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…)
Nicki Minaj models in men’s clothing L’Uomo Vogue magazine’s latest issue. It is very refreshing to see artists who like Nicki transform her usual outrageous look into sleek and sophisticated within these magazine shoots. With the short bob cut and menswear pieces, Nicki still manages to look sexy in a very classy way. Check out the black and white print spread…
Billboard magazine highlights André Benjamin, better known as André 3000, to reveal that there is no retirement for the rapper turned actor. He is back in full effect and hip-hop heads are elated about the return of the 1/2 of ATL rap duo, Outkast. Currently, Outkast has created #ATLFest that consists of a line up of different artists for three nights and they headline. Although the group has made it clear they won’t be working together in the future on new material, André tells Billboard that he is working on a new solo album, which is good enough for us. He discussed the stress and pressure he felt to give the fans new music despite still having featured verses on artists’ songs since the last Outkast album in 2006. The cover story discusses André’s acting career and new role Jimi Hendricks in the biopic film Jimi: All Is by My Side, in theaters now. Read the entire cover story here and see more photos from the cover shoot… (more…)
Chris Brown is covering Billboard magazine’s latest cover issue for September 2014. Chris has been making a lot of positive steps in the right direction of getting his career back on track. In his first post jail interview to talk with Billboard about life in jail, his fans, Rihanna, and much more. The issue is now available for purchase here.
“I realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure…I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes. I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can. I am not perfect, no one is. No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow. I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life.”
Model, Chanel Iman, and rapper, A$AP Rocky, are featured in VOGUE magazine’s September 2014 issue. The couple had their own full spread that is a huge accomplishment and honor…well at least for A$AP. Photography by Mikael Jansson. See more photos after the break. (more…)
The 26-year old bombshell, Jhené Aiko, goes topless for GQ magazine’s May 2014 issue. The rising star has been gaining so much attention since the release of her Sail Out EP and recently put on an amazing performance at Coachella alongside Drake. Jhené has been gaining much success in her breakout year and we know there is much more to come from the LA beauty. Be sure to check out more of her spread below: (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.
LA Lakers’ player, Nick Young, and Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea, are labeled ‘Freakiest Young Couple’ in GQ magazine’s March 2014 issue. The two are featured in the latest issue showing off fresh looks by Versace along with their coupledom. Check out the behind the scenes video from the shoot below and more official photos after the jump.
Iggy admits at the shoot “Nick’s really goofy and funny…We don’t really watch basketball in Australia…I always joke with him, ‘I hope we don’t break up, because you’d ruin basketball for me.’ I really hope he doesn’t ruin basketball for me.”
In the interview, Kanye explains to acclaimed filmmaker Steve McQueen (who interviews him) what that Steve Jobs comparison was all about, and what it’s like to father his first child, North, with fiancee Kim Kardashian.
You can read the full interview here: Kanye Interview
Kendrick is named Rapper of the Year by GQ magazine in their latest December 2013 ‘Man of the Year’ issue. He has definitely made his mark in the industry and has been constantly doing work throughout the year, especially with the release of his g.o.o.d. kid, M.A.A.D City album. The project alone has been marked as a classic already and this cover is the icing on the cake for a perfect year for K.Dot. We are too excited for what Kendrick and the TDE crew has in store for the forthcoming year. Check out a freestyle he did for the magazine below:
KAWS graces the cover of PAPER Magazine‘s Art Issue. The accompanying article includes a discussion on his work being showcased at this past MTV Video Music Awards, famous friends (i.e. Kanye West and Pharrell Williams) and why he ended his popular clothing line OriginalFake. Check here for the full article.
Top Dawg Entertainment is hands down the best rap group of the 2010’s and it’s only just the beginning. This new emerging conglomerate has 4 California rappers that are different yet cohesive in their rawness. It’s not gangster or conscious rap but black hippy rap. Good to see their getting their shine and they have a great leader in Kendrick who is quickly on the rise to legendary. Shout out to XXL for putting them on their Oct/Nov 2013 issue which includes a special photo shoot by Jonathan Mannion and story by kris ex, which explores the fast-growing success of TDE as a label and the careers of the individual artists. The issue hits newsstands October 29th.
For Highsnobiety’s 7th magazine issue, they teamed up Travi$ Scott to rock the sneaker label SUPRA for an “Eternity” cover story. Check out the photos from the issue where the rapper sports the labels latest kicks.
VIBE magazine’s June/July double cover featuring Nicki Minaj and Erykah Badu: