Interviews


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Over on the west coast, Vic Mensa stopped by The Cruz Show on Power 106 L.A. this week. Catching up with J-Cruz, the Roc Nation rapper took part in #BreakfastBars, where he rapped over a handful of classic Ice Cube records. The Chicago native also took time to discuss traveling to Amsterdam, and one crazy edible trip he had while in Los Angeles.

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The 2015 XXL Freshmen freestyles series wraps up on Friday, before it comes to an end, OG Maco steps up to the mic. The ATLien, who broke out in 2014 with his “U Guessed It” anthem, proves once again he is more than a catchy viral hit.

[The Freshman cover is] legendary. It lasts forever. No matter what, you come back, you come to this year, I’m here. And whatever’s written, it’s there. It never changes, no matter what. Even if I never become a $100 million artist—which I don’t see how I wouldn’t—but if by some weird chance I don’t, at least I was this. I was the pinnacle of this level, right now. It’s affirmation; I don’t think it boosts [my confidence], and if it’s confirming it you got so low self-esteem. So I think it affirms it.

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YG was in the news earlier this month, after being shot in Los Angeles following a recording session in Studio City. The 25-year-old rapper sat down with Billboard for the first-time since the incident, where he also previewed 8 songs off his sophomore LP, which he revealed will be titled Still Krazy.

From the preview, Billboard describes the follow-up to 2014’s My Krazy Life progression from the ratchet sound he helped pioneer with frequent collaborator DJ Mustard, who according to YG, has one song on the project so far.

Read some excerpts and watch the video interview where YG speaks about the shooting incident below.

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Nas has been following hip-hop fashion with a close eye ever since he first set foot outside of the Queensbridge apartment he was raised in. At first he was just enamored with the older guys in his neighborhood, but when Eric B & Rakim’s Paid In Full was released — everything changed.

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Trey Songz’s new Trigga Reloaded LP, a re-release of last year’s Trigga album, is out today. On Monday, the R&B star stopped by HOT 97’s Ebro In The Morning show to promote the project.

Sitting down with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez, Trey discussed the album re-release, continually recording music which lead to the re-release and two EPs, becoming an international touring artist, touring with Chris Brown and their friendship, being in a complicated relationship, the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, the Confederate flag and racism.

Watch the full 31-minute conversation below.

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The XXL Freshmen 2015 freestyle series is now into week two. Up next is Chicago sensation Tink, who delivers a beautiful blend of soul and sharp lyricism during her freestyle performance. Below she speaks on how it’s an honor to grace this year’s cover.

“I don’t take it lightly. There’s been people on this cover that people slept on and maybe when [people] saw their face, they didn’t know who they were, but then three years after they became the biggest thing ever. Like Kendrick and Big Sean and Macklemore. I look at that as my motivation.”

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Troy Ave’s Internet adversaries don’t look like they’ll be going away anytime soon, but that won’t stop him from pushing his career every day of the week. To start this work week off, Brooklyn’s own stepped into a familiar arena to face off with Ebro, Laura Styles and Peter Rosenberg. And, trust they didn’t spare him any heat for the recent controversy about his album sales.

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bobbykonders

For those who may not know, Bobby Konders, a DJ on Hot 97 on Saturdays, joins Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds on Juan Epstein to talk how he gained such respect and acceptance in reggae, coming from the outside. He’s held it down for decades and has branched out and done so much for the culture that in this episode he talks how he got his start and what his journey has been like all these years.

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Closing out the launch week of the XXL Freshmen freestyle series is rapper Goldlink. The DMV native displays why he is one of Hip-hop’s rising stars, with a sharp freestyle performance.

“I feel good. It’s cool. It’s prolific, it’s surreal. I didn’t even rap [growing up]. I didn’t even know there was a cover until like three years ago, you know? But I never would have thought [I’d make it]. I never thought about it, but when I was asked, I was like, ‘Yo, this is an opportunity and I never thought about that.’ So I was like, ‘Alright,’ you know.”

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The unspeakable shooting that took place at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday evening (June 16) will not soon be forgotten. Nine innocent lives were taken by a gunman who opened fire on unsuspecting churchgoers without warning.

Like many Americans this incident struck a particular nerve in Nas‘ heart. While at the premiere of the upcoming hip-hop fashion film Fresh Dressed, VIBE spoke to the legendary rapper about his thoughts on the tragedy.

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