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:
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.
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.
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.
A$AP Rocky covers the April/May 2015 issue of Complex magazine. He shares his disappointments with his previous album, his current relationship status, the lack of respect within the Been Trill/Hood By Air beef, psychedelics, A$AP Yams and more. Peep an excerpt when he was asked about former girlfriend, Iggy Azalea:
OK, let’s go back to an old relationship: How do you feel about the criticism of Iggy Azalea for not being an “authentic” rapper?
That [situation with Iggy] is unfortunate because nobody wants to be portrayed that way. I’m quite sure she doesn’t. I think she works hard like the rest of us. Silly or not, 300 million people like to watch it on YouTube, so who the fuck are we to say anything?
So you don’t think the criticism is fair?
It comes with the game. If she fake on something, somebody is going to call her bluff. That’s life. I’m not looking at it from a standpoint of “I used to be boning this chick’s back out.” I’m looking at it [as] “She’s just a person.” You can’t bluff. You gotta just be 100. That’s all I could really say. The question is: Was she not being 100 about something?
Check out the full cover story here and a behind the scenes video footage for the cover shoot below:
Complex magazine does an amazing job with their most recent cover for the December/January 2015 issue. Just in time for Wale‘s new album, The Album About Nothing, which tributes the Jerry Seinfeld‘s ‘Seinfeld’ show. Remember that angry phone call by Wale, furious that his album didn’t make their Top 50 album list last year…well Complex decided to incorporate it within the cover story. Take a look:
Wale has had a rough relationship with COMPLEX. Have you heard the phone call he made to us last December?
JS: I love it. That was good entertainment.
W: It’s all an angle. I learned that from wrestling. It’s just like a story. My devious plot.
JS: All good entertainment.
W: [Laughs.] Well, at the moment it wasn’t entertainment.
Very clever. See more pictures and excerpts from the cover story inside… (more…)
Cam’Ron and A-Trak team up once again for a Fool’s Gold and Dipset collaboration EP. As they cover Complex’s April/May 2014 issue, the two discuss Dame Dash’s involvement in the two collaborating along with their previous history and what they wanted to make out of this new project. Check out a spook movie trailer video for ‘Two The Hard Way’, directed by Rick Cordero. Make sure to check out stills and excerpts from the interview after the break. See the entire interview and their cover shoot stills here.
Complex Magazine let’s one of hip-hop’s rising stars grace the cover for their Oct/Nov 2013 issue, Chance The Rapper. The Chicago native is only 20 years old and has been gaining a great buzz, especially since the release of his latest project Acid Rap. As Complex does, they conducted an interactive interview with Chance and a creative photo spread. See the full story here.
The buzz and attention generated by Acid Rap says a lot about the current state of hip-hop. Listeners are looking for artists who can challenge conventional wisdom about hip-hop archetypes and the younger generation.