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It’s all about family for Harper’s Bazaar’s icons issue. Called ICONS: The First Families of Music, the issue stars many icons in music alongside their children. Kanye West covers the magazine, posing with his kids North West and Saint West. “I hope my children never lose their confidence to society,” is Kanye’s message to go along with the feel-good photos with his kids. Erykah Badu and her daughters, Lionel Richie and his child Nicole Richie, Bruce Springsteen and his daughter Jessica, and Christina Aguilera with her two kids also appear in the fall issue.

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Kendrick Lamar covers the latest issue of Vanity Fair. In a wide-ranging interview with veteran writer Lisa Robinson, Kung-Fu Kenny discusses everything from growing up in Compton and falling in love with poetry and rap music, to the Kanye West controversy and his groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize victory, to his obsession with discipline and his relentless desire to connect with people through his words.

This isn’t a made-for-headlines interview full of juicy quotes, but rather a personal and profound conversation that’s definitely worth your time. Click here to read the full story.

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FADER magazine taps Rico Nasty for its latest cover star. The reveal is bundled with the announcement about her inking a fitting deal with Atlantic Records as well headlining her first U.S. tour. No subject was off limits during her intimate conversation with Tasbeeh Herwees, which took place at Disney World as she divulged information on everything from tragedy to triumph.

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After a 3 year musical hiatus, A$AP Rocky is finally gearing up to release his highly anticipated ‘Testing’ album. In conjunction with the LP, the Harlem rap staple covers Complex’s Summer 2018 issue. The cover story interview finds him detailing what its like to work with Kanye West, Nigo’s influence on Hip-Hop culture and of course the new project.

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Janet Jackson is the latest Billboard cover star. The 2018 BBMA’s Icon Award recipient discusses everything from upcoming music to early challenges in the music industry to the joys of motherhood in the during the intimate interview with the staple publication. She also reveals the importance of executing her artistic vision for the classic album ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ and how records like Stevie Wonder’s “Songs In The Key of Life” were an inspiration.

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The Weeknd graces the cover of TIME’s “Next Generation Leaders” issue. The cover story, done by Kara Brown, touches on the XO crooner’s rise to superstar status, headlining Coachella 2018, and the release of his The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy, EP. Serving as his first interview since 2016, the Toronto singer touches on his music resonating with millennials, relationships, and scrapping an album prior to putting on his chart-topping EP.

“Prior to Melancholy, I had a whole album written, done,” Tesfaye says. “Which wasn’t melancholy at all because it was a different time in my life.” I ask if that album, presumably recorded while he was still with Gomez, was more upbeat. “Yeah,” he says. “It was very upbeat—it was beautiful.” But he scrapped the project because he’s moved past that part of his life. “I don’t want to perform something that I don’t feel,” he says. Will we ever hear it? “Never,” he insists.

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Rihanna brings beauty, elegance and candor to the cover of Vogue‘s June 2018 issue. In Chioma Nnadi’s revealing cover story, which follows Rih Rih on a typically busy day in Paris, Ms. Fenty opens up about her current love life (she’s taken), her relationship with Drake (“We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either”) and the mindless chatter surrounding her weight gain last year (“I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”) The biggest scoop from the story, however, is that Rihanna is working on a new album — a reggae album.

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Last week, Time Inc. confirmed NME’s free weekly print magazine will cease publication and this is the final edition. The news powerhouse’s UK group managing director of Music, Paul Cheal revealed the NME is one of the most iconic brands in British media and their move to free print has helped to propel the brand to its biggest ever audience on the digital side of things.

The free weekly first hit the stands back in 2015 and featured Rihanna on the cover.

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Complex dedicates their first digital cover of 2018 to one of the hottest labels in hip-hop right now, Quality Control. The homie Jinx sits down with Migos, Lil Yachty and the label’s founders, Coach K and Pee, roundtable style to chart QC’s growth from trap-focused boutique label to an independent and, more importantly, black-owned business that’s shaping the culture (excuse the pun) right now.

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Eminem and Paul Rosenberg grace the cover of Billboard‘s 2018 Power 100 Issue. With Em recently releasing his eighth consecutive No. 1 album Revival, and his long-time manager Rosenberg taking over the reigns at Def Jam, there’s no disputing the pair’s place on the cover.

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