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Gucci Mane’s Homecoming Concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta opened with his long-time producer Zaytoven, in red suede, at a white grand piano…tickling the ivories like some kind of Trap Bobby Short while Gucci rapped for the first time in years to sold-out stands filled with his most devoted.

The light melodies and the heavy rhymes were a perfect mismatch…and a reflection of Zay himself.
While in New York City to promote his new book for aspiring producers, “From A To Zay,” the 36-year-old piano-playing, church-going, family man who, according to Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin’, is the “godfather” of the trap sound, joined me on my new TuneIn streaming radio show to talk about what it’s like to be the most sober man in the room…

How he ended one of Gucci Mane’s saddest beefs with the man who started it all with him
What he has planned with his ‘Beast Mode’ partner, Future…
The difference between him and some of Atlanta’s other production stars…and more.
Zaytoven also gave me one of the most illuminating explanations of why trap music is teflon from rap elite criticism. It was a really interesting conversation and I hope you guys enjoy it.

We’re playing highlights from the Zaytoven x Miss Info interview starting at 1pm EST on my streaming show on TuneIn’s new Hip Hop Beat station…click here to listen.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian land their third couples cover by fronting the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, shot by the legendary Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld (spoiler: it’s less raunchy than their L’Officiel Hommes spread, but more intimate than their Vogue one). In a wide-ranging interview with Laura Brown, Mr. and Mrs. West talk about everything from their favorite music and TV show to their public perception and biggest insecurities…oh, and nude selfies. It’s all quick fire questions and ADHD answers, but it’s still a pretty fascinating look into the life and times of KimYe.

Check out a few of the best quotes below, and click here to read the full interview. The issue hits newsstands on August 16.

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Gucci Mane has been home for almost two months now, and he’s hit the ground running with a stockpile of new songs, videos and features — not to mention a new album that’s locked and loaded for this Friday. Now, in his first interview since being released from prison, Guwop sits down with The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica and reflects on his last three years spent behind bars.

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Rich Homie Quan is sorry. The Atlanta rapper made headlines after VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors” on Monday night (Jul. 12). RHQ joined Lil’ Kim to perform The Notorious B.I.G.’s verse off Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s “Get Money.” The moment on stage quickly turned bad as Rich Homie Quan got a lyric wrong, rapping “play Nintendo with Cease and Alamo” instead of “Cease and Nino.” He had trouble finishing the verse as Lil’ Kim quickly stepped in to carry the song. Soon after, the hiccup turned into a frenzy on social media as heavy backlash and memes were directed to RHQ.

A day after the incident, Rich Homie Quan took to Instagram to issue an apology.

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Joe Budden is showing no signs of slowing down. Five days after releasing the diss track “Making A Murderer Pt. 1″ aimed at Drake, the Slaughterhouse MC is back with another one filled with lyrical blows. Produced by araabMUZIK, “Wake” finds Jumpoff Joe calling out the Toronto hitmaker being a culture vulture, issues with The Weeknd, and more.

Gucci wasn’t home two seconds before you rode his d**k,” raps Joe. “Bodied Versace flows, copy, that he stole/ Ay dios mio, sorry Migos, adios amigo.” He later raps, “Was that your plot all along? Why you ain’t do that vid with Fetty but you hopped on the song? No really, we want a Party album/ But you keep stealing all of Party’s album, to go and put it on your party album.”

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Iggy Azalea has nothing to hide. The “Fancy” rapper took to Twitter early Thursday morning (Jun. 30), revealing the cause of her break-up with NBA player and fiancé Nick Young. “I broke up with Nick because I found out he had brought other women into our home while I was away and caught them on the security footage,” said the Australian native on Twitter.

I have never even been told by nick that his baby mother is pregnant so if this is true I’m finding out via E news,” Iggy also said, referring to a report by E! News that Young got his ex-girlfriend Keonna Green four months pregnant with their now second child.

Together since 2011, the couple officially called it quits earlier this month, with Young’s infidelity being questioned after he was caught in a cheating scandal after video surfaced of the 31-year-old speaking about an encounter with another woman.

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adidas and Kanye West are taking their business relationship to a new level, extending their partnership to a new long-term deal. Announced on Wednesday morning (Jun. 29), the sportswear company and Chicago designer/rapper have launched “adidas + KANYE WEST,” a new division with a team of designers and product managers creating footwear, apparel and accessories for all genders across street and sport under the YEEZY brand.

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Future shakes his dreads on the new issue of Rolling Stone. The Freebandz rapper graces the cover, opening up to Brian Hiatt on the highs and lows of his rise to rap stardom. The cover story gives a timeline of Future growing up, being groomed in the Dungeon Family, drug use, returning to the street music that made him successful after the failure of his sophomore album Honest, and more.

The 32-year-old briefly touches on comparisons to “Panda” rapper Desiigner, the messy break-up with Ciara, Russell Wilson being around their son Future Jr., and being hesistant falling in love again for the fear of it affecting his music.

Mike WiLL Made-It and DJ Esco also provide additional quotes in the cover story, that can be read below.

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Fellas, Iggy Azalea is back on the market. The “Fancy” rapper has called it quits, ending her relationship with Los Angeles Lakers player Nick Young. “Unfortunately, although I love Nick and I have tried and tried to rebuild my trust in him—It’s become apparent in the last few weeks I am unable to,” said the Australian native in a post on Instagram. “I genuinely wish Nick the best.”

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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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