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Complex dedicates their freshly-unveiled June/July cover to hip-hop’s most theatrical talent, Chance The Rapper, and theatre’s most hip-hop dude, Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda. In the interview, moderated by Nadeska Alexis, Chance and Miranda share their experiences as artists, fathers and rap nerds, and also discuss the genius of Kanye West and Obama’s next move.

As far as their respective — and wildly popular — work is concerned, Miranda reveals his plans to bring Hamilton to Chicago and London, while Chance amps up the excitement for his forthcoming mixtape Chance 3, which, despite recently being hospitalized with illness, is still on track to drop tomorrow night (May 12). Check out a few excerpts from the cover story, along with a behind-the-scenes video, below.

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After celebrating her boyfriend Meek Mill’s 29th birthday, Nicki Minaj has been slammed with a lawsuit by her ex-boyfriend Safaree “SB” Samuels. On Tuesday night (May. 11), Minaj took to Twitter to vent, revealing to her 20 million followers the recent drama she is now facing.

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It’s been almost a full 24 since Drake’s long-awaited Views LP was released on iTunes, which is more than enough time for you to unequivocally decide whether the album is either “classic” or “trash” (just kidding). Early on, it’s clear Views is Aubrey Graham’s love letter to Toronto, a multi-seasonal, Take Care-sounding journey of hip-hop supremacy and romantic redemption. There are Rihanna and Future appearances, DMX and Mary J. Blige samples, and just enough corny lines thrown in for good measure (“got so many chains they call me Chaining Tatum”).

So, while we continue to let Views properly sink in before his next “arsenal of songs” inevitably take over the summer of ’16, here’s what the Internet has been saying about Drake’s new album so far.

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The moment has finally arrived as Drake’s long-awaited fourth solo LP VIEWS is available now exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes. The 20-track follow-up to 2013’s Nothing Was The Same includes the singles “One Dance,” “Pop Style,” and the smash-hit “Hotline Bling.” Rihanna, Future, PARTYNEXTDOOR, WizKid, dvsn, Popcaan, and the late Pimp C make guest appearances on the album, as Kanye West, Boi-1da, Noah “40” Shebib, Metro Boomin, Southside, Cardo, and Nineteen85 lead an all-star cast of producers.

Shortly after VIEWS released on iTunes, Drake’s sit down with Zane Lowe recorded this week aired on a special edition of OVO Sound Radio. In the 67-minute interview, the two discussed the making of the album, working with Future on What A Time To Be Alive, Toronto’s music scene, thoughts on The Weeknd’s success, the status of his relationship with Nicki Minaj, Birdman vs. Lil’ Wayne, new artists from Toronto (Tory Lanez) subliminally dissing him, acting plans, family, and much more.

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The news of Prince’s death has shocked the world, as many continue to mourn the fallen icon. Celebrities such as President Obama, Justin Timberlake, Oprah, Lil’ Wayne, R. Kelly, Chaka Khan, Rita Ora, The Weeknd, Questlove and more took to various social media platforms and media outlets to express their condolences over Prince’s passing.

For Frank Ocean, the Grammy Award-winning singer wrote a letter to the legendary vocalist, posting the tribute on Tumblr. In the lengthy letter, Frank reveals “When You Were Mine” off 1980’s Dirty Mind is his favorite Prince song, and touches on how the singer made an impact outside of music, helping him identify with his sexuality.

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The world is mourning as global icon Prince passed away on Thursday at the age of 57. An influential music figure, inspiring generations of artists, Prince’s death is hitting many in the entertainment industry hard, as many have taken to social media to mourn and offer their condolences.

Singer Frank Ocean took to his Tumblr page on Thursday afternoon, writing a beautiful letter to the late singer who serves as a major inspiration to his music. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake, Quincy Jones, Katy Perry, Kelly Rowland, Missy Elliott, The Weeknd, Questlove, The-Dream, Kehlani, and more expressed their shock and thoughts on Twitter and Instagram shortly after TMZ broke the news, which was confirmed by Prince’s publicist shortly after.

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I worked my whole life for this…🔑” -DJ Khaled on his Epic Records partnership.

On the heels of what has been a year of massive mainstream saturation…DJ Khaled called us to give us the good news that he’s brought his We The Best label over to Epic Records and will be releasing his 9th solo album, Major Key, there as well. So as both label head and artist, Khaled will be partnering with Epic’ chief LA Reid, no stranger to cross-pollination of fame himself. It’s a reunion of sorts, since LA Reid gave Khaled his first major distribution deal for We The Best while heading Def Jam in 2008. As Khaled and I discussed in the cover story of SneakerNews Volume Three, We The Best is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary…at the same time as Khaled is reveling in being Snapchat’s 6-million-follower man, and becoming a fixture on everything from Beats1 (We The Best radio show) to Jimmy Kimmel Live. As for the leak about an upcoming collabo featuring Jay-Z and Future? Khaled promises that’s just one of the big treats he has in store.

Read Khaled’s every hyperbolic statement about the new deal…and watch his short “energy” vlog…
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Starring in Barbershop: The Next Cut, which hits theaters nationwide on Apr. 15, Nicki Minaj appeared as guest on Ellen this week. The actress-rapper sat down with the talkshow host, where they discussed various things including Nicki’s “engagement ring,” a gift from boyfriend Meek Mill.

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Kehlani is home, healthy and recovering after being hospitalized for attempting suicide on Monday night. One person, Chris Brown, took to Twitter on Tuesday night (Mar. 29) to voice his opinion over the whole ordeal.

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As part of their new music issue, The New York Times magazine rounded up some of the Internet’s best minds to write about the “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going.” The interactive article includes some great pieces on Kendrick Lamar (Marlon James), Vince Staples (Jace Clayton), Chance The Rapper (Jazmine Hughes), Justin Bieber (Mary H.K. Choi) and Fetty Wap (Jamie Lauren Keiles).

There’s also an in-depth profile penned by Jenna Wortham on Syd Tha Kyd, lead singer of The Internet, that delves into the band’s recent success, Syd’s departure from Odd Future and what her sexuality means in 2016.

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