Interviews


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With several projects in the works, Complex‘s Insanul Ahmed caught up with Childish Gambino to get the scoop on all his upcoming endeavors. ‘Bino broke down his STN MTN/KAUAI project, which begins as a Gangsta Grillz mixtape before unfolding into a for-sale EP, with the profits being donated towards various causes in Kauai. The actor-rapper also speaks on his upcoming FX series, Atlanta, why his EP with Chance The Rapper probably won’t happen, and not being as “Atlanta” as Iggy Azalea.

It’s a Gangsta Grillz mixtape that goes into an EP. The Gangsta Grillz mixtape is a dream, and the dream ends when I wake up in Kauai. And they go into each other; it’s one complete project. You can download the mixtape and you can go buy the EP. The money from the EP goes to help keeping Kauai clean.

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King Remembered In Time makes his second Combat Jack Show appearance. On the eve of his 2nd Def Jam album ‘Cadillactica‘, which drops November 11, 2014, K.R.I.T. talks about his growth as an artist, surviving his debut album “tanking”, touring with Macklemore, separating his professional and private life, being called out on Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” and why he’s about to shake up the game as he claims the south as his kingdom. This time around, I’m doubling down on this Mississippi native.

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Before Jeremih’s new single with J. Cole drops, here’s a dope clip from the Dreamville capo and hip-hop veteran, Steve Lobel. In a new online series for Blurred Culture, the kid from North Carolina speaks on his first time hearing Tupac, working with Jay Z, his friendship with Kendrick Lamar.

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NBC’s resident hip-hop reporter, Peter Bailey, recently had Lil’ Boosie on his Nitecap show to discuss a number of social and cultural issues in America’s poverty stricken neighborhoods. As usual, Bailey fired away with the tough questions and heavy subject for some real talk.

Peter Bailey continues his critically-acclaimed series by meeting up with Lil Boosie inside Miami’s James L. Knight Center where the two discuss the exploitation in gangster life in hip hop & Boosie’s responsibilty as a a spokesman for the inner-city.

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For one night only, Funkmaster Flex is giving a rare live interview on a very special edition of the Juan Epstein podcast. Usually, these are all pre-recorded but Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg had to go all out for the King of Rap Radio in New York City.

Flex will be talking about his early days as a club DJ in NYC, seeing artists Biggie & Jay Z blow up, and all the insane stories from The Tunnel. But that’s just a small portion of what this event has in store. We’re giving away one pair of tickets to one reader, so good luck!

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Signing to Def Jam, inspiring Common to write and his upcoming Hell Can Wait EP; Vince Staples talks shop with Xclusives Zone. Stay tuned for his new project dropping next week, featuring appearances from Teyana Taylor and A$ton Matthews.

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Chris Brown has been known to be make friends with all sorts of people in Los Angeles. Even if some of those folks happen to fancy red apparel and hate the color blue, Chris Brown doesn’t discriminate. While outlets like TMZ are saying Breezy’s moms and GF are “worried” he is getting too close to the Bloods gang, Chris tells MTV’s Sway a different story. In fact, the singer says he is just “cordial” to everyone — no matter their affiliations.

“When you’re in L.A. and you’re around people, you meet everybody — you meet Crips, you meet Bloods, especially in this industry that I’m in,” he told MTV News during a sit-down on September 11. “I’m not in the country world, I’m not in the all-the-way pop world. [When] you’re in hip-hop, all of that meshes.”

UPDATE: In what seems to be a response to TMZ’s aforementioned post “Chris Brown Mom Secretly Asks Shrink Save Him From Gangs,” Chris posted a photo of TMZ’s founder Harvey Levin, with this message:

What the devil looks like in person. Lol. You sad little man. You’ve been trying for years to destroy me. It won’t work. Your efforts are flattering. When you look back on your life when it’s that time for you to depart, what can u actually say you’ve accomplished in life? Bringing people down and being the number one source for negativity. Life’s too short homie. Find some sort of happiness. You are a grown ass man. God bless you bruh.

Watch Chris give an interesting answer to Sway’s gang affiliation question…After the jump

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Thanks to Nadeska at MTV, Snoop Dogg has finally confirmed his upcoming album with Pharrell publicly. A few weeks ago, the Dogg previewed one track that he recently did with Skateboard P.

‘It’s a great record me and Pharrell did from top to bottom. It feels good and I’m happy to be back in the studio working with one of my favorite producers and homeboys,” Snoop told MTV News on the BET Hip Hop Awards carpet. “It’s different — it’s completely different than anything we’ve ever done. It feels good, sounds good, looks good.”

And, from what my friends say that are working on the album, it’s going to be Snoop’s best album in years.

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With Def Jam celebrating its 30th birthday this year, Noisey sat down the label’s fabled co-founders for a special edition of their “Back & Forth” series. In part one of four, Rick and Russell cosy up on a couch as they reflect on some of the early records that defined Def Jam, including T La Rock and Jazzy Jay’s “It’s Yours” and LL Cool J’s “I Can’t Live Without My Radio.” But for all their impact and success over the last three decades, Def Jam’s original ambitions were charmingly humble, says Rick: “If we sold enough 12 inches to make another 12 inch, that was the whole goal.”

UPDATE: Parts 2, 3 and 4 added.

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On another segment from Power 106, Jeff G. had Kendrick Lamar on his Foul Balls segment where he made some predictions for the upcoming NFL Week 4 match-ups. Rooting for the Red and Gold as usual, Kendrick fancies the Niners over the Eagles, the Panthers over the Ravens and the Bears over the Packers.

Towards the end, K. Dot also gave a pretty insightful statement on his new single, “i.”

“I want to retract the word single, I want to call these releases ‘statements.’ Because this music is something world has to hear and it’s not only for me, but its for the stressed, the depressed and our lively hood. And, when I came back on my release I wanted to do just that.”

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