Interviews


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The new year will be a busy one for 50 Cent. Along with G-Unit’s The Beast is G-Unit EP on April 3 and the second season of Power coming this summer, 50’s Street King Immortal LP is also set to arrive later this year. Catching up with MTV News, the rapper-entrepreneur speaks on a new song with Eminem titled “Champions,” that will appear on his new solo album.

[The song] sounds like one of those hit records you’ve heard from Eminem in the past [with] an R&B singer on the chorus,” he tells MTV. “And it’s one of those songs that he wrote his portion of the song before I got there.”

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It’s been an eventful few days for Kanye West in London this week. As the ashes slowly settle from last night’s explosive performance at the 2015 BRIT Awards, where he debuted his new song “All Day” with Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and half of North London, Yeezy catches up with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe for what promises to be another unforgettable interview. According to Zane, there’s less shouting this time around, though.

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Emile Haynie has a résumé that can rival any, but the 34-year-old producer, songwriter and now solo artist remains a bit of a mystery to the masses. With his debut album We Fall fresh in stores, Emile sat down with The FADER to properly introduce himself to the world. He talks about his background in hip-hop, working with Kanye West and Lana Del Rey and how a rough break up motivated him to step out on his own. Oh, and he’s a huge Michael K. Williams fan, too.

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As he gears up to hit the road for his Forest Hills Drive tour next week, J. Cole checked in with Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 last night. The conversation shifted between Cole’s new-found friendship with Dale Earnhardt Jr., why he chooses to stay away from social media, his growing Dreamville label and wanting to find the next Aaliyah.

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“Yeah, they got me in P.C., man, Protective Custody,” Bobby Shmurda told Hot 97 earlier today. “[It’s] court orders.” While on a jailhouse phone call, the young Brooklyn rapper had only a few brief minutes to check in with Ebro, Laura Stylez and Peter Rosenberg, and it wasn’t long before his call was mysteriously cut short.

However, he did manage to say that he was doing okay behind bars but, along with Rowdy Rebel, he was recently involved in an altercation that put him in P.C. and his friend in the box. Shortly after, Bobby explained how his arrest was unjust and revealed how some of the arresting officers told him things like, “I don’t want my kids listening to your music” during his arrest. Bobby’s call was then cutoff without warning.

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Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug created a niche in 2014 under the Rich Gang collective, lead by their hit-song “Lifestyle.” Fans of the Atlanta-duo will now have to hang onto Tha Tour Part 1 plus various leaked songs as Rich Homie Quan is stepping away. Speaking with The Durtty Boyz of Atlanta’s Hot 107.9, RHQ announced he’s putting the Rich Gang work to the side to focus on his brand and upcoming mixtape/EP.

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Big Sean’s been on a hectic promo run in support of his new album Dark Sky Paradise this week, but he managed to squeeze in a chat with the legendary Larry King while he was here in NYC. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper spoke on his relationship with Ariana Grande (Larry coming straight out with the marriage question LOL), what it’s like to work with Kanye West, and how he remains grounded. Also, during a round of quick fire questions, Sean Don said he’s the most underrated rapper in the game right now. Agree?

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As previously reported, MTV has partnered with Genius to dive deep into their VHS vaults and unearth a collection of unreleased interviews with late ’90s rap stars. Last month we were blessed with a brilliant conversation with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and today Cam’ron’s first ever solo interview with MTV has been released. Filmed on what looks like the 125th Street subway platform, a fresh-faced Killa talks about rapping for Biggie, signing to Lance “Un” Rivera’s Untertainment Records, his relationship with Ma$e, putting his mother on his album and much more.

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After getting “Jiggy Wit It” on Letterman, Big Willie Style appeared on the The Ellen Degeneres Show yesterday with another rap itch. He had the whole crowd on their feet to sing a long with the pop culture’s most recognized rap song.

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“I write all my music,” Jhene Aiko tells a genuinely impressed Snoop Dogg on the latest episode of his GGN show. The pint sized singer brought a new vibe and aura to the Doggfather’s usually explicit video-podcast. As a true fan, Snoop says it was actually his daughter and wife who put him on to Jhene’s music. Together, the kindred spirits shared some conversation about their Cali roots, staying true to their artistry and more.

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