Interviews


rza praises kendrick lamar

Rocking blacked-out contact lenses and half-braided hair, Kendrick Lamar’s SNL performance drew comparisons to a bunch of people/things, in particular Tical-era Method Man and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. While no one knows for sure who (or what) K. Dot was paying homage to, RZA, like the rest of us, took his performance as a Wu-Tang tribute and praised the TDE rapper. “It made me nod my head, nah mean?” he said in a very RZA-like way while speaking to MTV News.

The Abbot also revealed he and the rest of the Wu celebrated ODB’s birthday, which fell on the same day as Kendrick’s performance, with a kung-fu movie night in L.A. and cake. R.I.P. Russell Jones.

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mac miller

Despite becoming the first independent act since 1995 to top the Billboard 200 when Blue Slide Park debuted at No. 1 three years ago, Mac Miller finally swapped the indie route for the majors last month by inking a $10 million deal with Warner Bros.

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no id juan epstein

Juan Epstein has another hip-hop history lesson for us this week. Sitting down with Peter Rosenberg and guest co-host Daryl “Quartermaine” Francis (filling in for Cipha Sounds), the legendary No I.D. walks us through his come-up — and extended fall out — with Common, guiding the career of a young Kanye West (who was as wildly ambitious and self-assured back then as he is today) and his current position at Def Jam. From sending beats to Common over answering machine to turning down collaborations with Biggie and Pun, Dion drops plenty of gems about his career over this hour-long podcast.

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pusha t lunch money

Pusha T unleashed his snarling new single, “Lunch Money,” yesterday afternoon and it’s pretty much all we’ve been listening to since then. Speaking with MTV News on the set of the song’s video shoot, King Push talked about the competitive energy behind the record and creating such a bugged-out banger with his G.O.O.D. Music boss, Kanye West.

That’s the type of energy I’m looking for in creating this new ‘King Push’ album. It needs to be rebellious and angry. I have expressed that to [Kanye] so many times, so I guess when he was cooking up, this is what he came up with.

It’s the spirit of competition. I put out a record like this to make a statement. I’m here to take everybody’s lunch money — I really am.

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yg-interview

Bompton’s YG recently breezed by the Ebro In The AM mshow on HOT97 and discussed his upcoming movie, Blame It On The Streets. For his small screen debut, YG says the film is inspired by two songs from his debut album, “BTP” and “Meet The Flockers.” Originally, he wanted to release the movie with his album, but wasn’t able to finish it in time.

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eminem

The latest scene from the upcoming Lose Yourself documentary by Beats, Eminem breaks down the original demo version. An unreleased version stashed in the vaults for years, the Detroit MC mentions he has no memory of recording the powerful single. The untouched recording will soon come to light as it will appear on the second disc of Eminem and Shady Records’ Shady XV compilation LP due November 24.

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kendrick lamar 2014

Kendrick Lamar has been on a busy press run of late, but you shouldn’t hold your breath for any new details on his as-yet-untitled upcoming album (however, he did hint that it’s “something where you’re not going to get it on the first listen”). During his latest interview with Justin Credible and J Cruz on Power 106 L.A.’s The Liftoff, K. Dot talked about the impact “i” has had on the world and the inspiration behind the crip and blood-unifying artwork, motivational calls from Pharrell, staying away from social media when recording and a possible appearance on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V.

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nicki minaj complex

With Wale and Jerry Seinfeld sharing the first cover, Nicki Minaj returns to the pages of Complex — two years after Miss Info’s cover story — for the second and equally amazing cover of their upcoming December/January 2015 issue. During a late night chat with Lauren Nostro, Young Money’s First Lady opens up about her forthcoming album The Pinkprint, dealing with the guilt of putting fame over family, why “Mixtape Nicki” is a myth and not allowing herself to be boxed in — as a rapper or a woman.

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dave chappelle gq

Capping off his comeback year, which was highlighted by a string of sold-out shows at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall in the summer, Dave Chappelle graces the cover of GQ‘s 2014 “Men of the Year” issue. In his most open, insightful and reflective interview in nearly a decade, the adored comedian discusses everything from Kanye’s surprise performance at Radio City and copping bud from Idris Elba to his current state of happiness and, yes, the whole Chappelle Show drama.

With the issue on newsstands now, here are 10 things we learned from the interview, which you can read in full here.

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drake-vocal-coach

Vocal coach Dionne Osborne has had quite the job over the last 4 years. Though, she’s worked with a number of big time artists, even briefly with former Roc-A-Fella singer, Teairra Mari — there hasn’t been an artist in her lineup as impactful on Pop culture as Drake in recent years. Dionne first linked up with Drizzy right after So Far Gone took off. For every new melody Drake unleashes — his coach is there to make sure he sounds CDQ at his concerts. In an interview with Jezebel, Osborne opened up about her time spent with Aubrey Graham.

“Then Drake walks in with his posse. You know how rappers never go anywhere without a big group of people. And he stuck his arms straight out and gave me a big hug and that was it,” she continues.You know, Drake is so funny. Later on he was like, “I looked at you and I just knew I was going to love you.” He is exactly what you see. People say he’s corny, or he can’t be that nice, he can’t be so sweet. But I can tell you, he was raised by his mother and his grandmother. He’s had strong love from strong females. And we just totally connected. Maybe because he was an actor, I don’t know–.”

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