Interviews


Lil Wayne XXL

With his blockbuster Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour kicking off in just over a week, and not to mention his massively awaited Tha Carter V LP on the horizon, Lil Wayne graces the cover of XXL‘s August/September issue. In Jeff Weiss‘ cover story, the seasoned YMCMB soldier opens up about his forthcoming album, signing Drake and Nicki Minaj, and the lack of authenticity in hip-hop today. Yep, Weezy’s got a few things to get off his chest.

On authenticity in hip-hop:

I know I’m authentic because I’m 35 million years in the game. I don’t know where the authenticity is in the game anymore. Today everyone sounds alike, they looking alike, they acting alike, they dressing alike. I came out when everybody was super different. You had an ODB. You had a Busta Rhymes and then you had a 2Pac. You had a Biggie. And everybody was different. Biggie was talking about Mob and Mafia shit. 2Pac was wylin’, talking about West Coast this and that. You had niggas like Meth and Red talking about how high they got and making people laugh. And then now, you got them, them. You got the categories and then everyone falls under it.

Check out more quotes from Wayne, plus pictures from his cover shoot below…

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The rowdy Queens crew Onyx invaded the HOT97 studio this week to chop it up with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg. Leading the convo, Stickty Fingaz and Fredro Starr discuss how they tranformed from street kids to top barbers in nyc to rappers. When Queens needed some goons, these guys came calling.

Peter Says:Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz talk about the original Onyx origins (all the way back to the Profile Records days), Red Alert fronting on them, their chance meeting with Jam Master Jay that changed their lives, stepping to The Fat Boys over a sample clearance, Fredro Star being a legendary barber, and how they were originally gunning for Das Efx’s spot.

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Fabolous still has Loso’s Way 2 on the way. While his fifth solo album and first since 2009′s Loso’s Way has no scheduled release date, the Brooklyn MC caught up with MTV News to speak on recording new music with Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. Collaboration with Chris Brown again after 2013′s “Ready,” Fab tells Nadeska Alexis to expect the record later this summer.

The two also take sometime to speak on the much-talked about single artwork to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” which arrives next Monday.

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Fresh off the release of his new album, Nobody’s Smiling, Common sat down for a “1-2-1″ conversation with fashion designer Jeff Staple at his showroom in New York City. Considering Jeff designed the artwork his Rawkus joint “1999,” it’s only fitting that Com looked back on a few other classic records, including “I Used to Love H.E.R.” and “It’s Your World.” The veteran Chicago MC also talked about how the violence in Chicago inspired his new project and why working with Kanye West was “one of the best creative collaborations ever.” Second that.

Watch the interview below…

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Wiz Khalifa started this year’s “Under the Influence of Music” tour in Scranton, PA on Thursday night. The North American trek features Khalifa, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Mack Wilds, and more. One name artist missing from the lineup that was previously promoted is Young Money’s Tyga. Earlier this month, Wiz announced Tyga was dropped off the tour without giving a reason until now.

Speaking with Mina SayWhat of Power 99′s “Rise N Grind Morning Show,” Wiz explains. “He didn’t tell me at all,” says the Pittsburgh rapper. “His people was just like, ‘Nah, we ain’t gonna be on the tour.’

Watch and read more of his comments below.

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Stop the presses, people. Well, don’t go that far but earlier today, French Montana and his new boo Khloe Kardashian did their first joint interview in New York City. Speaking with Angie Martinez, the Bronx rapper first talked to Ang by himself and broke down how they first met. French definitely kept the details as light as possible but said Puffy helped make it happen one day. After meeting Scott Disick in the studio with Puff, Ross and a host of others, they formerly met and built a close bond ever since.

Watch the interview below…

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After nearly three years on the label, Busta Rhymes has left Cash Money. The Brooklyn rapper confirmed his departure during a recent appearance on Shade 45′s Sway on the Morning, explaining that creative conflict regarding his upcoming album, E.L.E. 2, was the reason behind his decision. However, Bussa Buss assured that there is no bad blood between him and YMCMB boss Birdman. Busta didn’t say whether he’ll be signing with another label or taking the independent route with E.L.E. 2, though.

For me, with this particular project and all of the sacrifice that went into it — recording the album for five years, I lost Chris Lighty making this album, I lost my father making this album. The shit I was putting into this album, I’m not compromising my vision for it.

So if I feel like if, in the slightest way, we ain’t facilitating everything necessary for the vision to be seen through and executed in the way that I’ve been envisioning this shit for the last five years, let me live and die in my own own inequity.

I just had a conversation with Bird like, ‘Listen, bro. I’m grateful and everything is love with us, but I just gotta see this through the way that I wan’t to see this through.’

Watch Busta’s interview below…

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The men of Juan Epstein recently had another New York legend on the Juan Epstein show. This time around, Dres of Black Sheep, joined Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg for a detailed conversation about his history in hip-hop and early days. During the convo, Dres talked about his Puerto Rican and Africa American background, childhood in N.C., Queens, Black Sheep and more.

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There continues to be issues surrounding Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, which is being directed by Angela Bassett. Today (Jul 22),  ET received a statement from Whitney’s mother, Cissy, who says the family is “exhausted” by the “continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her,” and pleaded with fans to “please let her rest.” This news comes after Lifetime’s recent announcements of the leading roles for both the late singer and her former boyfriend, Bobby Brown.

Continue reading Cissy Houston’s statement below…

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On the latest episode of The Combat Jack Show, the fellas invited West Coast jewelry king, Ben Baller, to the podcast. If you’re not familiar with the flamboyant Korean, he is a L.A. native and has been around the hip-hop scene since the early ’80s. He started at the bottom as a B-Boy and through the years has transformed himself into one of the top celeb jewelers in the game.

The Combat Jack Show Says: Mr. Ben Yang has a lot to say. About a lot of people. And he got it off his chest. Ya’ll been clamoring for a West Coast guest? Here it is. Baller has stories for days. Suge Knight, Dr. Dre., Tupac Shakur, Death Row, Denzel Washington, Aftermath. He’s even got some Dame Dash and Jay Z stories. From record man to jeweler to the stars, dude doesn’t disappoint.

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