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah to attend the screening of his acting debut in the film Dope, the grief stricken rapper set the record straight on his friend’s death.

“People were saying that Yams overdosed on drugs — he didn’t overdose on any drugs,” Rocky said, though he declined to discuss the real cause of Yams’ passing. “I feel like people feel that way because that’s all he’s in pictures doing. When you see A$AP Yams you see Hennessey or purple drink, you see some type of controlled substance or illegal narcotic.”

Yams’ funeral service was held today at Frank E Campbell Funeral Chapel in Harlem.

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lupe fiasco sway in the morning

Lupe Fiasco is going out in a blaze of glory. Well, sort of. Having already decided to quit Twitter, the Chicago rapper gave his last radio interview on Sway In The Morning this week as he plans to “go back to the shadows” now that his new album Tetsuo & Youth (which, for the record, is his best work since The Cool) is in stores. Lupe spoke on everything from album sales and social media (including his Twitter beefs with Kid Cudi and Chief Keef) to MTV’s Hottest MCs List and Barack Obama, before kicking another insane five-minute freestyle, just to remind the folks at home what’s what.

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kid ink

Kid Ink took a break from promoting his upcoming album and breezed by the Ebro In The AM show this morning. After dishing on his plans for 2015, the new LP, and his weed habits — Ink admitted that despite his playa lyrics he has a live-in girlfriend.

Full Speed will drop on February 3 and is available for pre-order on iTunes.

Watch an important PSA from Kid Ink below…

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