Magazines


nicki-minaj-t-magazine-2017-1

With her long-awaited fourth studio LP on the way, Nicki Minaj stars on the cover of the New York Times‘ T Magazine “Greats” issue. The Young Money Queen is one of eight figures who are masters in their respective fields, that the publication has chosen to shine the light on. In a conversation with writer Roxane Gay, Minaj speaks on her new album, having to prove herself as a lyricist, being free and inspired going into her new album and more.

Styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé, the always fashionable Nicki is seen wearing pieces by Louis Vuitton, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alaïa. Fans can get the issue when it hits newsstands on October 22, meanwhile read some excerpts from the full interview below.

Continue after the jump….

(more…)

1508147744242-350-COVER-Kendrick-Lamar

Kendrick Lamar graces the cover of the latest issue of i-D magazine. In a thoughtful conversation with veteran journalist Touré, K. Dot opens up about the current political landscape, his approach to competition in hip-hop, and his goal to change the world through his music.

Read the full interview here and check out a few highlights below, in which Kendrick talks about meeting Obama and the “mindfuck” of Trump’s election, how Malcolm X influenced his music, and impacting positive change in his hometown of Compton.

Continue reading below…

(more…)

xxl-20th-anniversary-cover-1

A staple in hip-hop media over two decades, XXL commemorate their 20th anniversary this fall with a star-studded collection of covers. The magazine unveils 20 special edition covers for their celebratory issue, starring veteran artists and the new generation of shining stars. Diddy, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Gucci Mane and Snoop Dogg lead the way, while Wiz Khalifa, Future, Migos, Rae Sremmurd and Lil’ Uzi Vert also are given iconic covers shot by famed photographer Travis Shinn.

Run the Jewels, T.I., Cam’ron, Birdman, The LOX, Fabolous, Yo Gotti, Pusha T, Tech N9ne and E-40 round out the final group of artists. The 26 artists featured all have contributed to hip-hop’s culture, each making an impact in music, fashion and business. Starting in October, XXL will release special video interviews and photos of each artist online. Fans can pickup the 20th anniversary special when it hit newsstands nationwide on Oct. 17.

Check out all 20 covers below.

Continue after the jump….

(more…)

kendrick-lamar-top-dawg-qxxl-bb21-2017-feat-billboard-1500

It has been a long time coming for the Top Dawg Entertainment family. What started out as a hoop dream from a group of young, hungry men from L.A. is now one of the strongest forces in hip-hop. For the latest Billboard cover story, Kendrick Lamar and Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith spoke to VIBE’s EIC Datwon Thomas for an intimate conversation about all that they have accomplished so far.

Continue below…

(more…)

rihanna-elle-october-2017-cover

Rihanna is the face of ELLE Magazine’s upcoming October issue. The pop superstar revealed her latest cover, which coincides with the launch of her Fenty Beauty makeup line that drops at midnight. On the first of three covers, RiRi is seen wearing her new cosmetic collection, shining in Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix ‘UNICORN’ shade. Along with posting both alternate covers on her Instagram account, Rihanna uploaded behind-the-scenes video of her shoot for ELLE.

For the upcoming cover story, the 29-year-old is asked questions by fellow celebrities like Tyra Banks, Eminem, A$AP Rocky, April Bloomfield, Zac Posen, Pharrell Williams. “Ten minutes before I lost my virginity…and I’m holding you to that offer. LOL,” says Rihanna in response to magician David Copperfield, who offers and asks the singer where she would like to go if he can make her disappear and reappear anywhere in the world.

Rihanna’s sixth ELLE Magazine issue hits newsstands on September 19.

Continue after the jump….

(more…)

DGycuc8XgAA2aNf

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.

Continue reading below…

(more…)

2017-xxl-freshman-cover

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.

Continue reading below…

(more…)

C_UQHGAUIAAHiqi

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.

Watch below…

(more…)

vince-staples-complex-cover

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.”

Watch the interview below…

(more…)

dj-khaled-asahd-xxl-cover

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.

Continue after the jump….

(more…)

Next Page »