Interviews


Ahead of the release of his new album LoVE mE NOw? (which you can stream here), Tory Lanez linked with Genius’ Head of Relations Rob Markman to chop it up and battle it out on Xbox. The two met at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to play a fierce game of NBA 2K19 on the big-screen, and then got into the discussion.

Tory spoke on the importance and purpose of the LP, his relationship with Bryson Tiller, and even teased a possible collaboration with fellow Canadian star, Drake. Check out the full interview and 1-on-1 below.

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Kid Cudi sits down with GQ to break down a few of his most iconic songs (or by “songs” they really mean “Kanye collaborations”). Cudder talks about the making of “Reborn,” “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1,” “All of the Lights” and “Cudi Montage,” which was not only inspired by Kurt Cobain but received the sample-clearing approval of Courtney Love and Frances Cobain.

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Its been almost ten years since Amerie dropped her last studio LP, 2009’s In Love & War. Since then the R&B singer has released music very sparingly, focusing her time on writing fantasy novels which turned into a success as she became a New York Times best-selling author. The 38-year-old also became a mother this year. Switching back to her original name of Amerie (it previously was changed to Ameriie with an extra “i”), the songstress releases the double album 4AM Mulholland and After 4AM.

A majority of the 13 total songs were recorded during Amerie’s pregnancy, as she tells Billboard in a new interview. “Everything on the album was recorded from when I didn’t know I was pregnant to eight, nine months [along]. “Not a Love Song” and “The Wall” were around then. I was doing little sexy rolls on those tracks. [Laughs] I record, engineer and do my own vocals and rough mixes. It was really creatively freeing.” Hear the double LP below.

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One year after making her television debut on his show, Cardi B returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday (Oct. 17). All smiles and dressed in blue, Cardi appeared on the third episode of Kimmel’s Back To Brooklyn, where she discussed her hectic past 12 months. The Bronx star opened up about her pregnancy, wanting 3-4 kids, motherhood, and wishing to do normal things with her daughter Kulture without the paparazzi being around.

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The Drake vs. Pusha T saga continued recently when the former recently appeared on an episode of HBO’s The Shop. In that discussion with LeBron James, Drake touched on his beef with the Virginia lyricist and detailing his fallout with Kanye West. During that interview, the 6 God also questions Pusha T’s line about Noah “40” Shebib’s battle with MS, and gives his opinion that West was the one who leaked the info about Drake’s son. In response to those claims, Pusha T decided to give his side this week when he appeared on The Joe Budden Podcast.

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Episode two of the LeBron James hosted The Shop aired Friday night (Oct. 12) on HBO. Drake was a guest on the show, an appearance where the 6 God opened up on various subjects like his childhood, growing up in a single-parent home like LeBron, fatherhood, and retirement as an artist. The two main topics the Toronto star went in-depth to speak on was his back-and-forth with Pusha T this past summer, and that leading to his fallout with Kanye West. In the conversation, Drake reveals the questionable moves Kanye made during their sessions recording in Wyoming, like West moving all the G.O.O.D. Music release dates (Kanye West, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Nas, Kanye and Kid Cudi/Kids See Ghosts) from the fall to June around the time Drake was to drop Scorpion.

The Canadian hitmaker would also speak about showing Kanye a photo of his son Adonis, fuel Pusha T used in his “The Story of Adidon” diss track. He also touches on Pusha T going too far on that record with the line aimed at Drake’s producer Noah “40” Shebib, a person living with MS. Drake states that a response to that record was done but instead held back from releasing it due to the fact the song would tap into a dark space.

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The latest chapter in the daily Kanye West saga took place on Thursday (Oct. 11), when the rapper/designer visited the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump. With plenty of media outlets, photographers surrounding a seated Kanye and Trump in the oval office, the former went on a rant touching on various issues. West opened up prison reform, his love and support of Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick, why he didn’t support Hilary Clinton, black democrats, plans to bring factories and manufacturing infrastructure to Chicago and more. Shortly after the 10-minute conversation aired live, T.I. took to Instagram blasting Kanye for going to the White House and his continued support of President Trump.

Now I’ve been extremely patient and made it a point to not jump to any premature conclusions about Ye and his antics,” said T.I. in a lengthy message. “Partially due to the lessons learned from the outcome of other similar situations dealing wit my brother Wayne (which I admittedly mishandled a bit in hindsight). But now this shit is next level, futuristic Sambo, Hopping Bob, Stephen off Django ass shit Ye!!!! From what I can gather… this is the most repulsive, disgraceful, embarrassing act of desperation and auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen.”

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With his “Big Redemption” tour pulling into Canada, Jay Rock caught up with Nardwuar recently during the Vancouver stop. In their 12-minute conversation, Eastside Johnny speaks on being discovered by Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith while getting a haircut on a porch, important figures in his hometown of Watts, the best local burger spots, and early memories of himself and Kendrick Lamar during their beginning as artists. TDE’s newest signee Reason also makes an appearance. Reason speaks on his memories of Jay Rock before signing to TDE, his early basketball dreams, Fabolous being his first favorite rapper and more. Filled with laughs, plenty of classic vinyl, and off guard moments, watch below.

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Lil’ Wayne’s newly released album Tha Carter V is getting plenty of great reviews and high praise since its release last week. C5 is set to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart next week, projecting to debut with nearly 450k units moved opening week. Continuing the momentum, Weezy F. Baby appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (Oct. 2), where he performed the song “Dedicate” for the first-time.

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Like many of today’s heavyweights, J. Cole is known for rarely doing interviews. The Dreamville CEO recently sat down with Billboard for an extensive one-on-one discussion, catching up with the publication during the Dallas stop of his KOD North American tour. During the conversation, Cole World opens up on wide range of topics including Donal Trump, why he decided not to vote, not seeing himself as a celebrity, and how he keeps up with the important things in popular culture without having a heavy presence on social media.

J. Cole would also touch on media in general, which seems to be dominated by Trump and Kardashian headlines. Cole having a three-hour FaceTime conversation with the late XXXTentation before he passed away,
and the recent abuse allegations against Nas by his former ex-wife Kelis are also topics the MC gives his thoughts on. Read some excerpts and the full interview below.

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