Magazine: Rick Ross Covers Rolling Stone

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This will hit the newsstands August 17th. Rozay speaks about being a C.O. for the first time ever.

For the first time, Ross talks about his past life as a corrections officer – an opportunity, he says, to “wash my hands” after his best friend was sentenced to 10 years for trafficking cocaine and heroin: “This was my best friend, who I ate peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches with, and pork and beans with, my buddy, my partner, my number-one dude. Suddenly I’m talking to him over federal phone calls. Hearing the way it was building, I knew I couldn’t take nothing for granted,” says Ross. “My homey’s father was a huge influence on my life, too . . . He was the one who was like, ‘Yo, go get a job somewhere, man. Go be a fireman. Or go be a fucking corrections officer. Just go sit down somewhere.”

Read more excerpts here.

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Magazine: MMG Covers August/September Issue Of VIBE

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This is the 2nd cover Meek Mill has grabbed from a major magazine for Aug/Sept. It’s good to see him being promoted like the front runner of MMG because he is right now. Read the cover story here.


Magazine: Rita Ora Covers Complex

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My side chick Miss Rita Ora covers the alternate version of Complex’s August/September issue. Read the cover story here and watch the BTS footage below.

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Magazine: G.O.O.D. Music Covers Complex

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Let’s take a brief moment of silence for the career of CyHi The Prynce. He was one of the first on the label now he’s barely someone on the label. Cruel Summer has been pushed back to September. Read the full article here and watch the behind the scenes footage below.

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Video: Kanye West & Anja Rubik Collab For 25 Magazine

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Heads up… this is NSFW. I really don’t understand this at all.

For the launch of Anja Rubik’s new magazine, 25, photographer and director Barnaby Roper teamed up with Kanye West to make a video dedicated to the issue’s theme of eroticism. Rubik knew West from bumping into him at various fashion events over the years, and they became close friends when he started working on his clothing line (she’s since opened both of his runway shows, and he rapped about her in “Way Too Cold”). “He’s like a machine, not only with music but also with fashion and videos,” Rubik told us earlier this week. “He’s a workaholic, and always talking about all these crazy thoughts and images running through his head.”

When Rubik was putting together the first issue of 25, she and West discussed how she wanted the magazine to approach sex. “It’s funny. We talked about porn looks these days, and he agreed with me that there’s no porn out there that is beautiful aesthetically and integrates fashion to make a beautiful image,” she explained. “We were on the same page about a lot of things.” He agreed to work with Roper in a video that explores some of the sensual imagery from the magazine. “I thought it would be really interesting to make it seem like we were entering Kanye’s head,” Rubik said. “It’s not pornographic, but it’s very sensual.”

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Magazine: Birdman & Slim Cover Billboard

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Read the cover story here. I don’t know why, but when I seen this cover I thought of Hov’s verse on “Grammy Family” when he said, “I got the Forbes on my living room floor and I’m still talking to the poor, nigga I want more. TIME’s most influential, was impressive specially since I wasn’t in the artist section. Had me with the builders and the titans. Had me right with Rupert Murdoch. Billionaire boys and some dudes you never heard of. Word up on Madison Ave is I’m a cash cow. Word down on Wall Street, homie, you get the cash out.”

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Magazine: Rick Ross Covers XXL’s July/August Issue

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I like the concept of the cover. Over the past few years, Ross has definitely had the golden touch but it’s slowly fading. I don’t think Self Made 2 is strong enough either, but what do I know? I’m just a blogger that predicted the Heat would win in 5.

Rick Ross, the man with the golden touch is featured on the July/August 2012 issue of XXL magazine with a revealing interview by XXL Executive Editor Jayson Rodriguez.

In the story, Rozay speaks about his new album God Forgives, I Don’t (in stores July 31), his health scares, being a label head and a solo artist while managing relationships with Def Jam and Warner Bros. Records, and cementing his status as rap super star.

Also in this month’s issue 2 Chainz writes his own story and XXL catches up with a new rap collective gaining heat, Los Angeles’ Black Hippy, which includes members Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul.

The mag also offers a dope story on underground stalwart Jean Grae, and celebrates several anniversaries with special tribute pieces. Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid In Full turns 25, Wu-Tang Forever is 15 and Scarface enjoys a five, 10 and 15-year anniversary of some of his most seminal solo album work.

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Magazine: Nas Covers Complex’s June/July 2012 Issue

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Nas covers Complex for the first time with a Do The Right Thing inspired shot. Below is a video of how it all came together and you can read the full cover story over at Complex.

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Magazine: Waka Flacka Flame Covers XXL’s June Issue

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I never thought I would ever see Waka grace the cover of XXL, but I never thought that Tity Boi would be one of the most sought out after rappers in the game either. XXL’s preview below.

He’s only been around three years and already everyone from the gangstas to hipsters love Waka Flocka Flame. The riotous rapper and architect of hits like “O Let’s Do It,” “Hard in da Paint” and “No Hands,” graces the cover of XXL’s June issue with a special revealing interview by XXL Digital Content Director Carl Chery. In the story Waka speaks on his fast rise to celebrity status, rumored controversy with fellow Brick Squad leader Gucci Mane, what it was like to live with Nicki Minaj, running a label, bringing gangsta back to hip-hop, his new album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family and the December 2011 murder of Waka’s good friend Slim Dunkin.

Here are some quotes from Waka’s interview:

-“I don’t feel like a celebrity, or this quote-unquote star everybody talk about. I guess Waka Flocka like a job, honestly. I’m at my job right now, so I gotta do it to my fullest.

-“I got a whole label, man. We fire. We the new Wu-Tang, Roc-A-Fella. We what these labels are trying to create right now. We the new Cash Money. Squad! Flockaveli was the return of gangsta. I brought gangsta back, man.”


-“I’m a hipster in my own sense. My little brother’s a hipster a little. Like, he’s a real fuckin’ hipster. Like, a rock-star hipster, so I fuck with ’em. U grew up fuckin’ with ’em. So it don’t matter. I’m with that. I smoke harder than them no mater what. I’m a “Flockster.”


-“Dunk died, I couldn’t do shit four months, almost five moths straight. I couldn’t stay down long forever, cause bills gotta be paid, mouths to be fed. But that shit took a toll on us, man. Like right now, from December to fuckin’ April…That’s how long it took me to bounce back my nigga. That shit crazy.”


Also in the issue XXL catches up with Slaughterhouse, Big K.R.I.T. Nas, and Killer Mike & El-P to talk about their new albums. Ice-T discusses his documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, and XXL explores the social conscience or possible lack of it in today’s hip-hop lyrics. Plus much more.

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Magazine: Drake Covers GQ’s Style Bible

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Out of all rappers, Drakes style is the wor… nvm. Full article below.

The backyard of Drake’s mansion is indistinguishable from the set of one of those late-night Lifetime soft-core romance flicks. Waterfalls gush all around, surging over enormous boulders. Bronze animals—lions, elephants, giraffes!—checker the lawn, glimmering in the last light of the San Fernando Valley sun. A giant fire, fit for a king from Middle-earth, burns in an outdoor fireplace, and a flat-screen TV plays Sixteen Candles.

In the foreground of this lady-fantasy tableau sits Drake, who has the six-one body of a well-built man but the dodgy eye contact of a teenager. (At first, anyway.) He awaits me on a couch with more chintz pillows than I can count, wearing baggy jeans and Jordans, his simple gray T-shirt accentuated by two long diamond-rope necklaces, lest I forget that he is 25 sittin’ on 25 mil. At the ready are a bottle of chilled white wine and a pitcher of ice, for tonight we shall drink wine spritzers, his favorite beverage and also mine.

“If you went down the waterslide,” he says, taking my hand, helping me over the stones that cross his blue lagoon, pointing to a chute running down a steep two-story cliff above the pool, which, by the way, is filled with statues of nude women, “how amazing would that be for your article?”

Dreams have come true for Drake, and tonight he looks to be in a sharing mood. He’s going to ignore my pen and my tape recorder and my list of questions and open up his soft, emotive heart as if we were on the most amazing first date ever.

Less than four years ago, he was just Aubrey Drake Graham, a high school dropout and former child actor writing rhymes in the basement of his mom’s house in Toronto, stopping only to trip out on text messages from girls or find out where that night’s party might be. Drake’s parents split up when he was 5, and he lived in a bifurcated world, between everyday life with his mom—affluent, white, and Jewish Canadian—and the special visits and occasional summers with his father, who’s black, from Memphis, and a bit of a ne’erdo-well. When I ask him about his dad, his voice tightens, and he looks away. “Me and my dad are friends. We’re cool. I’ll never be disappointed again, because I don’t expect anything anymore from him. I just let him exist, and that’s how we get along. We laugh. We have drinks together. But I spent too many nights looking by the window, seeing if the car was going to pull up. And the car never came.”

Still, he identifies with his father and his ability to hustle, to get what he wants while having a good time. “I’ve never been reckless—it’s always calculated,” Drake says. “I’m mischievous, but I’m calculated.” So as a 15-year-old, with a successful acting career in motion, he quietly plotted his second act: hip-hop superstar. He borrowed money from his uncle and recorded Room for Improvement, his first mixtape, full of bass and braggadocio. And just like that, Lil Wayne was on the phone, calling to say he liked what he heard. Twelve number one singles, a few mixtapes, and a pair of studio albums later, it’s hard to listen to the radio and not hear Drake’s voice, telling you he’s too strung out on compliments, overdosed on confidence.

Staring into the fire, he tells me he’s part of a new generation of rappers, one that is less defined by aggression and street credibility. “Rap now is just being young and fly and having your shit together,” he says. “The mood of rap has changed.” So has the way you get huge as a rapper. Drake launched his career via a blog and Myspace; now he’s one of the biggest artists in the world. He’s keenly aware of the power—and the panoptic demands—of the social networks that made him. “Some of my favorite rappers, some of my heroes”—DJ Screw, Aaliyah—”there might be like 200 pictures of them because there was no Internet,” he says. “Whereas with us, it’s like every moment is documented.”

While he’s quick to say, “I’m actually really happy,” the fame dome has its challenges, and much of the music on his latest album, Take Care, reveals a conflicted soul. “I’m trying to find the same feelings that I had for women when I had very little going on, which is tough,” he says. “When I was in my mom’s house, I had nowhere to go, no real obligations. My girlfriend at the time, if she was mad at me, my day was all fucked-up. I didn’t have anything else. And that made for some of the best music, I think, to date. Records where I felt small. That feeling is hard to capture when you’re sitting out here in a space like this.” He gestures to the pool, the tennis court, the volleyball court, the stables. “It’s really difficult for me to find something that makes me feel small.”

Spritzer in hand, he spreads himself out on the couch and acknowledges that, yes, he had a spell there when he was fucking tons of girls…but that just wasn’t right for him: “There’s just a time where it was like, just getting pussy. Where I was in that sort of ‘I’m young, I’m going to disconnect from my emotions and just do what everyone else tells me I should do and just be a rapper and have my fun.’ And for me as a person, it just doesn’t work. I just need something else. The seconds after a man reaches climax, that’s like the realest moment of your life. If I don’t want you next to me in that fifteen, twenty seconds, then there’s something wrong.”

The fire starts to die out, Sixteen Candles comes to an end, and I ask if I can see his closet—after all, he designed his own $5,000 arctic-fox-fur, gold-hardware bomber jacket. We wander into the house, a woody manor. Drake enters some numbers into a keypad on a bookshelf and—presto!— it swings open into his massive, paisley-swathed sleeping chamber, complete with a California king bed, for which he must purchase custom sheets.

When I ask about the strange square above the bed, he grabs a remote, and a projection system emerges from the ceiling. Neato, I say.

“Would I have you already?” he asks. “Are you sleeping with me?”

Time to go!

It’s a hypothetical question (I think), but Drake, being Drake, still wants an answer: “We had wine and dinner by the pool, I brought you inside, I brought the projector down; are you or are you not sleeping with me?”


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Magazine: XXL’s 2012 Freshmen Class

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The cover features Machine Gun Kelly, Danny Brown, Kid Ink, Future, Roscoe Dash, Hopsin, Macklemore, Don Trip, Iggy Azalea and French Montana. This list stirs up a debate every year. I personally, only agree with a few of them so I’ll compile my own sometime this week.

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Magazine: Kendrick Lamar & Danny Brown Cover Fader

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Kendrick Lamar & Danny Brown get the cover treatment for Fader’s 78th issue. Check out the cover stories here and here.

Magazine: Nicki Minaj Covers VIBE

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Nicki Minaj aka Too Many Nicknames To Name covers the February/March issue of VIBE. Below is an excerpt from the article. It will land on the stand next week.

You were heavy on the fashion scene last year around Fashion Week with Anna Wintour. Do you feel like you’ve been accepted by the fashion world?
Yeah, I realized more recently that even if it’s for a fashion magazine, I’m not gonna change who I am. When I was doing photo shoots last year, I kept on being told, “This is what we want your hair to look like and this is what we want you to look like,” and it really, really stifled my creativity. So the other day I was talking to a photographer, and he said, “You know what, I like your everyday looks so much better than when you do photo shoots for magazines.” And I was like, “So do I, you’re absolutely right.” I’d been getting more and more frustrated for a while.

But I’ve made up my mind that when you see a Nicki Minaj magazine cover from now on, it’s really going to reflect me and it’s going to be something that I creatively had a hand in, because I don’t have to do it anymore. I don’t have to do things just to please people. It’s okay to do what I love because what I love, my fans love. And they’re really the only ones that should matter. The fashion world will have to come to Nicki Minaj, as opposed to Nicki Minaj trying to go to the fashion world.

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Magazine: Nicki Minaj Covers Paper’s Spring Issue

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Young Money’s queen and her wigs cover the spring issue of Paper magazine. The interview is below.

Since the beginning of her odyssey, La Minaj has labored tirelessly to exceed the expectations of we fans, and wee fans like me. So, fuck it! Why shouldn’t she chill in pink thongs on her day off?

SD: This year, fame came at you like a freight train. How are you handling your world domination? Are you sleeping at night?

NM: Ugh! I have been working sooo much. Success came and now that somany eyes are on me, I feel I have to deliver. And it’s a business. No joke. I guess I am stressing more than I
should be, and I think I am becoming more guarded.

SD: I saw you sitting front row next to Anna Wintour at Fashion Week. Genius! Such a fabulous couple. What was going through your thoughts?

NM: Yes! I was screaming out loud inside my head. Me sitting next to the Queen of Vogue! It was such a strange experience. I felt like I was dreaming. And I thought she would be snobby
or something. But she was so incredibly sweet to me.

Not such a surprise here. Anna has always supported eccentrics. Alexander, John, Karl, Isabella, Daphne, Gaga bonjour!

SD: Who are your biggest style icons?

NM: Grace Jones definitely. So amazing. And Cyndi Lauper, I loved her right from when I was a little girl. And Janet Jackson of course. And Boy George. I always loved the way he dressed, and his music too.

SD: What is the freakiest song on youriPod right now?

NM: It’s gotta be my song with Big Sean. It’s called “Dance (A$$).’

SD: Speaking of which, are you following the presidential race? Do you know what a Santorum is?

NM: What is a what?

I explain Dan Savage’s now legendary piece of porno-political sabotage whereby he created one of those new Internet sexual definitions — you know, like a “Dirty Sanchez” — and dubbed it “Santorum.” Every time anyone Googles the name “Santorum” up comes the Savage definition: The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex. I figured the author of “Stupid Hoe” could handle it, and I was correct.

NM: Well, you learn something new every day.

SD: Do you have time to watch trash TV?

NM: Of course! I love Mob Wives.

SD: Me too!

NM: I love Big Ang — what is that? And I love the way those girls talk to each other: “Don’t YOU be coming at ME!!!” I love every freakin’ moment. And I watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Beverly Hills. Taylor and Adrienne and the girls.

SD: When you are relaxing at home do you ever kick it old school with Ella or Della or Etta or Eartha?

Etta James is on my mind because the great bewigged blues chanteuse died the day of our interview.

NM: When I go old school it’s more about Diana Ross and Deniece Williams and Whitney. Her first album is one of my all-time favorites.

SD: You are the queen of creative collaboration. Who’s next? Metallica?

NM: Oh my God!!! Well I have to say, for me, genre does not play into it. And I am lucky because I get so many amazing requests. I just had that big one with Madonna. I collaborate when I feel it’s right.

SD: Tell me about your new album. What is the vibe?

NM: The album is like a collage of all my emotions. I am not sticking to any particular style. I am doing what I feel without restrictions. So it’s very free and very me.

SD: Good luck with it darling! I know it will be huge! And, on behalf of all the stupid hoes of the world, I want to thank you for giving us a voice.

NM: You are so very welcome!

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