Interviews


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Coming off a strong debut mixtape, Welcome to Fazoland, Chicago’s Lil’ Herb caught the ears of the masses when Nicki Minaj surprised her fans with a new collaboration with the kid. Dubbed “Chi-Raq,” the gritty record features Nicki Minaj using Herb’s flow, and it definitely put the young’n on the map. Recently, VIBE caught up with the newcomer to discuss his biggest look to date.

And obviously, your new collaboration with Nicki Minaj “Chi-Raq” was your biggest look yet. Did she hit you up directly? How did that even happened?
It’s crazy, man. She hit me up and reached out to me. I was in the studio recording at probably like 1:00 AM. We really didn’t even know if they were serious but they followed up and wanted to fly me out the next day. But I was tied up at the time so I went like a week later. She cool people, though, down to earth and she real comfortable with me.

I couldn’t believe it when I heard her using your flow. Honestly, have other artists reached out after Nicki?
[Laughs] Yeah, I’m just talking to other artists now. I did a song with Common for his album. I might do some stuff with Rich Homie Quan. I’m open to people, whoever want to work with me.

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Cam’Ron appears on the cover of Mass Appeal‘s 54th issue, which hits newsstands later this month. Aside from the fact that it features Cam, which is obviously amazing, the cover features the trippy artwork of Todd James (aka REAS), the graffiti and art legend who conceptualized Miley Cyrus’ smoked-out VMA performance with teddy bears last year.

In the cover story with Sacha Jenkins, Killa Cam speaks on the various projects he has coming this year, taste in fashion, his cape line, the chances of doing a reality show, the V Magazine shoot with girlfriend JuJu, and the new wave of rappers from Harlem. Check out some excerpts and go behind-the-scenes of Cam’s shoot, including an appearance from Dame Dash below.

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It was all good just a week 21 years ago. RZA and Raekwon haven’t exactly been subtle about their indifferences lately, but The Chef took the broken safety off in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

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Styles P wasn’t the only rapper doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit the other day; to promote the release of Illmatic XX, Nas also hopped on the Hip Hop Heads forum to answer questions from fans. The topics ranged from Illmatic, obviously, to his favorite rappers, albums and movie directors. Nas also threw out plenty of knowledge darts and even debunked the myth once and for all that he ghost wrote Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” In case you missed it, here are the 10 things we learned from Nas’ Reddit AMA.

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There’s a cast of characters that Jay Z has mentioned in his rhymes throughout the years. Mostly made up of his childhood friends, the Marcy Projects-bred rapper almost makes you feel like you know his homies by how descriptive he is with these dudes.

Take Juan “OG” Perez for example, who is also Hov’s co-pilot in Roc Nation Sports. The dude has never spit a rhyme in his left, yet every true Jay fan should be able to tell you who he is. Recently, GQ caught up with the lowkey entrepreneur to pick his brain about Roc Nation Sports (he’s the official president).

GQ: How does the culture of athletes and musicians mix?
OG Juan: We’re all one big family. We wrap our arms around each other. If Robbie needs something and one of the artists has it…. They send Instagram Happy Birthdays. We’re a family. Everybody sticks together here.

When you guys make a decision about a player, how big is the circle making the decision?
Just me and Jay.

Just the two of you?
Just us two.

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After releasing the song and video for “Hustler,” 50 Cent’s busy 48 hours continued with a visit to Hot 97′s morning show on Tuesday. The near hour-long conversation covered the state of New York’s rap scene, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo co-signing Troy Ave, and 50 break down the internal issues at G-Unit with Banks and Yayo.

The rapper-mogul speaks on past beefs with The Game, Ja Rule, and Rick Ross, keeping his new child with Daphne Joy a private matter, the upcoming 8-episode drama series Power, returning to Summer Jam, the new album Animal Ambition, and much more. Sit back and watch the full interview below.

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Making his second appearance on The Combat Jack show, the legendary Scarface blesses the Internet with another candid interview. Both a veteran and a underrated MC, Facemob has survived it all and seen it all. After getting a new grasp on life after dramatic weight loss he hopes to live to see his kids flourish.

Scarface lost 100 pounds. And we’re all over the place in this interview. He plays guitar, he talks drugs and depression and Pink Floyd, he talks about his time in prison, why his son went missing earlier this year, why Rick Ross is underrated and more. He does his best to avoid making controversial statements, but he just can’t help himself.HThis is Brad Jordan like you’ve never heard before

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Danny Brown is without doubt one of the craziest characters hip-hop has ever seen. I mean, dude has songs like “Adderall Admiral” and has even known to get oral satisfaction on stage from time to time. But for all his party antics, the Detroit rapper is a deep thinker at heart.

Just take his latest album, Old, which juxtaposed the MDMA-fueled bangers with sobering and introspective records that echoed his early work. By the sounds of it, that might be the last time we’ll see Danny slip into a kush coma.

Catching up with Noisey while out in London recently, Danny talked about his plan to curb his drug use and, well, grow up. “It was just getting to a point where Danny Brown was taking over Daniel. Now it’s time for Daniel to take over Danny Brown,” he said. “I’m not trying to be ratchet no more. It’s time to grow up.”

However, he added, “I guess that’s a lie, cause at the end of the day, I just want to have fun.” Who knows? Maybe Danny’s just too stuck in his ways at this point. Whatever the case, you can guarantee this man will deliver good music.

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Drake turned into an angel recently, granting the wish of a teenage girl named Kennedy Brown. Battling brain cancer, 15-year-old Kennedy’s one and only wish was to meet the Canadian superstar. With the help of friends and family, the social media #DrakeForKen started, and caught the attention of October’s Very Own.

Over the weekend, Drake flew from Los Angeles to Brown’s home of Houston, Texas to meet his biggest fan. “All these beautiful people #drakeforken turned into #kenfordrake I am so happy,” posted Drake on his Instagram account with various pictures from the surprise meeting.

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You can’t turn on the TV or open your laptop with seeing or hearing Pharrell. The man behind one of the biggest hits of the last few years (not to mention the tallest hats we’ve ever seen) recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey on her Oprah Prime show to reflect on his unprecedented 12 months, as well as his decorated 20-plus-year journey in music.

In a characteristically insightful and enlightening 40-minute interview, Skateboard P discussed the inspiration and recording process behind his mega hit “Happy,” his recent solo album, G I R L, and his marriage to Helen Lasichanh. Things get emotional around the 18-minute mark as P tears up when reflecting on how his music has impacted people and his late grandmother, who always envisioned him spreading positivity to the world.

With more talk about love, humility and how the Universe conspires to help people achieve their dreams, this is a must-watch.

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