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The Complex Cover Interviews Chance The Rapper [Video]


The COMPLEX Cover of COMPLEX releases their revealing interview with Chicago’s breakout MC, Chance The Rapper. The 23 year old discusses fatherhood, his Grammy win, the music industry and his upcoming third album. Sit down and enjoy getting to know Lil Chano from 79th in this 28-minute interview:


Kevin “Chocolate Droppa” Hart & Metro Boomin Studio Session [Video]


Comedian, Kevin Hart, continues to break into the hip-hop world as Chocolate Droppa as he links with popular producer, Metro Boomin, in the studio. Take a inside look at their comical session:


INTERVIEW: Travi$ Scott x Nardwuar


Travi$ Scott talks with Nardwuar in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Houston rapper talks metal & punk rock, Keith Haring art, his Dad’s music career, touring, DJ Chase B and more!


INTERVIEW: Wale x The Breakfast Club (Power 105.1)


MMG rapper, Wale, stops by Power 105.1‘s The Breakfast Club to share his thoughts on a range of topics. The DMV artist speaks on the “Black Lives Matter” movement, gay artists in the music industry, the Meek Mill and Drake beef, levels of success, new music and much more. Check out the hour long interview below and his new music video for ‘Know Me’ featuring Inglewood rapper, Skeme, after the break:

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INTERVIEW: Kendrick Lamar Meets Quincy Jones x HYPETRAK Magazine


In an interview for HYPETRAK MagazineKendrick Lamar meets the legendary, Quincy Jones for the very first time. As the two generations chat, Quincy is able to take Kendrick back 60 years as he reminisces on how things used to be in music. Mr. Jones enlightens K. Dot on how it was working on Michael Jackson‘s classic Thriller album and where hip-hop [really] originated from. Take a look below:


INTERVIEW: Mick Jenkins x Hot 97 Peter Rosenburg


Hot 97‘s own, Peter Rosenburg, sits down with Chicago MC, Mick Jenkins, to discuss his tour, pictures, his favorite rapper and artist (who are not the same person). Check out the video above and be on the lookout for tour and his debut album THC “The Healing Component”.


LIVE: Kanye West ‘Video Vanguard Award’ Acceptance Speech x 2015 MTV’s VMAS Awards


In case you missed a wild show Sunday night, the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards took place in Los Angeles where Kanye West was awarded the Michael Jackson ‘Video Vanguard Award’ in which Ye gave a speech that nobody will ever forget. Complex has the official transcript of Mr. West’s memorable words where he ended off by announcing his Presidential bid for the 2020 election! Watch the speech here.

Bro, bro, listen to the kids. Jeremy, I gotta put it down for a second. First of all, thank you Taylor for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. Thank you. And I often think back to the first day I met you also. I think about when I’m in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice at the… you know. And at the end they say, “Oh you’re not that bad after all. And like, I think about it sometimes it crosses my mind a little bit when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me. It crosses my mind a little bit.

And I think if i had to do it all again—what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy and given the rest of it to the audience? Y’all know you drank that bottle, too. If I had a daughter at that time would I have went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s? You know, this arena tomorrow is gonna be a completely different set up—some concert… This stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone but the effect that it had on people remained.

The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is that I do fight for artists but in that fight, somehow, was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing, I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and CeeLo Green lose. Gnarls Barkley and the [FutureSex/LoveSound] album, and bro, Justin I’m not trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears, bro. And I was thinking he deserved to win album of the year. And the small box that we are of entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that?

Sometimes I feel like you know all this shit they run about beef and all that, sometimes I feel like I died for the artist’s opinion, for the artist to have an opinion after they got successful. I’m not no politician bro, and look at that. You know how many times MTV ran that footage again? Because it got more ratings? Do you know how many times they announced Taylor was gonna give me this award? Because it got more ratings?

Listen to the kids, bro.

I still don’t understand award shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who work their entire life one sell records, sell concert tickets to come stand on a carpet and for the first time in they life be judged on a chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser. I don’t understand it bro. I do not understand when the biggest album or the biggest video I don’t understand. I’ve been conflicted bro. I just wanted people to like me more. But fuck that, bro. 2015. I will die for the art for what I believe in and the art ain’t always gonna be polite. Y’all might be thinking right now, “I wonder did he smoke something before he came out here?” And the answer is yes, I rolled up a little something, I knocked the edge off. I don’t know what’s gonna happen tonight what’s gonna happen tomorrow bro but all I can say to my artists is just worry about how you feel at the time. I’m confident I believe in myself. We the millenials bro. This is a new mentality. We’re not gonna control our kids with brands. We’re not gonna tech low self esteem and hate to our kids. We’re gonna teach our kids that they can be something. that they can stand up for themselves. To believe in themselves and if my grandfather was here right now, he would not let me back down.

I don’t know what I’m finna lose after this it don’t matter though because it ain’t about me, it’s about new ideas bro people with ideas people who believe in truth. and yes, as you proabably could’ve guessed by this moment I have decided in 2020 to run for president.

Transcript provided by Lauren Nostro of Complex.


MOVIE: Netflix Original Film x Beast of No Nation (Trailer)


A netflix original movie starring Idris Elba, ‘Beasts of No Nation’. When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier.


MOVIE: White People x MTV (Trailer)


MTV Forces White People to Face Their Whiteness in New Documentary ‘White People‘. Airs July 22nd at 8/7c on MTV.


INTERVIEW: Kendrick Lamar + Peter Rosenberg x New Look Wireless 2015


Hot 97’s host Peter Rosenburg catches up with Kendrick Lamar at New Look Wireless as they discuss the overall appeal and success of the rappers recent album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly‘.


MUSIC: Wale Announces New Go-Go Album x Essence Music Festival (Video)


During the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Wale announced during a press conference that he is working on a new Go-Go album. Paying homage to his hometown, fans will be happy to know he’s doing this and using Go-Go musicians to help him out as well as other artists including: Chris Brown and Tinashe. Check out the video of his press conference as he also touches on new MMG material and Rick Ross‘ progress from jail.


INTERVIEW: Big K.R.I.T. ‘Breaking Through’ x COMPLEX Magazine


Complex Magazine catches up with Justin Scott, better know as Big K.R.I.T. as he takes us back to his childhood home in Meridian, Mississippi for the first episode of Breaking Through.


DOCUMENTARY: Black Panthers x Vanguard of Revolution (Trailer)


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Filmmaker Stanley Nelson breaks down how the Panthers’ style and “swag” were much more influential than society has given them credit for and the most surprising thing he learned while making the film.


DOCUMENTARY: Fresh Dressed (Trailer)


In his first documentary, music journalist turned filmmaker Sacha Jenkins takes a deeper look at why hip-hop artists and their fans strive to dress so flashily.


TV: Kevin Hart & Fabolous x MTV2’s Wild ‘N Out


Fabolous and Kevin Hart returned to MTV2‘s hit comedy improv show Wild ‘N Out! Check out the two teams go head to head during the Wildstyle freestyle battle:

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INTERVIEW: Karrueche Tran x Big Boy TV (Real 9.23 LA)


Karrueche Tran stops by BigBoyTV on the Real 92.3 to discuss her recent success in acting, her flaws, birthday celebrations, current relationship with Chris Brown, social media rumors and more. Check out the full interview below:


TV: Punk’d Returns, Airing on BET


According to the Hollywood Reporter, MTV original series, Punk’d, is set to make it’s way back on your television screens. This time around, the celebrity prank show is set to broadcast on BET. Both networks are all under the same broadcasting company, Viacom, so it’s staying in the family. No details yet on who will be the host, as the original series casted actor, Ashton Kutcher, to help prank celebrities. Stay tuned for an official air date to be released.


DOCUMENTARY: A$AP Rocky ‘Purple Swag’ x COMPLEX


COMPLEX magazine drops an exclusive A$AP Rocky documentary that breaks down the song that started the movement, Purple Swag’. Featured in the doc is fellow Mob members: A$AP Bari, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, Chace Infinite and A$AP Ty Beats, as they chime in on the video, production and more. This doc release is perfect timing as he is gearing up for the release of his third studio album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, due out soon.


TV: Celebrity Deathmatch Returns To MTV2


MTV2 is taking it back to the late 90’s and new millennium with the revival of their gruesome comedic show, Celebrity Deathmatch. Originally aired in 1998, the show had a good run until it’s first cancellation in 2002. A few years later, the show was brought back and failed to last more than one season. Hoping to make a better run nearly a decade later, Hollywood Reporter states “Celebrity Deathmatch creator, Eric Fogel and Wasteland Entertainment are behind the new incarnation, with Chris McCarthy and Paul Ricci also on board”. Stay tuned for the release of an official air date.


TV: Orange Is The New Black x Season 3 (Trailer)


Popular Netflix original series, Orange Is The New Black, is back for it’s third season and gearing up for a June 12th release. The official trailer has finally dropped, exciting fans even more for it’s highly anticipated return. Get ready for another 14 comedic thrilling episodes for Season 3.


INTERVIEW: A$AP Rocky x VIBE Magazine @ SXSW2015


SXSW 2015 just finished this past weekend in Austin, Texas. VIBE magazine was on the scene and was able to sit down with Harlem rapper, A$AP Rocky, as well as catch his Samsung performance. Rocky shares his feelings on the passing of fellow Mob member, A$AP Yams, laying low from the outside world and his new album, A.L.L.A.. Check out all the individual videos after the jump:

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TELEVISION: Orange Is The New Black Season 3 Releases June 12th


Not too long after the show’s second season, rumors were floating that the Netflix original series, Orange Is The New Black, was being cancelled. Thankfully it wasn’t true because the series is back for its third season on June 12th with 14 brand new episodes. OITNB fans mark your calendars; June will be here before you know it. 


NEWS: A$AP Yams Cause Of Death Was Not Drug Overdose


News broke Sunday morning of the passing of A$AP Mob founder, A$AP Yams. After many accusations of drug overdose being the cause of the 26 year old’s death, A$AP Ant and Joey Fatts speak out against those rumors as false accusations. In a conversation with VladTV, A$AP Ant discussed Yams’ impact on himself as well as the Mob. He touches on not being sad over his death because that’s not what Yams would want; but instead throw a party in honor of him. Joey Fatts tweeted that Yams also had sleep apnea, but it hasn’t been determined as the official cause of death.

“I just want to clear it up for real, for real. It ain’t no overdose. People stop saying overdose, cuz that’s not what it is. People keep talking about he overdosed off Xanax or whatever and lean…no. That’s not what happened,” – A$AP Ant

My brother ain’t die from no overdose. Fuck all you bitch niggas. My brother had severe sleep apnea. And was killing you fuck boys daily.

— FATTS (@JoeyFatts) January 19, 2015


INTERVIEW: Nicki Minaj x Angie Martinez (Power 105.1)


Nicki Minaj has been making her promo rounds for the release of her latest album, The Pinkprint, and she stops by Power 105.1‘s Angie Martinez show to catch up on what’s been going on with her. Angie chops it up with Nicki to clear up rumors on her relationships with Meek Mill, August Alsina and Drake. She even tears up when discussing her recent breakup with her longtime boyfriend and how it impacted her album along with her life now. Breaking up ain’t easy but Nicki is handling it well. Ms. Minaj reveals she plans on touring next March for the album and wants to start a family by her 5th album. Check out the entire interview below: