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Two years after earning his first (and instantly iconic) cover, Kendrick Lamar graces the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Speaking with Brian Hiatt during his DAMN. tour, K. Dot delves into a wide range of topics including Drake, Donald Trump and his definition of a wack artist. The Compton rapper also puts the ghostwriting debate to bed once and for all: “I cannot call myself the best rapper if I have a ghostwriter. If you’re saying you’re a different type of artist and you don’t really care about the art form of being the best rapper, then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won’t be there.” The King has spoken.

Check out more excerpts from Kendrick’s interview below and click here to read the full cover story.

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The wait for XXL‘s 2017 Freshman class is finally over. Marking the magazine’s 10th Freshman issue, this year’s cover is graced by rap rookies from all corners of the country, including Atlanta’s Playboi Carti, Madeintyo and Kap G, Florida’s XXXTentacion, The Bronx’s A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Oakland’s Kamaiyah, Philly’s PnB Rock, Houston’s Ugly God, Portland’s Amine and Ventura’s KYLE.

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Fresh off the release of Everybody — an album masterminded by one and narrated by the other — Logic and Neil deGrasse Tyson cover the latest issue of Complex. In the 80’s-themed video below, Logic and Neil sit down for an expectedly intriguing conversation about art and science, success and ambition, and genealogy and ethnicity.

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Vince Staples covers the latest issue of Complex magazine. Sitting down with OG journalist Touré, the 23-year-old rapper gives his most personal interview to date as he discusses the role of his parents and grandfather in his life, how he’d raise his future kids and buying his mom a house.

On to more musical topics, Vince also talks about his creative process, why rap beef is corny and his upcoming album Big Fish Theory, which he says is about “being larger than life in a smaller world, how rappers are perceived and how they perceive themselves.”

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DJ Khaled is everywhere. With his new album Grateful set to arrive this summer, the CEO/mogul/DJ covers XXL‘s upcoming spring issue. Khaled isn’t alone, as five-month-old son Asahd also stars on the cover. Just like his father, Asahd has created a major following on social media, currently at nearly 500,000 followers on Instagram. The new born alsos serve as executive producer on DJ Khaled’s upcoming studio LP.

In his interview, the We the Best CEO speaks on fatherhood, family life, and making his son a part of his day-to-day duties in the music industry. Pick up your copy of the new XXL issue when it hits newsstands nationwide on April 25.

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Four years after gracing his first issue, Chance The Rapper returns to the cover of Complex magazine. In a 30-minute interview with Complex‘s Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever, Chance discusses the birth of his daughter and adapting to fatherhood, his recent Grammy wins, wanting more artists to be independent (“You sign to a label and you get a boss, and that shit’s just fucked up to me. Why should you have a boss?”) and much more.

Though he doesn’t have a concrete project in the works right now, Chance says he’s thinking about selling his upcoming debut album. “I want to make something that’s got a wider scope… something a little bit different than Acid Rap, 10 Day and Coloring Book,” he says.

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Flying Lotus recently got on the phone with Anderson .Paak for Interview magazine. In a gracious interview between two of L.A.’s finest musicians, Paak discussed his creative process, working with Knxwledge as part of NxWorries and being Sa-Ra cofounder Shafiq Husayn’s assistant/chauffeur/weed roller back in the day. Anderson also reflected on his incredible breakout year and looked ahead to the next chapter of his career (which might just include a collaboration with Flying Lotus).

Read the full interview here and check out the best quotes below.

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For the second cover of their 2017 Sex Issue, The FADER taps none other than Mr. Ya Ya himself aka Lil Uzi Vert. Taking place in Hawaii, the magazine’s Felipe Delerme had the opportunity to discuss the rockstars move from Philly to ATL, stereotypes, dating, being a working artist and more.

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Man, this cover is so good. For their final issue of 2016, Complex get down to business with President Push. Speaking with best-selling author Mychal Denzel Smith, Pusha T discusses his fight against mass incarceration, Donald Trump’s victory and Drake’s apparent “Two Birds, One Stone” diss, which he calmly shrugs off. “I would never, ever attribute that [song] to myself,” he says. “My past is cemented. My past happened.”

Check out a few highlights below and click here to read the full interview.

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As an obvious fit, XXL granted Gucci Mane and Young Thug the latest cover of their magazine. Both Wop and Thugger sat down with the squad for video interviews that are set to hit the ‘Net next week. For now, let your eyes gaze on a few flicks of the mentor and protege team after the jump.

Update: XXL has released a video interview with Gucci and excerpts from his cover story.

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