Interviews


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Ahead of the release of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story this Sunday, Diddy sat down with Beat 1’s Zane Lowe for an in-depth interview. Throughout their candid 53-minute conversation, Puffy discussed “stripping back” from his fast-paced life, the curious case of Craig Mack, and how the Bad Boy documentary made him confront his grief and guilt over Biggie’s death.

Diddy also gave props to SZA, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Future and Travi$ Scott for continuing to push the culture forward and elevate the music. As for his own upcoming album, it sounds like Puff’s recent shoulder and knee operations have put No Way Out 2 on ice for now. With a newfound appreciation for the simple things in life, though, Puff isn’t sweating it.

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Currently in NYC promoting his new album Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples paid a visit to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah last night. The Long Beach rapper talked about what we can expect from his upcoming project (or not: “as far as with my music, I don’t want to ever tell somebody exactly what it’s about because it’s whatever it means to them”), giving out beta fish at his listening party, and why you should take his “afrofuturistic” description with a grain of salt (“I like saying stuff about black people to white people”). To top it all off, Vince dropped a few snapple facts about Grace Jones on Trevor Noah.

Big Fish Theory drops June 23 featuring “BagBak,” “Big Fish” and the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Rain Come Down.”

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Fresh off the release of his new EP (or “capsule”) The Manuscript, Vic Mensa chopped it up with Real 92.3’s Bootleg Kev and DJ Damage in L.A. The Roc Nation rapper talked about his latest project, reconnecting with his old friend Chance The Rapper via text and his upcoming debut album, which he says will balance his rock ‘n’ roll influences with his love for storytelling. We can also expect production on there from No I.D., Pharrell and 1500 Or Nothin.

Touching on wider issues, Vic also spoke about the recent Bill Maher controversy, his disdain for social media and why he doesn’t fuck with the political system, regardless of the party or President.

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To celebrate Kanye’s 40th birthday, Tim Westwood has unearthed Ye’s very first UK interview from January 2004, just two weeks before the release of The College Dropout. Joined by Dame and Biggs, a then-26-year-old Kanye talked about his new single “Slow Jamz,” premiered “School Spirit” (“the biggest record on the album”) and “Spaceship” (his “favorite song on the album”) and explained the concept behind his debut album. “It just means never be scared,” he said. “If you got a dream and you wanna follow it, don’t let nobody tell you you can’t do what you doing. And figure out your plan before you do it.”

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After sitting down with ScHoolboy Q yesterday, Montreality track down fellow TDE rapper Ab-Soul for their latest interview. The Black Lip Pastor discusses his long-awaited Longterm Mentality 3 project (“when I feel like I can honestly tell this story of the rich and famous, that’s when you’ll get Longterm 3“), Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., which he feels is a return to his K.Dot roots, and his views on gender equality. “The woman is very powerful; we wouldn’t be here without the woman,” he says. “My girlfriend Yaris Sanchez, she’s a big feminist and I’m just trying to support that cause.”

Solo also echoed Q’s sentiments about the rumored Black Hippy album, saying, “we all have our own personal goals that we have to reach. Me personally, I still have a lot to ground to cover before I can think about putting together a group album.” Forget about it, people.

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With her debut album CTRL hitting stores this Friday, SZA appeared on The Breakfast Club to promote the project. The first lady of TDE sat down to speak on the inspiration of her studio LP, certain records touching on relationships, the subject of being the sidechick and how to deal with that, working with Kendrick Lamar and Travi$ Scott on the album, her weight fluctuating, TDE and a Twitter moment venting her frustration with the label, meeting the RZA, how actress Drew Barrymore inspires her, why she stopped wearing a hijab after 9/11, and more.

CTRL features guest appearances by Kendrick Lamar, James Fauntleroy, Travi$ Scott, and Isaiah Rashad. Get your copy on iTunes and watch the full interview below.

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Diddy stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to promote the upcoming Bad Boy documentary, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story, which premieres on June 25 on Apple Music. Puff talked about what we can expect from the film, showing Stevie Wonder round his “candy room” (yes, Diddy has an entire room in his house dedicated to candy) and bringing out Snoop and Dre during the Bad Boy reunion tour last year.

“We never wanted to have problems with each other, we were all fans of each other; it was just something in that day and age that spun out of control,” he said. “Snoop’s one of my best friends, Dre’s one of my best friends. It always should have been like that, but sometimes in life there’s tragedies so people can learn from them.”

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Diddy stories are the stuff of legend, but Statik Selektah might just have the best one. During a recent appearance on A Waste of Time With ItsTheReal, the Showoff producer remembered his hilarious first interaction with Puff as a teenager running around New York. The fact that Nicole Kidman and Lenny Kravitz are mere supporting characters in this story tells you all you need to know.

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Montreality are back with a new look and a new interview with ScHoolboy Q. During their recent sit down across the border, Q talks about his stance on gun control (“n*ggas need to take away guns — from officers, from everybody”), the “creepy” story of how he lost his virginity and how he went from a 50 Cent hater to a 50 Cent stan. As for that long-rumored Black Hippy album, ScHoolboy says it probably won’t happen. The good news, though, is that he’s currently working on the follow up to last year’s Blank Face LP.

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In a recent interview conducted by writer Sowmya Krishnamurthy for Billboard, Bryson Tiller details why he released True To Self a month early and how it forced him to get back in the gym. The Kentucky vocalist also discussed coming out of his shell, how Boi-1da became a part of the album and his emo vibe.

Check out some choice excerpts from the candid conversation after the jump and read it in full here.

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