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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.

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Nelly was arrested early Saturday morning (Oct. 7) on an alleged rape charge. The reported incident took place around 3:45 am EST on the rapper’s tour bus in Auburn, Washington. The St. Louis native was currently in the middle of his tour with Country duo Florida Georgia Line.

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What has sadly become the norm every day, President Donald Trump has made headlines for his comments. During a recent press rally, Trump called for any NFL player who kneels during the U.S. National Anthem to be fired. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners,” said Trump. “When somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**ch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’.” Days after those controversial remarks were made, J. Cole is standing strong and revealing why he’s boycotting the NFL.

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Just one day ago, Jhené Aiko dropped the short-film Trip. The 23-minute visual is a emotional journey starring Aiko who plays Penny. Based on a true story, Penny finds romance shortly after her brother passed away. Struggling with her brother’s death, Penny turns to drugs and eventually pushes her romantic partner away. On Thursday (Sept. 21), Aiko uploaded an audio piece on her SoundCloud, speaking on the short-film’s story which draws from her own life. The R&B singer also reveals the film is only a part of her “MAP Mission,” that also includes her new solo album (MAP) and a poetry book (2fish).

Through out these travels I’ve been keeping a record of my dreams, feelings and experiences in notebooks. I turned these notebooks into a MAP: a Movie (TRIP – a short film) , an Album (TRIP) and a Poetry book (2fish),” says Aiko.

Read and listen to Aiko’s message below.

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No I.D. served as executive producer on JAY-Z’s new album 4:44. Crafting all 10 songs on the project, the veteran producer who previously worked with JAY-Z on “Blueprint 2,” “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune),” “Run This Town” and more, sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss creating the deep and personal album. The 46-year-old opens up on how the idea of 4:44 first came together, guiding JAY-Z to open up on songs like the title-track, the album being very sample-heavy, and releasing three bonus songs that didn’t make the final cut including one with James Blake.

How did you first start working on 4:44?
“Maybe a year ago I saw Jay-Z at a restaurant. He goes, “You got any music for me?” And I go, “Nope.” He goes, “What are you working on?” I said, “Getting better.”

The thing that made me want to get better was I heard a quote by Quincy Jones where they asked him, “What do you think about music nowadays?” He said, “four-bar loops.” It really affected me. I said, “Wait a minute, that’s not what I want to be a part of.” So I went and did some studying with the intention of growing.”

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Jay Z was set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City on Thursday night (Jun. 15). The Roc Nation mogul is making history, becoming the first rapper ever to be inducted, joining follow 2017 nominees Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow, Peter Cetera, Chicago and Max Martin. Sadly, the Brooklyn MC was not able to make the ceremony due to his wife Beyoncé expecting to give birth to twins at any moment. In a classic moment, Hov took to Twitter to thank a list of fellow rappers that have inspired him over two decades in music.

Legends like The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Mobb Deep, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Grandmaster Caz were mentioned, along with current stars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Rick Ross, and Kid Cudi were named dropped. Jay even shined the light on the young generation, shouting out artists like Chance the Rapper, Travi$ Scott, Quavo of the Migos, Playboi Carti and Detroit up-and-comer Tee Grizzley.

Ending his rare interaction on social media, Jay Z tweeted a video of former U.S. President Barack Obama, who inducted the icon into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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ILOVEMAKONNEN made news earlier this year, opening up about his sexuality and coming out as gay. A month later, the subject was brought up to the Migos during an interview with Rolling Stone, where the Atlanta group who previously worked with ILOVEMAKONNEN responded with some puzzling comments. After much backlash on social media, the group released a statement.

Migos frontman Quavo later tried to clear up his comments in an interview with Billboard, but again left readers questioning his thoughts. Makonnen now gives FADER his first interview since coming out in January.

In the piece, the Atlanta-based artist (who now moved to Portland) speaks on his decision to come out, his mother’s phone blowing up after the announcement, moving to Portland, and the Migos’ recent questionable remarks. The 27-year-old also opens up for the first-time on signing to OVO when his hit-song “Tuesday” blew up, getting no proper support from the label, having no relationship with Drake during his tenure there, parting ways with the label and a confrontation with Drake at a VMAs afterparty.

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Rick Ross’ new album Rather You Than Me released at midnight, and one track listeners immediately gravitated to was the song “Idols Become Rivals.” On the song, the MMG rapper takes aim at Birdman over the Cash Money CEO’s history shady dealings and recent lawsuits filed against him by Lil’ Wayne.

I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne/ His entire life, he gave you what there was to gain / I watched this whole debacle, so I’m part to blame/ Last request, can all producers please get paid?,” raps Ross on the scathing record. Less than 24 hours after the song’s release, Birdman has decided to respond.

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Remy Ma had social media and the internet in a frenzy over the weekend with her song “ShETHER,” a lethal 7-minute diss track aimed at Nicki Minaj. To this point, the Young Money Queen has only chosen to respond with various Instagram posts following the release of “ShETHER,” Following its release, as music lovers are hoping for some form of response on record.

Lil’ Kim, who has a long-storied history of issues with Nicki Minaj, caught up with Billboard where she discussed Remy vs. Nicki, motherhood, her 24/7 Star fashion line, being independent and her new album which she expects to arrive later this year. “We all know the situation that’s going on with Remy and ol’ girl. That’s their situation and I have nothing to do with that,” said the Queen Bee on the subject. She later confirmed that there’s no “Ladies Night” remix song with Remy Ma and Cardi B, which sites began speculating following a Winter Wonderland concert in Pennsylvania where Kim, Carbi B and Remy Ma performed at together.

But the situation with Remy, for them to say that we were coming together to do a diss track? First of all, after hearing “ShETHER,” that shit is so hard, Remy don’t need no damn help! Why would I need to come together for that? I mean, I’m into the music and I’m speaking musically wise — the song is just hard, period.” Check out the full interview below.

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Chance the Rapper is everywhere. The now three-time Grammy Award winner announced his spring 2017 North American tour on Tuesday (Feb. 14), and now a day later graces the cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s Entertainment issue with Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler. Sitting down with Justin Tinsley of The Undefeated, the two entertainers discuss first meeting each other via Lil’ Wayne at Chance’s Magnificent Coloring Day festival, various social issues in the city of Chicago, using their power in a positive way to speak out on those issues, and Donald Trump’s idiotic tweet on how to stop gun violence in the Windy City.

How daunting is it knowing the perceptions that come with being young and black and male in Chicago?

CHANCE:It’s heavy, you know what I’m sayin’? Like, I’m at the age where most of my friends have kids, and I’ve seen a lot of crazy s— happen, just in a Chicago fashion. To be a Chicago mainstay for a lot of people, you wanna give people familiarity, but you also want to give them something to look up to. So it is a hard balance.”

BUTLER:It comes with the good and the bad. But with that being said, I think there’s a lot more good that happens than bad. They look up to us. We give a lot of people hope. And I think that’s all you can ask for. That’s all you can want to do.”

Read the full feature here and watch video highlights below.

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