Interviews


Episode two of the LeBron James hosted The Shop aired Friday night (Oct. 12) on HBO. Drake was a guest on the show, an appearance where the 6 God opened up on various subjects like his childhood, growing up in a single-parent home like LeBron, fatherhood, and retirement as an artist. The two main topics the Toronto star went in-depth to speak on was his back-and-forth with Pusha T this past summer, and that leading to his fallout with Kanye West. In the conversation, Drake reveals the questionable moves Kanye made during their sessions recording in Wyoming, like West moving all the G.O.O.D. Music release dates (Kanye West, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Nas, Kanye and Kid Cudi/Kids See Ghosts) from the fall to June around the time Drake was to drop Scorpion.

The Canadian hitmaker would also speak about showing Kanye a photo of his son Adonis, fuel Pusha T used in his “The Story of Adidon” diss track. He also touches on Pusha T going too far on that record with the line aimed at Drake’s producer Noah “40” Shebib, a person living with MS. Drake states that a response to that record was done but instead held back from releasing it due to the fact the song would tap into a dark space.

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The latest chapter in the daily Kanye West saga took place on Thursday (Oct. 11), when the rapper/designer visited the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump. With plenty of media outlets, photographers surrounding a seated Kanye and Trump in the oval office, the former went on a rant touching on various issues. West opened up prison reform, his love and support of Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick, why he didn’t support Hilary Clinton, black democrats, plans to bring factories and manufacturing infrastructure to Chicago and more. Shortly after the 10-minute conversation aired live, T.I. took to Instagram blasting Kanye for going to the White House and his continued support of President Trump.

Now I’ve been extremely patient and made it a point to not jump to any premature conclusions about Ye and his antics,” said T.I. in a lengthy message. “Partially due to the lessons learned from the outcome of other similar situations dealing wit my brother Wayne (which I admittedly mishandled a bit in hindsight). But now this shit is next level, futuristic Sambo, Hopping Bob, Stephen off Django ass shit Ye!!!! From what I can gather… this is the most repulsive, disgraceful, embarrassing act of desperation and auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen.”

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With his “Big Redemption” tour pulling into Canada, Jay Rock caught up with Nardwuar recently during the Vancouver stop. In their 12-minute conversation, Eastside Johnny speaks on being discovered by Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith while getting a haircut on a porch, important figures in his hometown of Watts, the best local burger spots, and early memories of himself and Kendrick Lamar during their beginning as artists. TDE’s newest signee Reason also makes an appearance. Reason speaks on his memories of Jay Rock before signing to TDE, his early basketball dreams, Fabolous being his first favorite rapper and more. Filled with laughs, plenty of classic vinyl, and off guard moments, watch below.

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Lil’ Wayne’s newly released album Tha Carter V is getting plenty of great reviews and high praise since its release last week. C5 is set to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart next week, projecting to debut with nearly 450k units moved opening week. Continuing the momentum, Weezy F. Baby appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (Oct. 2), where he performed the song “Dedicate” for the first-time.

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Like many of today’s heavyweights, J. Cole is known for rarely doing interviews. The Dreamville CEO recently sat down with Billboard for an extensive one-on-one discussion, catching up with the publication during the Dallas stop of his KOD North American tour. During the conversation, Cole World opens up on wide range of topics including Donal Trump, why he decided not to vote, not seeing himself as a celebrity, and how he keeps up with the important things in popular culture without having a heavy presence on social media.

J. Cole would also touch on media in general, which seems to be dominated by Trump and Kardashian headlines. Cole having a three-hour FaceTime conversation with the late XXXTentation before he passed away,
and the recent abuse allegations against Nas by his former ex-wife Kelis are also topics the MC gives his thoughts on. Read some excerpts and the full interview below.

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Since the release of his latest album NASIR, Nas has kept quiet making no media rounds or television appearances. The Queens MC made his first late-night appearance since the summer project, paying a visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (Sept. 25). Sitting down with Colbert, Nas discussed loving the art form of hip-hop 24 years strong in the game, classic artists he grew up on, recording NASIR with Kanye West in Wyoming, and his regret putting the song “Dr. Knockboot” on a commercial album (1999’s I Am…).

Backed by singer Jon Batiste and DJ Green Lantern, Nas would later return to the studio stage to perform the song “Adam and Eve.” Watch it all below.

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In the midst of a rap war with Eminem, Machine Gun Kelly stopped by The Breakfast Club to discuss his battle with Slim Shady. In the 39-minute conversation, MGK breaks down how the issues with Eminem started after his now infamous tweet about Em’s daughter Hailie. The Cleveland rager also speaks on resolving things behind-the-scenes with Paul Rosenberg six years ago after that tweet was sent, and Eminem choosing to respond on “Not Alike” off his Kamikaze LP.

Machine Gun Kelly opens up on his “Rap Devil” song, his reaction to Em’s “Kill Shot” response, the G-Eazy battle, sleeping with G-Eazy’s ex-girlfriend Halsey, Diddy, and playing Tommy Lee in an upcoming biopic. The appearance was also to promote MGK’s Binge EP, set to drop at midnight.

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After reaching an eight-figure settlement with Birdman and Cash Money back in June, we received some major Lil Wayne news this week: his long-awaited album Tha Carter V is reportedly dropping on September 21. Before then, Billboard have published a new cover story on Weezy that delves into the legal drama and album delays that have plagued the last few years of his life.

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Eminem’s new album, Kamikaze, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. In promoting of his latest project, the Detroit lyricist sat down with Sway Calloway for a one-on-one interview. On Tuesday night (Sept. 11), Eminem drops part one of his discussion with the Shade 45 and MTV host.

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The 16th season of The Ellen Show kicked off this week with a bang, as Nicki Minaj was the first guest of the new season. With blazing orange hair, the Young Money Queen sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to discuss her QUEEN album debuting at No. 2, Travis Scott landing at No. 1 and wanting to punch him in the face, and her recent rants on Twitter and Queen Radio. Minaj also touched on her relationship life, referring to her past one with Meek Mill as “toxic,” and revealing there’s a new person in her life.

Before leaving the show, Nicki surprised three students by giving them $50,000 each to pay off their student loans. The Queens MC closed the appearance by hitting the studio stage to perform a medley of “Barbie Dreams,” “Ganja Burn” and her 6ix9ine collaboration “FEFE.”

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